Volkswagen Taigo SUV - Practicality & boot space
The Volkswagen Taigo is practical, despite its sloping roofline
Coupe SUVs are becoming more popular but up until recently they were based on more expensive models. The Taigo is a cheaper option but fortunately it isn’t compromised in the practicality department compared with the T-Cross and T-Roc. As such, we can see it being popular with people who’d like a slightly sleeker shape as well as plenty of space.
Volkswagen Taigo interior space and storage
Four adults should be fine in the Taigo, although taller passengers may find that the sloping roofline cuts into headroom slightly. Headroom is generous in the front. Rear legroom is good too, with space under the front seats to place your feet.
The Taigo is reasonable when it comes to interior storage. The glovebox and armrest storage area are reasonably sized, while the door pockets will hold large bottles and there’s a tray to put your phone ahead of the gear lever. We’re a little surprised to see a manual handbrake; an electronic one would probably allow the cupholders to be bigger.
A 440-litre boot is generous for a car of this size and it’s just five litres off the T-Roc and 10 litres shy of the T-Cross (when its sliding rear bench is pushed fully forwards). It’s not quite the biggest in class but it’s usefully bigger than the Hyundai Kona and Suzuki Vitara, not to mention the mechanically similar SEAT Arona and Skoda Kamiq. It’s also bigger than the Volkswagen Golf hatchback.
There aren’t any clever touches in the boot but there’s not much of a load lip to haul heavy items over. The rear seats fold 60:40 to free up more luggage space; if that’s not enough, a roof box from Volkswagen or a parts shop will sit on the standard-fit roof rails.
The Taigo will tow a braked trailer weighing up to 1,100kg or 1,200kg, depending on whether you choose the 1.0 or 1.5-litre engine. A towbar costs around £350.