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Volkswagen Taigo SUV - Reliability & safety

Shared parts bodes well for reliability

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Volkswagen Taigo is a new model, but one that’s heavily based on existing models. So while we don’t yet have concrete data on how safe or reliable the Taigo will be, it’s possible to draw conclusions based on the Volkswagen T-Roc and VW as a whole.

Volkswagen Taigo reliability

In our latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the T-Roc performed pretty well. It came 24th overall in our list of the top 75 cars on sale, with only its driving experience and exterior styling being rated poorly. The T-Roc was rated in the top 10 by owners for its safety features, reliability and build quality, infotainment, practicality and value. Hopefully, the Taigo will be scored similarly, in which case it should be a fairly pain-free car to live with.

Volkswagen as a brand finished 17th out of 29, ahead of Renault, Ford and BMW. An average proportion of owners (15.3%) reported a fault in the first year of ownership.

Safety

Euro NCAP hasn’t tested the Volkswagen Taigo yet, but the fact it’s so derivative means that Volkswagen’s other five-star scores can almost be carried over. The T-Roc, T-Cross and Polo all scored the best rating, and the T-Cross’ scores of 97% and 86% for adult and child protection respectively are excellent.

Standard safety equipment includes autonomous emergency braking, which works up to 130mph. Adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist and lane-keeping assistance are also fitted, and the three are combined in the Travel Assist function that should improve arduous motorway journeys.

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