All-new Volkswagen Taigo SUV offers big-car tech and style

Date Posted 8th November 2021
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All-new Volkswagen Taigo SUV new design and exterior

The all-new Volkswagen Taigo is open for order to UK consumers. The versatile SUV harnesses the latest in safety and driver assistance systems, and connectivity and infotainment, all packaged in a stylish SUV-coupé body.

Fitted with an array of efficient and flexible petrol engines, the Taigo is 150mm longer than the entry-level SUV in the Volkswagen range – the compact T-Cross – and shorter and lower than the stylish T-Roc. The Taigo complements the brand’s SUV line-up, which also comprises the Tiguan, ID.4, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg.

Volkswagen Taigo: Three trim levels

Life: The entry-level Taigo Life is generously equipped as standard, with a suite of driver assistance systems providing safety and assurance. These include Lane Change Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist with front and rear parking sensors, and more. From the outside, the Taigo Life’s 16-inch ‘Everett’ Black alloy wheels, front fog lights, LED headlights and black-finished roof rails complement its sharp styling.

Comfort and convenience features include logo projection lighting from the car’s door mirrors; a multifunction camera; lumbar support for the comfortable front seats; electrically folding door mirrors with electric heating and adjustment; and a multifunction steering wheel.

Life trim models start from £21,960.

Style: Majoring on luxury and comfort, the Taigo Style builds even further upon the model’s generous equipment package, with the standard fitment of IQ.Light LED matrix headlights. These feature individually controlled modules that can automatically switch modes to suit a variety of driving situations.

The IQ.Light series was introduced on the Touareg in 2018, but has now been adopted across much of the Volkswagen model range. These intelligent headlights are enhanced by a full-width LED bar in the Taigo’s front grille. The Taigo Style also features 17-inch ‘Aberdeen’ alloy wheels, as well as Dynamic Light Assist for the IQ.Light headlights as standard.

Style trim models start from £25,300.

R-Line: Standard equipment for the Taigo R-Line builds upon that of the Life, offering a sporty alternative with 17-inch ‘Valencia’ alloy wheels and R-Line exterior styling with bespoke bumpers. On the inside, more R-Line styling cues are present, with a black roof-lining, R-Line badging on the floor mats and an R-Line specific multifunction steering wheel.

Luxuries such as ambient lighting; 2-zone Climatronic climate control; an upgraded, 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro dashboard display; and an 8.0-inch Discover Navigation infotainment system, are all fitted. The driver can also select between profiles to change the characteristics of the car’s drive, to suit sportier or more relaxed driving styles. Rear privacy glass adds to the dynamic look of the Taigo and is also standard on the Taigo Style.

R-Line trim models start from £26,150.

Volkswagen Taigo: Engine and gearbox

All-new Volkswagen Taigo SUV engine and gearbox

The Taigo range features four engine and gearbox configurations, with the combination depending on the specification you choose.

The entry-level Taigo Life is available with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, 95 PS TSI petrol engine, fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox, as well as a 110 PS engine of the same size, mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox, or a 7-speed DSG automatic.

This 110 PS unit is available across all three Taigo specifications. A second DSG-equipped option – a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI engine with 150 PS – is available in the Taigo Style and R-Line.

These three engines return 175 Nm, 200 Nm and 250 Nm of torque respectively, while the 110 PS, 6-speed manual-equipped Taigo returns the greatest fuel economy within the range of 52.3 mpg. It also has the lowest CO2 emissions, of 124 g/km (WLTP, combined).

Volkswagen Taigo: Design and connectivity

All-new Volkswagen Taigo SUV boot space

The newcomer features the higher seating position and ground clearance of an SUV, while also offering comfort and style. Personalisation is provided via a wide and vibrant range of paint colours, while further customisation is available optionally across various aspects of the interior.

Customer demand for high levels of technology and connectivity are met, with wireless App-Connect and wireless smartphone charging, as well as streaming and internet services, all included from Life trim upwards.

The Taigo is equipped as standard with LED headlights; an 8.0-inch Digital Cockpit; a multifunction steering wheel; wireless smartphone charging; Park Assist; and a fatigue detection system. There are curtain airbags in the front, with a central airbag adding to the numerous safety features of the charismatic new SUV, across every trim level.

Big-car technology such as Travel Assist is also included, while the brand’s innovative IQ.Light LED matrix headlights are fitted as standard on the Taigo Style.

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