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The Volkswagen Taigo is the new proposal of the German firm for the medium SUV segment. In addition, it is one of the first to join the fashion of coupé lines in a category that is not yet used to this type of proposal. Perhaps for this reason, it will be a success. It is positioned between T-Cross and T-Roc with its 4.27 meters in length, although due to its dimensions it is closer to the latter, which we have recently told you about because the 2022 version is already on sale at dealerships. the brand. Interestingly, the Taigo is related to the small T-Cross and the Polo (and the Seat Ibiza, and the Skoda Fabia…), with which it shares the MQB-A0 platform. Polo, T-Cross and Taigo are manufactured in Navarra.
Does this mean that, in general terms, it is a larger Polo with a different design? Roughly, yes. The Taigo offers a more capable cabin and a more usable boot that is just 20 centimeters longer and one centimeter wider. We are talking about really practical and comfortable rear seats for two adult passengers, despite the drop in the roof. In addition, the bench lacks rails on the floor that can be moved to gain/subtract space for the legs according to the load needs of the moment. There are also no armrests in the central unit, handles on the roof or their own ventilation outlets. It does have two USB type C sockets to charge mobile devices and lighting with two small spotlights on a ceiling.
The chest, with 440 liters, is generous and somewhat more capable than that of its rivals, such as the Nissan Juke (422 liters), Kia Stonic (352 liters) and Ford Puma (401 liters); in favor of these say that they are smaller. The loading mouth is slightly high, between the knee and the hip of a person of normal size, but the depth is good and the regular shapes allow to make good use of the available volume.
They fit a small child’s bike, the monthly purchase or several suitcases, as we have verified in our test days. It has a double-height floor and comes as standard kits puncture repair There is also no possibility of opening and closing the electric gate, an option reserved for the T-Roc, a car with a more luxurious positioning.
Technical sheet of the VW Taigo 1.0 TSI DSG
- Ground clearance: 18.4 centimeters
- Trunk: 440 / 1,222 liters
- Engine (type) and power: three-cylinder, 999 cubic centimeters, 110 horses
- Torque: 200 Newton/meter between 2,000 and 3,000 revolutions
- Gearbox: optional 7-speed DSG automatic (six-speed manual is standard)
- Drive: front (no 4×4 option)
- Acceleration 0 to 100: 10.9 seconds (10.4 manual)
- Maximum speed: 191 kilometers / hour
- Average consumption: 5.9 liters per 100 (5.5 manual)
- C02 emissions (g/km): 133 (122 manual)
The Taigo surprises solely and exclusively for its design, with that peculiar rear coupé, not at the controls. This last nuance is not negative, since the general feeling is that of driving a Polo, with all the good that this entails. The driving position is good and slightly higher than that of the aforementioned utility vehicle (about three centimeters), the seats are very comfortable despite having a somewhat sportier appearance than the standard ones (they have the letter R engraved on the backrest as they are the of the R-Line finish) and all the controls are within easy reach. We even appreciate that VW opts for traditional buttons on the steering wheel and not the touch type of the Golf, which we do not do.
Yes, the air conditioner is tactile, which is hard to get the point since, sometimes, we make mistakes when raising / lowering the air flow. The digital box, in this R termination, is the largest, another point in favor of how well it works. At mid-height there are some thin LED strips for ambient lighting. The entire upper part of the dashboard is made of soft plastic, which increases the feeling of perceived quality.
At a dynamic level, the Taigo, indeed, behaves like a Volkswagen Polo. Despite being powered by a three-cylinder engine that we can find in the most modest models of the four main brands of the group (including Audi), VW has managed to make it seem so due to vibrations, which are practically non-existent even when we drive low on revs. Yes, its particular configuration is appreciated when we accelerate fully, but it is not an unpleasant noise either; what’s more, it’s nicer than some four-cylinder engines, decaffeinated about it.
We have three driving modes that mainly affect the feel of the direction, the response of the engine and the gearbox. In the most efficient, every time you take your foot off the accelerator, the DSG shifts into neutral to take advantage of inertia. In Sport, a radical change in behavior is not appreciated either; only the acceleration is slightly better. There is no possibility of varying the damping setting, which is always the same. In reality, what Driving Mode is really for is saving fuel. During our test, the averages have been around 6.0 liters per 100, more or less like the official figure, although on routes of 90 and 100 kilometers / hour, the Taigo 1.0 TSI DSG has registered values less than five liters , always in Eco and Comfort. We miss VW betting on microhybridizations for this engine, which would be round, first, because of the Eco label and, second, because consumption would drop a few tenths. By the way, these are the most fuel-efficient cars on the market.
Regarding the damping, it is not uncomfortable, although the suspension is firmer than expected. This is not to say that it is uncomfortable, but rather to reduce oscillations on the road. Mount tires in a size 205/55 R17, with a reasonable width and a profile higher than normal to increase the height of the vehicle. The behavior, in general, is noble. The Taigo with this configuration weighs 1,260 kilos in running order, a fairly contained figure for its size.
Price and equipment of the VW Taigo R-Line
A Taigo like the one tested, with the 110-horsepower 1.0 TSI engine and the DSG transmission, with the R-Line finish, has a list price of 29,795 euros. For that amount, you have a really attractive car and yes, practical and familiar as we have seen. This termination comes standard with the IQ.Light headlights, pilots with LED lighting, tinted rear windows, sports court seats, ambient lighting, 17-inch Valencia wheels, four brake discs, four USB type C sockets, wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro, front and rear parking sensors or adaptive cruise control, among others. Those who do not want the automatic transmission have at their disposal a Taigo 1.0 TSI with 110 hp from 28,445 euros, and those who prefer more power can choose the 1.5 TSI with 150 hp with DSG for 31,820 euros, both in this R-Line. These amounts are lower if the usual launch discounts (around 1,000 euros as of April 2022) and the financing discount (another 1,000 euros) are applied.
The only free color is off-white gray. Red, for example, is worth 700 euros and choosing a metallic paint in contrast to the black roof goes up to 835 euros, while the 18-inch Misano wheels with 215/45 tires are worth 350 euros. More interesting are the Comfort package for 1,075 euros (Beats audio, heated front seats and wireless charging), the panoramic roof (945 euros), the 15-inch spare wheel (110 euros) or the Discover Pro navigation system with 9.2 inches (1,530 euros). The most powerful and currently equipped Taigo is around 36,000 euros.
However, this SUV coupé has a rate amount of 24,675 euros with the 95-horsepower 1.0 TSI manual and the Life termination (base led headlights, 16-inch wheels, eight-inch Digital Cockpit, Front Assist, comfort seats…), a much more accessible price at the cost of losing some elements that make life on board more bearable.
Final evaluation of the VW Taigo 1.0 TSI DSG
In favor: Sure success for VW for blending coupé traits into a midsize SUV. Perceived sense of quality. Trunk capacity.
Against: High price despite being a round product. Consumption of the 1.0 TSI with so low due to the DSG. Rolling noise at 120 km/h.
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