Colin Goodwin has tested a British version of Volkswagen’s new Taigo. The car costs £27,450 with no options. It doesn’t have many competitors right now, says Colin
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This week we’re testing a British version of Volkswagen’s new Taigo, having reviewed the best-priced German-spec car late last year.
This model cost 30 grand. And while today’s model has more modest specs, it’s not that much cheaper – but it does offer savings in these trying times.
The Volkswagen Taigo Style 110PS with DSG gearbox is priced at £27,450 with no options.
Under the bonnet is the proven 1.0-liter three-cylinder from the VW Group, which is also available with 95 hp and manual transmission.
The other engine you can choose from is a 150bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder, which is only available with a DSG automatic gearbox – that was in the German-spec model we tested. Compared to other VW models, this coupe crossover is 150mm longer than the T-Cross and 37mm shorter than the T-Roc.
It is based on the same MQB platform used by both the T-Cross and T-Roc. There’s no all-wheel drive option, as there isn’t on the T-Cross either. That won’t bother most buyers.
At the moment, the Taigo doesn’t have many competitors: only Renault’s recently unveiled Arkana is a true coupe crossover. That’s a situation that will change as automakers tend to follow each other. Especially when someone else has found a profitable niche – which I suspect is Renault and Volkswagen with their respective cars.
You’d think the sloping roofline would compromise rear headroom, but it doesn’t. The kneeroom is also acceptable and the trunk is 438 liters, only 17 liters smaller than that in the boxier T-Cross.
The Taigo’s extra height off the ground above the Polo makes it easier to get in and out of – which could seal the deal for many customers.
Inside the Taigo there is some welcome news. Although you get a digital instrument panel and infotainment screen, you don’t get the same control systems as you’ll find on the Golf and other larger Volkswagens. That means the Taigo gets proper knobs on the steering wheel instead of annoying touch-sensitive switches, and also has separate analogue controls for heating and ventilation and other commonly used systems.
The Polo is similar, that’s one of the reasons I like this car so much.
The Taigo is a similar drive as the Polo. Because the center of gravity is higher, there’s a bit more body roll and the handling feels a little squishy, but it feels secure and sure-footed.
If you want more driving fun, a Ford Puma is a better choice (same for the Polo: a Ford Fiesta is better to drive). Volkswagen says it’s not going to create a GTI or an R version of the Taigo. The 150hp model is nimble enough and even the 0-100km/h time of 10.9 seconds isn’t too slow.
With gas prices this high, Taigo’s l 47.8 miles on a gallon of gas is much more useful than a few seconds off its 0-62 mph time. I suspect Volkswagen will follow these Taigos with others that integrate hybrid powertrains.
But for now, given rising energy prices for homes and transportation, this modestly powered Taigo makes perfect sense.
Volkswagen Taigo TSI 110 style
Five-door coupe crossover
Engine: 1.0 liter three-cylinder, 110 hp
0-100km/h: 10.9 sec
fuel consumption 47.8mpg
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/motoring/car-reviews/volkswagen-taigo-tsi-110-style-26756980 Volkswagen Taigo TSI 110 Style: "With energy prices rising, this car makes sense" - Colin Goodwin