WITH Volkswagen’s Taigo joining the brand’s T SUV model range in Mzansi, it’s about to get lit.
Manufactured in Pamplona, Spain, the Taigo will join the T-Cross and T-Roc as Volkswagen’s trio of compact SUVs in the A0 SUV segment.
Volkswagen’s T SUV range currently consists of five models – the T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg.
With the new Taigo, Volkswagen has produced its first SUV coupé in this segment.
Its design is characterised by powerful proportions, and particularly striking is the coupé silhouette – with its strongly forward-sloping C-pillar.
The side view is also characterised by precise and sharp lines, that together with the large wheels and offset wheel arch cladding, emphasise the crossover character of the Taigo. The overhang at the rear has been extended to underscore the vehicle’s functionality.
The luggage compartment volume is an impressive 440L, and offers almost as much storage space with full seating as the T-Cross with its sliding rear seat (385L–455L).
All exterior lighting elements from the headlights to the rear lights feature LED technology as standard, which makes for a charismatic daytime and night-time signature.
The Taigo has a long roof line that slopes elegantly towards the rear, merging into the roof spoiler at the level of the rear window.
The window line, surrounded in black, visually lowers the centre of gravity. Among iconic details is the long band of side windows, including the third side one integrated in the C-pillar and window line rising sharply towards the rear. It opens up into the precisely cut C-pillar and gives the new SUV coupé a dynamic feel.
The Taigo is flatter and longer than the T-Cross, and has a ground clearance of 137mm. The striking design of the front and rear bumpers also underscores the highly distinctive nature of the Taigo.
It will be available with the 1.0 TSI engine with 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque.
The Taigo’s three-cylinder engine is paired with the seven-speed DSG transmission. Fuel consumption is 5,4L/100km, and it takes just 11,3 seconds to go from 0–100km/h.
It comes standard with a three-year/120 000km warranty, three-year/45 000km service plan and 12-year anti- corrosion warranty. The service interval is 15 000km.