If building entire cars doesn’t work out, Volkswagen can always work as a dentist. They always find a hole to fill. Where most people would say that Volkswagen has a comprehensive range of crossovers, the brand still saw a small opportunity. That is why they launch the Volkswagen Taigo, a crossover with the format ‘high Polo’. Think of it as the sporty brother of the T-Cross, with a sloping roofline. That makes it a little less practical.
The T-Roc is then a step bigger, think of a high Wave. The Tiguan comes up there again together with the Tiguan Allspace. There is also a Touareg, but he no longer lives in the Netherlands. According to the brand, the Volkswagen Taigo is the first coupé SUV in this segment. We don’t know if the Ford Puma designers agree, but the range of SUVs with a steeply sloping roofline is small indeed.
A bit richer equipped as standard
The Volkswagen Taigo is basically on the same platform as the Polo. In terms of design, the two are also clearly brothers. In the back you can store 438 liters of stuff, with the T-Cross that is a maximum of 455 liters. The Taigo comes standard with LED lighting all around and optionally you can tick matrix LED headlights. The 8-inch screen behind the wheel is also standard. Optionally, that screen can be replaced by a 10.5-inch screen.
Specifications Volkswagen Taigo
Two three-cylinder engines and one four-cylinder will be available at launch. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine produces 95 hp thanks to a turbo and is linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. Then there is a second 1.0 TSI, but with 110 hp. You can get this with a six-speed gearbox, or with a DSG automatic transmission. Finally, there is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 150 hp. The prices of the different versions are not yet known. The entry-level version of the T-Cross costs just under 26,000 euros in the Netherlands; expect to pay a little more for this hipper brother.