New Volkswagen Taigo coupe-SUV spied undisguised


Euan Doig

The new Volkswagen Taigo has been spotted undisguised during final-stage testing ahead of its European launch later this year.

The Volkswagen Taigo is, in effect, the T-Cross SUV but with a more flowing rear roofline that gives it a slightly sportier profile.

The car is based on the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform for compact cars; it’s the smallest version of the VW Group’s modular chassis architecture and the same structure that underpins both the T-Cross compact SUV and the Polo supermini.

The Taigo is slightly longer than the T-Cross at 4,266mm long, but its roofline sits around 10mm lower. It will give customers a more style-focused small SUV VW option, serving as a rival for the likes of the Toyota C-HR at a time when sales in this area of the market are expanding.

VW said that the Taigo will launch with a range of TSI petrol engines, including a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, with a range of power outputs; the Polo uses this engine in 94bhp and 108bhp forms.

It’s feasible that VW may also offer more potent editions of the vehicle with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit. No diesels or hybrids are likely to feature, partly to help keep pricing more affordable.

Volkswagen has confirmed that the Taigo will feature LED headlights as standard, while a fully digital cockpit, a multitude of driver assistance systems and the latest connectivity tech will also be offered.

Our spy images show that the car’s profile sports a rakish roofline at the rear, differentiating the Taigo from its more pragmatic T-Cross sibling, while at the rear a prominent spoiler and a full-width LED light signature complete the look.

The car will be built at VW’s Pamplona factory in Spain, where the T-Cross and Polo are already produced.

Pricing will be confirmed closer to the car’s on-sale date towards the end of 2021, but expect to pay a small premium for the Taigo’s extra style compared with the brand’s T-Cross SUV, which starts from £18,360 in entry-level 1.0 TSI 95 S specification.

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