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Volkswagen Taigo unveiled as new compact ‘coupe’ SUV

Volkswagen Taigo unveiled as new compact ‘coupe’ SUV

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The Taigo’s design and underpinnings are heavily influenced by the Brazilian-built and designed Nivvus but Volkswagen has said it has been tuned and tailored for European drivers.

Volkswagen has revealed its first coupe-styled SUV in Europe - the Taigo. The Taigo’s design and underpinnings are heavily influenced by the Brazilian-built and designed Nivvus, but Volkswagen has said it has been tuned and tailored for European drivers. It’s based on the MQB A0 platform which also resides underneath the Polo - the Taigo will roll off the same production line in Pamplona, Spain, as the hatchback too - and is being marketed as Volkswagen’s entry point to the firm’s range of SUVs, despite being slightly larger than the T-Cross. 

 

The exterior is distinguished by that raked roofline, but the Taigo also receives LED lights at both the front and rear of the car, with the latter units stretching across the entire width of the vehicle. Higher-spec vehicles will also feature Matrix LED headlights, while a wide range of personalisation options such as two-tone colour schemes will also be offered. 


Inside, the Taigo boasts some of Volkswagen’s latest technology, including a large central touchscreen measuring up to 9.2 inches depending on specification. Volkswagen has also focused on practicality with the Taigo. It’s why, despite the sloping roofline, it can offer a 438-litre boot - larger than that found on the T-Cross. The Taigo is expected to be offered in Life, Style and R-Line specifications, with standard equipment across the board including LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, among other features. 

 

When it comes to powertrains the Taigo will largely mirror the Polo and T-Cross with turbocharged petrol engines set to be the only options - though they’ll be available with outputs ranging from 94 to 146bhp. Prices - though yet to be announced - are expected to come in under those accompanying the T-Cross, which would put the Taigo in the region of £20,000.