The brand new Volkswagen Taigo coupe-crossover has gone on sale within the UK, with pricing and spec particulars confirmed. The entry-level Taigo Life prices from £21,960, with top-level R-Line trim heading up a three-tiered vary at £26,150.

The Taigo is predicated on Volkswagen’s South American-market Nivus SUV, however the model has “technologically tailored the automotive for Europe”, equipping it with far more superior equipment and including a Europe-only, sporty R-Line trim to the line-up.

Consequently – and relying on trim stage – the Taigo will probably be obtainable with options normally discovered on bigger, extra premium automobiles, corresponding to VW’s IQ.Gentle LED adaptive matrix headlights and IQ.Journey Help semi-autonomous cruise management.

A digital sprint and an infotainment display as much as 9.2 inches in diameter, working VW’s newest MIB 3.1 working system, will probably be obtainable, too.

Volkswagen Taigo: engines and powertrains

The Taigo is predicated on the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform, which underpins the Polo and T-Cross and T-Roc SUVs, so it would use an analogous vary of engines.

The 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit will make up the majority of the line-up, in 94bhp and 108bhp types; the previous will probably be linked to a five-speed guide transmission and the latter a six-speed guide. A seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automated will probably be provided on the 108bhp TSI 110 as an possibility. Probably the most potent engine possibility will probably be a 1.5 TSI four-cylinder turbo unit, producing 148bhp and paired solely with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The 94bhp mannequin can launch from 0-62mph in 11.1 seconds, happening to a prime pace of 114mph. Claimed gas economic system is 51.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of 124g/km. 

The 108bhp unit cuts the 0-62mph time to 10.4 seconds, or 10.9 seconds when geared up with the dual-clutch gearbox, and prime pace is 119mph for both possibility. The automated model’s gas economic system falls from 52.3mpg to 47.9mpg, nevertheless, and CO2 emissions improve by 10g/km to 134g/km.

 The 1.5-litre TSI gives the strongest efficiency within the line-up, hitting 62mph in 8.3 seconds and reaching 132mph flat out. That is the least environment friendly providing, nevertheless, with WLTP economic system figures of 46.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 138g/km.

Regardless of the Taigo’s sportier appears, the model has already confirmed that there gained’t be a performance-focused mannequin sooner or later, regardless that the Polo GTI powertrain would slot in the Taigo’s physique.

VW confirmed that whereas there’s no plan to impress the Taigo for now, mild-hybrid tech could possibly be carried out at a later stage if buyer demand is nice sufficient.

Volkswagen Taigo: design, trim ranges and tools

The Taigo’s look is outlined by its sportier, fastback-style rear finish with its sloping rear hatchback. A full-width mild bar on the rear hyperlinks the sunshine clusters, whereas the LED headlights and deep entrance bumper imply the Taigo is the sportiest trying automotive in VW’s small SUV line-up. It’s helped by sharp creases down the automotive’s flanks.

There’s a giant deal with personalisation too, with VW providing the Taigo in a inexperienced color distinctive for the mannequin referred to as Visible Inexperienced. This may be specced with a Visible Inexperienced design pack that brings a inexperienced insert for the sprint and distinction inexperienced stitching across the cabin.

The entry-level Taigo Life begins from £21,960, and comes with a beneficiant equipment listing, together with a 8.0-inch digital instrument panel and a wi-fi charging pad. A multifunction steering wheel and lumbar assist for the entrance seats additionally function inside.

Exterior, the Life receives black 16-inch wheels, LED headlights, entrance foglights and a black distinction roof. Brand projection lights are fitted to the door mirrors, that are additionally heated and electrically adjustable. 

Life fashions are geared up with VW’s Park Help system with entrance and rear parking sensors, too, together with a multifunction digital camera and security options corresponding to fatigue detection, lane-change help and adaptive cruise management. The Taigo Life is the one mannequin that can’t be optioned with the 1.5-litre TSI engine.

The vary construction then strikes in two divergent paths; the Taigo Model focuses on consolation and luxurious, whereas the R-Line majors on sportiness.

R-Line specification is the pricier of the 2, at £26,150. The Taigo R-Line will get essentially the most aggressive styling of the trio, with redesigned entrance and rear bumpers, 17-inch ‘Valencia’ alloy wheels and rear privateness glass. Inside, there’s a singular R sports activities steering wheel, black headlining and R-Line ground mats.

Different tools consists of ambient lighting, dual-zone local weather management and an 8-inch infotainment system that includes navigation. A ten.25 inch Digital Cockpit Professional instrument panel replaces the usual merchandise, and R-Line fashions deliver a number of driving modes. 

Model trim begins from £25,300, and gives Volkswagen’s IQ.Gentle LED matrix headlight system as normal, which additionally provides Dynamic Gentle Help and an LED mild bar throughout the Taigo’s entrance grille. The Taigo Model is fitted with a set of 17-inch ‘Aberdeen’ alloy wheels and rear privateness glass.

Each Model and R-Line trim can be found with an non-obligatory 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with the 2 bigger set-ups additionally including an On-line Connectivity Unit that opens up extra linked automotive options and companies to homeowners.

The Taigo will even function VW’s IQ.Drive Journey Help semi-autonomous adaptive cruise management, which retains the automotive at a set distance from the automobile in entrance, and in its lane on the motorway at as much as 130mph.

The Taigo is barely longer and barely wider than the model’s T-Cross SUV, however with a extra sloping roof rear headroom could possibly be impacted in contrast with its boxier sibling.

Nonetheless, the automotive’s 438-litre boot means the Taigo ought to provide a powerful stage of practicality. The T-Cross gives as much as 455 litres of house, so it’s not too far down on its sibling relating to load quantity.

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