Launched: Volkswagen Taigo

There is a new small-SUV in town and we had the pleasure of testing it out before it goes on retail on 6 June 2022. The Volkswagen Taigo slots between the T-Cross and T-Roc, allowing customers to now have a wider spectrum of choices within the Volkswagen T range.

The Taigo is aimed at the unconventional, stylish consumer who wants an SUV that will showcase their individuality and personality. Volkswagen has ensured that the Taigo offers high comfort levels, high ground clearance and a sporty coupe’ design that will surely capture many customers.

The day started out in Midrand at the Prison Break Market, where local media took a drive to Pont de Val in the Free State. On first impressions, the vehicle is stunning to look and has a capturing design. The variant on test was the R-Line model, which has the IQ.LIGHT matrix LED headlights that made the car stand out, especially during the evening drive to our overnight stop. The drive of the car is smooth, yet you do experience a bit of turbo lag especially on take off. Other than that, it is a very decent car to drive. The Taigo has a 1.0l TSI engine, which produces 85kW/200Nm mated to a DSG gearbox.

You have an option of 3 trim models, namely Life, Style and R-line.

The Taigo Life’s standard features include LED headlights and LED tail lights, a Digital Cockpit, 6.5-inch Composition Colour infotainment system, front centre armrest with a USB-C interface, multi-function leather steering wheel, electric foldable exterior mirrors with heating function and 16-inch Belmopan alloy wheels.

In addition to the standard features in the Life derivative, the Taigo Style also comes standard with IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, ambient lighting, 17-inch Aberdeen alloy wheels, Park Distance Control in the front and rear, Dynamic Light Assist, 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro, Active Info Display and an 8-inch Composition Media infotainment system. The Style is differentiated from the rest of the range by the rear bumper which has a chrome strip, a silver diffuser and silver anodised roof rails.

In the Taigo R-Line, it comes with a black headliner, stainless steel pedals, privacy glass for rear side windows and rear windows as well as 17-inch Valencia alloy wheels.

Volkswagen aims to sell 2000 units of the Taigo this year, and with their current steak, it is an attainable goal. The Taigo is a perfect car for small families or for those who want something different yet practical and loaded with features.

Pricing for the new Taigo is as follows:

Taigo Life – R429 900

Taigo Style – R464 100

Taigo R-line – R486 000.

All Taigo models come standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 3 year/45 000km EasyDrive Service Plan.

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