VW is confident that Europeans could need yet another semi SUV, no matter how little or unusual it may be. It's called Taigo, and if it sounds similar, it's because it was first released in Latin America as Nivus the year before. Even if it appears more like a Polo on heels than a true SUV, VW insists it's the first SUV coupe to be offered in the compact car segment.
2021 Taigo, which is based on the same MQB A0 chassis as the T-Cross, has a lower, coupe-style roof and is 160 mm (6.3 in) longer at 4,270 mm (168.1 in) and broader at 1757 mm than the T-Cross (69.1 in). It has a 2,566 mm (101 in) wheelbase, which is slightly longer than the Polo and T-Cross models.
However, Taigo's roofline is a sacrifice of boot space, with a storage of 438 liters versus 455 liters for the T-Cross. If you're aware of the interior of the recently redesigned Polo, you'll feel more at home inside Taigo, as the two are practically alike except for color options.
As a result, you'll receive VW's newest MIB3 infotainment system, which comes with a 6.5-inch or extra 9.2-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an all-digital indicator cluster. Touch-sensitive temperature controls and the IQ.Drive program, which combines several driver aid systems are among the alternatives.
At release, European purchasers will have the option of choosing between 2 gasoline motors: a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder TSI valued at 94 hp or 109 hp, or a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with148 hp. 2021 Taigo's 94 hp motor will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the 109 hp motor will come with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.
While the price has yet to be revealed, consider the Taigo to be slightly more expensive than the T-Cross. VW begins taking orders in the 4th quarter of this year, with the first consumer deliveries expected at the beginning of 2022.