Specifications of soon to be released Taigo announced

Volkswagen will expand their SUV line up with the Taigo next month

Reuben Van Niekerk
Volkswagen Taigo

The Taigo is set to join the Volkswagen T SUV model range in South Africa from June 2022.


The Taigo will complete Volkswagen trio of compact SUVs in the A0 SUV segment that includes the T-Cross and T-Roc.


The Taigo is the first SUV coupé in the segment and features highlights such as high-quality equipment features, raised seating position and unrestricted suitability for everyday use. The Taigo is based on Volkswagens MQB platform that offers advantages such as tight proportions combined with a high level of body rigidity, excellent crash properties and a low body weight.


Modern sporty design

Powerful proportions and a coupé silhouette characterise the design while the side view is dominated by precise and sharp lines, which in conjunction with the large wheels emphasise the crossover character.


All exterior lighting elements feature LED technology as standard, which gives the vehicle a charismatic daytime and night-time signature.


These LED headlights extend far back into the radiator grille and define the Taigo’s face. With its muscular contours, the bonnet extends far down into the radiator grille, which in conjunction with the new bumper emphasises the width of the Taigo. Compared to the T-Cross the Taigo is flatter and longer and has a ground clearance of 137mm.


The long roofline slopes elegantly to the rear where it meets the roof spoiler. The window line, which is surrounded in black lowers the centre of gravity. Unique details include a band of side windows, including a third side window that integrates into the C-pillar.


The new Taigo will be available in eight exterior colours, which includes two solid paint finishes, five metallic paint finishes and one pearl effect. Wheel options range from 16 to 18-inches.


Inside story

The entire dashboard features a horizontal design that is defined by the modules contained within the dashboard such as the standard Digital Cockpit in the Taigo Life or the Digital Cockpit Pro in the Taigo Style and R-Line, as well as a new generation of infotainment systems.


The choice of infotainment systems includes the Composition Colour with a 6.5-inch display that is standard on Life Models or the Composition media with an 8.0-inch display that is standard on the Style and R-Line or the optional Discover Media with an 8.0-inch display.


The dual-zone climatronic air-conditioning that is standard on Style and R-Line models features a new digitalised mode of operation with touch panels and sliders performing the functions of the rotary knobs and buttons.


Progressive lighting and driver assistance systems

Taigo Style and R-Line models are fitted as standard with IQ.Light matrix headlights.


Assisted driving features are bundled together under the IQ.Drive name. This includes Travel Assist, which can steer, brake and accelerate the Taigo at speeds between 30 and 200km/h by relying on functions such as the Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist. Thanks to a camera in the front windscreen, Travel Assist can maintain the speed, lane and distance from the vehicle travelling ahead of it.


The latest generation Adaptive Cruise Control works in conjunction with the DSG transmission and navigation system to proactively take into account local speed limit information, town boundary signs, junctions and traffic circles. The Taigo can be equipped with the optional lane assist and if it is ordered with the optional driver assist package, which includes Side Assist, these two systems merge.


The optional Autonomous Emergency Braking Front Assist uses radar sensor integration to monitor the distance to vehicles ahead and if the driver does not brake sufficiently, the system automatically generates the correct amount of braking pressure needed to avoid a collision.


Three equipment lines

Volkswagen has redesigned its equipment lines across all model ranges for greater clarity. Features favoured by most customers such as LED headlights and Digital Cockpit will be offered as standard equipment. The Taigo is available in Life, Style and R-Line specifications.


Life models will feature a high level of standard specification including LED lights, Digital Cockpit and the 6.5-inch Composition Colour infotainment system. Life models will ride on 16-inch Belmopan alloy wheels while the interior is upholstered in a high-quality Slash/Stoff fabric.


Style models incorporate IQ.Light LED matrix headlights and can be differentiated by a rear bumper that incorporates a chrome strip and a silver diffuser as well as silver anodised roof rails. The interior features an eight-inch Composition Media infotainment system, 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit pro and Pale Grey Seat Covers.


R-Line models are differentiated by R-Line bumpers that feature a high-gloss black cross and longitudinal bars upfront. IQ.Light LED matrix headlights and LED fog lights are fitted as standard. A diffuser in high-gloss black with chrome look and integrated exhaust panels in the lower part give it a distinguishing look.


Inside the R-Line’s seats are upholstered in Karoso fabric in ArtVelours that perfectly matches the interior décor in Dark Grey Anodized Matt. R-Line models are also fitted with a black headliner, stainless steel pedals, privacy glass for the rear windows, Active info display and 17-inch Valencia alloy wheels.


The optional Black Style package adds black exterior accents to the mirror caps, radiator grille and tailpipes while darkened windows shield the interior. Black Style models ride on black 18-inch Misano alloy wheels.


Powerful yet economical engine

The Taigo will be available exclusively with the 1.0 TSI engine that boasts 85kW and 200Nm of torque. This three-cylinder engine is paired to a seven-speed DSG transmission. Volkswagen claims that this combination will allow the Taigo to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 11.3 seconds while using just 5.4 litres per 100km.



The Taigo comes standard with a three-year/120 000km warranty and three-year/45 000km service plan.

Retail pricing will be announced closer to the launch date but customers are able to pre-order the Taigo before it officially goes on sale in June.


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