Would you pick the new Volkswagen Taigo over the T-Cross?

This is yet another addition to VW’s constantly growing portfolio of crossovers
by Greg Potts | Jul 30, 2021
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Welcome, world, to the new Volkswagen Taigo. Although if you happen to live in South America, you’re probably a little bit confused right now.

Yes, this does look like your market’s VW Nivus, but that’s because essentially it is the Nivus—it’s just been given a new name, some styling tweaks, and a new trim level for Europe. Because VW absolutely didn’t have enough SUVs in these parts already.

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The Taigo will actually be VW’s entry-level crossover in the UK (and its first—but probably not last—with a coupe body style) when it lands later this year. It’s based on the same MQB A0 platform as both the Polo and the T-Cross, but will apparently sit in between the two in terms of price.

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In case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced tie-go and it’s actually wider, longer, and lower than the aforementioned T-Cross. That’s mainly because the rear overhang has been extended to retain some boot space (438 liters) and include the swoopy (and a little bit silly) rear end. Same ground clearance though, apparently, although don’t let the black plastic arches fool you into thinking it’ll go off-road.

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It’s FWD only and there’ll be just two engine options—a 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder petrol and a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder petrol. The former is available in two tunes with either 94hp or 109hp, whilst the latter gets 148hp. There’ll be manual and auto gearbox options, and VW has all but ruled out a GTI or R performance variant. Probably for the best.

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Volkswagen says that all Taigos will get the full digital cockpit in some form though, and all come with LED lights as standard as well as a separate climate control panel—hurrah! Wheels are between 16 and 18 inches depending on spec.

Being based on the MQB platform means the Taigo has access to all of VW’s standard active safety systems, and top-spec models can have the impressive Travel Assist cruise control system.

Pointless, or just what you’ve been waiting for?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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