It is called Taigo and it is the first suv coupé in the history of Volkswagen in the B segment. Taigo is descended from the sisters T-Roc and T-Cross and is developed on the modular transverse platform MQB. A suv coupé intended for a young, dynamic clientele, attentive to design and technology.
The idea of Taigo was born in Brazil – where it is sold, with slightly different characteristics, under the name of Nivus – and is the result of a process of design, development and industrialization totally delocalized with respect to Germany, production for Europe in fact is concentrated in Pamplona in Spain.
Compared to its South American cousin, the European version of the SUV coupe of the Wolfsburg company is characterized by a truly premium standard equipment that on the road makes the difference both in terms of comfort and safety. Two set-ups for the Italian market: Life and R-Line. On the engine front, Volkswagen has provided for the Taigo – again with front-wheel drive – high-efficiency 1.0 3-cylinder or 1.5 4-cylinder turbo petrol engines delivering powers of 95, 110 and 150 HP. The top speed is 183 km / h, 191 km / h and 212 km / h respectively. Depending on the engine, the gearbox can be 5 or 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic with double clutch. As for the dimensions, the Taigo has a length of 4,266 mm and a height of 1,518 mm while the width and the wheelbase are respectively 1,757 mm and 2,554 mm and are practically the same as the T-Cross. The trunk volume, despite the coupé silhouette, is 438 liters which can reach 1,222 when the rear seats are folded down.
We did a test drive with the 1.0 TSI R-Line 110 HP version with automatic transmission. The rich standard equipment with full led IQ headlights immediately catches the eye. Light, fully digital instrumentation and latest generation infotainment systems based on the MIB3 system, 17-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, interior and exterior specific for the specification, electrically opening panoramic roof and front and rear Park Pilot parking sensors. On the Italian market, Taigo has a series of state-of-the-art driving assistance systems that are extremely useful in everyday driving, such as the IQ. DRIVE Travel Assist, in which devices such as, among others, the new predictive ACC (automatic distance adjustment taking into account speed limits and route data from the navigation system) and Lane Assist merge into a new assistance system, thus enabling partially automated driving up to a maximum speed of 210 km / h. The new standard multifunction steering wheel is equipped with capacitive surfaces, which with the IQ system. Active DRIVE Travel Assist are designed to verify that the driver has his hands on the wheel, as required by the level 2 regulation of automated driving for the EU.
Taigo is equipped as standard with assistance systems such as Front Assist perimeter control including City Emergency Braking and Lane Assist. Few models in this vehicle class have such an innovative range of assistance systems on board for superior comfort and safety.
The interiors are also convincing, starting with the Digital Cockpit and the Ready2Discover infotainment with touch screen that integrates the preparation for navigation that can be purchased later through the online shop (Function on Demand), the online services We Connect and We Connect Plus and the wireless App-Connect, which supports wireless connectivity to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The version of the Climatronic with touch surfaces (available on request and present on the car under test) is integrated into the modern look of the large displays. The control unit has touch controls and touch-sensitive sliders and is then the one that is also offered in a similar form on the bigger sisters such as Tiguan, Passat and Arteon.
During the test drive we were able to appreciate the good soundproofing of the passenger compartment, which is very welcoming even on the rear seat, and the ride comfort thanks to the excellent suspension settings that are able to absorb bumps and disconnections from the road very well. Road holding is also excellent in all driving conditions.
Consumption during our test was always kept low both in the city, on average 6 liters per 100km, and on the extra-urban roads, about 18 km with a liter of petrol, and on the motorway: traveling within the limits, consumption was in 15.5 km.
Prices start at € 23,800 for the 1.0 TSI Life and reach € 30,350 for the 1.5 TSI R-Line DSG.
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