Confused by Volkswagen’s increasingly crowded crossover lineup in Europe? U.S. too. You’d think there would be no room with the T-Cross and T-Roc already available, but the Wolfsburg pals are launching the Taigo to fill a gap we never knew existed. Admittedly, the small crossover has been slow to arrive since VW made it clear that it would bring the Brazilian Nivus to Europe with a different name and build it in Spain.
At 4.26 meters (167.7 inches) long, 1.75 meters (69 inches) wide and 1.49 mm (58.6 inches) high, it’s a bit longer, narrower and more lower than the T-Roc and is longer than the T-Cross, it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about the standard or long wheelbase model. Its wheelbase is 2,566 mm (101 in), which makes it a little longer than that of the regular T-Cross but shorter than the T-Cross LWB-spec.
VW also sells the T-Roc with different wheelbase lengths and all of them are longer than the Taigo. Side note, the Wolfsburg pals are also selling a T-Roc convertible on the Old Continent to pick up where the Range Rover Evoque convertible left off.
Essentially, the Taigo is a sleeker alternative to the T-Cross by adopting what VW calls a coupe-like roofline. There isn’t much to say about the design as it was largely taken from the BR-spec Nivus. The flagship R-Line is featured in many adjacent images, complete with fake quad tailpipes that we could honestly do without.
The same goes for the interior, also borrowed from its Brazilian brother. However, eagle-eyed viewers will notice that the Euro-spec Taigo has more sophisticated air conditioning settings, borrowed from the redesigned Tiguan and Arteon. Overall, the interior should look so familiar if you’ve been in a T-Cross or a Polo, which also got that A / C module with the mid-cycle facelift unveiled earlier this year.
Sold exclusively with a front-wheel drive setup, the Taigo will be a gas-only affair as VW gradually moves away from its once-popular TDI engines. Customers will be able to choose from the usual suspects, namely a 1.0-liter three-cylinder and a larger, more powerful 1.5-liter four. The three-pot is good for 95 hp (70 kW) and 110 hp (81 kW) while the four-pot is rated at 150 hp (110 kW). Depending on the engine choice, the Taigo comes with a five- or six-speed manual transmission as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
From matrix LED headlights to partially automated driving (Tier 2), the VW Taigo is generously equipped for a B-segment crossover. It can be specified with a plethora of kits, including a 9.2-inch touchscreen, refill wireless, 18-inch wheels and various driver assistance functions. Despite its somewhat sloping roofline, the cargo space can still accommodate 438 liters of luggage, which is comparable to the boxy T-Cross.
VW intends to sell the small five-seater Taigo crossover in 28 countries of the European Union, as well as in Turkey and Africa.