Taigo, the SUV coupe according to Volkswagen. The original model, which risks design, is conservative on engines

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Taigo, the SUV coupe according to Volkswagen. The original model, which risks design, is conservative on engines

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Taigo, the SUV coupe according to Volkswagen. The original model, which risks design, is conservative on engines

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Last December, the Volkswagen Group announced investments of 89 billion euros (59% of its resources) for the electrification of its series. The stated goal is to become a leader in the global market for electric mobility by 2025. A colossal plan, based on the forecast that every fourth car sold by 2026 will have a battery-powered system. It is therefore surprising that the latest new entry in the German series, the Taigo (original crossover coupe of segment B), uses exclusively petrol engines, the well-known 1.0 three-cylinder and 4-cylinder 1.5-cylinders already extensively tested on other cars in the group, such as manual and automatic DSG gearboxes.

The choice is explained with the need to tackle the transition gradually and make the most of what is available: in this specific case, the modular cross-platform MQB already used for the Polo and T-Cross are the engines already used on the entire range of segment B and C, and also the Spanish plant in Pamplona, ​​where the conversion to electric is foreseen only in 2025. If we add all this, the traditional motors continue to hold on to the market (in 2021, three out of ten had registered cars a petrol engine, and Volkswagen T-Cross was the leader in sales with 23,773 units) the frame of reference for the German giant’s new entry will be ready.

4.27 meters long, 1.76 meters wide, 1.52 meters high, the Taigo is a compact car, which places itself at the top of the B-segment and places itself above the T-Roc (4.24 meters) and T-Cross (4.11), as it shares engines and part of the mechanics (but there is no 4×4 version as for the T-Roc). According to some observers, it is actually the coupe version of the T-Cross, the smallest of the Wolfsburg SUVs, with which it also shares mechanics, technology, style and prices, which starts at 23,150 euros (identical figure as that required for a T-Cross 1.0 TSI Style).

At Volkswagen they argue instead that the starting point was Nivus, a model for sale only in Brazil that inspired designer Marco Pavone. The result, however, is a compact, handsome car that is able to combine coupe shapes with the swollen drive, classic of SUVs, and with enough space for passengers and luggage. The interior space – it is worth emphasizing – contributes with a decidedly long wheelbase (2,566 mm); in terms of load capacity, it varies from a minimum of 438 to a maximum of 1,437 liters (with the rear seats folded down).

On the high-tech front of the new generation, Taigo offers several digital features, from the instrumentation, the MIB3 infotainment system (with voice commands and recognition of unintentional impulses) and above all IQ.DRIVE, or the package that includes the driving assistance systems, which makes an important contribution to safety.

The engines, as mentioned, are the well-known three-cylinder 1.0 and 4-cylinder 1.5, in this case dropped in the forces of 95, 110 and 150 hp. The gearbox in entry level 1.0 TSI Life is the 5-speed manual; when you go up in the area, you pass the 6-speed manual and the 7-speed automatic DSG dual clutch. The stated consumption for the 1.0 three-cylinder engines is between 5.4 and 5.8 liters / 100 km, with CO2 emissions of between 123 and 133 gr / km; for the model with 4-cylinder 1.5 engine, it rises to 6.1 liters / 100 km, with CO2 emissions of 138 g / km. In terms of performance, it varies between 183 km / h at entry level 1.0 and 215 at the top of the range 1.5. The latter also scores an excellent 8.3 seconds in 0-100 acceleration against 11 for the base model, 10.4 and 10.9 for the intermediate models.

The range provides 3 equipment lines (Life, Style and R-Line) which differ in quantity and quality of fittings and equipment. In the launch phase, Volkswagen has decided to focus on the Life and R-Line: the first offers 16-inch alloy wheels, LED light clusters, digital cockpit, ADAS travel assistant package and infotainment with 8-inch screen; the other adds 17-inch wheels, panoramic roofs, sports seats, park pilot with parking sensors and the R-Line package for interior and exterior. The Matrix Led IQ Light optics, Climatronic Touch, satellite navigator and ADAS included in the IQ package remain optional. DRIVE. Prices range from a minimum of € 23,150 to a maximum of € 29,400.

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