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VW Taigo 1.0 TSI: City SUV coupe in the test

City SUV coupe - aren't those three contradictions in themselves? Well, if so. Let's just do the test.

Suppose VW's engineers should further develop the carnival of Rio. They probably chose the party cellar of a terraced house in Bad Driburg as the location, preferring to serve Afri Cola behind the wood-panelled bar, while the unbridled dancing couples culminated in standing blues. And so to the standing blues variant of the good T-Cross, the Taigo. It's actually called Nivus, comes from Brazil, was Europeanized in Germany and rolls off the assembly line in Spain. A small VW from Brazil? From 2005 to 2011 there was Fox, who was also lacking in merriment. VW adapts the Taigo more elaborately, with seven airbags and various assistants up to the optional lane and cruise control or matrix LED headlights.

Completely rigid in front of the rear

The technical base, the MQB A0, is up to date anyway. A little more committed to elegance than everyday skill, the 16 cm longer and 9 cm lower hatchback version does without the sliding rear seat of the T -Cross.

The Taigo varies its loading volume from 440 to 1,220 liters with the two-piece folding rear backrest and the variable loading floor. With a length of 4.27 m, it also creates a compact class space for the passengers. When it comes to comfort, it also surpasses that of a small car, with comfortable seats and well-balanced suspension comfort. He only occasionally overruns short, harsh bumps with the gently tightened set-up, whereby the coordination always remains committed to driving safety. Despite the precise steering, the handling never approaches the exuberant.

Even in the more powerful of its two performance variants, the drumming one-liter turbo petrol engine doesn't tend to exuberance. Nevertheless, the three-cylinder drives the Taigo with the friendly support of the hasty seven-speed double coupler after a brief hesitation and, given the performance, just about adequately efficiently (7.2 l/100 km). The 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 150 hp will follow later.

The controls should be organized more efficiently, with confusing infotainment menus and fidgety tactile controls, they are also one of the few weaknesses of this VW. Depending on the equipment, it sometimes costs a little less, sometimes a little more than the T-Cross. Fits that safe, roomy, even amazingly complete car that VW makes better for Europe underneath, a little cheerier inside, but not a fool.


The Extravagance of the Taigo? Stay tight within reason. If you find it smarter than the T-Cross, you have to do without variability and suitability for bulky goods. But not for full value in terms of space, safety and comfort.


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