VW’s first coupe-SUV is the Taigo



Volkswagen Taigo R-Line

An all-new model, this coupe-SUV is the smallest in the segment, and could be the most affordable German coupe-SUV for Singapore


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Volkswagen announced today its very first coupe-styled SUV, the Taigo.

A small SUV around the same length as the Volkswagen Golf, the Taigo is in the same class as VW’s first small SUV, the T-Cross, which debuted in Singapore earlier this year.

The car could put an interesting spin on coupe-SUVs should it come to Singapore – it will be one of the least expensive German coupe-SUVs around.*

Volkswagen Taigo R-Line Singapore
Volkswagen Taigo R-Line


Volkswagen Singapore has not made any official mention on when/if the car will come here, but given the rabid popularity of the segment, we think it’s only a matter of time and right-hand drive availability, though the fact that Singapore still doesn’t have the T-Roc SUV does cast some doubt.

Here is VW’s official debut video for the Taigo

Dimensions

Volkswagen Taigo R-Line - Singapore

Besides the pricing, its style also looks to ensure it stands out in a crowd. 

As expected of a coupe-SUV, it’s slightly longer and lower (but no wider) than the T-Cross. It measures 4,266mm long, 1,757mm wide, and 1,494mm tall – compare that to the T-Cross at 4,235mm by 1,768mm, by 1,584mm, respectively. Like the T-Cross, the car is based on the same MQB A0 platform as the Volkswagen Polo.





Interestingly, the Taigo may have a tiny edge in legroom, since its wheelbase is 2,566mm, compared to 2,553mm of the T-Cross. As you can read in our full test drive review of the T-Cross, the headroom is good but it being a small SUV, legroom is not particularly generous. It has the same adjustable second-row, with cargo space of 438-litres, a tad less than the T-Cross’ 455-litres.  

Volkswagen Taigo Style - Singapore
Volkswagen Taigo Style

Styling 


The biggest difference is the height, with the Taigo being 90mm shorter. The side view immediately  shows you why: There’s the classic coupe-SUV silhouette, with smaller windows, a sloped C-pillar and roofline, offset by the car’s big fenders, and a stance taller than that of a hatchback’s. 

The front end is a slight departure from the T-Cross’, bearing the new ‘VW Face’ as seen on the Mark 8 Golf, but it loses the square fog-lights found on the T-Cross, for an uninterrupted lower grille section.

2022 Volkswagen Taigo Style - Singapore
I got a fever, and the only cure, is more lightbar.



The most dramatic change is a new LED light bar which spans the front, and connects the two headlights. The rear, likewise, has a similar looking light signature and a lightbar which joins the taillight clusters. It’s car design 2020 101: If you can’t make the car wider in real life, make it look wider with a lightbar.

2022 Volkswagen Taigo R-Line taillight - Singapore

The front lightbar may not be standard issue, though: It’s paired with VW’s new Iq.Light matrix LED headlamps found in higher trim versions in Europe – that’s why the regular Golf 1.5 doesn’t have it, but the GTI does, for instance. 

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Interior and Drivetrain

This is the 1.0-litre triple turbo-engine of the T-Cross, but the Taigo will have exactly the same thing


On the European market, the car is offered with two versions of a 1.0-litre turbo triple (95hp, 110hp) and one version of a 1.5-litre turbo inline with 150hp. Given the T-Cross’ market debut, we can expect the 110hp version to come to Singapore.

VW hasn’t unveiled performance data yet, but we would be surprised if it differs greatly from the T-Cross. For reference, the 115hp T-Cross 1.0 does 0-100km/h in 10.2 seconds, with an efficiency of 5.2L/100km.

2022 Volkswagen Taigo Style - Singapore




Again like the T-Cross, the Taigo has the latest MIB 3 infotainment system paired with a regular gearshifter – not shift-by-wire like on the Golf and Audi A3, which use the MQB Evo platform.

The cars shown here are the higher-spec European trims, the Style (Green) and R-Line (red), so they have a digital cockpit display (10.25-inch) and the largest infotainment touchscreen available, the Discover Pro at 9.2-inches. Lesser options include 8.0-inch Discover Media or Ready2Discover, or 6.5-inch Composition (MIB2). Below the infotainment is a new option – a digitalised touch-button climate control system.

VW Taigo R-Line Singapore - Cockpit


The Taigo is also ready for active safety systems, what VW now terms ‘Iq.Drive’, including driving assist on highways (‘Travel Assist’) at speeds from 30 to 210km/h, adaptive cruise, forward collision warning/avoidance and more.

As always the final spec for Singapore may differ. Based on the T-Cross, our guess is that a top-spec R-Line would make most sense, with possibly a mid-spec Style variant. A super-budget model is unlikely, since most buyers would just go straight for the similarly-sized Skoda, the Kamiq. But given Skoda doesn’t have a coupe-SUV yet, it could mean more options for Taigos here if/when it arrives. 

*Coupe styled SUVs are not uncommon – strong mainstream best-sellers like the Toyota Yaris Cross and Honda HR-V can be termed coupe-SUVs, and the Taigo would probably not be less expensive than those cars.

But it’s been the luxury German practice to offer a coupe-styled version of an existing SUV – see BMW X3/X4, X5/X6, Mercedes-Benz GLC/GLC Coupe, Audi Q3/Q3 Sportback, Q5/Q5 Sportback and so on. In that sense, and since Opel has no coupe-SUVs, the Taigo could be the least expensive German coupe-SUV here.


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