New VW Taigo To Launch Locally in June

  Colin Windell


 19 May, 2022

In keeping with global automotive trends demanding SUV-styled vehicles, Volkswagen South Africa will add the Taigo (pronounced tie-go) in June this year. The coupé SUV will join its band of ‘T’ brothers - the T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg.

The coupé silhouette has a forward-sloping C-pillar with the side view exhibiting precise and sharp lines leading to the extended overhang at the rear - providing a luggage compartment volume of 440 litres.

Design and suspension

The Taigo is flatter and longer than the T-Cross and has a ground clearance of 137 mm, and the long wheelbase of 2 566 mm gives all passengers a slightly elevated seating position. Compared to the Polo and T-Cross, the distance between the axles has been increased by two and three millimetres, respectively, and the Taigo is 4 266 mm long, 1 515 mm tall and 1 757 mm wide. 

The entire dash panel of the new Taigo features a horizontal design defined by the modules it contains: the standard Digital Cockpit in the Taigo Life or the Digital Cockpit Pro in the Taigo Style and R-Line, as well as the new generation of infotainment systems.

Three different infotainment systems – Composition Colour with a 6,5-inch display (standard in the Life), Composition Media with an 8,0-inch display (standard in Style and R-Line) and the optional Discover Media with an 8,0-inch display format – are on offer. 

Located below the air-conditioning module are two USB-C ports and, as an option, a compartment for inductive smartphone charging.

Under the umbrella brand IQ.Drive, Volkswagen has bundled assisted driving together and a fundamental element is the Travel Assist system, which permits partly automated driving in the Taigo. The system can steer, brake, and accelerate the Taigo at speeds between 30 km/h and 200 km/h.

The latest generation of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) works together with the DSG transmission and navigation system to proactively consider local speed limit information, town boundary signs, junctions, and traffic circles.

Volkswagen has redesigned its equipment lines across all model ranges for greater clarity. Features favoured by most customers, such as LED headlights and Digital Cockpit, are now integrated as standard in the Taigo. The Taigo is available in Life, Style and R-Line versions. 

Engine and performance

The new Taigo will be available with the 1.0 TSI engine with 85 kW of power and 200 Nm of torque. The Taigo’s three-cylinder engine is paired with the 7-speed DSG transmission. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5,4 l/100 km and it takes 11,3 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h. 

Tech and safety

Standard features in the Life include:

The Composition Colour system with a 6,5-inch monitor


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A front centre armrest with a USB-C interface 

A multi-function leather steering wheel, and 

Power foldable exterior mirrors

16-inch Belmopan alloy wheels and black roof rails

The Style includes IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights and the rear bumper with a chrome strip and a silver diffuser. 

Other standard features of the Taigo Style include IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, ambient lighting, 17-inch Aberdeen alloy wheels, Park Distance Control in the front and rear, Dynamic Light Assist, 10,25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro, Active Info Display and an 8-inch Composition Media infotainment system.

The Taigo R-Line’s seats are upholstered in Karoso fabric in ArtVelours and come standard with a black headliner, stainless steel pedals, privacy glass for rear side windows and rear windows, Active Info Display as well as 17-inch Valencia alloy wheels.

Optional features in the Taigo R-Line include the tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof, a removable trailer hitch, Black Styling Package with black 18-inch Misano alloy wheels, and a Keyless Entry, 18-inch Misano alloy wheels, beats sound system, IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist Package (Lane Assist, Forward Collision Warning including Autonomous Emergency Braking System and Adaptive Cruise Control), Comfort Package (Rear View Camera, Keyless Entry and Park Assist), Driver Assistance Package (Park Assist, Lane Assist and Side Assist), Seat heater for front seats, Inductive mobile charging, which includes Composition Media Plus and Discover Media (Wireless App-Connect, inductive mobile charging, Voice Control and Navigation).

Warranty and maintenance 

The Taigo comes standard with a 3-year/120 000 km warranty, 3-year/ 45 000 km EasyDrive Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. The service interval is 15 000 km.

Volkswagen will announce the retail price of the new Taigo closer to the launch date.

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