Volkswagen Taigo review - Engines, performance and drive
The Taigo offers modest power from its TSI petrol engines, prioritising comfort over performance
Buyers shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that the stylish, sporty looking Taigo comes with extra performance credentials over its T-Cross sibling. There’s no hot R model at the top of the range, with only 1.0 and 1.5-litre TSI petrol engines to choose from - the most powerful providing 148bhp.
Ultimately, this reflects the true character of VW’s small coupe-SUV; a leisurely, laid-back cruiser that brings a little bit more elegance to everyday driving. There’s a focus on overall stability and comfort, although there’s a little more road noise than we’d like and a fidgety ride at lower speeds.
Most of the Taigo’s life will arguably be spent in and around town and on urban commutes, so it perhaps seems odd that we’d recommend a model with a manual gearbox over the seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. We found the auto to be jerky when attempting to park, and also a bit hesitant when pulling away from junctions. So, not the greatest companion if you spend a lot of time navigating the hustle and bustle of busy streets.
The Taigo is perfectly pleasant at motorway speeds, however, with the 108bhp 1.0-litre engine responsive enough and the 148bhp 1.5-litre unit offering an additional 50Nm of torque which helps make overtaking that bit easier.
0-62mph acceleration and top speed
The Taigo lineup relies on a selection of Volkswagen’s entry and mid-range TSI petrol engines to power the coupe-SUV. The entry 94bhp 1.0-litre version is capable of 0-62mph in a sluggish 11.1 seconds, although upgrading to the 108bhp variant means the sprint time falls to 10.4 seconds (in six-speed manual form).
There’s decent pace to be found in the 148bhp 1.5-litre model, which manages 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 132mph.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen Taigo reviewThe Volkswagen Taigo is a stylish coupe-SUV that doesn’t compromise on practicality
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingThe Taigo offers modest power from its TSI petrol engines, prioritising comfort over performance
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsSolid real-world fuel economy, reasonable insurance costs and impressive residual values mean that the Taigo should be an efficient choice
- 4Interior, design and technologyThere’s a familiar look to the inside of the Taigo, with a good onboard infotainment system that’s easy to use
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe stylish Taigo coupe-SUV is still surprisingly spacious, with some practical features that will appeal to family buyers
- 6Reliability and safetySafety is top-notch, although some of the Taigo’s close rivals offer better warranty cover