Volkswagen Taigo review - Interior, design and technology
There’s a familiar look to the inside of the Taigo, with a good onboard infotainment system that’s easy to use
The Taigo shares its underpinnings with the T-Cross small SUV, which means it’s based on the MQB A0 architecture that also forms the base of cars such as the Polo supermini. Volkswagen has smoothed out the boxy lines of the T-Cross, however, to create a more stylish, coupe look for the Taigo.
With a sloping roofline, lower bonnet and a 66mm reduction in height over the T-Cross, the Taigo will certainly look smart on the school run and has that extra kerb appeal that is so important across UK suburban streets. But it’s not all form over function; the Taigo is actually longer than the model it's based on, which helps keep interior space up to par.
The cabin doesn’t throw up too many surprises as the dash is lifted straight from the T-Cross, although there is the option to customise the look with a painted finish to match the car’s body colour. Softer materials are in use higher on the dash and door cards, with lower grade plastics evident lower down, while opting for a lighter interior trim colour does help to lift the ambience.
Standard kit is reasonable, although we’d recommend the mid-range Style trim as the sweet spot in the range. One bugbear is VW’s insistence on continuing with touch-sensitive climate controls which are simply a nuisance. They’re positioned too low to be able to easily use while on the move, and a return to physical dials would be most welcome.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The Taigo’s Discover Media set-up is a familiar one that’s hard to find fault with. The main menu is neatly laid out with a selection of tiles, while the screen is flanked by a set of touch-sensitive shortcut keys and physical knobs for the volume and navigation zoom functions, so it’s easy to find what you choose.
VW’s built-in navigation loads quickly enough, and a proximity sensor brings up certain functions when you move your hand toward the display, so the screen is uncluttered when you don’t need them. Loading times are fine, although the screen lags behind slightly when swiping through the menus.
The Taigo gets a digital driver’s display, with an eight-inch set-up used on the base model, and a 10.25-inch system for the Style and R-Line versions. Steering-wheel buttons let you switch between views that prioritise either navigation, driver assistance or conventional-looking dials.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen Taigo reviewThe Volkswagen Taigo is a stylish coupe-SUV that doesn’t compromise on practicality
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe 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 technology - currently readingThere’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