Volkswagen Taigo review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The stylish Taigo coupe-SUV is still surprisingly spacious, with some practical features that will appeal to family buyers
Despite offering a style upgrade over its T-Cross sibling, the Taigo doesn’t let itself down in terms of overall practicality. Interior space is good, while standard kit includes adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, power folding heated mirrors and a wireless smartphone charging function. Further up the range you’ll find additional features such as upgraded Sports comfort seats, dual-zone climate control and integrated sat-nav.
A small grumble is that we didn’t like the design of the two cup-holders between the front seats. They’re shaped hexagonally and struggle to hold anything more than a small coffee cup, although generally the Taigo’s interior is ergonomically sound.
Family buyers will be pleased to see Isofix points in the front and rear passenger seats; they’re easy to reach, with access made all the easier by the large rear door opening.
The Taigo is 4,266mm long and 1,757mm wide (excluding mirrors), which means it's a little longer than the T-Cross, although not quite as wide.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Volkswagen has done a good job to ensure that the Taigo’s sloping roofline doesn’t impact headroom for rear passengers, while legroom is good throughout the cabin. Space upfront is not dissimilar to the T-Cross which means it should be fine for most.
At 440 litres, the Taigo’s boot capacity is only 15 litres down on the T-Cross, although it’s still well ahead of its Toyota C-HR rival which offers a maximum load space of 377 litres.
Adding to the Taigo’s practicality is the large tailgate opening, low load lip and adjustable boot floor, while folding the rear seats unlocks a total of 1,222 litres.
If you’re prioritising towing ability, then the 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI is the engine to go for. It is rated to tow up to 1,200kg, while the 108bhp 1.0-litre limit is 1,100kg, followed by the 94bhp version with a maximum braked trailer load of 1,000kg.
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 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 space - currently readingThe 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