With the compact SUV market growing rapidly, Volkswagen has doubled downed and launched its third mini-SUV. The all-new Taigo is positioned between the T-Cross and T-Roc, spoiling the South African consumers for choice. For those who are a bit confused, there are now five VW SUVs on sale locally. In ascending order of size they are: T-Cross, Taigo, T-Roc, Tiguan and Touareg.

Interested in learning more about the new VW Taigo? Here are a few key things to know.

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1. Slips Between the T-Cross and T-Roc

It’s no surprise that the compact SUV market has exploded in South Africa. However, Volkswagen has introduced the Taigo as their third compact SUV. The Taigo comes with all the standard features and comfort you can expect from a modern VW but perfectly slots between the T-Cross and T-Roc. All versions are fitted with the company’s 1,0 TSI engine and famed dual-clutch transmission (DSG).

Click here to read our VW T-Cross review and here to read our impressions of the T-Roc.

2. Sleek Design

The new Taigo has a modern look that builds on the front end of the T-Roc and blends it with the rear of the T-Cross. The body shape is more coupe-eque, mimicking some of the more high-end SUVs on the market like the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Despite this premium styling, the Taigo is still priced within the budget range for SUVs. See below for prices.

3. Wireless Connectivity

As with most modern VWs, the new Taigo comes with wireless technology as standard. This includes both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as a standard feature on all their models. You can also option your Taigo to have a wireless charging pad in the centre console ahead of the gearlever.

4. IQ.DRIVE Technology

The new Taigo comes with VW’s IQ.DRIVE technology. This is the set of intelligent driver aids to help make driving safer and more eco-friendly. The IQ.DRIVE platform includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keep Assist, and Travel Assist to make long-distance driving a breeze.

5. Taigo R-Line

The Taigo will be available in South Africa in three distinct trim levels. These are the Life, Style, and R-Line trim. The Style trim adds larger 17-inch wheels and a larger eight-inch infotainment screen. However, it may make more sense to jump straight to the R-Line package. This is because the R-Line pack includes a more aggressive body kit, a digital cockpit, black accents, privacy glass, and stainless-steel pedals. The makes the difference in price worth it.

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VW Taigo Pricing

Taigo Life 1,0 TSI R429 900
Taigo Style 1,0 TSI R464 100
Taigo R-Line 1,0 TSI R486 000