Volkswagen Taigo variants
Total price
Monthly payment
Figures are based on a 20% deposit

Finance representative example (PCP)

Total cash price £16,999. Borrowing £13,599 with a £3,400 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£214.63
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£22,693.14
Cost of credit
£5,694.14
Optional final payment
£8,991.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

Volkswagen Taigo buying guide

What Volkswagen Taigo trim levels are there?

To keep things simple, you’ve only got three trim levels to choose between. First up is Life and its surprisingly long list of standard equipment. There are 16-inch alloy wheels, digital dials, ambient lighting, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. Phew.

Style offers the same but better, really. The wheels are upped to 17 inches, the digital dials are bigger, the touchscreen includes built-in sat nav, the air-con is upgraded to a two-zone system and the headlights become Matrix LED units that can automatically block out oncoming cars from their high beam. That’s the theory, anyway.

Top-spec R-Line adds a sportier look: body-coloured sills, black fog light surrounds, exhaust finisher trim and a smattering of R-Line badges. You also get driving mode choices, although don’t expect the Sport mode to turn the Taigo into a Golf R.

Volkswagen Taigo interior and technology

Inside, it’s all very Polo, which is no bad thing. All models get an infotainment touchscreen mounted cleanly in the dashboard, with DAB radio and smartphone mirroring. It gets handy shortcut tiles on each side and a proper volume knob, plus real buttons on the smart three-spoke steering wheel. Like the facelifted Polo, you do have to change the temperature with slightly awkward sliders, however.

The material quality is good enough – there’s a mix of cheap but durable plastics and plusher soft-touch areas. Rear-seat space is also pretty good, and headroom will be fine for most adults, despite the Taigo’s stylish sloping roof.

Volkswagen Taigo boot space and dimensions

At less than 4.3 metres long, the Taigo should be perfectly easy to manoeuvre and park. But it packs a lot into its compact footprint – its 440-litre boot is almost class-leading and more than you get in the Peugeot 2008, Skoda Kamiq and Nissan Juke.

Volkswagen Taigo engine range explained

Volkswagen Taigo 1.0 TSI petrol

The mid-range engine in the Polo is the entry-level option here. With either 95hp or 110hp, it’s not super speedy but it will achieve over 50mpg with a manual gearbox, or slightly less with an automatic gearbox.

Volkswagen Taigo 1.5 TSI petrol

The Taigo is petrol-only, and the other choice is a more powerful 1.5-litre petrol engine with 150hp. This is noticeably quicker off the line but isn’t any less economical thanks to clever engine tech, so you should achieve around 48mpg. An automatic gearbox comes as standard.

Volkswagen T-Cross FAQs

The Taigo is a five-door, five-seat crossover with a sleek and flowing roofline. It’s only available with a petrol engine and front-wheel drive, but you do get a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes (depending on the engine and trim level you pick).

Essentially a Polo XL, the Taigo shares many of the same qualities with the supermini it’s based on. You get a grown-up driving experience, a solidly built and high-tech interior and economical engines. The Taigo is more practical than the Polo, although it’s a bit more expensive to buy and run.