Volkswagen has said they plan to expand their crossover and SUV portfolio due to customer demands as well as better profit margins which is critical for future investments. Currently, more than 20% of their annual sales is an SUV model.
Beginning with the Volkswagen T-Cross and then larger T-Roc in key markets, Volkswagen is now offering a third variant in this ‘T-“ family. Called the Tagio, is built on the MQB-A0 platform that also underpins the Volkswagen T-Cross and new Polo.
To accommodate the sloping rear profile and steeply raked rear windscreen, the wheelbase has been stretched by 15 mm to a total of 2,566 mm.
At 4.266 m long and 1.757 m wide, the new Volkswagen Taigo is similar in size to the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Kicks e-Power, Honda HR-V and Proton X50. It is the most crowded landscape of the crossover/SUV segment, where Kia, Hyundai, Peugeot, Toyota and even MG has a product of this compact size.
Inside, the Volkswagen Taigo adopts the new switches and design of the facelifted new Volkswagen Polo. New features such as capacitive touch-panel dual-zone air-conditioning controls, a large touchscreen infotainment system and the 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro are all available in the Taigo.
Powertrain options for the baby coupe-SUV are a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder delivering 95 hp or 110 hp and a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 150 hp. Similar to the T-Cross, the smaller engine can be paired with manual or automatic DSG transmission, while the 1.5-litre is only offered with the DSG transmission.
So, which do you prefer? Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia is planning to bring in more products and expand their SUV line-up this year. Given the choice of four SUVs (including the existing Tiguan Allspace), the Tagio would be a great addition to complement the T-Cross which is available for importation immediately.
The T-Roc meanwhile is positioned to be more premium and more powerful, akin to a Volkswagen Golf.