The term “SUV coupe” is not new to me. I was first introduced to these words when BMW brought me to the US in 2008 so I could drive the X6, which, as you know, is an SUV coupe. Which is really just like grafting a sexier rear on to the X5. You get the point: sport-ute plus sports car. Or something like that.
Now, imagine shrinking the X6 and you get the Volkswagen Taigo, which is a subcompact crossover. At almost 4.26m long, it’s almost as small as the T-Cross. VW says the version you see here is a “nearly production-ready concept (the car is not yet available to buy),” but it is actually based on a Brazilian twin, called the Nivus.
Built on the MQB platform, the five-seater, front-wheel-drive Taigo boasts IQ.Light LED matrix headlights and IQ.Drive Travel Assist. The latter feature, an optional extra, makes possible semi-automated driving—apparently “up to a system-determined top speed of 210km/h.”
In the cabin, the highlight of the vehicle is its all-digital cockpit with the third generation of the MIB3 infotainment system.