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New VW Taigo :1st drive.

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I overheard someone say ” It’s too much now, they have way too many SUVs” so I asked , “what is “too much and who are you referring to?” This follower of all things motoring I do went on to explain his dismay or annoyance, I allowed him to finish his rant, I explained what the buying trend is in our country and how the brand has strategy to meet that demand, in addition every one of the 6 members of the T –SUV family meets a different need to varying customer base. Even after the healthy explanation I could see he was still not happy, we moved on regardless.

Dashing good looks that have captivated locals in images for a while now, from the onset it was not hidden in teaser images, it has the presence of MIhlali Ndamase with a dash of Minnie Dlamini due to its smaller proportions. The face with horizontally mounted LED fog lights that surround lower valance, the elongated light beam steals the show along with those handsome IQ Lights, a wider honey comb grille and muscular bonnet lines round off the front end. The side view’s best highlight is the sloping roof line as this is a sexy coupe SUV, 18” alloy wheels , plastic clad wheel arches, high shoulder lines, and R badges on front fenders. Since most of the launch units were kitted in R-Line some specified with the optional Black package (Black mirrors, black wheels and a black roof should you desire that complete blacked out feel). My highlight at the rear is the elongated LED tail light, and lower bumper details like dual exhaust outlets, and diffuser.

The interior is quite similar to the current generation Polo, just feels much bigger, better visibility thanks to a higher ride height and a slight higher seating position for front occupants. We do love everything about the Polo especially in R-line guise so the feeling of contentment remains. Privacy tint for rear occupants adds a presidential look, and somehow this enhances the looks of the coupe element.

The Taigo is powered by the tried and tested 1.0L 3cylinder turbo charged engine that generates 85kw and 200nm of torque, it is mated to a 7 speed DSG gearbox sending power to the front wheels. This equates to a comfortable yet stable and steady drive, and the handling and delivery are decently impressive. It is smooth in everything it does, this was proven in our launch drive stint which saw us visiting 3 provinces in one day, the one section towards our lunch stop was daunting thanks some serious South African on road travelling accessories (potholes), the Taigo faired very well.

The new comer is available in 3 style trims(Life, Style & R-Line) with varying specification levels, at the recent launch hosted at the vibey Prison Break Market we sampled well spec’d  R-Line derivatives.

Pricing starts from R429 900 for the entry level Life, followed by the middle of the range Style at R464 100, and the range topping R-Line comes in at R486 000, these are all backed a standard 3year /120 000km warranty, a 3year/45 000km Easy Drive service plan with 15 000km service intervals, the Taigo has an addictive streak so Volkswagen South Africa has the option of a 10Year/300 000km Maintenance plan.

To conclude, the Taigo strikes balance a beautiful balance of looks, ride quality and great street cred for  cool factor, It scores a healthy 8/10 and gets my NOD. Very few cars command such attention.

Thanks to the Volkswagen SA Team for a splendid launch.

Yours in motoring

Wezile Lorenzio Bonani

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