Primary Navigation Mobile

Volkswagen Taigo verdict

2022 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 53.9

Written by Tom Wiltshire Published: 15 August 2022 Updated: 17 August 2022

Should you buy one?

If you want a compact car with a degree of coupe glamour, the Taigo could be for you. It’s only a limited degree, though – in most respects this is little more than a slinkier T-Cross, and it feels like it.

The Taigo does come very well-equipped as standard, and it’s reasonably practical with a large boot and space for tall passengers. It should also prove reasonably cost-efficient to buy and own. It’s more expensive than the associated T-Cross, though, so you’ll need to ask yourself whether the additional style is worth it.

We have two main problems with the Taigo. The first is the lack of any up-to-date powertrains such as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full EV – these are becoming increasingly necessary for compact SUVs to keep up with the pack.

The second is its complete lack of character. If you’re only after a vehicle to transport you from A to B, that probably won’t bother you, but the T-Cross already fills that gap in the VW lineup. By opting for the more stylish Taigo, you’re making a sacrifice for looks – and we think cars like this need that last degree of sparkle to stand out.

So the Taigo isn’t up there with the best small SUVs – but it’s not too far behind. It’s not a crime to be boring, after all.

What we like

High level of standard equipment even on the base-spec model – cars from Style trim upwards are positively bedecked with glitzy tech. Practicality that’s virtually unchanged from the boxier T-Cross is nice too.

What we don’t like

The Taigo is dull to drive, no matter what sort of road you’re on, and the uninspiring all-petrol engine lineup lacks any electrification – both literal and metaphorical.