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Entry-level VW Taigo vs mid-range Toyota Corolla Cross

The new VW Taigo has gone on sale in South Africa with the entry-level model, the Life, starting at a price of R429,900.

This makes it similarly priced to the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid XS, the mid-range model of one of South Africa’s most popular crossovers.

We put these two crossovers head-to-head to see how they compare in the country’s most competitive segment.


The obvious difference between the Taigo and Corolla Cross’ powertrains is that the latter is a hybrid.

The Toyota uses a 1.8-litre petrol engine in tandem with an electric motor to achieve a fuel consumption of 4.3l/100km.

The VW, meanwhile, employs a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine to average a still impressive consumption of 5.4l/100km.

Both cars have a similar power output of 85kW and 90kW for the Taigo and Cross respectively, and the VW produces 200Nm of torque.

Toyota, however, has not revealed the official torque figures for any of its hybrid models, listing the Corolla’s as 142Nm+e-torque.

For their transmissions, the VW makes use of a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox, while the Toyota is fitted with a CVT transmission, and both crossovers are front-wheel drive.

The Taigo also boasts a higher top speed than the Cross, at 200km/h as opposed to 170km/h.


VW’s latest crossover has a long list of selling features including a leather multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, manual air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear fog lights, 16-inch alloys, LED headlights and daytime running lights, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen with four speakers and support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and VW’s WeConnectGo companion app.

Additionally, the Taigo is fitted with driver aids such as front and rear park distance control, cruise control, hill assist, and driver fatigue monitoring.

Moving on to Toyota’s mid-range offering, the Corolla Cross includes a few features not found on its competitor such as a push-start system, reverse camera, and automatic dual-zone air conditioning.

It also offers partial leather seats, a multifunction leather steering wheel,  cruise control, rear park distance control, hill assist, rain-sensing wipers, six speakers, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Toyota Connect.

The exterior, meanwhile, gets 17-inch alloys, automatic LED headlights and daytime running lights, and front fog lights.

Thanks to their rather similar sizing, both competitors also boast 440 litres of boot space.


The VW Taigo 1.0TSI Life has a South African starting price of R429,900.

It also comes with a 3-year/120,000km warranty and a 3-year/45,000km service plan.

The South African starting price for the Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid XS is R425,400.

This includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty, a 6-service/90,000km service plan, and an 8-year/195,000km battery warranty.

VW Taigo 1.0 TSI Life

Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid XS

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