VW South Africa told TopAuto that the new VW Taigo will launch locally in the second quarter of the year.
The local arm of VW has not yet confirmed the South African specifications of the Taigo, however.
To get a better idea of what we can expect from the SUV, we looked to the European models and their specifications.
What to expect
In Germany, the VW Taigo is offered in four trims – Taigo, Life, Style, and R-Line – with three performance levels spanning two engines.
As standard, each derivative sports LED headlights, a digital instrument cluster, manual air conditioning, a multifunction steering wheel, autonomous front emergency braking, lane assist, and the MIB3 infotainment system.
The Life trim adds parking sensors and App Connect, while the Style sees wireless App Connect and IQ.Light Matrix LED headlights with daytime running lights included.
The R-Line is positioned as the sporty, range-topping version with model-specific bumpers, high-gloss black exterior highlights, up to 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, and the “Ready 2 Discover” infotainment system.
This provides internet and streaming capabilities, as well as online traffic information, route calculation, and destination imports.
As compact SUVs go, this is a well-appointed spec sheet and we don’t expect to see much less when the South African Taigos arrive.
As was the case with the 2022 Polo, the domestic models should be fitted with many of the features on those in Germany.
Under the hood, the Taigo in Germany is fitted with either a 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine generating 70kW or 81kW, or a 1.5-litre, turbo-petrol motor with 110kW.
The available gearboxes then include a five-speed or six-speed manual, or a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic.
While it’s not yet confirmed, there is a good chance the local Taigo will boast the same performance figures as those in Europe.
It also just so happens that the T-Cross – which closely follows the dimensions of the Taigo – offers these exact engines specifications in South Africa.
Due to its size, platform, and presumed performance, we expect the Taigo to slot between the T-Cross and T-Roc – the first entrant in a segment of its own.