Taigolicious Satisfies the Soul, Bigger and Better Polo – Automotive

Cars these days seem to be getting better – the constant refinement in ride quality, ingenuity, technology and all the other improvements added to looks. The Volkswagen Taigo brings all of these elements to a great extent, depending on which extras you choose.

When you look at the car, it’s a big boy Polo. Bigger in size and elevated to a higher position. It is an attractive design. It’s more like a T-Roc except almost like a coupe edition which means less boot space; it’s about 440L. The VW Taigo is priced significantly lower than the VW T-Roc at R444,900.00 while you will pay around R563,800.00 for the entry level T-Roc. One wonders if that would mark the end of the T-Roc since they’re pretty much the same, though the beauty runs deep and each has their own gorgeous spot.

When you put the pedal deep in the metal, the power is instantaneous and perfectly balanced. He moves with a slight ease. The Taigo’s engine is powered by a 1.0L 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that gives you a decent power output of 85 kW. It may seem tiny compared to the 2.0L engine in the VW T-Roc, but the turbo compensates and gives it plenty of power.

A big Polo boy, or is it?

Once the car is launched and in motion, power is transmitted directly to the front wheels. The Taigo’s gearbox has a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission and shifts very well; it moves effortlessly and shifts smoothly. All Taigo models come standard with the 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.

Local Volkswagen SUV enthusiasts can expect three variants to choose from, namely the range-topping Taigo R-Line and the entry 1.0L TSI Life we’re currently testing, or you can opt for the 1.0L style. with a bunch of added extras. However, if you want something sportier, you can get the R-Line Taigo which looks more aggressive. Be kind is the mantra of my peacemaking mother, so in that spirit we invoke the inner R with some respite and peace.

All Taigo models come standard with the 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.

We tested the R-Line Taigo version a few months ago; we only had it one day until an unpleasant situation. My dad had taken me to Carltonville in the R-Line version to pick up my license. It was about an hour from Joburg. On the way back from tireless driving, we didn’t get the license because the DLTC was offline. We were hungry and wanted to go home for mum’s meals – but she had a day off. On the way back, we were hit on the right side by a motorist who was unfocused and seemed distracted. My dad suffered a mild whiplash from the collision, but luckily we made it out unharmed, and the car was still intact with just a huge scratch on the side.

Taigo is characterized by defined lines, from front to back.

The motorist was also safe and a bit shaky from the experience. But the Taigo was a little rough around the edges and still able to take us to the police station and for a chicken meal at our beloved Baron’s where the roast never tasted the same.

Thank God for the life and mercies we take for granted. The weekend in the latest version of the Taigo Life there was no such drama as my parents headed to Ballito on the north coast, effortless driving in a stunning vehicle, but the journey somehow kind of lacked spark, they tell me, because I wasn’t there. Oh Taigo! I missed you!


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