The interior’s materials are pretty good as well: harder and scratchier than in something like the Golf, even high in the cabin where you’d sometimes find softer materials at this price. But it feels well constructed, with miniscule tolerances and good fit and consistent surfacing. VW is good at this sort of thing.
The ergonomics are fine, too. Yes, there’s a lot of touchscreen and the instruments are digital, but the climate controls are separate, the lane-keeping assistance is switchable via the steering wheel/stalk and there’s even an actual manual handbrake, if you remember those.
It’s inoffensive to drive, too. The steering is smooth, the ride is mostly settled, bar the odd jiggle around town on 18in wheels, and there aren’t too many hints that it’s a tall car. Roll is well contained.
Sure, the Polo – itself not the most dynamic car in its class – changes direction more readily, but the Taigo is relatively sprightly, albeit with the odd small nibble of torque steer. The steering is otherwise very smooth and consistent; you can change the weight of it with different drive modes but it doesn’t get much different. Most VWs have a consistent easygoing nature to their drive and this is no exception; it’s harmless and not entirely unfun. And given its little bit of extra height, it’s easy to get in and out of.
Taigo prices start at £22,450 and rise to £29,140 for the 1.5 TSI R Line. That’s a fair chunk more than for the Polo but competitive with other crossovers like the Ford Puma or Nissan Juke. If you just consider their length it makes superminis like a Polo or Fiesta look like a bargain, but they do have better interiors and, often, more powerful engines. Whatever, the formula obviously works, and does here, too. It’s a likeable car.