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Volkswagen Taigo

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Volkswagen Taigo/Nivus
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2022 Volkswagen Taigo
Also calledVolkswagen Nivus (Latin America)
AssemblySpain: Pamplona
Brazil: São Bernardo do Campo (Volkswagen do Brasil)
DesignerJosé Carlos Pavone[1]
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover SUV (B)
Body style5-door coupe SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group MQB A0
RelatedVolkswagen Polo Mk6
Volkswagen Virtus
Volkswagen T-Cross
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
7-speed DSG
Wheelbase2,566 mm (101.0 in)
Length4,266–4,270 mm (168.0–168.1 in)
Width1,750–1,757 mm (68.9–69.2 in)
Height1,493 mm (58.8 in)

The Volkswagen Taigo is a subcompact crossover SUV (B-segment) with a sloping roofline manufactured by the German automaker Volkswagen. Based on the Mk6 Polo, the Taigo is built on the Volkswagen Group MQB A0 platform.

The vehicle was first released as the Volkswagen Nivus, which was unveiled in May 2020 in Brazil.[2] It has been launched in other South American markets in 2021,[3] and was released in Europe in July 2021 as the Taigo.[4][5] It is positioned alongside the T-Cross in the European market,[6] and below the T-Cross in South America.[7]


Based on the Volkswagen Group MQB A0 platform, the Taigo/Nivus is closely related with the Mk6 Polo, sharing its side doors, windshield, roof stamping, suspension setup and most interior parts for efficiency and cost-cutting measures.[8] While its fascia is completely redesigned, Volkswagen has also raised the hood which results in a taller presence and give it a more rugged look compared to the Polo.[9] A completely new C-column stamping and the rear parts of the car allows for a larger trunk space, from 300 litres in the Polo to 415 litres.[10][11] As the result, unlike other subcompact crossovers in the market, the Taigo/Nivus has a low-roof proportion that allows it to be marketed as a "coupe crossover" alternative to the tall-proportioned T-Cross. All-wheel drive is not available in any markets, as the MQB A0 platform did not support it.

The Taigo/Nivus is the first Volkswagen model developed in Brazil that is produced and sold in the European market. While the Nivus built in Brazil will be exported to markets in Latin America, the crossover went on production in the second half of 2021 in Pamplona, Spain as the Taigo.

According to Volkswagen do Brasil, about 30 people from the Spanish team were involved in the Taigo/Nivus project and some of them visited the facilities in Brazil to learn about the development vehicle before European production begins. Volkswagen claimed Taigo/Nivus was developed without any physical prototype needed, with designers and engineers using virtual reality and augmented reality instead. As a result, project time was reduced by 10 months with significant cost savings.[12]


The Taigo was released for the European market on 28 July 2021, a year after the debut of the Nivus.[13] Manufactured at the Pamplona plant in Spain alongside the Polo and T-Cross, its design has largely carried over from the South American Nivus with several minor changes. An R-Line variant is available as the flagship model. VW stated that it is the "first SUV coupe to be launched in the (European) small car segment". The sleek roofline comes at the expense of boot space as the Taigo has a capacity of 438 litres, compared to 455 litres for the European T-Cross.

Available exclusively with front-wheel drive, two petrol engine options are at launch, including a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder TSI delivering 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) or 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp), and a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp). The 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) unit is paired to a standard 5-speed manual, with the 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) engine offering a choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG dual clutch transmission.[14]


Debuted on 28 May 2020 in Brazil, the Nivus is the second vehicle by VW to occupy the segment after the T-Cross. It is built at the Anchieta plant in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil alongside the Polo and Virtus, with all three models sharing the MQB A0 platform. The Nivus is powered by a 1.0-liter TSI turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine rated at 118 PS (87 kW; 116 hp). Badged 200 TSI, the unit runs also on ethanol, in which case it makes 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp).[2] The engine is hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

An export-only option is the 170 TSI, with a 95hp version of the same engine backed by a 5-speed manual transmission, available in countries such as Argentina and Uruguay where manual transmission remains more appreciated than in Brazil.

In the interior, the Nivus shared the same dashboard with the European Polo, with minimal differences, making it to look slightly different from the Latin American Polo. The infotainment system featured VW Play, which is a multimedia interface fully developed in Brazil.

The Nivus was released in Mexico in December 2021, being imported from Brazil.[15]


Petrol engine
Model Displacement Series Power Torque Transmission Markets
1.0 TSI 95 999 cc I3 EA211 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) 175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft) 5-speed manual Europe
1.0 TSI 110 999 cc I3 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG Europe
1.0 200 TSI 999 cc I3 118 PS (87 kW; 116 hp) (with petrol) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) 6-speed automatic South America
130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) (with ethanol)
1.5 TSI 150 1,498 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG Europe


Year Brazil Argentina Uruguay Mexico Europe[i][16] Turkey
2020 16,242[17] 1,149[18] 60[19]
2021 36,669[20] 5,459[21] 734[22] 1,688
2022 39,407[23] 4,237[24] 943[25] 3,203[26] 6,149[27]
  1. ^ Europe: 2020 EU 27 + UK + Switzerland + Norway + Iceland


Rear disc brakes are optional in the Nivus.[28]

Latin NCAP

The Latin American Nivus with 6 airbags, airbag switch, UN127, ESC, ISA, full SBR and optional collision avoidance system received 5 stars from Latin NCAP in 2022 under its new protocol (similar to Euro NCAP 2014).[29]


The Taigo was tested by Euro NCAP in 2022 as a partner model to the Polo and achieved the maximum five-star safety rating.[30]


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