Looking like the result of a drunken one night stand between a Tiguan and an up!, the 985 kg Taigun is 3,859 mm in length, 1,728 mm in width, stands 1,570 mm tall and sports a wheelbase of 2,470 mm, meaning its dimensions sit perfectly between those two models too.
Visually, this ‘Seaside Blue’ compact SUV features sculpted flared wheels arches, hidden rear door handles, rugged sections on the sills and arches with added metal underbody protection panels on the bumpers, 17-inch alloy wheels and roof rails with integrated LED lights. Moving inside, the practical cabin features plenty of storage space and air nozzles with integrated dials, allowing occupants to read temperature and blower speed settings, while the cargo capacity increases from 280 to 987 litres once the rear bench seat has been folded down.
Beneath the Taigun’s hood lies Volkswagen’s new 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 81 kW (109 hp) and 175 Nm of torque, allowing a 0-100 km/h time of 9.2 seconds, a top speed of 186 km/h (115 mph) and a combined fuel consumption figure of just four and one-half litres every 100 kilometres.
“The torque-strong three-cylinder is an ideal engine for such a compact SUV; it is a companion for driving through the urban environment that is as efficient as it is dynamic,” said Volkswagen’s Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg.