There was a period in the 1990s and early 2000s when manufacturers were scrambling to introduce quirky little coupes based on superminis. Some were pretty good, some not so much.
The best representative of this idea was probably the Ford Puma, but the Honda CRX was also charming. Vauxhall tried the Tigra, Renault was about 10 years too late with the Wind, and does anyone remember the Toyota Paseo?
That may annoy those of us who appreciate the compact dimensions, low center of gravity and nimble handling of two-door coupes, but today’s coupes are crossovers. The idea of combining the practicality of a small SUV and the proven mass-produced mechanics of a city car with an added dose of style will sound appealing to many. No wonder automakers are introducing faster versions of their small crossovers.
The latest entry in this growing class is the Taigo. It’s to the straighter Volkswagen T-Cross what the Vauxhall Mokka is to the Crossland and in a way, what the Nissan Juke is to the Renault Captur.
But where the Vauxhall Mokka is starkly different from its more sensible sibling, VW tends to be more reserved with its styling, raising the question of whether the Taigo can differentiate itself enough from the T-Cross, whether in the style, practicality or driving experience for buyers to take notice.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-13 13:11:32