• Vokswagen has revealed the Volkswagen Taigo this week, a compact crossover SUV coupé.

    Aimed at lifestyle buyers, the front-wheel drive Taigo features a crossover body style, raised seating positions and new connectivity features. The rear of the five-seater car slopes backwards in the style of a coupé, without restricting headroom in the back seat. This sees Volkswagen expand the portfolio of the compact Polo (hatchback) and T-Cross (SUV) models built on the MQB platform with a third chassis variant.

    Based on its South American counterpart, the Volkswagen Nivus, the Taigo is equipped for winning over a younger audience will have options available such as VW’s new IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights and an illuminated radiator grill crossbar.

    On the inside, the Taigo features a multifunctional steering wheel and modern control elements as standard. The infotainment systems are based on the third generation of MIB3, including an online control unit (eSIM) and “App Connect Wireless” (depending on the configuration). 

    Every Taigo will also come with assistance systems such as the surroundings monitoring system “Front Assist”, including city emergency brake function, and the lane departure warning system “Lane Assist” as standard. “IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist” is available as an optional extra, enabling semi-automated driving up to a system-determined top speed 130 mph.

    Final specs and pricing are yet to be announced for the Volkswagen Taigo and more information will be announced towards the car going on sale towards the end of year. Deliveres will start early 2022.

  • Pricing and specification have now been announced for the New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon and Estate.

    Every engine in the new C-Class range features a 48V Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) mild hybrid system. The mild hybrid system features an energy recovery function and the ability to ‘glide’ with the engine switched off to boost efficiency, while supplying an additional 20 hp and 200 Nm to the car’s overall output.

    The C 200 features a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which generates 204 hp and 300 Nm. Depending on specification, the C 200 can deliver between 41.5 and 44.1 combined mpg (Estate: 40.4-42.2) and emits between 146 and 154 g/km (151-159 g/km) of CO2.

    Powered by a petrol 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, the C 300 (available as a Saloon only) can produce up to 258 hp and 400 Nm of torque, with an additional 20 hp and 200 Nm available from the ISG. It can deliver between 40.4 and 42.2 mpg and emits between 152 and 159 g/km.

    The diesel-powered C 220 d – currently the best-selling C-Class engine – uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with an output of 200 hp and 440 Nm. The ISG produces an additional 20 hp and 200 Nm.  It can deliver between 58.9 and 61.4 mpg (56.5-60.1 mpg) and emits between 120 and 127 g/km (124-131 g/km). 

    The top-of-the-range C 300 d has a 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which can generate 265 hp and 550 Nm, with an additional 20 hp and 200 Nm from the ISG. The C 300 d can deliver between 53.3 and 55.4 mpg (52.3-54.3 mpg), and emits 133-139 g/km (136-143 g/km) of CO2.

    Every C-Class engine is mated to a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.

    The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is now on sale, with prices starting from £38,785 for the entry-level C 200 Sport Saloon and £40,420 for the Estate. The range-topping C 300 d AMG Line Premium Plus costs £52,125 or £53,425 for the Estate.