Volkswagen: entry-level prices cut on five models

Volkswagen gives the Polo, Taigo, T-Roc, Golf and Tiguan a new entry-level trim

It will not have escaped your attention that the price of new cars has risen sharply in recent years, with more or less spectacular variations depending on the brand. Against this backdrop of continuing inflation, Volkswagen is introducing a new basic trim level, which is intended to soften the entry ticket for its flagship models.

Polo

Compared to the Life trim, the new Polo entry-level trim reduces the base price to €20,640, a reduction of €3,110. Only available with a manual gearbox with the 1.0 MPI 80 or 1.0 TSI 95, this Polo retains air conditioning, cruise control, digital instrumentation, LED lights and front and rear parking sensors. It does not have the large touch screen and alloy wheels of the Life model.

Taigo

The Taigo is a newcomer to the Volkswagen range and is already undercutting its prices. It is now possible to buy the SUV coupe for €24,135, which represents a saving of €1,615 compared to the Taigo Life. The 1.0 TSI 95 engine with a five-speed manual gearbox is available. The equipment is based on the Polo, with one exception: front and rear parking sensors are standard equipment, whereas they are optional on the Taigo Life.

T-Roc

The brand’s best-selling SUV, the T-Roc is also lowering its prices to keep up with the competition. With the 1.0 TSI 110 coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox, the base T-Roc is priced at €26,600. With the same engine, the T-Roc Life costs €3,570 more. If the drop is significant on the petrol, it is even more so on the diesel: with the 2.0 TDI 116 combined with a manual gearbox, the T-Roc’s price has dropped by €4,620 to €29,970. This does not prevent the compact SUV from offering high-tech equipment such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.

Golf

Volkswagen’s flagship compact car also sees its price drop, but only on a diesel engine. With the 2.0 TDI 115 equipped with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission, the cheapest Golf claims €32,870. That’s €3,615 less than the Life trim. The equipment remains rich with adaptive and predictive cruise control, hands-free entry/keyless go and Car2X technology. However, the extended digital instrumentation, trizone air conditioning and reversing camera remain the prerogative of the Golf Life.

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