High-resolution colour screens as standard. The entire dash panel of the new Taigo features a horizontal design. This design is largely defined by the modules that the dash panel contains: the standard Digital Cockpit, or the Digital Cockpit Pro, which is optional or dependent on the equipment specification, as well as the new generation of Infotainment systems. Using the View button in the right-hand spoke of the multifunction steering wheel, the Taigo driver can switch quickly and easily between the three basic layouts of the Digital Cockpit.
Together, the digital instrument and Infotainment system displays make up one unit; positioned at the same high level, they form a visual axis that is highly ergonomic. All important modules apart from the air conditioning are integrated in the dash panel’s upper crossbar. This crossbar continues on into the front doors and is trimmed in different finishes depending on the equipment. The Infotainment system screen is located in a high-gloss black “island” at the centre. The only additional button in this area is the hazard warning light switch. To the left, the high-gloss black user control island merges into the level of the instruments. In conjunction with the Digital Cockpit or Digital Cockpit Pro and the Infotainment system, this creates a coherent digital cockpit landscape. The air conditioning functions are located centrally on the next level down.
Digital Cockpit Pro offers the driver numerous configuration options for the displays, three of which can be saved as favourites. A welcome and goodbye animation is staged in the form of a slide show. The display can also show the map view of the navigation system and a picture of the caller during telephone calls.
Digital operation of Climatronic. If the new Taigo is equipped with the optional Climatronic feature, the automatic air conditioner has a completely new, digitalised mode of operation: touch panels and sliders now perform the functions of rotary knobs and buttons. Everything is self-explanatory thanks to the use of direct-access controls positioned ideally in the driver’s field of view. All functions are also illuminated. The module itself is located below the Infotainment system, is finished in elegant high-gloss black, and is clearly divided into three levels.
On the top level are the direct-access buttons for the windscreen defrost function, the rear window heating, the air recirculation function and the digital displays (temperature on driver and front passenger sides, air conditioning mode).
The second level contains the touch panels for seat heating, automatic mode (“Auto”) and synchronisation (“Sync”) of the two climate zones, and a slider for operating the blower speed.
Integrated into the third level are illuminated sliders for setting the temperature and touch panels for switching the Climatronic on or off and selecting the air flow direction (head, middle, footwell). Located below the air conditioning module there are two illuminated USB-C ports and, as an option, a compartment for inductive smartphone charging.
New Infotainment systems. The new Taigo comes with a choice of four different Infotainment systems: Composition with a 6.5-inch display (comes as standard in Polo and Life), Ready2Discover with an 8.0-inch display (comes as standard in Style and R-Line), Discover Media with an 8.0-inch display, and Discover Pro, offered in 9.2-inch format. Composition belongs to the second-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB2), whilst the 8.0-inch and 9.2-inch units are from the third generation of the same system (MIB3.1). It offers the prerequisites for online navigation and an over-the-air map update. In addition, the second-generation predictive navigation system allows you to warn of traffic disruptions along the most probable route, even if route guidance is not activated.
With the Ready2Discover radio system, the user has the option to retroactively activate the navigation function (features on demand). Discover Media and Discover Pro come with these features as standard. The special features of Discover Pro include the customisable home screen and the option of displaying two maps independently of one another on the instrument cluster and dash panel.
Thanks to an Online Connectivity Unit (OCU) with integrated eSIM, the enhanced functions of the MIB3 systems include the online services of We Connect (set up for an unlimited usage period) and We Connect Plus (set up for free use for one or three years in Europe). Depending on the equipment, MIB3.1 systems also offer new features including access to streaming services. Users can also personalise a wide range of settings and save them to the Cloud via Volkswagen ID for use in other Volkswagen vehicles. Wireless integration is also offered via App-Connect Wireless (standard in Style and R-Line) for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.