Volkswagen Nivus, here is the small SUV coupe with a record trunk


Announced in December 2019 with a first photo teaser, which was followed by other photos showing its style, here we debut – strictly on the web, with us journalists glued in front of the computer warning – the Volkswagen Nivus, SUV coupe of the German giant.

A completely new model in form, never before had Volkswagen launched an SUV with such a sporty style, born and assembled (at least initially) in Brazil. The Brazilian market will be the first to welcome Nivus, destined for also get to Europe – with production in the Pamplona factory – during the second half of 2021.

Inside it is great

4.26 meters long, with a pitch of 2.56 and based on the MQB-A platform (the same as Volkswagen T-Cross and Seat Arona, just to name a few), the Volkswagen Nivus has classic SUV coupe shapes, with a very sloping roof to give a more dynamic style, inserted in a style that embraces the stylistic features of Volkswagen, adding more sporty touches everywhere. Front with grill and lights, hood and side lines have a sharper appearance.

Volkswagen Nivus 2021 - Official photos
Volkswagen Nivus 2021 - Official photos

The most interesting aspect, however, concerns the internal space that benefits from the dimensions straddling segment B and C to offer 415 liters of luggage compartment, against the 373 of the T-Roc, but with less headroom because of the roof line.

Measurements (mm) NIVUS T-Cross Polo shirt
Length 4,266 4,199 4,057
Back space
for the legs
856 732 688
Height 1,493 1,570 1,468
Step 2,566 2,651 2,566
Trunk 415 litros 373 litros 300 litros

The new infotainment

In terms of interior design, the Volkswagen Nivus aligns with the sisters, with the possibility of having the digital instrumentation and beside it (in raised position) the touch monitor for the new infotainment system called VW Play. Fully developed in Brazil, it uses a 10.1 “screen, giving a wide possibility of customization for screen graphics and user profiles.

Volkswagen Nivus 2021 - Official photos
Volkswagen Nivus 2021 - Official photos

Compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (the latter also with wireless function) and equipped with a dedicated app store it will be used on the rest of the Volkswagen range in South America and will then also land in Europe.


There engine range for the European market has not yet been communicated and given the arrival in a year we will have to wait a long time to find out what we will find under the hood of the Volkswagen Nivus. In Brazil, the SUV coupé will only be equipped with the 1.0 TSI 3-cylinder with 128 HP and 200 Nm of torque.

Once landed in the Old Continent we expect an offer in line with that of the T-Cross, therefore maintaining the 1.0 turbo petrol flanked by the 1.5 4-cylinder 150 HP and the 1.6 TDI 95 HP. And who knows, since it is a sporty SUV, the 2.0 TSI of the Polo GTI may not arrive.

Volkswagen Nivus 2021 - Official photos
Volkswagen Nivus 2021 - Official photos


At the level of the price list, as for the engines, it is too early to even try to sketch a starting price which, given the measures, should however be higher than the 20,400 euros of the T-Cross. The standard equipment should resume that of the sister with a classic roof, with the possibility of adding various options as adaptive cruise control and other driver assistance systems.

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