January 31

Scientist at PAU took delivery of VW TAIGUN Topline AT | Safest German mid-size SUV with 6 Airbags

Yesterday, my friend Dr. Sandeep Singh who is a Scientist in PAU took delivery of his Taigun Topline AT and I accompanied him to help in PDI and other necessary things. It was an honor by him for all the assistance provided by me during his car-buying decision in which cars like S-Cross, XUV 3OO, Verna, City, and Seltos were considered. 

Taigun's quality has improved a lot now and there are no ugly bits now that were there when the car was newly launched. Looks like earlier it was a hurried job and now either the parts vendors have changed or quality grades are increased.


VW Taigun Pros
  • Has its own fresh, European character and complements its cousin (the recently launched Skoda Kushaq) nicely in a segment dominated by Indian, Korean and Chinese SUVs
  • Unmistakably VW styling matched with solid European build quality
  • Cabin has good legroom to offer, supportive seats, perfect ergonomics & lots of storage
  • 148 BHP engine makes the Taigun one of the most fun-to-drive crossovers in the segment!
  • Sporty 1.0L & 1.5L turbo-petrols are mated to slick 6-speed MTs & smooth ATs
  • Sorted suspension offers a balanced ride & handling package
  • Safety features include up to 6 airbags, ESC (all variants), 3-point seatbelts for all, electronic differential lock, brake disc wiping, multi-collision brake and more
  • Features like active cylinder tech, ventilated seats (weirdly 1.0 TSI only), sunroof, 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and CarPlay, auto headlamps & wipers etc.
  • Advantages over the Kushaq = a top AT variant with 6 airbags, design that stands out more, cabin 'feels' better, fabric seats are executed in a nicer manner.
VW Taigun Cons
  • No 1.5L diesel is a major disadvantage in a world where petrol costs over 100 bucks/litre
  • GT customers will need to choose between the rock (potential DQ200 transmission problems) and a hard place (GT manual variant misses out on many top-end features)
  • Narrow cabin width makes a 5th adult completely unwelcome. Best for 4 onboard
  • Interior colour scheme and quality don't feel up to traditional VW standards. Some polarising details too (chrome outside, painted plastics inside...)
  • Sure lacks the street cred / presence offered by some competitors
  • Turbo-petrols are very sensitive to driving style. FE will drop drastically when you drive hard

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