October 1

Walkaround and First Impressions: Volkswagen Taigun

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VW Taigun is launched on 23rd Sept at the price tag of Rs 10.49 to 17.49 Lacs

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Volkswagen has launched the Taigun at a starting price of Rs. 10.50 lakh (ex-showroom). The Taigun is based on the MQB A0-IN platform that is shared with the Skoda Kushaq.

Volkswagen 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.

Volkswagen 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.
  • VW’s after-sales service can be a hit or miss. Many VW owners find it expensive too.
  • Missing some now-expected features such as 6 airbags in the MTs, a subwoofer, driving modes (sport), panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, electric driver's seat adjustment & rear window blinds.
  • Kushaq's 'clever' touches are missing = no spot on top of the dashboard to place a deity, no smartphone holders on the front seatbacks, no ticket clip on the windshield, no elastic band in the doorpad to keep items in place, or even something as simple as the small reflective tapes on the doorpads.

Taigun Engine & Transmission

The car is available with the choice of two turbo-petrol engines. These include a 1.0-litre TSI that makes 113 BHP @ 5,000-5,500 rpm and 178 Nm @ 1,750-4,500 rpm as well as a 1.5-litre TSI that put out 148 BHP @ 5,000-6,000 rpm and 250 Nm @ 1,600-3,500 rpm. This engine comes with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) and idle start/stop.

The 1.0L engine comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the latter gets a 7-speed DSG option. A 6-speed manual gearbox is available as standard with both engines.

The ARAI certified fuel efficiency figures for the 1.0L engine are 18.10 km/l (MT) and 16.44 km/l (AT). The 1.5L engine is said to deliver a mileage of 18.47 km/l (MT) and 17.88 km/l (AT).

Taigun Ex-Showroom Prices

1.0L TSI:

  • Comfortline - Rs. 10.50 lakh
  • Highline MT - Rs. 12.80 lakh
  • Highlight AT - Rs. 14.10 lakh
  • Topline MT - Rs. 14.57 lakh
  • Topline AT - Rs. 15.91 lakh

1.5L TSI:

  • GT Line - Rs. 15.00 lakh
  • GT Line Plus - Rs. 17.50 lakh

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