Volkswagen India recently launched the all new Taigun compact SUV in India, priced at ₹ 10.50 lakh to ₹ 17.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the launch of the Taigun, Volkswagen has finally entered the very lucrative and highly competitive compact SUV space. This means that it has to compete with segment leaders like the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos, in addition to its Czech cousin, the Skoda Kushaq, which itself is quite new to the market. While we’ll be putting them to the test in real-world conditions soon, for now let’s take a look at all the facts and figures to see where the new Taigun stands against its rivals on paper.
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Design and dimensions
The Volkswagen Taigun is definitely a looker and there is no denying it. However, the appearance is subjective and all of the SUVs in this comparison feature a conventional SUV design with bold lines and an aggressive stance. So we’ll let you decide which one is the prettiest SUV. On the other hand, the dimension table will give us a better measure of comparison. Since the Taigun and the Kushaq are the same SUV under the skin, their dimensions are the same and both are the smallest in this category, in terms of proportions.
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|Dimensions||Volkswagen Taigun||Skoda Kushaq||Hyundai creta||Kia Seltos|
|Length||4221 mm||4221 mm||4300 mm||4315 mm|
|Width||1760 mm||1760 mm||1790 mm||1800 mm|
|Height||1612 mm||1612 mm||1635 mm||1645 mm|
|Wheelbase||2651 mm||2635 mm||2610 mm||2610 mm|
|Ground clearance||188 mm||188 mm||190 mm||190 mm|
However, both offer the longest wheelbase. The Seltos is the longest, widest, and tallest of these four SUVs, and the Creta is slightly smaller than its cousin. The two Korean SUVs also benefit from slightly higher ground clearance at 190mm compared to their rival German / Czech duos.
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Since the Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq are both gasoline-only SUVs, for this comparison we will only consider the gasoline engines of the Creta and Seltos. This is interesting because like the Taigun and Kushaq which get the same set of 1.0-liter TSI and 1.5-liter TSI engines, the Creta and Seltos, which also share their platform and engines. , and both are equipped with a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter engine and a 1.4-liter turbo petrol engine. The Taigun and Kushaq also benefit from the same transmission choices – a 6-speed manual for both, as well as a 6-speed AT option for the 1.0-liter version and an optional 7-speed DSG automatic for the model. more powerful than 1.5 liters.
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|Engines||Volkswagen Taigun||Skoda Kushaq||Hyundai creta||Kia Seltos|
|Shift||999 cm3 / 1495 cm3||999 cm3 / 1495 cm3||1497 cm3 / 1353 cm3||1497 cm3 / 1353 cm3|
|Maximum energy||113 hp / 148 hp||113 hp / 148 hp||113 hp / 138 hp||113 hp / 138 hp|
|Maximum torque||175 Nm / 250 Nm||175 Nm / 250 Nm||144 Nm / 242 Nm||144 Nm / 242 Nm|
|Transmission||6 MT / 6 AT / 7 GDG||6 MT / 6 AT / 7 GDG||6 MT / 6 iVT / 7 DCT||6MT / 6iMT / IVT / 7 DCT|
The Creta’s 1.5-liter petrol comes with a 6-speed manual or Intelligent Variable Transmission (iVT), while the 1.4-turbo petrol gets a 7-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission). standard speeds. However, Kia offers the Seltos 1.5 with a 6-speed manual transmission, 6-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT) and the iVT unit. While the Seltos 1.4 turbo petrol is offered as an option both a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DCT. Now just in terms of performance it is the 1.5 TSI engine from Taigun and Kushaq that takes the lead with a power output of 148 hp, and pair that with the optional DSG automatic and we can assure you that the fun will not be lacking. not. And if driving performance is your most important criteria, this is the combination for you.
When it comes to specs, all four SUVs are pretty well equipped, and we can’t really identify and say this one is bad. However, we can definitely say that some are better than others. Now even the basic variants of these SUVs have some pretty decent features, but for this comparison we are considering the high-end finishes. Thus, the four SUVs benefit from features such as LED lights (headlights, daytime running lights, taillights), electrically operated ORVMs and 17-inch sporty alloy wheels. In fact, the new Seltos X Line trim gets 18-inch wheels.
As for the cabin, the SUVs are equipped with touchscreen infotainment systems, with connected technology, wireless charging, ventilated seats and electric sunroofs. However, the Creta and Seltos both benefit from panoramic sunroofs, as well as fully connected car tech with AI-based voice control features. In addition, both Korean SUVs come with air purifiers and a power-adjustable driver’s seat, giving them an edge over the Taigun. That said, the Taigun is the only SUV among these four to be equipped with a fully digital dashboard.
In terms of safety, the high-end variants of the four SUVs come with at least 6 airbags, ABS with ABD, electronic stability control, rear parking sensors with rear parking camera and more. However, so far none of them have received a crash test rating from Global NCAP, so on paper we have to say that the four SUVs are roughly on par with each other in regarding security.
Price and conclusion
Also regarding the prices, we only consider the price of the gasoline variants of the four SUVs. The Taigun and the Kushaq are similarly priced, however, some variations of the former even cut the Kushaq slightly. But, when we look at the prices of the Creta or Seltos, the entry-level versions of the two Korean SUVs are noticeably cheaper, but as you move up the list of variants, the higher variants become considerably more expensive than the Taigun. However, since the Seltos and Creta have better features, the premium is justified.
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|Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)||Manual||Automatique|
|Volkswagen Taigun||₹ 10.50 lakh to ₹ 15 lakh||₹ 14.10 lakh to ₹ 17.50 lakh|
|Skoda Kushaq||₹ 10.50 lakh to ₹ 16.20 lakh||₹ 14.20 lakh to ₹ 17.60 lakh|
|Hyundai creta||₹ 10.16 lakh to ₹ 14.13 lakh||₹ 15.61 lakh to ₹ 17.87 lakh|
|Kia Seltos||₹ 9.95 lakh to ₹ 16.75 lakh||₹ 14.75 lakh to ₹ 17.79 lakh|
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That said, the features that Taigun lacks aren’t really breaks in our books. So if you want a well-built, relatively feature-rich SUV with excellent driving dynamics, the Taigun Certainty makes a strong case, even better than the Kushaq. But if you can make a small compromise on performance, for better creature comfort, then the Seltos or the Creta might suit your needs better. However, we urge you to wait for our real-world comparison review before making that buying decision. So, keep watching this space.
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