VW has launched its long-awaited SUV, the Taigun in India at a very attractive price of 10 lakh rupees (ex-showroom). There are two distinct variant lines for the midsize SUV – Dynamic Line and Performance Line. There are three trim levels in the Dynamic Line – Comfortline, Highline and Topline, while the Performance Line consists of two trims – GT and GT Plus. There are four different engine-gearbox combinations available for the Taigun. The prices for the variants are listed below.
Taigun Variant-wise Prices
|Variant||Price (ex-showroom, India)|
|Comfortline 1.0 TSI MT||Rs 10.50 lakh|
|Highline 1.0 TSI MT||Rs 12.80 lakh|
|Highline 1.0 TSI AT||Rs 14.10 lakh|
|Topline 1.0 TSI MT||Rs 14.57 lakh|
|Topline 1.0 TSI AT||Rs 15.91 lakh|
|GT 1.5 TSI MT||Rs 15.00 lakh|
|GT Plus 1.5 TSI AT||Rs 17.50 lakh|
Exterior and Interior Details
A pair of large LED headlights with DRLs, a chrome grille with two slats, and chrome inserts on the bumper give the Taigun a sharp appearance upfront. At the rear, the cluster of taillights stretches across the width of the tailgate, and the bumper below is even more adorned with chrome. There are five colours available for the Volkswagen Taigun – Wild Cherry Red, Curcuma Yellow, Candy White, Reflex Silver, and Carbon Steel Grey.
Despite the similarities to the Skoda Kushaq‘s switchgear, the Taigun has a more minimalistic interior theme, with the infotainment screen incorporated into the dashboard and alternate vent designs. A noticeable difference is also found in the dashboard trim.
Taigun SUV’stop-spec GT Plus variants will get a 10-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, My Volkswagen connects app, automatic climate control, cooled glove box, sunroof, heated front seats and 17-inch alloy wheels.
There are six airbags in the Taigun, ABS with electronic brake distribution, ESC (standard on all models), hill hold control, tyre pressure deflation warning, a parking camera, and ISOFIX child seat adapters.
The standard warranty for the Taigun is four years/1,00,000km, and it can be extended to seven years/150,000km. Also, there are some service value packages available for Rs 21,999 for the 1.0 TSI MT, Rs 23,999 for the 1.5 TSI and Rs 27,999 for the 1.0 TSI AT. Volkswagen reported that it has received 12,221 pre-orders for the Taigun so far.
Volkswagen offers two TSI turbo-petrol engine options for the Taigun – a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder that makes 115 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder that makes 150 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. Both engines come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. There are, however, two different automatic transmission options, with the 1.0-litre TSI receiving a 6-speed torque converter, while the 1.5-litre TSI receiving a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic. Furthermore, the 1.5-litre TSI engine features cyclic deactivation to reduce fuel consumption. VW Taigun and Skoda Kushaq both offer identical powertrain options.
The Taigun is about Rs 10,000 cheaper at the top than its Skoda competitor, the Kushaq. The price difference between the variants is also minor.
Volkswagen Taigun competes with other midsize SUVs like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Maruti Suzuki S-cross, and Renault Duster in addition to the Kushaq. The Taigun will also be up against the larger-than-life Tata Harrier and the MG Hector in this segment.