The new trend for 2021 is SUVs and compact SUVs, we have had a bunch of cars launched this year and now it’s time for the Volkswagen Taigun. Volkswagen has finally woken up and has surely come up with an eye-catcher with a striking design. Will Volkswagen’s quality and high-cost structure match the specs, features and price of the rivals?

2021 Volkswagen Taigun: Exterior

Volkswagen Taigun GT Badge

Design is clinical and looks similar to its big sister The Tiguan Allspace. The front gets a honeycomb chrome wing both at the bottom and top. The LED headlights get a simple DRL on top and a button-like indicator strip on the bottom. You will be getting an elevated bonnet which gives it a more rugged SUV stance. The side looks similar to the Kushaq with a GT badge on the side fender and the stunning diamond cut 10 spoke rims. The rear is however different from the sister, the taillight running all the way across the width of the car makes it unique in its own way. The Continuous LED light merges into the signature taillights on both sides. 

MQB A0 IN

As we know Skoda and Volkswagen work together and now they’ve come up with the two different cars on the same MQB A0IN platform. We can expect both Kushaq and Taigun to have similar or the same dimensions. 

What you’ll get inside the new Taigun? 

The Taigun gets a new spacious interior with the new flat-bottom steering and a colourful dash that flows till the doorknobs. The 9.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system looks sufficient and the driver’s display is the same as the Skoda sibling. With the Taigun, you will get features like ventilated front seats, Ambient lighting, electronic sunroof, wireless charging, multi-function steering. It also packs lots of safety features – ESC, ABS with EBD, rear parking distance control, tyre pressure deflation warning, hill hold control, up to 6 airbags.

What powers the SUV?

Volkswagen’s TSI Engine

Unfortunately, Volkswagen has scrapped its diesel engine and like the Kushaq, Taigun also gets the same 2 petrol engines. The existing VW’s 1.0L 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine pushes more torque than the Creta 1.4L naturally-aspirated engine. The other engine in option is 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo-petrol EVO which is expected to give 150 HP. The power output is 10 units more than Creta’s 1.4L turbo petrol. This engine gets active cylinder technology which shuts 2 cylinders based on driving inputs to improve fuel efficiency. Both engines get a 6-speed manual, 6-speed torque converter or a 7-speed DSG. We have seen the quick shifts from the DSG in T-ROC which delivered strong performance and quick shifts and we could hope better from the Taigun. 

How does 2021 Volkswagen Taigun fair against its rivals? 

The Taigun is designed and produced in India which means that we can expect VW to price Taigun closer to its rivals. The Taigun is expected to be priced between Rs. 9 lakh – 17 lakh ex-showroom, similar to the Kushaq. Taigun going against the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, MG Hector and Tata Harrier looks to stand out among them with the quality VW has to offer and the driving experience we all know VW can provide. We can expect VW Taigun to launch in mid of 2021.