The Volkswagen Taigun SUV was introduced in India at a price of Rs 10.50 lakh (ex-showroom). The automobile is a brother of the Skoda Kushaq, sharing chassis and engine options. The similarities, however, end there. So let’s take a deeper look at how the two cars came to be pitted against each other on paper.

Volkswagen Taigun vs Skoda Kushaq: Design

Taigun vs Kushaq

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The Volkswagen Taigun is distinguished by its square-shaped LED headlights and neatly positioned horizontal LED DRLs. The bumper features a two-tone design and a chrome grille that resembles a mustache, giving the automobile a tough yet beautiful appearance. A fake silverplate may also be found on the car’s belly.

Then there are the roof rails, blacked-out tail lights, integrated spoiler, and other design features that help it stand out from the crowd. With the Taigun, Volkswagen offers five color options, with Curcuma Yellow and Wild Cherry Red being standouts. Overall, the SUV is not as large as some of its competitors, but it is more luxurious.

When it comes to design, the Kushaq looks a lot like the Vision IN concept that debuted at the 2020 Auto Show, and it retains the characteristic, strong Skoda grille. It features many cuts and creases all around to give it a sharp and muscular appearance, and it has big LED tail lamps as well.

Volkswagen Taigun vs Skoda Kushaq: Interiors

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The inside of the Taigun is simple, clutter-free, high-quality, and, most all, pleasing to the eye. It has a one-of-a-kind shell, as well as body-colored dashboard panels that contribute to the luxury feel. The automobile, however, lacks a panoramic sunroof and sophisticated linked technologies for simple driving.

It does, however, receive a 10.1-inch infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay, as well as the Volkswagen Connect app, but no inbuilt SIM, resulting in fewer features. It also comes with ventilated front seats, red ambient lighting for a sporty look, and an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, among other things.

The contoured back seats, which have a great holding effect, provide the Taigun best-in-segment legroom, according to Volkswagen. The back floor features a flat tube that allows three people to sit comfortably, at least in terms of legroom.

When you enter the Kushaq’s cabin, the first word that springs to mind is quality. On the dashboard, you’ll find a Piano black finish and tactile materials, as well as a well-organized semi-digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Skoda has done away with any kind of buttons and knobs for its AC controls, instead opting for a soft-touch screen with too small touch buttons that are a bit irritating to operate while driving, based on user feedback. There are also smart touches around the interior, such as a ticket holder on the A-Pillar and an additional pocket for your phone in the rear seat pocket.

Engine and transmission 

Both cars have the same engine, which is a 1.5-litre TSI unit or a 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine. Both engines have a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. But the 1.o-Litre engine gets a torque converter automatic and the 1.5-Litre engine gets the dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT).

Volkswagen Taigun vs Skoda Kushaq: Features 

The car has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection, as well as ventilated front seats for maximum comfort and an electric sunroof with ambient lighting for a sophisticated look. Furthermore, the Volkswagen car is both safe and stylish. A tyre pressure monitoring system, hill-hold control, six airbags, ESC, and ISOFIX child seat anchoring points are all included in the car.

The Skoda Kushaq is equipped with a two-spoke Skoda steering wheel, as well as a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with linked technology, ambient lighting, a sunroof, in-car Wi-Fi, and ventilated front seats. Six airbags, automatic headlights and wipers, tyre pressure monitoring system, ESC, and hill start assist are included in the safety features.

Verdict

Both these SUVs have a lot in common. So which SUV to buy? It depends on individual tastes and priorities. But in terms of fuel economy, for the Active 1.0 TSI MT version, mileage of Kushaq is 17.88 kmpl, whereas, for the Comfortline 1.0 TSI MT version, the mileage of Taigun is 18.1 kmpl. Thus making Taigun more fuel-efficient as compared to Kushaq giving it an upper hand.

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