India is on a roll. Now that it has launched the T-Roc and the Tiguan All
Space, it’s time for another VW SUV to hit the Indian tarmac. The all-new
Volkswagen Taigun is built on the MQB A0 IN platform that gets its genetic
build up from the global MQB or modular transverse matrix platform of
the rain clouds dancing over our heads in the grand city of Udaipur in
Rajasthan, we got behind the wheels of the new Taigun. The vehicle is being
offered with two TSI petrol engine options. One is the 1 litre TSI 3 cylinder
engine which produces a peak power and torque of around 113.42hp and 175Nm respectively.
The other is the 1.5 litre TSI 4 cylinder engine which produces a peak power of
148hp and a peak torque of 250Nm.
these engines again have an option of a 6 speed manual transmission as well as
an automatic. Since the company will be launching the 1 litre version later,
let’s talk about the 1.5 litre version which we drove. Apart from the manual
transmission, this also gets a 7 speed DSG or Direct Shift Gearbox.
it comes to looks, this German brand is known for its styling and design. The
Taigun is charismatic without any doubt
and has a solid road presence. Since we Indians love a lot of bling, it’s quite
obvious that the German stylists have put a lot of chrome up front.
is generous chrome on the front grille and on the bumper. The new Volkswagen
logo sits perfectly between the grille and the Taigun is one of the first
locally manufactured products in India to carry the new logo. The letters GT
fixed on the grille between the horizontal lines, give the vehicle a purposeful front face.
The automatic we were driving comes with LED matrix headlamps with LED
DRLs. Interestingly the headlamps can be individually switched off and dimmed.
to the side, you notice the smart R17 dual tone alloy wheels and the neat wheel
arches. You also notice the black plastic strip that seems to be running at the
sill level and contouring itself around the wheel arches and then making its
way all around the vehicle. The Taigun gets broad plastic claddings on the
doors towards the bottom. Chrome handles, functional roof rails and a shark fin
antenna add to the character of the vehicle. The front drive side door handle
has a smart key button which once pressed either locks or unlocks the vehicle,
provided the key fob is with you.
Taigun has a very impressive rear profile with the C shaped LED tail lamps on
either side connected at the width level. That gives the rear a very sporty
look. One also gets to see a rear spoiler and the high mounted stop light. The
letter Taigun and GT are again fixed on the tailgate and these are made of
chrome. You also get to see the new VW logo at the rear.
Taigun comes with a wheelbase of 2651mm which results in a very roomy cabin. When
you step in you are greeted with good quality seats and a smart digital
cockpit. The front seats are ventilated. You also get elevated seating position
for better view of the road ahead. The driver gets a decent sized arm rest with
a some storage space beneath it. You cannot help getting the feeling that a lot
of features in this vehicle are similar to the Skoda Kushaq, which is a brand
within the Volkswagen family.
Taigun has a smart dashboard layout. The quality of plastic on the dash is
pretty good and it gets a dull silver border kind of finish that encases each of the slots in front like the
10 inches touch screen, an eight inches digital instrument cluster, steering
mounted controls, a centre console area, the ac ducts etc. The 10 inches touchscreen
Infotainment comes embedded with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The touch
screen can take you through a multitude of functions and features that are
connected to either the instrument cluster, driving, entertainment or any other
setting. Like the way Skoda had its own apps, here too the Volkswagen has its
own apps for its customers. The four apps that we found here were Audio books,
Gaana.com, Bookings.com and Maps. The company will be adding more apps in the
also get an inductive charging which we often call wireless charging, besides
type C USB charging ports, 12V socket and multi-function leather sport steering
wheel that has buttons for voice command, audio settings and cruise control.
storage spaces, ambient lighting, automatic air-conditioning with touch control
are some of the features of the Taigun. On
a personal level we would have preferred manual controls for the air
conditioning but electric brake facility rather than the conventional hand
brake lever. The Kushaq also scores a sore point here. The Taigun gets a decent sized electric
you move to the rear you see that there is ample leg room and head room for the
occupants. You also notice that the flattened tunnel at the rear bench of the
Taigun makes the seating position comfortable for the middle occupant, though
he or she cannot avoid compromising on the knee room because of the ac duct module just in front. The rear
occupants get two USB charging slots, apart from an arm rest with cup holders. The
rear gets three adjustable head rests, 3-point seat belts and ISOFIX mounts.
Taigun offers around 320 litres of space in its boot compartment. The deep
cavity in the boot can definitely help store a lot of luggage but the flip side
to it is that pulling out heavy suitcases from this space could pose a problem
to your back.
ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
I was driving the 1.5 litre TSI mated to the 7-speed dual clutch DSG, I felt
that speed came naturally to this vehicle. Paddle shifters added to the fun of
driving this vehicle. We experienced very smooth acceleration and found the
engine responding to each gear change pretty fast and efficiently.
is known for making rock solid cars and it’s but obvious that we found the
suspension so perfectly tuned. It soaked in all the rough roads and bumps we
encountered. The NVH levels too were well maintained. The steering, I felt, was
on the lighter side and maybe a bit more feedback from the road could have been
good. But since the vehicle took the
roads with such confidence, it makes the Taigun the right SUV for both city
driving as well as long distance driving. Driving the entire stretch from
Udaipur towards Mount Abu was as effortless as it could be.
was also impressed by the vehicle’s brake system which is very dependable. The
system gets what’s known as a brake disc wiping mechanism which constantly
cleans up your brake discs, thereby promoting efficiency and dependability.
driving the vehicles, you get different modes that include the D or Drive mode,
the Sport mode and Manual Mode. Then of course, you have paddle shifters that
take the level of driving to another level.
Features like Star Stop help you conserve fuel but there is another feature
that is there in the Taigun that is deactivation of engine cylinders. The
system helps shut off two of the four cylinders when the vehicle is cruising at
a decent speed. While cruising along a
highway or driving slowly you may notice a sign coming up on your instrument
cluster which tells you that the vehicle is driving with two cylinders shut.
The moment you try to push the vehicle harder, it automatically kicks back to
all four cylinders. I feel this is a smart technology which makes sense in today’s
world when you want to conserve every drop of precious fuel.
Taigun has several safety features that include electronic stability control, tyre
pressure deflation warning, rear park distance control, hill hold control, six airbags,
Volkswagen Taigun comes at a time when the market is flooded with some very
smart SUVs in various price brackets, offering a plethora of features. VW has
the advantage of quality and build on its side. The Taigun is bold, it’s got
charisma, and it’s got a great road presence. It offers a lot of comfort and
some great performance. So what are you waiting for? Just gun it and have some
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