New Volkswagen Taigun Review | GT Automatic & Manual Both
New Volkswagen Taigun Review: If you are in the market for a new midsize SUV, here’s a fresh new option from the house of Volkswagen. This is the Volkswagen Taigun. It’s the cousin to this Skoda Kushaq and this German engineered SUV has been tailor made to cater to the needs and preferences of Indian car buyers. What we have here today is the GT line in both the automatic and manual guys, how did they drive? Are they as well built as you expect these German cars to be? Are they features? In this article we answer all these questions.
New Volkswagen Taigun Dimension and Styling
before getting in, let’s quickly glance through the Taigun design. This Volkswagen comes across as a rather handsome, well proportioned car with clean lines, and it seems to have borrowed certain styling cues like the front grille and headlamp design, as well as the sculpted bonnet from the more premium. Taigun for India, Volkswagen has garnished its exteriors with heavy dollops of Chrome, which might divide opinions. Some might like it, some won’t. What do you think of it? Let us know in the comment section down below.
The Taigun has a clean cut silhouette with a long wheelbase, a class leading to 651 millimetres and a short overhang stands most evident in profile that the Taigun and Kushaq closely related is more evident at the sides. And that’s because the two share their doors, fenders mirrors, the body cladding as well as the roof rails. Interestingly, the GT automatic version gets smarter looking 17 inch wheels and red front brake callipers, whereas the manual version gets rather bland 16 inches.
The most distinctive detail about the Taigun is undeniably its real styling with our attractive LED lamps connected by a light bar trapped in a very interesting bezel like design feature, the India’s specific chrome casement that continues on the bumper and mimics twin exhaust housings. However, as fresh and as stylish as it is, the Taigun will not appeal to those looking for a hulking SUV with loads of road presence.
It is 79 millimetres shorter in length, 23 millimetres shorter in height, and the body is 30 millimetres narrower than a Hyundai Creta. But if it’s a chic contemporary crossover, you’re after these Volkswagen will fit the bill.
New Volkswagen Taigun Interior
Let’s step inside the Taigun cabin, the dashes clean cut and very Volkswagen in its design. The fit finish and quality of materials on the inside is actually pretty nice. The other plastics on textured or on soft touch either. But these feel solid and built to last. What’s also nice is coloured panel which has a nice ceramic like feel to it. And then you also get this for carbon fibre on the dash fascia. This ceramic like panel is red with certain body colours.
And while it may look cool and youthful to some, it may not have a universal appeal. What I really like is how nicely and how seamlessly this touchscreen is integrated into the dashboard. The 10 inch touch screen is slick and the wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are a welcome inclusion. You also get pre loaded apps which work using your smartphones internet.
This climate control area is shared with the Shoda Kushaq and it is torture Preble. Now once you’re used to it, it’s pretty nice and easy to operate. However, as fresh and as stylish as the Taigun is the big difference to the Kushaq is the inclusion of a digital instrument cluster on the top specs Taigun.
Once you enter the cabin, almost immediately eyes gravitate to this large coloured digital instrument cluster. And what’s nice is that the display and the colours are very nice and easy on the eyes. It’s not the best executed digital instrument cluster though, as the display options are limited, and only the central screen is configurable while the ones on the side are dummy screens. There are some other highlights to talk of as well. Not only does the flat bottom steering wheel look very sporty. It also feels great to hold.
There’s plenty of adjustment on offer. The driving position is good. The front seats are comfortable, you’re seated higher up and there is good visibility all around. There’s plenty of storage areas including large Dobbins a wireless phone charging pad and cupholders to one thing that I really like is the backlit gear selector knob.
What I didn’t like however, is that its fate could have been a little better. In addition, there are small things which dampen the cabinet experience. As an example the roof lining feels cheap. And these dummy buttons below the touchscreen are an eyesore.
New Volkswagen Taigun Sunroof and Features
Do note the current focus here is the rain stopping gt automatic which gets all the bells and whistles.
Here’s a quick look at all that it packs in. What’s missing are ventilated transits and there’s no option of a panoramic sunroof either.
New Volkswagen Taigun Safety
In terms of safety, the fully loaded Taigun does quite well for itself with six airbags over and above stability control that standard across the range. The Taigun complies with the latest Indian crashed text nomes, but hasn’t been rated by global encap as yet.
New Volkswagen Taigun Rear Seat
Shifting focus to the rear seat, there’s plenty to talk of the rear seat of the Volkswagen Taigun is pretty nice. I have a good amount of thai support. The backrest is nicely angled and there’s a bit of contouring so it’s holding me in place when the driver up front is getting enthusiastic.
The window line is quite low so I have a nice view outside and it doesn’t feel claustrophobic or henden inside space as you can see is a plenty for reference. I’m around five feet nine inches tall, and I can comfortably sit behind my own driving position. What’s also nice is that even the middle passenger gets an individual headdress As well as a proper three point seatbelt.
So in terms of safety, that’s a big thumbs up. But however, a middle passenger will not be that comfortable you’re compared to its Korean rivals. Of course, that’s because of the narrow width of this car. Now for both these cars, Volkswagen Taigun as well as the Skoda Kushaq Volkswagen Group has intensely reduced the size of the central hump. Now, most people think that this is our transmission funnel, but actually, it’s a structure that gives the entire body shell a greater degree of torsional rigidity.
Now I’ll explain with a piece of paper assuming this is the flow pan of your car, in case of a collision, it’ll just crash and crumble. But a structure like this provides additional rigidity. So in case of collision, you see it’s not that easy to crumble are the finer points at the back are that passengers get nice big door pockets, they have seat back pockets to store additional items. There are two USB-C charging slots as well as AC vents for the rear passengers.
New Volkswagen Taigun Boot Capacity The seats also fold 60-40. But even with all the seats up, luggage space is actually good. The flow is low so you can fit in large suitcases.
New Volkswagen Taigun Engine Options
The Taigun is based on the MQBA0IM and platform and this platform is 95% localised, to keep a check on its costs. As mentioned, that Taigun is very closely linked to this Skoda Kushaq that’s just gone on sale.
And these two cars also get the same engine and gearbox options, which include a 1-litre turbo petrol with either a six speed manual or automatic transmission and a 1.5-litre 150 horsepower turbo petrol with a six speed manual or a seven speed dual clutch automatic and before you ask, there won’t be a diesel engine on offer.
New Volkswagen Taigun GT DSG Performance
The car that I’m driving right now is a 1.5 litre 150 horsepower turbo petrol engine and like the Kushaq this one feels very energetic right from the get go. There’s almost no lag or delay before the boost comes on. And the good thing is that this engine produces peak torque of 250 newton metres from as low as 1600 rpm.
So if you are driving in a higher gear at a low end speed, you don’t need frequent downshifts to get going quickly. But our delivery of this 1.5 litre engine is quite strong and it will pull forward in a very enthusiastic manner. Although you don’t get that sudden turbo kick or that gush of dog like you’d expect in certain aggressive turbo petrol engines.
This seven speed dual clutch transmission is the one we’re familiar with, as it is the same one that did duties in the old Polo gt TSI and the previous gen. Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI. And just like in those cars, this gearbox performs smoothly and seamlessly with Quick shifts in the mode, it is eager to shift to the highest ratio possible in the interest of fuel efficiency. But in sport mode, it holds the gears a bit longer.
If you’re driving with a heavy foot on the accelerator pedal, this gearbox will hold the revs for you, and will give you those crisp, immediate responses. What’s not nice however, is that when the revs cross three and a half 1000 RPM, the engine or becomes quite boomy, and this becomes quite intrusive. inside the cabin. There are paddle shifters too, which offer manual control over the gearbox.
New Volkswagen Taigun GT Cylinder Deactivation
And on the days when you are driving in a relaxed manner with your family cruising on the highway, enjoying the drive. This engine has the option to turn off two of its four cylinders, thus reducing your fuel consumption, which is essential in today’s day and age. When fuel prices are skyrocketing, and when the two cylinders are off, you won’t even realise it unless you look at the prompt on the MID.
Volkswagen hasn’t revealed final fuel economy figures as yet. But we’ll be putting the Taigun through our test cycles very soon to give real world figures.
New Volkswagen Taigun GT DSG Ride and Handling
Their ride quality is pretty good and it absorbs the bad roads in stride very nicely. On the highway on wavy surfaces. There’s very little body movement. And this feels flattened composed at all times. And this is this slide the automatic riding on 17 inch wheels is just like the Kushaq piece folks, Dragon Tiger is really enjoyable to drive. It tackles corners really nicely in a very balanced in a very composed manner.
Here’s a fun fact. The Taigun platform is set to be 30% stiffer than the outgoing Polo and ventos and the result is pretty evident when driving this SUV with you will be surprised with the amount of grip this guy has around corners and he doesn’t roll as much as you would have expected a car which sits so high above the ground and is so tall in height.
New Volkswagen Taigun GT MT Performance
Now that you know how the GT automatic is to drive, time to check out the GT manual, step into the manual after the automatic and it feels a lot more old school there are proper three factors and logged as and you fire up the engine the old fashion way by twisting the key.
Now I’m in the enthusiast choice the 1.5 litre TSI with this six speed manual transmission right from the get go this coffees and twos jaesik is energetic and is eager to make an impression.
Interestingly, the manual doesn’t feel as gloomy as the automatic at higher revs and our delivery is a bit livelier too. The manual fees extremely eager to rev and you will often find yourself revving to 4000-4500 RPM, which is not how you drive on a day to day basis. But this engine is so important. If eggs you push harder and growing through this mood shifting six speed manual is a joy all connected feel that it offers just makes a big smile on your face.
Right the automatic even this engine gets cylinder deactivation, wherein two cylinders cut off when driving with a lightboard in order to save fuel. What is not nice however, is the clutch feel which feels a bit springy here is action, and the width is up more than you would have expected in a car of this size. In terms of ride comfort, the GT manual rides on 16 inch wheels with slightly higher profile tires compared to the automatic, however the ride quality is as good if not better than the automatic.
New Volkswagen Taigun GT MT Features
Volkswagen however, is penalising the enthusiast by not offering features in even this top spec gt line 1.5 manual version. You don’t get get like LED headlamps. You get 16 inch views and stuff the 17 on the automatic. You don’t get auto headlamps, no auto dimming mirror. You don’t even get a sunroof all the ventilated seats. So what do you get for your money then? Here’s a look at the manual the equipment list.
In terms of safety, while ESP is standard right on the base variant, even this gt manual version gets only two airbags. I think this will appeal to only those your diehard manual enthusiasts who want nothing more than a fantastic drive experience. Volkswagen aims to make the GT manual a lot more accessible by stripping it all features translating to an aggressive pricing.
New Volkswagen Taigun Price
So should you be invested in the dye good. If it’s a big and beefy SUV you want all we’ll be travelling with all five seats occupied often. The Taigun won’t be the right pick for you. That being said the Taigun is a comfy four seater and it does look chic both inside and out. Yes, it’s not as well equipped as its Korean drivers. And there are some signs of cost cutting too. But on the plus side it is as tough as you’d expect a German SUV to be where the Taigun really appears is in the driving department.
The 1.5 litre engine is strong and coupled with the comfy ride and Chris handling This is a fun to drive SUV. This small hearted Taigun one litre DSI also promises to be good bang for your buck, we expect prices in the range of 10.50 to 14 lakh rupees for the 1-litre versions, while the 1.5 litre manual is likely to start at 15.50 lakh rupees, and the range topping DSG versions are likely to come at 18 lakh rupees.
Only a full blown comparison with its drivers will ultimately tell us where the tiger fits in. But if it’s a solid, sophisticated and sporty midsize SUV you want that Taigun and could just be the one for you
My name is Sahil Pathan and I have done a diploma course in mechanics and I am very much fond of vehicles since childhood. I watch only car shows on TV too. I have very good knowledge of cars and bikes, that's why I have created this blog.