Skoda Kushaq Vs Upcoming Volkswagen Taigun – Specs Comparison

Skoda Kushaq Vs Volkswagen Taigun 2


Volkswagen Taigun is set to launch in India next week, and here, we compare all its available specifications with its cousin, Skoda Kushaq

The midsize SUV segment is one of the hottest spaces in the Indian car market these days, and Skoda entered it with the Kushaq back in June of this year. Volkswagen is also planning to launch a new model in this segment, named Taigun, by the third week of September. The Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun are both based on the VW group’s ‘MQB A0 IN’ platform, and have lots of other similarities as well.

However, there are plenty of differences as well between the two SUVs. Here, we have an on-paper comparison between the recently launched Kushaq and the soon-to-launch Taigun, to see how they measure up against each other.

Exterior design and dimensions

Although the Kushaq and Taigun share a platform, their exterior styling is quite different. The Skoda has slimmer headlamps (vertically split), along with the signature butterfly grille at the front. The LED taillights of the Skoda are inverted L-shaped units, with high-mounted reflectors just below them. The tailgate gets a bold ‘Skoda’ badge, right in the centre.

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The Taigun, on the other hand, gets larger dagger-shaped headlights, with flamboyant chrome embellishment on the front bumper (on the rear bumper as well). At the rear, we see LED taillights with a single-piece design, and a ‘Taigun’ badge on the tailgate. Its complete list of dimensions has not been revealed yet.

Dimensions Skoda Kushaq Volkswagen Taigun
Length 4,225mm 4,200mm
Width 1,760mm
Height 1,612mm
Wheelbase 2,651mm 2,650mm
Ground Clearance 188mm

Volkswagen Taigun 2

Both these SUVs get black plastic cladding all around, along with faux bash plates on the front and rear bumper. Roof rails, a roof-mounted spoiler, and a shark-fin antenna. Dual-tone, 17-inch alloy wheels are offered on both, but their designs are different.

Interior styling and features

The interior designs of these two SUVs are different as well, just like the exterior. The Kushaq’s interior highlights include a floating-type 10-inch infotainment system and a two-spoke steering wheel. It also gets a beautiful dashboard design with hexagonal AC vents at the sides, and a touch panel for HVAC controls.

Skoda Kushaq

Other features on offer include an electric sunroof, a semi-digital instrument cluster (with a 3.5-inch MID), automatic climate control, all power windows, one-touch window operation (driver side), power-operated ORVMs (auto-folding), all-LED exterior lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, ABS with EBD, ESC, TPMS, hill assist, and up to six airbags. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available, along with MyŠKODA connected car tech.

The cabin of the Taigun has a simpler design, but it still looks as classy as its Skoda cousin. The dashboard gets sleek AC vents and an integrated 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and it even gets a full-digital instrument console (with a 10.2-inch screen).

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The upcoming VW SUV will offer all-LED exterior lights, an electric sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, touch controls for HVAC, electrically-adjustable ORVMs (auto-folding), wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, etc. Safety features will include TPMS, stability control, up to six airbags, hill-hold assist, etc.

Engine and transmission

Unlike the styling, the powertrain options of the Kushaq and Taigun are the same; both the SUVs are available with two engine options. The first one is a 1.0-litre TSI petrol motor, which belts out 115 PS and 178 Nm. It can be had with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

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Skoda Kushaq technical specifications
Engine size 1.0-litre 1.5-litre
Engine type Turbocharged, inline-3 Turbocharged, inline-4
Max power 115 PS 150 PS
Max torque 178 Nm 250 Nm
Transmission 6 MT/6 AT 6 MT/7 DCT

The second one is a 1.5-litre TSI mill, which generates 150 PS and 250 Nm. This powerplant comes mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The power is sent only to the front wheels, with no AWD option on offer.

Volkswagen Taigun

Volkswagen Taigun technical specifications
Engine size 1.0-litre 1.5-litre
Engine type Turbocharged, inline-3 Turbocharged, inline-4
Max power 115 PS 150 PS
Max torque 178 Nm 250 Nm
Transmission 6 MT/6 AT 6 MT/7 DCT

Price

Skoda Kushaq is priced from Rs. 10.49 lakh to Rs. 15.79 lakh for the 1.0L TSI version, while the 1.5L TSI is priced from Rs. 16.19 lakh to Rs. 17.59 lakh. As for the Taigun, Volkswagen is yet to launch it, and thus its price list is under wraps at the moment. We expect it to cost around the same as the Skoda offering.