We take a look at the driving mannerisms of the VW Taigun 1.0 TSI in this review. The Taigun has been enjoying respectable sales figures. Volkswagen introduced the Taigun on the Indianized MQB A0 IN platform to compete with popular models like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos in our market. People have shown a strong preference for the Taigun, particularly appreciating its driving characteristics, which have always been a strong point for Volkswagen cars. Let us dive deep into the specific driving characteristics of the mid-size crossover SUV.
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VW Taigun Driving Review
We recently got a chance to ride the Taigun from Gurgaon to Ranthambore. The total distance of this journey is around 600 km (to and fro). During this trip, we were able to test the performance of the SUV on 8-lane expressway, as well as state highways and broken patches of road. Note that there were 4 people in the car. Our overall experience of driving this potent SUV is overtly positive. To start with, the 1.0-litre engine won’t feel underpowered at all. You get the power on tap. Also, the NVH levels are surprisingly well-contained. The steering feedback is quite impressive and it has that confidence-inspiring heft to it.
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Ride Quality vs Handling
When it comes to ride quality and handling, we must mention that the suspension setup is geared more toward the stiffer side. This means that you get a lot of confidence at high speeds and cornering as the vehicle remains stable. The body roll is also minimal (with regard to the segment it belongs to). But that does result in a slight compromise in ride quality. You could feel harsh bumps inside the cabin. But it is not too bad. Also, this is a trade-off many driving enthusiastic owners would be willing to make. For what you get in terms of driving dynamics, it has to be among the best in the segment.
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The Skoda Kushaq provides a choice of two petrol powertrain options – a 1.0-litre TSI and a 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol engines. The 1.0-litre engine delivers 115 hp and 178 Nm, while the larger 1.5-litre engine offers a more robust performance with 150 hp and 250 Nm of peak power and torque. The bigger engine even incorporates cylinder deactivation technology to improve fuel efficiency. The smaller engine is available with either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission, while the larger engine comes with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG (DCT) gearbox. The prices range from Rs 11.62 lakh to Rs 19.76 lakh, ex-showroom.