VW Taigun and Skoda Kushaq are essentially the same vehicles with different garbs and this video strengthens that viewpoint further.
A VW Taigun owner decides to record his reaction while driving a Skoda Kushaq. Now, VW and Skoda share the same platform and powertrain for all their products in our market. Hence, both these mid-size SUVs are underpinned by the same MQB A0 IN platform and VW-sourced 1.0-litre TSI and 1.5-litre EVO turbo petrol engines. The transmission options are identical too. But how these SUVs drive, was the question that this YouTuber decided to find the answer to.
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Reaction of VW Taigun Owner After Driving Skoda Kushaq
When the Taigun owner sat in the Kushaq, he felt that the cabin layout and premium quotient of the latter is more upmarket. However, it could be attributed to the fact that he owns the 1.0-litre version of the Taigun, while the Kushaq is the 1.5-litre top trim. VW and Skoda offer different features on the top trims of 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre versions. However, the main difference he found was the way the steering wheel looks and feels. The trademark two-spoke design on the Kushaq feels more premium compared to the rather basic but elegant steering of the Taigun.
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As far as the driving dynamics go, he felt the difference in the performance of the two. But that is because of the sporty and quick-shifting DSG gearbox in the 1.5-litre Kushaq. That transmission is considered to be the most performance-oriented in the business. Hence, that was evident in the acceleration and overall power delivery. Apart from that, the Taigun owner reports that the braking, handling and ride quality of both the SUVs are exactly similar. Due to the higher weight of the Kushaq (due to its heavier engine), the steering felt a bit heavy, the owner mentions.
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Both these mid-size SUVs come powered by two powertrain options including a 1.0-litre TSI engine, making 115 hp and 178 Nm and the second, a 1.5-litre EVO engine making 150 hp and 250 Nm. The smaller engine comes with either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission option and the larger engine comes with a 7-speed DSG (DCT) gearbox. The prices of the VW Taigun range between Rs 11.40 lakh and Rs 18.60 lakh, while the Skoda Kushaq ranges between Rs 11.29 lakh and Rs 19.49 lakh, ex-showroom.
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