In this section of comparison, we bring you the fight between the latest entry into the mid-size SUV segment, Volkswagen Taigun against the segment leader, Hyundai Creta. The Taigun is the most important for the German automaker in India at the moment and they are leaving no stone unturned to make sure that this product clicks for them. They have built the Taigun on the MQB A0 IN platform, which has been specifically engineered for our market. On top of that, VW has been able to achieve 95% localization with the Taigun which will help to keep the costs in check and the prices of the Taigun are therefore expected to be very competitive. On all the other fronts, how does the Taigun fair against the segment leader in Hyundai Creta, we will find out. But before that, do check out our comparison post between VW Taigun and Skoda Kushaq as well.
VW Taigun vs Hyundai Creta – Exteriors and Dimensions
The exteriors of the Taigun are very much in line with the latest VW products globally. The front is a bold look with LED Headlamps with DRLs. The front also looks kind of shiny with chrome on the front grille. The flat bonnet will allow for good visibility. The front bumpers are designed to give the SUV a sporty look. The alloys are also typical Volkswagen, in that, VW uses this alloys design on all of their international SUVs. The sides are accentuated by 17-inch alloy wheels, sharp creases and a boxy stance. The rear looks very modern with continuous LED tail lamps by a blacked-out glass bar that runs across the width of the car and there is a chrome bar on the rear bumper as well. This is in line with the design language that one can find in the European versions of T-Roc and T-Cross. The wheelbase is 2651mm which will be the largest in the segment, which translates into plenty of rear cabin space for the passengers.
When it comes to the exterior styling, the Hyundai Creta is definitely bold with polarising appearance. This generation of the Creta has adopted some new methods to really go for the uniqueness in terms of looks. The front end looks modern and broad with large chrome Cascading grille, Split LED Trio Beam Headlights, Fog Lamps and Skid Plates on the bumper down below. When you move on to the sides, the 17-inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels and uniquely design C-Pillar extend a distinctive look to the Creta. Moving to the rear, you are greeted by the split LED Tail lamp unit along with Shark Fin Antenna, Aerodynamic Rear Spoiler, Skid Plates and Red Light Strip on the centre of the rear. All-in-all the Creta is definitely a bold car with a muscular stance which makes it look modern compared to the traditional SUVs.
|Parameter||VW Taigun||Hyundai Creta|
|Length||4225 mm||4300 mm|
|Width||1760 mm||1790 mm|
|Height||1612 mm||1635 mm|
|Wheelbase||2651 mm||2610 mm|
|Boot Space||385 l||433 l|
|Ground Clearance||188 mm||190 mm|
When it comes to the exterior dimensions, the Hyundai Creta has a little edge overall. But the one thing that Creta lacks is the wheelbase. Taigun has the best wheelbase of 2651 mm in the segment. This translates to a comfortable rear seat experience. That is a huge advantage for customers in India because people use vehicles for family purposes and having spacious rear seats is a plus.
VW Taigun vs Hyundai Creta – Interior and Features
The interior of the Taigun looks modern and premium and have features like a 10-inch latest Digital Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Digital Virtual Cockpit Style Instrument Cluster with a customizable display, Automatic Climate Control, Leather Upholstery, Ventilated Front Seats, Type C USB charging port, My Volkswagen Connect Connected Tech, Ventilated Leather Front Seats, Ambient Lighting, Flat-bottom Steering Wheel with Audio Controls and Voice Recognition, Electric Sunroof and much more. The rear cabin space is huge because of the large wheelbase.
The Hyundai Creta has as long a feature list as it gets. Hyundai is already popular in India for making cars that are rich in features and Creta is no exception. When you enter the inside of the Creta, you are greeted by either of the two interior colour schemes; Sporty All black interiors with Orange inserts or Modern and sophisticated Black & Greige Interiors. The features list includes a 10.25-inch Digital Infotainment System with all the modern connectivity like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Advanced Blue Link Connected Car Tech, a 7-inch Digital infotainment System for Driver’s information, Wireless Phone Charging, Driver Centric Console with Automatic Climate Control, Ventilated Front Seats, Steering Mounted Audio Controls with Voice Recognition, Panoramic Sunroof, BOSE Premium Sound System, Rear Window Sunshade, Soothing Blue Ambient Lighting, Leather-wrapped D-Cut Steering Wheel and much more.
VW Taigun vs Hyundai Creta – Safety
On the safety front, the Taigun comes with features like 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, Tyre Pressure Deflation Warning, Rear Parking Distance Control, Hill Hold Control, 3-head Restraints at the rear, Child Seat Mounts, 3-point Seatbelts for the third passenger at the rear too and much more.
In the case of Hyundai Creta, the safety features include 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Management, ESC, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Rear Parking Sensors with Camera, Hill Assist Control, All-four Disc Brakes, Burglar Alarm, Emergency Stop Signal and much more.
VW Taigun vs Hyundai Creta – Engines and Expected Prices
The VW Taigun comes with the legendary 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine, making 115 PS and 175 Nm and its bigger sibling, the 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol unit making 150 PS and 250 Nm. Complementing the 1.0-litre engine will be a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The larger 1.5-litre unit will come mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG (DCT) gearbox. Because of heavy localization, we expect the Taigun to be priced around the Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh price bracket.
The Hyundai Creta, on the other hand, comes with a plethora of engine-gearbox combinations including a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol making 115 PS and 144 Nm, a 1.5-litre diesel making 115 PS and 250 Nm and a 1.4-litre Turbo petrol with direct injection making 140 PS and 242 Nm. These engines can be had with either a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed DCT or a CVT transmission options. The Hyundai Creta costs between Rs 9.99 lakh and Rs 17.53 lakh, ex-showroom.
VW Taigun vs Hyundai Creta – Verdict
The results are here and we will try to help you decide which one to buy according to your requirements. Firstly, if you are someone who is looking for a diesel-powered SUV, then you only have one choice in front of you, to go for the Creta. However, if it’s the petrol engine you are looking for, then things get a bit interesting. If you love driving and are will be spending a lot of time driving yourself, then the VW Taigun might suit you better. The reason is simple that VW engineers its products in such a way that they are a treat to drive. Secondly, if you want an SUV with more practicality and a ton of features, then you should opt for the Creta, which comes with a plethora of features.