VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN 1.5 TSI
Overdrive|August 2021
VW makes some wise choices with the equipment which helps the Taigun come across as a more premium product than its sibling
ROHIT PARADKAR
Type 999cc 3-cyl/ 1,498cc 4-cyl, turbo petrol

LxWxH (mm) 4,221x1,760x1,612mm

Max power 115PS@5,000rpm/ 150PS@5,000rpm

Price ₹11-18 lakh (estimated ex-showroom)

OD Rating

Max torque 178Nm@1,750-4,500rpm/ 250Nm@1,600-3,500rpm

Elegant design and more spacious than what the size suggests

Expected to be pricey

It was back in 2014 that Volkswagen showed their intentions of creating a compact crossover called the Taigun. It was a concept that was designed to take on the sub-4m segment and had everything one would ask of a crossover of that order - compact dimensions, sophisticated styling and even a spare wheel on the boot. But VW knew that to take on the new-age competition of the future, the Taigun would need a lot more space and tech than what the concept’s VW Up! PQ12 underpinnings (or even Polo’s PQ25 platform) would offer. This debate has cost them seven years, in which, the brand has managed to localise its more modular and advanced MQB platform - both in terms of cost as well as India-specific engineering. In this time, the Taigun that utilises this Indian-ised platform has also grown to compete with the mid-size crossovers and while it doesn’t set any new benchmarks, the Taigun certainly deserves your attention.

Design

From its name to its design, the Taigun seems like it is cut from the same cloth as the T-Roc, Tiguan and the Touareg. But its boxy styling, straight lines and upright proportions make it appear more SUV like than the T-Roc. “Even from a mile away, you know it’s a Volkswagen,” says, Emmanuel Al Nawakil (Director Product And Sales Planning Volkswagen India), which is a good thing in my books, considering how well VW’s designs age. But there is no denying that the Taigun is the most radical VW to have been launched in India, and certainly one that has more chrome than the Polo, Vento and T-Roc’s shiny bits put together. Blame or thank it all to the customer clinics that VW conducted when finalising the Taigun’s design. I think it could polarise buyers and VW should offer the option of lesser bling by way of a black edition or a black pack.

The other polarising bit is the chunky taillight appliqué. Something sleeker would have looked more elegant, I think. It is likely to grow on you though, especially when you realise that VW puts such seamless strips of LED taillights only on its premium cars, including models from Porsche and Audi. The wide strip of lighting also helps the Taigun appear wider than it is. All the chrome and tailgate appliqués are common across variants and the only visual differentiators are the wheels and the frontal lighting elements. The LED headlamps on the range-topping variants certainly look and work better, but the large aperture also makes the lower-spec halogens achieve an excellent throw and spread.

So irrespective of the variant you choose, the Taigun appears like a premium European crossover fit to wear the VW badge and the styling is likely to appeal to everyone from first time VW buyers to those upgrading from Polos and Ventos.

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