October 2021 - Volkswagen Taigun Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

October 2021 - Volkswagen Taigun Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Volkswagen Taigun petrol you should buy based on the price, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2021 Taigun's petrol variants and their features. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the 2021 Volkswagen Taigun with its competitors and other petrol-powered C-segment SUVs like Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Maruti S-Cross, Nissan Kicks.

Volkswagen Taigun

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Volkswagen Taigun Petrol?

The pros or advantages of Taigun petrol are:

  • 1.0L turbo petrol engine has a better torque curve and output than the base 1.5L normal petrol engines available in the segment

  • Because of the sub-1.0L displacement, this engine will save you some cash on insurance every year

  • A decent list of features like ventilated seats, full-colour instrument cluster, cruise control, sunroof, 3-point seatbelts for all occupants, TPMS, etc.

  • Typical German build quality, which we’ve come to expect from Volkswagen

  • 1.5L turbo petrol engine gets fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology

  • Good-to-excellent fuel efficiency figures for both petrol engines are either better or on par for the segment

The Volkswagen Taigun petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • The Taigun is small and lacks the road presence we expect from a C-segment SUV

  • Torque converter-type automatics are generally gas guzzlers because of their fluid coupling

  • The 1.5L engine gets a dual-clutch automatic transmission; DCTs are yet to prove themselves with a long-term reliability record

  • No seat ventilation in the top-spec GT Plus variant; it’s available in the Topline 1.0L

  • No manual transmission option in the GT Plus variant

  • Missing features like no power seats, no front parking sensors, no 360 camera, no panoramic sunroof, no subwoofer

What Is The Price Of Volkswagen Taigun Petrol?

The Volkswagen Taigun is available with 2 turbo petrol engines, and both of these get a manual and an automatic transmission. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine is Taigun’s mainstay as it’s available in 3 variants with the option of automatic transmission in 2 of these. The Taigun 1.0L turbo manual starts at Rs. 10.5 lakh and tops out at Rs. 14.57 lakh. The 2 Taigun 1.0L automatic cost Rs. 14.1 and Rs. 15.91 lakh. The automatic is Rs. 1.3 to 1.34 lakh more expensive than the manual.

The more powerful 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine is available in GT and GT Plus variants. The GT gets only the manual transmission and costs Rs. 15 lakh. The Volkswagen Taigun GT Plus is available only with the dual-clutch automatic and costs Rs. 17.5 lakh (ex-showroom).

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | OCT 2021

1.0L TURBO PETROL ENGINE

Variant

PETROL MT

Difference

PETROL AT

Comfortline

Rs 10,49,900

-

-

Highline

Rs 12,79,900

Rs 1,30,000

Rs 14,09,900

Topline

Rs 14,56,900

Rs 1,34,000

Rs 15,90,900

1.5L TURBO PETROL ENGINE

Variant

PETROL MT

Difference

PETROL AT

GT

Rs 14,99,900

-

-

GT Plus

-

-

Rs 17,49,900

Volkswagen Taigun Petrol Comfortline - Base Model Features & Review

The Taigun’s base Comfortline variant with the 1.0L turbo petrol engine and manual transmission costs Rs. 10.5 lakh. It gets a few notable features like:

  • 16-inch steel wheels with covers

  • Front differential lock

  • 3-point seatbelts for all passengers

  • Front armrest

  • LED DRLs

  • LED tail lamps

  • All power windows

  • Power mirrors

  • Fabric upholstery

  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment

  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay

  • Steering-mounted controls

  • Side cladding

  • Manual AC with rear AC vents

The base variant itself covers the basic features very well. However, you may miss the following features, which are available in the Highline variant:

  • Rear defogger

  • Rear washer wiper

  • Rear camera

  • Front fog lamps

  • 16-inch alloy wheels

  • Rear armrest

  • Rear parcel tray

  • Height-adjustable driver seat

  • Power folding mirrors

  • Auto AC

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The price jump to the Highline variant is too steep to justify for these features. If you can manage without these features and want better value for money, then we don’t see the need to jump to the Highline variant.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN COMFORTLINE | FEATURES

Rs. 10,49,900 (Petrol MT) | OCTOBER 2021 Ex-Showroom

Safety

Functional

Style & Entertainment

Std Safety Features

3 x Adjustable Rear Headrests

R16 Steel Wheels w/ Covers

Multi-collision Braking

Front Armrest w/ Storage

Side Cladding

Electronic Stability Control

Front Power Outlet

Body Coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

Remote Central Locking

All Power Windows

LED Tail Lamps

ISOFIX

Dead Pedal

Body Coloured Door Handles

Traction Control

Boot Lamp & Hooks

Fabric Upholstery

Electronic Differential Lock (Front)

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

LED DRLs

3-Point Seatbelts (5x)

All Door Pockets

7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

Day/Night IRVM

Front Seat Back Pockets

Steering-mounted Controls


Rear AC Vents

6 Speakers


Passenger Vanity Mirror

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto


Roof Rails

Bluetooth & USB

Volkswagen Taigun Petrol Comfortline vs Highline Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The price difference between the Taigun Comfortline and Highline variant is Rs. 2.30 lakh and it costs Rs. 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom) with the manual transmission. With an ex-showroom price of Rs. 14.1 lakh, the Taigun Highline automatic is Rs. 1.3 lakh more expensive than the Highline manual.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN | PRICE COMPARISON


Comfortline

Difference

Highline

Manual

Rs 10,49,900

Rs 2,30,000

Rs 12,79,900

Difference

-

-

Rs 1,30,000

Automatic

-

-

Rs 14,09,900

For the additional Rs. 2.3 lakh, you get the following notable features:

  • Split rear seatback

  • Larger 10-inch touchscreen

  • Wireless connectivity for Android Auto and Apple Carplay

  • Telematics for connected car features

  • Rear defogger

  • Rear washer wiper

  • Rear camera

  • Front fog lamps

  • 16-inch alloy wheels

  • Rear armrest

  • Rear parcel tray

  • Height-adjustable driver seat

  • Wireless phone charger

  • Power folding mirrors

  • Auto AC

  • Ambient lighting

Most of these features are a straight-up must-have for a lot of SUV buyers, but the price jump is difficult to justify. So, whether you want the Taigun with manual or automatic, we suggest you expand your budget and get the Topline variant or sacrifice some of these features and get the cheaper Comfortline trim. Highline is not a value for money option in the Taigun variant lineup.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN HIGHLINE | FEATURES OVER COMFORTLINE

Rs. 12,79,900 (Petrol MT) | Rs. 14,09,900 (Petrol AT) | OCTOBER 2021 Ex-Showroom

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Parking Camera

10-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

60:40 Rear Seat

Dashboard Insert & Ambient Light

Rear Wiper & Washer

Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Rear Armrest

Shark Fin Antenna

Front Fog Lamps

USB Connectivity

Rear Parcel Tray

R16 Alloy Wheels

Cornering Lamps

Telematics

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Silver Roof Rails

Rear Defogger

Navigation

Auto Up/Down Driver Power Window

Extra Chrome On Front Grille & AC Vents

Hill Start Assist (AT)


Wireless Charger




Front & Rear USB-C Ports




Cooled Glovebox




Electrically Foldable ORVMs




Auto AC




Paddle Shifters (AT)


Volkswagen Taigun Petrol Highline vs Topline Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The price difference between the Taigun Highline and Topline variant manual is Rs. 1.77 lakh. The Topline automatic is Rs. 1.81 lakh more expensive than Highline AT. The Taigun Topline manual costs Rs. 14.57 lakh while the automatic costs Rs. 15.91 lakh, which is Rs. 1.34 lakh more than the manual.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN | PRICE COMPARISON


Highline

Difference

Topline

Manual

Rs 12,79,900

Rs 1,77,000

Rs 14,56,900

Difference

Rs 1,30,000

-

Rs 1,34,000

Automatic

Rs 14,09,900

Rs 1,81,000

Rs 15,90,900

For the extra Rs. 1.8 lakh or so, you get extra features like:

  • Tyre pressure sensor

  • LED headlamps

  • Auto wipers

  • Cruise control

  • Leather upholstery

  • 17-inch alloy wheels

  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop

  • Ventilated front seats

  • Side and curtain airbags

  • 8-inch full-colour LCD instrument cluster

  • Electric sunroof

  • Auto-dimming inside mirror

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A good chunk of these features are strictly good-to-have, but at least on the value front, the Taigun 1.0L Topline justifies spending more cash upfront than the Highline trim. So, the Topline is a better choice for manual and automatic buyers if you want the Taigun with a reasonably long list of features.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN TOPLINE | FEATURES OVER HIGHLINE

Rs. 14,56,900 (Petrol MT) | Rs. 15,90,900 (Petrol AT) | OCTOBER 2021 Ex-Showroom

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Rain Sensing Wipers

Leather Upholstery

LED Headlamps

Cruise Control

Chrome Exterior-Interior Detailing

Auto-dimming IRVM

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Sunroof

Side & Curtain Airbags

Ventilated Front Seats

R17 Alloy Wheels

Hill Start Assist

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Chrome Exterior Door Handles


Auto Headlamps

8-inch Digital Instrument Cluster

Volkswagen Taigun Petrol Highline vs GT Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Taigun GT and GT Plus variants get the more powerful 1.5L turbo petrol engine. The GT trim is the same as the Highline, but with a more powerful engine and a few extra features. So, it’s fair to compare the Taigun GT 1.5L with the Highline 1.0L.

The price difference between the Taigun Highline 1.0L manual and GT 1.5L manual variant is Rs. 2.20 lakh and it costs Rs. 15.0 lakh (ex-showroom). The Taigun GT is only available with a manual transmission.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN | PRICE COMPARISON


Highline

Difference

GT

Manual

Rs 12,79,900

Rs 2,20,000

Rs 14,99,900

Difference

Rs 1,30,000

-

-

Automatic

Rs 14,09,900

-

-

For the additional Rs. 2.2 lakh, you get the larger 1.5L petrol engine with 35PS more power and 72Nm more torque. The Volkswagen Taigun GT’s power and torque output stand at 150PS and 250Nm, respectively. Since the larger engine has 4 cylinders compared to 3 cylinders in the smaller 1.0L engine, you can also expect it to drive more smoothly because of its inherently balanced nature. This engine also gets cylinder deactivation, which cuts the fuel flow for the 2 cylinders in the middle. The ECU automatically enables cylinder deactivation when we’re cruising at a constant speed, and it doesn’t need the extra torque. This helps save some fuel while cruising at highway speeds of 80 - 100kmph, but it can also work at lower or higher speeds depending on the torque demand.

On top of the features available in the Taigun Highline, the GT also gets hill start, idle start-stop, leather-fabric upholstery with contrast red stitching, red ambient lighting and GT badges.

Since the Highline variant itself is a poor value for money option, the GT also becomes difficult to recommend. However, it’s the only variant you can buy with the larger 1.5L petrol engine and manual transmission as the GT Plus only gets the automatic transmission.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN GT | FEATURES OVER HIGHLINE

Rs. 14,99,900 (Petrol MT) | OCTOBER 2021 Ex-Showroom

Safety

Functional

Style

Hill Start Assist

Idle start/stop

Leather-Fabric Upholstery w/ Red Stitching


Cylinder Deactivation

Red Ambient Light



Inside-out GT Branding

Volkswagen Taigun Petrol GT vs GT Plus Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The GT Plus variant is based on the Topline variant, and it’s only available with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Taigun offers no choice for buyers who want all the bells and whistles along with the more powerful 1.5L turbo petrol engine and an engaging manual transmission.

Compared to the Taigun GT, the GT Plus is Rs. 2.5 lakh more expensive and it costs Rs. 17.5 lakh (ex-showroom).

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN | PRICE COMPARISON

GT

Difference

GT Plus

Rs 14,99,900

Rs 2,50,000

Rs 17,49,900

The notable additional features of the GT Plus over the GT variant are:

  • Tyre pressure sensor

  • LED headlamps

  • Auto wipers

  • Cruise control

  • Leather upholstery

  • 17-inch alloy wheels

  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop

  • Side and curtain airbags

  • 8-inch full-colour LCD instrument cluster

  • Electric sunroof

  • Auto-dimming inside mirror

  • Dual-tone exterior

  • Metal pedals

The one feature, which is available in the Taigun 1.0L Topline and not available in the GT Plus is front seat ventilation. Other than that, from a value perspective, the Taigun GT Plus comes across as a better option than the GT manual. So, if you want to buy the Taigun with the more powerful 1.5L turbo petrol engine, then the GT Plus is our top choice.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN GT PLUS | FEATURES OVER GT

Rs. 17,49,900 (Petrol AT) | OCTOBER 2021 Ex-Showroom 

Safety & Functional

Style

Side & Curtain airbags

Metal Pedals

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Red Front Brake Calipers

LED Headlamps

R17 Alloy wheels

Auto-dimming IRVM

Sunroof

Paddle Shifters

8-inch Digital Instrument Cluster

Cruise Control

Chrome Exterior-Interior Detailing

Rain Sensing Wipers

Chrome Exterior Door Handles

Auto Headlamps w/ Follow-me-home

Dual-tone Exterior

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start-stop


Which Variant Of The 2021 Volkswagen Taigun Petrol Should You Buy?

Let’s start with the Volkswagen Taigun manual transmission buyers. The base Comfortline variant of the Taigun with the smaller 1.0L turbo petrol engine is our top choice as the mid-spec Highline trim doesn’t justify the higher asking price. If the Comfortline is too basic for your preferences and you want more features, then we recommend spending a little more and getting the Topline variant. If you want more performance, then the Taigun GT is an option, but this one too doesn’t justify the asking price as it’s based on the Highline trim, which already offers a poor value for money.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

1.0L TURBO PETROL

Comfortline

Rank 1

Rs 10,49,900

Top recommended

Highline

Rank 4

Rs 12,79,900

Not recommended

Topline

Rank 2

Rs 14,56,900

Worth upgrading for those looking for modern-day features

1.5L TURBO PETROL

GT

Rank 3

Rs 14,99,900

Expensive upgrade. Not recommended

For the Taigun petrol automatic buyers also, we don’t recommend the Highline trim as it offers poor value for money. You should instead buy the Topline 1.0L. If you want better performance, then the 1.5L GT Plus trim with the 7-speed dual-clutch is worth upgrading. Between the GT manual and GT Plus automatic, the more expensive GT Plus is a better choice from a value-for-money perspective.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN AUTOMATIC | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

1.0L TURBO PETROL

Highline

Rank 3

Rs 14,09,900

Not recommended

Topline

Rank 1

Rs 15,90,900

Top recommended

1.5L TURBO PETROL

GT Plus

Rank 2

Rs 17,49,900 

Worth upgrading

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Volkswagen Taigun Petrol?

The base 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine of the Volkswagen Taigun is the smallest in the segment, but its power output is on par for the segment and better than the Astor 1.5L, Duster 1.5L, Kicks 1.5L and the S-Cross. But, this is a turbo petrol engine, so it makes better torque than all C-segment SUVs with a non-turbo petrol engine. Turbo patrols also have a wider torque curve, and they deliver their performance at low RPMs, which gives them great drivability characteristics. In the case of Taigun 1.0L, the peak torque arrives at 1750rpm and stays at 178Nm until 4500rpm.

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This engine is also available with a 6-speed torque converter type automatic transmission. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Taigun 1.0L manual is better than Creta, Seltos, Kicks and Duster and almost comparable with the S-Cross hybrid. However, the gas-guzzler torque converter automatic gives it a 16.44kmpl rating, which is considerably lower than the manual’s figure but still comparable with the rivals.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN 1.0L TURBO PETROL VS RIVALS

ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON


Taigun 1.0

Kushaq 1.0

Astor

Creta

Seltos

Duster

Kicks

S-Cross

Displacement

1.0-litre, Turbo

1.0-litre, Turbo

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre Hybrid

Cylinder

3

3

4

4

4

4

4

4

Capacity

999cc

999cc

1498cc

1497 cc

1497 cc

1498 cc

1498 cc

1462cc

Maximum Power

115PS @ 5000rpm

115PS @ 5000rpm

110PS @ 6000rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

105PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

178Nm @ 1750 - 4500rpm

178Nm @ 1750 - 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4400rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Manual

6MT

6MT

5MT

6MT

6MT & 6ACMT

5MT

5MT

5MT

Manual FE

18.10kmpl

17.88kmpl

NA

16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl

14.26kmpl

14.1kmpl

18.55kmpl

Automatic

6TC

6TC

CVT

CVT

CVT

-

-

4TC

Auto FE

16.44kmpl

15.78kmpl

NA

16.9kmpl

16.8kmpl

-

-

18.43kmpl

Most of Taigun’s rivals also have a more powerful turbo petrol engine available as an option. Taigun also has a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, which makes 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque. Both of these figures are on point for the segment. This engine is also available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Among its powerful peers, the Taigun is the most fuel-efficient option with the manual as well as the automatic.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN 1.5L TURBO PETROL VS RIVALS

ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON


Taigun

Kushaq

Astor

Creta

Seltos

Duster

Kicks

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.3-litre

1.4-litre

1.4-litre

1.3-litre

1.3-litre

Cylinder

4

4

3

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1498cc

1498cc

1349 cc

1353 cc

1353 cc

1330 cc

1330 cc

Maximum Power

150PS @ 5000rpm

150PS @ 5000rpm

140PS @ 5600rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

Peak Torque

250Nm @ 1600 - 3500rpm

250Nm @ 1600 - 3500rpm

220Nm @ 3600rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

Manual

6MT

6MT

-

-

6MT

6MT

6MT

Manual FE

18.47kmpl

17.95kmpl

-

-

16.1kmpl

16.5kmpl

-

Automatic

7DCT

7DCT

6TC

7DCT

7DCT

CVT

CVT

Auto FE

17.88kmpl

17.71kmpl

NA

16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl

16.3kmpl*

15.8kmpl

What Are The Dimensions Of The Volkswagen Taigun?

The Volkswagen Taigun is one of the smallest SUVs in the segment. It’s the shortest, and its length is comparable with only the Skoda Kushaq. The Taigun is taller than only the S-Cross, which most buyers don’t even consider an SUV. However, the ground clearance is still acceptable at 188mm, which is better than the Astor and S-Cross.

Taigun vs RIVALS

DIMENSION COMPARISON


Taigun

Kushaq

Astor

Creta

Seltos

Kicks

Duster

S-Cross

Length

4221mm

4225mm

4323mm

4300mm

4315mm

4384mm

4360mm

4300mm

Width

1760mm

1760mm

1809mm

1790mm

1800mm

1813mm

1822mm

1785mm

Height

1612mm

1612mm

1650mm

1635mm

1645mm

1669mm

1695mm

1595mm

Wheelbase

2651mm

2651mm

2585mm*

2610mm

2610mm

2673mm

2673mm

2600mm

Boot Space

385-lt

385-lt

448-lt*

433-lt

433-lt

400-lt

475-lt

353-lt

Ground Clearance

188mm

188mm

180mm*

190mm*

190mm*

210mm

205mm

180mm

Fuel Tank

50-lt

50-lt

NA

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

48-lt

Tyre Size (base)

205/60

R16

205/60 R16

NA

205/65 R16

205/65 R16

215/65 R16

215/65 R16

215/60R16

Tyre Size (top)

205/55

R17

205/55 R17

215/55 R17

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

215/65 R16

215/60R16

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2021 Volkswagen Taigun?

The 2021 Taigun is available in the following 5 colour options:

  • Yellow/Gold

  • White

  • Red

  • Grey

  • Silver

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio





B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza





C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City (Exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga





D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V





D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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