Comparison: Skoda Kushaq vs Volkswagen Taigun

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By - Mark Sanyal
July 7, 2022

Skoda and Volkswagen are known to offer robustly built cars that are backed up by enthusiast-focused TSI engines. In 2021, both brands came out with extremely well-packaged and competent mid-size SUVs that are not only competing against established names in the market but also themselves. The Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun are cars cut from the same cloth and both cars share the platform and engines. This begs the question: in a Kushaq vs Taigun comparison, which car comes out on top? We pit them against each other to find out the small differences that should help you decide which car you should go for.

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Table of Contents

Skoda Kushaq vs Volkswagen Taigun: Dimensions

Skoda Kushaq

Volkswagen Taigun

Length

4225 mm

4221 mm

Width

1760 mm

1760 mm

Height

1612 mm

1612 mm

Wheelbase

2651 mm

2651 mm

Boot Space

385 L

385 L

As the specs indicate, the two cars are very similar in terms of their dimensions. As the cars are based on the same MQB A0-IN platform, both of them feature the same minimalist boxy design. However, the difference here is the individual design languages of Skoda and Volkswagen. With a larger front grille and more aggressive styling, the Kushaq is sportier in appearance. The Taigun, on the other hand, is more sedate in its design.

  • Volkswagen Taigun side

The similarity in dimension also translates into the availability of similar seating arrangements on the inside. Both cars can seat up to 5 people with ease and the identical wheelbase of both cars means rear legroom is similar as well. Boot space is also similar for both cars and there isn’t much difference to separate the two midsize SUVs.

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Skoda Kushaq vs Volkswagen Taigun: Engine and Transmission

Skoda Kushaq

Volkswagen Taigun

Engine

1.0L TSI turbo petrol engine

1.0L TSI turbo petrol engine

1.5L TSI turbo petrol engine

1.5L TSI turbo petrol engine

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed TC AT (1.0L)

6-Speed TC AT (1.0L)

7-Speed DSG (1.5L)

7-Speed DSG (1.5L)

The Kushaq and Taigun also share their engines and transmissions, which means again, there is very little to choose between the two. Both cars receive a 1.0-litre TSI and 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol engines. The 1.0-litre TSI is paired with a 6-speed manual and a torque converter automatic. The more enthusiast-focused 1.5-litre TSI is paired with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic. Power figures and drivability are the same on both cars.

Skoda Kushaq vs Volkswagen Taigun: Performance

Specifications

Skoda Kushaq

Volkswagen Taigun

Type

1.0L TSI

1.5L TSI

1.0L TSI

1.5L TSI

Maximum Power

113.9 bhp

147.5 bhp

113.9 bhp

147.5 bhp

Maximum Torque

178 Nm

250 Nm

178 Nm

250 Nm

Mileage

Up to 17.8 km/l

Up to 17.95 km/l

Up to 18.1 km/l

Up to 18.47 km/l

Fuel Tank Capacity

50 L

50 L

50 L

50 L

Looking at the fuel efficiency figures, there is a marginal difference between the Kushaq and the Taigun. The Taigun has a slightly higher ARAI-certified mileage figure, but in real world terms, both cars should offer identical mileage figures. An important fact to note about both cars is that the larger engine is the more fuel efficient due to the active cylinder technology used. This shuts off two of the four cylinders when driving sedately to improve efficiency at higher speeds.

Skoda Kushaq vs Volkswagen Taigun: Features and Comfort

Skoda Kushaq

Volkswagen Taigun

Infotainment system

Up to 10-inch touchscreen

Up to 10-inch touchscreen

Wireless charger

Yes

Yes

Ventilated front seats

Yes

Yes

Connected car tech

Yes

Yes

Automatic Climate Control with rear vents

Yes

Yes

Digital instrument cluster

No

Yes

Music system

6 speaker sound system

6 speaker sound system

Push button engine start

Yes

Yes

Tilt / Telescopic steering adjust

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Both cars are essentially twins separated at birth and the Kushaq and Taigun share the same feature list. There are two small differences, however, where you will have to make a choice based on how important these features are to you. The Kushaq has been equipped with a subwoofer, which is skipped on the Taigun, and should provide a better music listening experience.

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  • Taigun dashboard

The Taigun, on the other hand, delivers a more premium driving experience with its all digital MID cluster. The analogue dials on the Kushaq may not be for those looking for a modern MID system to relay driving information. If this is the case, the Taigun will take a narrow lead in the feature comparison since only the recently introduced Kushaq Monte Carlo comes with the digital MID cluster at a high premium.

Skoda Kushaq vs Volkswagen Taigun: Safety Features

Skoda Kushaq

Volkswagen Taigun

Safety Rating

5-Star G-NCAP

5-Star G-NCAP

Front parking sensors

No

No

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

Airbags

Up to 6 airbags

Up to 6 airbags

Blind Spot monitor

No

No

Rear parking camera

Yes

Yes

Automatic headlamps

Yes

Yes

Rain-sensing wipers

Yes

Yes

Child safety lock

Yes

Yes

Central locking

Yes

Yes

Safety is fast becoming an essential feature rather than a bragging right. With Indian car makers focusing more on safety features and safety ratings, the Kushaq and Taigun have to offer more than just their reputations for better build quality.

In this regard, both cars are equipped with the essential safety equipment like Stability Control, ABS, EBD, and dual airbags as standard. Multi-collision brakes are another premium safety feature that are standard on both cars. The higher variants of both cars are offered with six airbags for additional safety. In this comparison, it’s a good thing there are no differences between the twins.

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Skoda Kushaq vs Volkswagen Taigun: Price

Skoda Kushaq

Volkswagen Taigun

Entry-level (Ex-Showroom)

Rs. 11.29 lakh

Rs. 11.39 lakh

Mid-level (Ex-Showroom)

Rs. 12.79 - 14.59 lakh

Rs. 13.39 - 14.79 lakh

Top-level (Ex-Showroom)

Rs. 15.29 - 18.79 lakh

Rs. 15.39 - 18.59 lakh

With differences only evident in the exterior and interior design, price becomes the biggest differentiator between the two cars. For the most part, the Kushaq is the more affordable SUV of the two and offers better value, even with a small difference of just Rs. 10,000 on the ex-showroom price.

One important differentiator to note in this comparison is that the top-end variant of the VW Taigun is the more affordable option and comes equipped with all features. The Kushaq top-end variant is priced Rs. 20,000 more to offer six airbags. This will have a clear bearing for those shopping for the fully-loaded variants and this is a major difference to keep in mind when considering either of these cars.

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