The compact SUV stays the most well liked, most crowded, and quickest rising phase in India’s passenger automobile market. And the Volkswagen Taigun has simply pushed into it. Whereas the phase has many gamers, the chief by an extended shot is the Hyundai Creta. Mixed with its Korean cousin alter ego – the Kia Seltos – it monopolises the phase handsomely. So we’ll have a correct phase shootout as soon as we’ve the VW Taigun’s pricing. And keep in mind, the Kia Seltos is our reigning champ on this phase. However seeing that the Hyundai Creta is the phase bestseller, it is smart to pit the Taigun in opposition to it to let you know how they’re alike and the way they’re additionally very totally different. So the market chief versus the beginner for now. Each SUVs are starkly totally different however to the customer they are going to fall in the identical consideration set. The just lately launched Mahindra XUV 700 – although from one phase greater – has created waves with it costs. That can solely queer the pitch some extra!
Now the Creta has been round for months. So we have very used to seeing tonnes of them on our roads. However let’s be sincere when it first drove in, no less than for me, the styling although very fashionable and really totally different, was additionally very bizarre. It is sort of unusual wanting, particularly on the rear. However like I mentioned, lots of people appear to like it! And to be truthful its design language can also be very distinct from the rivals. The VW mannequin may be very classical in its proportions, straight strains and at one look and you realize it is German. And extra importantly, you realize it is a Volkswagen. However the Taigun appears clearly compact, whereas the Creta gives the look of being greater than it’s.
The Taigun provides an extended wheelbase however is shorter, decrease and narrower than the Creta
I spent loads of time proper with the Taigun in Udaipur, and on the time felt it is going to be dwarfed by the Creta. The excellent news for VW is that once you put them collectively it does not look as tiny as I had feared. After all, there’s a distinction in dimensions although, as a result of the Taigun is about 80 odd millimetres shorter in total size. It is also shorter in peak phrases, it is not as broad because the Creta. However these variations aren’t an excessive amount of. The large distinction although, the place the Tiguan does rating is on wheelbase. Whereas the Taigun provides a 41 mm longer wheelbase (which means a trump card on cabin area), total it’s 79 mm shorter, 30 mm narrower and sits 23 mm decrease than the Creta. And that further bulk undoubtedly provides the Korean extra SUV cred!
|Hyundai Creta||4300 mm||2610 mm||1790 mm||1635 mm|
|Volkswagen Taigun||4221 mm||2651 mm||1760 mm||1612 mm|
Now the Hyundai Creta will get three powertrain choices together with diesel, a naturally aspirated petrol, and the top-of-the-line GDI turbo petrol. The Volkswagen Taigun sticks to the VW Group’s petrol-only technique for India, and provides two turbo petrol engines. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI, and the larger 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI. And sure, each engines are shared with the Skoda Kushaq. As are their gearboxes. Immediately I’m pitting the bigger engine in opposition to the Creta’s 1.Four Turbo providing for a good match up of high spec, excessive performing variants. The Taigun’s 1.5 TSI belts out 148 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to both a 6-Velocity guide transmission or a 7-Velocity DSG or dual-clutch gearbox. I’ve the latter with me. The TSI has just a little little bit of an edge over the turbo GDI, although I do not wish to take away from the latter’s enjoyable quotient. Each engines are very refined, however the 1.5 TSI comes throughout as extra punchy, extra highly effective, and for what it’s price has 10 bhp extra energy too. But it surely’s not simply concerning the numbers – you do get that sense of urgency from this engine, which is nice.
The 1.5-litre TSI engine within the Taigun is extra highly effective than the Creta
Now the Creta’s 1.4-Turbo too feels sporty however with a distinct character altogether. The 1.Four GDI motor churns out 138 bhp and 242 Nm of peak torque. It has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as normal. Ethe GDI motor can also be high-revving engine, and like I mentioned, that distinction in energy is perceptible. It is also the heavier of the 2. To be truthful you solely discover it extra evidently once you drive the vehicles back-to-back. The velocity build-up is relatively linear, and the shift is not as seamless – although use the paddles and the gearbox does reply with alacrity. The Creta additionally will get three totally different drive modes – consolation, sport and eco. On the Taigun the DSG does offer you a drive or sport mode. On the Creta there are adjustments within the throttle response in addition to gear change ratios.
Trip and Dealing with
The 17-inch tyres on the Taigun get noisy at greater speeds
The massive asset on the Taigun is dealing with. Sure! The Taigun fairly evidently has higher dynamics and thank God for it. That additionally means the Volkswagen-ness is undamaged on the automobile. The suspension setup is correct on level for our street situations. It does not dive a lot and there is a trace of softness going over bumps, potholes, or tough roads whereas it is adequately agile round bends and corners. It’s a well-judged trip and dealing with stability. The steering too feels extra participating and tactile. It is fast to your inputs and the automobile goes precisely the place you level it. Tight overhangs and longer wheelbase are additionally an ideal mixture to get rid of understeer and the tail stays in examine. The one draw back? These comparatively decrease profile 17-inch tyres that get noisy at greater speeds. On the 1.Zero Taigun that is not an issue.
The Creta merely shines via with its plush trip high quality
On the Creta you get just a little little bit of physique roll – the one factor that pegged it down on efficiency in opposition to the Seltos too. But it surely’s simply the sheer consolation issue that basically comes via on the Creta that win it again many factors. The driving force seat is electrically adjustable on the top-end, and total you will get extra of an SUV, tall-riding really feel on this automobile. However on sheer trip consolation, the Creta is the one to beat – even when sitting within the rear. The Creta merely shines via with its plush trip high quality. So whereas the Taigun provides ample legroom on the again, additionally it is not as broad or snug for 3 adults. And if you end up chauffeur pushed, the rear seat consolation will matter heaps. Lateral actions on undulations or tough street are largely contained with a way of firmness on the Creta. Having mentioned that, it is not as nimble round corners. The automobile’s 17-inchers protest a bit an excessive amount of whereas pushing onerous round bends. And that is precisely the place the Taigun hits it proper out of the park.
Tech and Inside
However we can’t say the identical for the cabin! Nicely truthfully! Each rating very in a different way on the within. Each have roomy cabins, however the Creta feels taller and extra SUV-like. The design of the sprint, door panels, and seats are distinctly totally different. On the Taigun the general format of the cabin and design of the sprint are properly completed. The 10-inch touchscreen is exactly built-in within the sprint and has a really user-friendly interface. It is usually very top quality and has nice depth of color and determination. The digital instrument cluster within the GT Line DSG variants is a giant bonus. You will get extra particulars on the Taigun’s tech, right here.
The cabin will get a digital instrument cluster, a three-spoke steering wheel, and purple ambient lighting
The Taigun does miss on few creature comforts like a correct panoramic sunroof or an influence adjustable driver seat, which the Creta has. The Creta additionally has a color themed cluster relying in your drive mode. Each get smartphone connectivity, wi-fi charging, and a related automobile suite. However whereas the latter is extra complete on the Hyundai, the VW will get wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wi-fi App join and a steering that’s adjustable for each attain and rake. You aren’t getting these within the Creta. That mentioned, the standard of plastics and supplies might have been higher.
The dashboard format on the Creta is neat, with the brand new 10.25-inch touchscreen and AC controls neatly stacked within the center
The Creta’s turbo variant will get an all-black inside, which does diminish the sense of area a tad. However it’s undoubtedly wider and roomier feeling by way of head and shoulder room, nonetheless. The black inside will get purple highlights on the turbo solely. Whereas each vehicles get ventilated seats up entrance, on the Creta it’s within the high spec turbo too, whereas on the Taigun it isn’t on the 1.5’s top-end. Go determine the logic on that! Creta has an in-built air air purifier which is good to have. The 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the Creta is marginally greater and provides extra performance. It’s seamlessly built-in within the sprint and the general format of the cabin may be very streamlined and but sporty. It feels plusher of the 2 with higher surfacing and sure! That premium Bose encompass sound system is a giant plus to have, thought he non branded system on the Taigun can also be not dangerous.
On security parameters each SUVs are well-loaded. Options like six-airbags, antilock braking or ABS with digital brakeforce distribution or EBD, Digital Stability Management or ESC, Traction Management, Hill Maintain Management, Tyre Strain Warning and ISOFIX youngster seat mounts are in each vehicles on the high finish. No crash take a look at rankings with us for both although.
Volkswagen is but to announce the costs of the Taigun in India
So which one is healthier? Nicely we’d like the Taigun’s costs and a broader comparability that features vehicles just like the Kushaq and Seltos to determine. The Taigun GT will nonetheless be the driving force’s automobile on this phase – that a lot is certain. However for now given what we all know, the Creta holds an edge within the Indian context. It’s extra automobile per automobile – fairly merely put. A correct verdict although solely after we get the cousins and others into the fray.
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