Compact SUV Wars: Beginner VW Taigun vs Market Chief Hyundai Creta – carandbike

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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 a protracted 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 now have 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 towards it to inform you how they’re alike and the way they’re additionally very completely different. So the market chief versus the beginner for now. Each SUVs are starkly completely different however to the customer they’ll fall in the identical consideration set. The not too long ago launched Mahindra XUV 700 – although from one phase larger – has created waves with it costs. That may solely queer the pitch some extra!

The Taigun seems to be clearly compact, whereas the Creta gives the look of being larger than it’s 

Now the Creta has been round for months. So we have got very used to seeing tonnes of them on our roads. However let’s be sincere when it first drove in, at the least for me, the styling although very trendy and really completely different, was additionally very bizarre. It is form of unusual trying, particularly on the rear. However like I mentioned, lots of people appear to adore it! And to be truthful its design language can be very distinct from the rivals. The VW mannequin could be very classical in its proportions, straight strains and at one look and you understand it is German. And extra importantly, you understand it is a Volkswagen. However the Taigun seems to be clearly compact, whereas the Creta gives the look of being larger than it’s.


The Taigun affords 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 will likely be dwarfed by the Creta. The excellent news for VW is that if you put them collectively it would not look as tiny as I had feared. In fact, there’s a distinction in dimensions although, as a result of the Taigun is about 80 odd millimetres shorter in general size. It is also shorter in top phrases, it is not as large because the Creta. However these variations aren’t an excessive amount of. The massive distinction although, the place the Tiguan does rating is on wheelbase. Whereas the Taigun affords a 41 mm longer wheelbase (which suggests a trump card on cabin house), general it’s 79 mm shorter, 30 mm narrower and sits 23 mm decrease than the Creta. And that further bulk positively provides the Korean extra SUV cred!

Size Wheelbase Width Peak
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 affords 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. In the present day I’m pitting the bigger engine towards 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 handbook transmission or a 7-Velocity DSG or dual-clutch gearbox. I’ve the latter with me. The TSI has somewhat 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. However it’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 unique 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 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 if you drive the automobiles back-to-back. The pace 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 completely different drive modes – consolation, sport and eco. On the Taigun the DSG does provide you with a drive or sport mode. On the Creta there are adjustments within the throttle response in addition to gear change ratios.

Experience and Dealing with


The 17-inch tyres on the Taigun get noisy at larger 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 true on level for our highway situations. It would 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 experience and dealing with stability. The steering too feels extra partaking 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 larger speeds. On the 1.Zero Taigun that is not an issue.


The Creta merely shines via with its plush experience high quality 

On the Creta you get somewhat little bit of physique roll – the one factor that pegged it down on efficiency towards the Seltos too. However it’s simply the sheer consolation issue that actually comes via on the Creta that win it again many factors. The motive force seat is electrically adjustable on the top-end, and general you may get extra of an SUV, tall-riding really feel on this automobile. However on sheer experience consolation, the Creta is the one to beat – even when sitting within the rear. The Creta merely shines via with its plush experience high quality. So whereas the Taigun affords ample legroom on the again, it is usually not as large or snug for 3 adults. And when you’re chauffeur pushed, the rear seat consolation will matter heaps. Lateral actions on undulations or tough highway 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 laborious round bends. And that is precisely the place the Taigun hits it proper out of the park.

Tech and Inside

However we can not say the identical for the cabin! Effectively actually! 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 completely different. On the Taigun the general format of the cabin and design of the sprint are properly finished. The 10-inch touchscreen is exactly built-in within the sprint and has a really user-friendly interface. Additionally it is very prime quality and has nice depth of color and determination. The digital instrument cluster within the GT Line DSG variants is an enormous bonus. You may 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 linked 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 house a tad. However it’s positively wider and roomier feeling when it comes to head and shoulder room, nonetheless. The black inside will get purple highlights on the turbo solely. Whereas each automobiles get ventilated seats up entrance, on the Creta it’s within the high spec turbo too, whereas on the Taigun it’s not 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 larger and affords extra performance. It’s seamlessly built-in within the sprint and the general format of the cabin could be very streamlined and but sporty. It feels plusher of the 2 with higher surfacing and sure! That premium Bose encompass sound system is an enormous plus to have, thought he non branded system on the Taigun can be not unhealthy.


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 little one seat mounts are in each automobiles on the high finish. No crash check scores with us for both although.


Volkswagen is but to announce the costs of the Taigun in India 

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So which one is healthier? Effectively we want the Taigun’s costs and a broader comparability that features automobiles just like the Kushaq and Seltos to resolve. 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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