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Volkswagen Taigun 1.Zero TSI evaluation, check drive | Autocar India

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Does Volkswagen’s all-new Hyundai Creta-rivalling SUV with a small 1.Zero TSI coronary heart make an enormous impression?


After driving the all-new Volkswagen Taigun GT with the 1.5-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine, we’ve established that it’s a strong, subtle and sporty midsize SUV. We now flip the highlight on the variant that’s prone to comprise a lion’s share of the Taigun’s gross sales – 1.0-litre TSI handbook model – owing to its extra reasonably priced pricing that ranges from Rs 10.50 lakh-14.57 lakh (ex-showroom, India).

Chrome therapy seems much more palatable with the silver paint shade.

Volkswagen’s 1.0-litre TSI engine made a stonking debut within the Polo in 2020, punching properly above its weight by way of efficiency and smoothness. Can this smaller capability TSI engine maintain its floor on this midsize SUV that weighs 203kg greater than the Polo?

Volkswagen Taigun 1.Zero TSI: what’s it prefer to drive?

Earlier than attending to the drive expertise, we should commend the TSI’s refinement, which is so good that the standard three-cylinder engine thrum is barely audible except revved laborious. That mentioned, this motor isn’t as vibe-free as a four-cylinder, and you’ll really feel vibrations on the seats because the engine flutters on its mounts.

Within the Taigun, the 999cc turbo-petrol engine will get a minor bump of 5hp and 3Nm of torque over the Polo, taking the figures to 115hp and 178Nm. Inside metres of driving the Taigun, its engine character feels similar to that of the Polo TSI’s. The unit must be saved on the boil and spun past 1,800rpm to extract the perfect out of it, and in that respect, it isn’t as responsive or lag-free because the 1.5 TSI that does responsibility within the Taigun GT variant. As soon as on enhance, nonetheless, energy flows in a {smooth}, uninterrupted method and this tiny motor continues to tug all the best way until the pink line.

As soon as on enhance, energy flows in a {smooth}, uninterrupted method.

It’s fascinating to know that regardless of sharing its elements, ancillaries, in addition to gear ratios with the Kushaq, in a drag race, the Taigun 1.Zero TSI is half-a-second faster than the Skoda to 100kph, additional widening the hole to 2.7sec by the point the automobiles hit 160kph. What’s shocking is that the Taigun’s 0-160kph time of 30.42sec is at par with the lighter Polo’s 30.36sec. In a rolling race from 20-80kph in third gear, the Taigun is a second faster, and from 40-100kph in fourth gear, it’s 1.5sec faster than each Kushaq and Polo, each of which have comparable in-gear acceleration instances. We’ve learnt that the ultimate software program map is exclusive for Volkswagen and Skoda, which could possibly be the rationale behind the Taigun’s and Kushaq’s efficiency variance.

Area on the rear is aplenty.

Volkswagen’s 6-speed handbook gearbox isn’t butter-smooth and its clutch is springy, so these don’t make the drive expertise as easy because the naturally aspirated rivals the Taigun competes with.

Drives with the arrogance of a European automobile.

What impressed us throughout the first drive was the Taigun’s freeway stability, and it continues to take action on this 1.Zero TSI iteration. It drives with a way of maturity and confidence that we’ve come to anticipate from European automobiles, however on the identical time, it feels a bit stiff-kneed at decrease speeds and tends to toss you round a bit whereas coping with some sharper potholes. Having a platform (MQB A0 IN) that’s 30 p.c stiffer than that of the outgoing Polo’s makes hustling this midsize SUV round corners fairly rewarding, and what’s good is that its steering feels adequately weighted the sooner you go.

Volkswagen Taigun 1.Zero TSI: what’s completely different in comparison with the 1.5 GT?

The silver physique paint on our check automobile helped mellow down the India-specific chrome therapy on the bumpers, making it seem much more palatable. The totally loaded Topline variant will get silver 17-inch alloys that sport a design just like those on the 1.5 GT Plus variant; the diamond-cut therapy is reserved for the GT variant. Even fender gildings like those on the GT variants are lacking right here, however these apart, the 1.Zero TSI seems similar to the GT Plus variant that we reviewed earlier.

Silver alloys sport the identical design because the GT Plus variant; does not get a diamond-cut therapy just like the GT.

Essentially the most outstanding change inside is its digital instrument cluster, which now wears a blue theme and appears much more pleasing than the GT model’s pink theme. Different nuances embrace white ambient lights that change the pink ones within the GT, completely different seat upholstery, and the one characteristic addition over the GT Plus variant are its ventilated entrance seats. Area, seat consolation, practicality, and even construct stay similar to the GT variants we reviewed earlier.

Blue theme for the digital instrument cluster is simple on the eyes.

Volkswagen Taigun 1.Zero TSI: ought to I purchase one?

The Taigun’s enchantment lies in its strong construct and its fun-to-drive nature. The variant in query – 1.Zero TSI Topline, priced at Rs 14.57 lakh – will get you premium package like auto LED headlamps, auto wipers, ventilated entrance seats, sunroof, digital instrument cluster and 6 airbags, amongst different issues. All of those are lacking within the 1.5 TSI GT handbook, and is priced at a premium of Rs 43,000. Actually, the 1.0-litre is so good, it’s {smooth} and fast, and is therefore prone to satiate the efficiency wants of most patrons. In consequence, a majority of patrons, except just a few ardent driving fans, are prone to query the necessity to spend extra for the 1.5 TSI. Due to its strengths, the Taigun 1.Zero TSI handbook comes throughout because the extra smart decide from the vary.

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