The Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq are two cars that have a lot in common – they’re built on the same platform, have the same powertrains, similar cabin space and practicality, and even similar equipment levels. To make matters even more interesting, Volkswagen has priced the Taigun at par with the Skoda Kushaq, for the most part. To simplify your buying decision, we pit their comparable variants against each other to list out what each offer.
Taigun Comfortline vs Kushaq Active
Available only with the 1.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine with a 6-speed manual, their entry-level variants are fairly well-equipped when it comes to safety kit. Both offer a host of standard safety features like ESP, ABS with EBD, dual airbags, multi-collision braking (MCB), electronic differential lock, and it even gets all seats with 3-point seat belts and five head restraints for all passengers. In addition, the following are also offered:
- Halogen headlamps with DRLs
- Functional roof rails
- LED tail lamps
- Rear AC vents
- Front armrest
- Remote central locking
- 7-inch touchscreen
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Steering controls
- Electric mirror adjustment
Unique to the Kushaq Active variant is a height adjustable driver’s seat, which the Taigun gets only in the Highline variant onwards.
Taigun Highline vs Kushaq Ambition
These variants get all the features of their base variant, plus the ones listed below:
- 16-inch alloys
- 60:40 rear seat split folding
- Rear centre armrest
- White ambient lights
- Rear parcel tray
- Reverse camera
- Front fog lamps with cornering function
- Rear wiper/washer and defogger
- 10-inch touchscreen
- Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Pre-loaded apps and connected car tech via mobile application
- Automatic climate control
- Cooled glovebox
- Electric folding mirrors.
Unique to the Taigun Highline variant is wireless phone charging, which is available only in the top-spec Kushaq. The Kushaq Ambition variant, on the other, hand offers LED headlamps with DRLs, a leather-wrapped steering and cruise control, which are available only in the top-spec Taigun.
The automatic variants of both these cars share the same features as their manual counterparts. In addition, they get hill-start assist and paddleshifters.
Taigun Topline vs Kushaq Style
Volkswagen has reserved the Topline variant only for the Taigun 1.0-litre TSI variants manual and automatic, whereas Skoda offers the Kushaq Style variant along with both engines, 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI with manual and automatic transmissions. The features that this variant gets over its comparable mid variant are:
- Leather/leatherette upholstery
- Side and curtain airbags
- Hill-start assist
- Tyre pressure warning
- Auto dimming inside mirror
- Auto headlamps
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Keyless entry + start/stop button
- Ventilated front seats
The Taigun Topline also gets an 8-inch digital instrument cluster whereas the Kushaq Style variant gets a subwoofer and an anti-theft alarm. It must be mentioned that spec-to-spec, the Kushaq Style MT is Rs 3,000 more than the Taigun Topline MT, but the price difference is Rs 29,000 in case of the 1.0 TSI automatics, with the Kushaq being pricier.
Taigun GT 1.5 TSI MT vs Kushaq Style 1.5 TSI MT
The Taigun GT 1.5 TSI is based on the mid Highline variant, so not only is it Rs 1.20 lakh cheaper than the Kushaq Style 1.5 TSI MT variant, but it is also significantly down on features in comparison.
Taigun GT 1.5 TSI DSG vs Kushaq Style 1.5 TSI DSG
What the GT gets over the Kushaq are listed below:
- Digital instrument cluster
- Red ambient lights
- Red brake callipers
- Aluminium pedals
- Dual-tone roof
- Part-leatherette seats
In comparison, the comparable Kushaq variant is Rs 50,000 more expensive, but it features ventilated front seats, a subwoofer, white ambient lighting and leatherette seats over the Taigun GT to justify the premium.
Which of these two do you prefer and why? Let us know in the comments.
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Sai Keerthi - 502 days ago
Optimum Would Be 1.2 TSI 4 Cylinder.(existing earlier with Polo - which is smooth and no nonsense of 2 cylinder deactivation and more reliable) In my opinion, a Better option would be 1.2 TSI instead of 1.0TSI/1.5TSI. 1.0TSI 3cylinder would be underpowered and Noisy for this heavy vehicle. 1.5TSI 4 cylinder with 2 cylinder deactivation would be more than required. The optimum would be 1.2 TSI 4 cylinder.
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