We simply compare the brochures of the Taigun and Kushaq to help you decide between these two mid-size SUVs.
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
Remote central locking
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
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:
60:40 rear seat split folding
Rear centre armrest
White ambient lights
Rear parcel tray
Front fog lamps with cornering function
Rear wiper/washer and defogger
Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Pre-loaded apps and connected car tech via mobile application
Automatic climate control
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:
Side and curtain airbags
Tyre pressure warning
Auto dimming inside mirror
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
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.