Updated On: 29 July 2021 Jatin Jhamb
Just recently we brought you a detailed comparison of VW Taigun vs Hyundai Creta and now, we pitch the Taigun with the already popular Seltos. In this comparison of VW Taigun vs Kia Seltos, we discuss everything related to the features, mechanical details, dimensions, capacity and finally the prices.
|Petrol Engine||VW Taigun||Kia Seltos|
|Capacity (L)||1.0L / 1.5L||1.5L / 1.4L|
|Power (bhp)||113 bhp / 148 bhp||113 bhp/ 138 bhp|
|Torque (Nm)||178 Nm / 250 Nm||144 Nm / 242 Nm|
|Gearbox MT||6-speed MT / 6-Speed MT||6-speed MT / 6-speed MT|
|Gearbox AT||6-speed AT / 7-speed DCT||IVT and 6-speed iMT / 7-speed DCT|
|ARAI for Manual||17.88 kmpl / NA||16.5 kmpl / 16.1 kmpl|
|ARAI for Automatic||15.78 kmpl / NA||16.8 kmpl and 16.5 kmpl / 16.5 kmpl|
VW Taigun will only be launched in two petrol engines and this is the reason why we have let go off the diesel engine of the Kia Seltos. Mechanically, it is the VW Taigun that is more powerful on paper as the 1.0L TSI generates 114 bhp/178 Nm while the bigger 1.5L TSI makes 148 bhp/242 Nm of peak torque. A 6-speed manual is observed as standard for both the TSI units while the 1.0L gets an optional 6-speed AT while the 1.5L TSI is equipped with an optional 7-speed DSG.
Kia Seltos comes with a 1.5L naturally aspirated unit and a 1.4L turbocharged petrol. The latter generates as much as 138 bhp with 242 Nm of peak torque and while the humble 1.5L NA petrol kicks out just 113 bhp with 144 Nm of peak torque. Both these engines are paired with a 6-speed MT unit as standard while the 1.5L gets IVT as an option and similarly, the 1.4L turbo petrol gets a 7-speed DCT as an option.
|Dimensions||VW Taigun||Kia Seltos||Difference|
|Length||4221 mm||4315 mm||94 mm|
|Width||1760 mm||1800 mm||40 mm|
|Height||1612 mm||1645 mm||33 mm|
|Wheelbase||2651 mm||2610 mm||41 mm|
|Ground Clearance||188 mm||190 mm||2 mm|
|Boot space||385 litres||433 litres||48 litres|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 litres||50 litres||0 litres|
The official dimensions of the VW Taigun are not yet out and since it shares the same platform as the Skoda Kushaq, we've filled the gap with similar figures. Kia Seltos is 94 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 33 mm taller than Skoda Kushaq. Even the ground clearance and boot space of Kia Seltos is larger and sticks to 190 mm and 433 litres respectively. It is the wheelbase of the VW Taigun that sticks to 2651 mm which is the largest in the segment.
VW Taigun packs in a newer design and carries a lot of chrome treatment that is loved by the Indian market. At the front, the upper part of the grille houses the VW badge finished in chrome and the chrome underlining. The fog light housing is surrounded by a thick chrome element that looks a tad bit more. The LED projector headlights with LED daytime running lights and faux skid plates really complete the overall look of the SUV.
The side profile is loaded with 17-inch alloy wheels with dual-tone alloys along with wheel arch cladding that gives a stronger persona of the Taigun. Like the front, the rear too gets a thick chrome treatment that now surrounds the reflector and the faux skid plate gives a sporty character to the SUV.
On the other hand, it is the Kia Seltos that still remains to attract a lot of attention even though the SUV is 2 years old. The tiger-nose grille with LED treatment really brings a character to the SUV. In addition, the LED treatment is observed for the headlights DRLs and taillights. It is the GT line variant that gets red treatment on the brake callipers, grille, alloy wheels and faux skid plates. Overall, it is the Kia Seltos that carries a dominating stance than the VW Taigun.
|Features||VW Taigun||Kia Seltos|
|Parking Sensors||Rear||Front and Rear|
|Powered driver's seat||No||Yes|
|Cooled Glove Box||Yes||No|
|Side Window and Rear Blinds||No||Yes|
Here, we have included the features that one SUV has over another. As of now, the official features of the VW Taigun are not yet out but we expect it to be similar to that found in the Skoda Kushaq. Here, Kia Seltos has an edge over VW Taigun as it comes with front parking sensors, a powered driver's seat, a sunglass holder and a 360-degree camera that really helps parking in tight spaces.
Both the SUVs get a larger touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Voice Command. They also get automatic climate control, rear AC vents, electronic IRVM, cruise control, push-button start/stop, rake and reach adjustable steering wheel, front ventilated seats, power-folding ORVMs, electric sunroof, LED headlights with DRLs and LED taillights and more.
|Safety and Braking||VW Taigun||Kia Seltos|
|Child Seat Anchor Points||Yes||No|
We expect that the top-spec variants with automatic transmissions of the VW Taigun will get 6 airbags. Kia Seltos excels by providing a tyre pressure monitoring system whereas the Kushaq brings back the points by providing child seat anchor points that the Seltos misses out on. Also, Kia Seltos gets a 3-star crash rating at the Global NCAP while the reports of the Skoda Kushaq are not yet out.
|Model||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|VW Taigun||Rs 9.90 lakh to Rs 17.40 lakh|
|Kia Seltos||Rs 9.96 lakh to Rs 17.86 lakh|
We believe that, unlike the Skoda Kushaq, the upcoming VW Taigun will surely undercut the prices of Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta by a small margin. We expect the price to stick from Rs 9.90 lakh to Rs 17.40 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
|VW Taigun||4 years / 1 lakh km|
|Kia Seltos||3 years / Unlimited km|
This is where the Taigun shines as it is expected to offer 4 years or 1 lakh km extended warranty whereas Kia only provides 3 years of warranty on the Seltos. Do note that the official standard warranty of Taigun is not yet out and we took a hint from Skoda Kushaq only.
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