The SUVW range: Young 'uns

Special Feature Updated: January 06, 2022, 04:36 PM IST

For someone looking to buy an SUV, the search ends when you get to Volkswagen's range in India. With offerings in the mid-size SUV segments spanning the premium, extra sporty and ultra-premium ends in the Taigun, T-Roc and Tiguan, there's an SUVW for everyone. The range also represents the widest spread of turbo-petrol power, with award-winning TSI engines ranging from 1.0-litres, to 2.0-litres, under the hood. The common thread is, of course, Volkswagen's built-to-last quality, and driving dynamics that make these SUVs stand out.

The new Taigun, which debuted the MQB-A0 IN platform, has already set benchmarks in the segment with a never-seen-before balance of ride quality and handling characteristics. There's no dearth of choice either, with the Taigun available with powerful engines ranging from 115PS to 150PS - there's the firecracker 1.0-litre TSI engine with a 6-speed manual or automatic, or the 1.5-litre TSI with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG, famously the market's favourite dual-clutch transmission. Alongside the dynamic advancements with the new MQB-A0 platform for India, Volkswagen has also packaged the Taigun with an exhaustive list of features, including wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), curtain airbags and more.

Providing even more choice is the fully-imported T-Roc 2021, with the 1.5-litre TSI EVO with Active Cylinder Deactivation tech, as featured on the Taigun. Based on the MQB-platform, the T-Roc offers up typically timeless Volkswagen styling - with a twist. Muscular haunches set the stage for a coupe-like roofline that immediately sets it apart. Being the only CBU in the price range, the T-Roc really does stand out. Rightfully so, packing two-zone climate control, full digital instrumentation, a panoramic sunroof, and leather upholstery. With colours like Flash Red, Ravenna Blue, and Kurkuma Yellow complementing the classics, Deep Black Pearl, Indium Grey and Pure White, the T-Roc 2021 can be specced to taste.

For the ultimate SUVW, look no further than the new Tiguan, which brings Volkswagen's sharp new family face to India. Modern and providing a fresh light signature, the adaptive IQ.Light LED matrix tech packs 24 individual LEDs into the each headlight that turn night into day. The IQ.Light system intelligently looks ahead into corners to light the way, without dazzling oncoming traffic. Its even configured to provide the ideal lighting depending on circumstances, be it a country road, off-road or on the highway, in poor weather or in the hills. Powering you on any of the journeys you take is VW's most powerful engine in India, the 2.0-litre TSI with 190PS and 320Nm torque, with go-anywhere capabilities courtesy 4Motion all-wheel drive and electronically locking differential. Selectable terrain modes take over from the three drive modes (Eco, Normal, Dynamic) in snowy, muddy or sandy conditions, allowing for stress-free motoring far from the beaten path. Inside, there's more cutting edge tech, with gesture control for the new 8-inch infotainment system, and a fully customisable 10-inch digital driver's cockpit. With 3-zone climate control, the driver, passenger and second row passengers each get their say. And that's what Volkswagen's SUVW range does best, offering up fresh, new and exciting choices to the SUV buyer in India.

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