Skoda Kushaq – Is it a Worthy Rival?

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Skoda Kushaq is launched to counter the two existing compact SUVs, the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos. But how capable is it to counter these rivals, let’s find out in this Skoda Kushaq review.

Skoda Kushaq Review

The Skoda Kushaq is the new kid on the block who wishes to challenge the already established Hyundai Creta and the fresh Kia Seltos. Skoda wishes to cut the competition in its favour with the launch of the Kushaq but it remains to be seen whether it can become the ‘king’ of this segment. The Kushaq has entered into a popular segment with expectations to fulfil, and to do that it comes with an extensive list of features and a striking design. However, with no diesel engine on offer, it remains to be seen whether it will be given the same preference as its rivals which have supremely capable diesel options.

Exterior

Skoda Kushaq Exterior

The Kushaq certainly has a quirky design which looks rather appealing and modern. It is a head turner for sure and with its cuts and creases, it has a decent amount of road presence as well. The handsome grille in at the front along with neatly integrated split headlamps give it a bold stance and certainly make it a desirable option. The cladding running along the sides give it a macho look and make it look purposeful. The 17-inch wheels look smart and enhance the overall design of the Kushaq. The rear of the Kushaq looks futuristic and has that European touch to it which looks attractive and premium. The Kushaq overall has a balanced design with a mix of quirky and subtle bits which make it really pleasing.

Interior and Features

Skoda Kushaq Interior

Coming to the interior, it looks modern which was not the case with older Skoda cars. It certainly looks premium and is well built. The 10.25 inch touchscreen which hosts wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is neatly integrated into the console and is crisp to use with great legibility. The dashboard has textured elements which make it feel more upmarket but there are some hard plastics inside the cabin too. The sliders for the automatic climate control are intuitive and easy to use, adding to the quirkiness inside the cabin. However, the instrument cluster is analogue which is not expected at this price point and in this segment.

Skoda Kushaq Features
It gets all the bells and whistles at this price range including, wireless charging pads, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ventilated seats, sunroof, connected car tech and reverse parking camera. The two spoke steering wheel adds to the premium feel inside the cabin and makes it feel like its from a segment above. However, it does not have electrically adjustable seats which is offered by its rivals at higher variants. Overall, the interior of the Kushaq is well laid out with great ergonomics and will provide the premium feel to the prospective buyers of this car.

Performance and Ride Quality

The Kushaq is available with two engine options and both of them are turbo petrols. The diesel option has been ruled out which might cause a concern for Skoda considering the fact that its rivals have supremely capable diesel powertrains.

The first option is the 1.0 litre turbo petrol which produces 115 bhp and 178 nm of torque. This is a very driveable engine and is no slouch. It has a very strong mid range and delivers power progressively. There is ample amount of power in every gear and you won’t feel the need to downshift very often. The gearbox in itself has short throws and is slick to use which makes it a city friendly car as well. The overall visibility from inside the cabin is good too and gives a reassuring feel behind the wheel. Overall, this is an impressive engine and would be a great choice for people aiming for economy as well.

The second option is the 1.5 litre turbo petrol which produces 150 bhp and 250 nm of torque. This engine is smooth to drive and is refined. It delivers power linearly and has enough power at all times. Skoda has equipped the Kushaq with ‘Cylinder Deactivation’ in which two cylinders would be deactivated while cruising without the driver noticing which will help in improving fuel economy. Pair it with the DSG gearbox and it becomes an excellent choice for both, city and highway duties.

The ride of the Kushaq is on the stiffer side but it is supple enough to gobble up potholes with ease. The firmness in the suspension helps it to stay composed at triple digit speeds and the firm suspension makes the Kushaq eager and exciting to drive. The rear seat of the Kushaq is a fairly comfortable place to be in. The seats have proper cushioning, flat floorboard and rear AC vents help in making the rear seat experience pleasant. However, the narrow dimensions mean that it would be best to seat only two people and a kid at the rear and under thigh support is lacking as well. Overall, the ride quality along with the cushiony rear seat, make the experience pleasant and relaxing for rear seat passengers.

Safety

Skoda Kushaq Safety Features

The Kushaq has all the important safety features including, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts, hill-hold control, six airbags, multi collision braking and the Kushaq also offers ESC as standard. But it misses out on, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, rear disc brakes and the automatic variants get only two airbags for some reason.

Price

Skoda Kushaq Price in India

Kushaq has been launched at a competitive price which is similar to its rivals.

Variants

Price (Ex showroom)

Active 1.0 TSI MT

Rs. 10.49 Lakhs

Ambition 1.0 TSI MT

Rs 12.79 Lakhs

Ambition 1.0 TSI AT

Rs 14.19 Lakhs

Style 1.0 TSI MT

Rs 14.59 Lakhs

Style 1.0 TSI AT

Rs 15.79 Lakhs

Style 1.5 TSI MT

Rs 16.19 Lakhs

Style 1.5 DSG

Rs 17.59 Lakhs

Verdict

The Kushaq faces a really tough competition from its Korean rivals which have a bit more features and have already made a name for themselves in the market. However, despite missing out on some features, Kushaq has much better balance between performance and ride quality which makes it an attractive option for enthusiastic drivers. The fact that it is competitively priced will gather customers to go for something different in this segment and with a product which has a European feel to it.

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