The Skoda Kushaq has finally been launched at ₹ 10.49 lakhs and the Czech carmaker has armed it with everything they can to put up a fight against the Korean rivals. It priced on par with the competition but there are some areas where the Kushaq has an edge over the competition. Let’s look at these details:
Better entry-level petrol engine
The entry-level Kushaq is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI engine which produces 115Ps and 178Nm of torque. This engine is superior in performance and torque figures compared to the naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine provided in the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta. The 1.0 TSI manual is also more fuel-efficient than the 1.5 manual of the Koreans. You also get to the option of a fully-loaded 1.0 TSI manual Kushaq with features such as 6 airbags, ventilated seats and a premium sound system. The Seltos and the Creta have their 1.5-litre manual limited to the variant below top-end hence you lose out on the said features
The Kushaq comes with a host of unique safety features such as rollover protection, brake disc wiping, ASR, MSR, Electronic differential lock with XDS and XDS+, three-point seatbelts for all the rear passengers and multi-collision braking. It also gets 6 airbags, TPMS, HHC, ABS and EBD and TCS which is available in its competitors too. What sweetens the deal is the fact that the Kushaq gets ESC and most of the electronic aids standards across all variants which makes it a no-compromise option for those who are on a budget. The Seltos and Creta offer these electronic aids starting from a variant below the top end which might not be in everyone’s budget. The perceived build quality of the Kushaq is also better than the two. The solid feel and the ‘thud’ which you hear while closing the doors gives a reassuring feeling.
The Kushaq’s German (or Czech) roots really shine out on the open roads. It is fun to throw around the corners and the SUV can put a smile across your face. Skodas are known for their handling prowess and often class-leading and the Kushaq is no different. The Creta and the Seltos are not bad at handling cars by any means and they are very competent in their own right. But the rock-solid stability and the sure-footedness which the Kushaq offers is unmatched
Better turbocharged engine
The turbocharged 1.5-litre TSI engine produces 150Ps and 250Nm of torque and comes with an option of a 6-speed manual and 7 speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 1.4 T-GDI of the Creta and Seltos produces 140Ps and 242Nm of torque and comes with similar transmission options. The 1.5 TSI not only has better specs on paper but can also outperform on the road with a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 8.6 seconds. It also features an active cylinder technology which helps in maximizing fuel efficiency.