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Skoda Kushaq compact SUV launched in India: Pricier than Hyundai Creta & Kia Seltos

Skoda has launched the much-awaited, Kushaq in the Indian market. It is Skoda’s first made in India and made for India product. It will be offered in two petrol engines and there will be no diesel engine. You can also get the Kushaq with automatic transmission. Skoda is offering the Kushaq in three variants, namely Active, Ambition and Style. The base price of the Kushaq is Rs. 10.49 lakh ex-showroom while the top-end variant will cost you Rs 17.6 lakh ex-showroom.

Skoda Kushaq compact SUV launched in India: Pricier than Hyundai Creta & Kia Seltos

Here is the full price list of the Skoda Kushaq compact SUV:

Skoda Kushaq compact SUV launched in India: Pricier than Hyundai Creta & Kia Seltos

Rivals

Kushaq is a mid-size SUV that will be rivalling the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks. These three SUVs does cost a bit less than the Kushaq. However, Kushaq will also have to go against the MG Hector and the Tata Harrier because of price overlapping. The main rivals of the Kushaq will be Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos.

Engine options

There will be a 1.5-litre TSI and a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine. Both the engines are known for their punchy performance and refinement. We have experienced the 1.0-litre TSI on the Volkswagen Polo GT, Vento and the Skoda Rapid. However, in the Kushaq, the engine is in a slightly higher state of tune. So, it produces 115 PS of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. Skoda will offer this engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

Skoda Kushaq compact SUV launched in India: Pricier than Hyundai Creta & Kia Seltos

Then there is the 1.5-litre TSI which we have seen on the Volkswagen T-Roc and Skoda Kushaq. The engine produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Skoda is using the DQ200 gearbox which is known for transmission failures in the past. However, Skoda says that they have thoroughly tested the Kushaq and the transmission is now reliable.

Skoda Kushaq compact SUV launched in India: Pricier than Hyundai Creta & Kia Seltos

The base Active variant will only be offered with the 6-speed manual gearbox mated to the 1.0-litre TSI. You will be able to get the Ambition and Style variant with the 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre TSI has been reserved for only the top-end Style variant.

Features

The Active variant comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, if you opt for the higher Active or Style variant, you get a newer generation of the infotainment system which is also larger. It measures 10-inches diagonally. It also comes with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You also get mySKODA mobile application support and Skoda Play App support. It also comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and wifi hotspot.

Skoda Kushaq compact SUV launched in India: Pricier than Hyundai Creta & Kia Seltos

Skoda is also offering a wireless charger on the top-end variant. Other features include cruise control, ambient lighting, a 6 speaker sound system with subwoofer, cruise control, automatic climate control, a multi-information display and much more. Having said that, Kushaq does misses out on a panoramic sunroof. Instead, it gets a traditional electric sunroof.

New platform

The Kushaq is based on the new MQB-AO-IN platform that has been specifically made for India. It is derived from the global MQB-AO platform. Skoda has achieved 95 percent of localization level.

Skoda Kushaq compact SUV launched in India: Pricier than Hyundai Creta & Kia Seltos

The Kushaq also has ample legroom and enough knee room because of the new platform. However, because the SUV is not the widest in the segment seating three people in the rear seat can become a bit uncomfortable.