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February 2022 - Skoda Kushaq Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variants explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Skoda Kushaq petrol you should buy based on the price, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 Kushaq's petrol variants and the features. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the Skoda Kushaq with its competitors and other petrol-powered C-segment SUVs like Volkswagen Taigun, MG Astor, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks.

Skoda Kushaq

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Skoda Kushaq Petrol?

The pros or advantages of Kushaq petrol are:

  • Simple, design, which probably won’t look dated even a decade from now
  • Fairly long list of features, such as 6 airbags, front diff lock, sunroof, ventilated seats, cruise control, subwoofer, LED headlamps, auto AC, keyless entry and tyre pressure monitoring
  • Both engines are turbocharged, so even the base engine offers fantastic drivability with its higher torque output available for a wider torque band
  • Cylinder deactivation tech gives the larger engine higher performance and class leading mileage figures (although not both at the same time)
  • Option of manual and automatic transmission with both engines; the smaller 1.0L turbo petrol engine gets the reliable torque converter technology while the bigger 1.5L turbo petrol gets the fast shifting and efficient dual-clutch automatic

The Skoda Kushaq petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • The automatic transmission carries a steep premium over manual transmission variants
  • The larger 1.5L turbo petrol engine carries a steep premium over the smaller 1.0L turbo petrol engine
  • Missing features like power driver seat, panoramic sunroof, front parking sensors, 360-degree camera and ADAS
  • The smaller engine gets the old-school torque converter automatic transmission which saps a lot of efficiency, especially in crawling traffic because of fluid coupling
  • The larger engine gets a dual-clutch automatic transmission which is yet to establish a reputation for long-term reliability in the harsh Indian climatic and driving conditions

What Is The Price Of Skoda Kushaq?

The Skoda Kushaq has 2 engine options - a 1.0L turbo petrol and a 1.5L turbo petrol. Both the engines are available with a 6-speed manual. The smaller engine also gets a 6-speed torque converter automatic while the bigger engine also gets a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

With the manual transmission, the Skoda Kushaq 1.0L is available in 3 variants with prices starting at Rs. 10.99 lakh for the Active manual variant and going up to Rs. 14.89 lakh for the Style 6 airbags variant. The automatic transmission is available in the higher 2 of the 3 variants for an additional sum of Rs. 1.4 lakh to Rs. 1.6 lakh.

SKODA KUSHAQ | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | FEB 2022

Variant

Manual

Difference

Automatic

1.0 Active

Rs. 10,99,000

--

--

1.0 Ambition

Rs. 12,79,000

Rs. 1,40,000

Rs. 14,19,000

1.0 Style (6 airbags)

Rs. 14,89,000

Rs. 1,60,000

Rs. 16,49,000

1.5 Style (6 airbags)

Rs. 16,49,000

Rs. 1,70,000

Rs. 18,19,000

The 1.5L turbo petrol engine is only available in the top-spec Style 6 airbags variant and costs Rs. 16.49 lakh with the manual and Rs. 18.19 lakh with the automatic transmission. The premium for the 1.5L automatic stands at Rs. 1.7 lakh while the bigger engine itself costs Rs. 1.6 lakh to Rs. 1.7 lakh more than the comparable variant with the smaller 1.0L turbo petrol variant. 

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SKODA KUSHAQ | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | FEB 2022

Variant

1.0 Style (6 airbags)

Difference

1.5 Style (6 airbags)

Manual

Rs. 14,89,000

Rs. 1,60,000

Rs. 16,49,000

Difference

Rs. 1,60,000

 

Rs. 1,70,000

Automatic

Rs. 16,49,000

Rs. 1,70,000

Rs. 18,19,000

Skoda Kushaq Petrol Active - Base Model Features & Review

The base Active variant of the Skoda Kushaq is only available with the 1.0L turbo petrol engine and a manual transmission for an ex-showroom price of Rs. 10.99 lakh. This variant gets a good number of useful features like electronic differential lock, traction control, front armrest, remote central locking, rear AC vents, power mirrors, touchscreen, steering-mounted controls, DRLs and 16-inch wheels with wheel covers.

KUSHAQ ACTIVE | FEATURES

Rs. 10.99 Lakh (1.0L Turbo MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety

Functional

Std Safety Features

Traction Control

Adjustable Rear Headrests

All Door Pockets

Multi-collision Braking

Remote Central Locking

Front Armrest w/ Storage

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Electronic Stability Control

Electronic Diff. Lock

Tilt & Telescopic Steering

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

Rollover Protection

ISOFIX

All Power Windows

Dead Pedal

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

5 x 3-point Seatbelts

Front Power Outlet

Rear AC Vents

Front & Rear Seatbelts w/ Pretensioner

Passenger Vanity Mirror

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

We think that this variant still misses out on some critical features like rear washer wiper, rear defogger, rear camera, detailed MID, auto AC and rear parcel tray. So, you should buy this variant only if you don’t want to stretch your budget any further. For all other buyers, we strongly recommend upgrading to a higher variant.

KUSHAQ ACTIVE | FEATURES

Rs. 10.99 Lakh (1.0L Turbo MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Entertainment

Style

7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

DRLs

R16 Steel Wheels w/ Covers

Steering-mounted Controls

LED Tail Lamps

Body Coloured Door Handles

6 Speakers

LED Cabin Lights

Body Coloured ORVMs

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Black Roof Rails

 

Skoda Kushaq Petrol Active vs Ambition Variant

The Skoda Kushaq Ambition variant is also only available with the smaller 1.0L turbo petrol engine but it gets an automatic transmission option as well. The Ambition 1.0L manual variant of the Kushaq costs Rs. 12.79 lakh, which is Rs. 1.8 lakh more than the Active. The Ambition 1.0L automatic has an ex-showroom price of Rs. 14.19 lakh, which is Rs. 1.4 lakh more than the manual.

SKODA KUSHAQ | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Active

Difference

Ambition

Manual

Rs. 10,99,000

Rs. 1,80,000

Rs. 12,79,000

Difference

--

 

Rs. 1,40,000

Automatic

--

--

Rs. 14,19,000

For the Rs. 1.8 lakh price difference, the Ambition variant adds features like LED headlamps, rear defogger, rear washer wiper, extra horn, auto AC, power folding mirrors, rear armrest, cooled glovebox, cruise control, larger touchscreen, wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay, fog lamps, detailed MID, alloy wheels and ambient lighting.

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KUSHAQ AMBITION | FEATURES OVER ACTIVE

Rs. 12.79 Lakh (1.0L Turbo MT) | Rs. 14.19 Lakh (1.0L Turbo AT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety

Style

Hill Start Assist

Detailed MID

Rear Parking Camera

Shark Fin Antenna

LED Headlamps

R16 Alloy Wheels

Front Fog Lamps

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

Cornering Lamps

Silver Roof Rails

Rear Defogger

Silver Diffusers

Rear Wiper & Washer

Chrome Interior Door Handles

Dual Tone Horn

Front Sill Plates

 

Ambient Lighting

The Ambition variant doesn’t completely justify the upgrade from the base Active variant but it’s not too overpriced either. Moreover, it gets a very nice balance of must-have and good-to-have features that one expects at this price point. So, we strongly recommend Kushaq buyers to buy at least the Ambition variant if you were earlier considering the Active trim. The same goes for the Kushaq automatic buyers as well. The Kushaq Ambition 1.0L automatic is not only reasonably feature rich but also our top recommended variant with the automatic transmission. The only thing worth noting is that the automatic transmission itself is a little expensive.

KUSHAQ AMBITION | FEATURES OVER ACTIVE

Rs. 12.79 Lakh (1.0L Turbo MT) | Rs. 14.19 Lakh (1.0L Turbo AT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Functional & Entertainment

Front Seat Back Pockets

Auto AC

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

Auto Up/Down Driver Power Window

Parcel Tray

Telematics

60:40 Rear Seat

Rear Armrest

Cooled Glovebox

Cruise Control

Paddle Shifters (AT)

2 x Rear USB Ports

2 x Front USB Ports

Sunglass Holder

10-inch Touchscreen

Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Skoda Kushaq Petrol Ambition vs Style Variant

Style is the top variant of the Skoda Kushaq and it gets all 4 engine-transmission combinations:

  • 1.0L turbo manual
  • 1.0L turbo TC automatic
  • 1.5L turbo manual
  • 1.5L turbo DCT automatic

The Kushaq Style 1.0L costs Rs. 14.89 lakh with the manual and Rs. 16.49 lakh with the automatic transmission. These prices are Rs. 2.1 lakh to Rs. 2.3 lakh higher than the lower Ambintion variant.

SKODA KUSHAQ | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Ambition

Difference

Style (6 airbags)

Manual

Rs. 12,79,000

Rs. 2,10,000

Rs. 14,89,000

Difference

Rs. 1,40,000

 

Rs. 1,60,000

Automatic

Rs. 14,19,000

Rs. 2,30,000

Rs. 16,49,000

The price jump from 1.0L Style variant to 1.5L Style will cost you an additional Rs. 1.6 lakh to Rs. 1.7 lakh. The Style 1.5L manual carries an ex-showroom price of Rs. 16.49 lakh while the automatic adds another Rs. 1.7 lakh to bring the total to Rs. 18.19 lakh. Please note that these prices are for the Style 6 airbags variant. The Style automatic is also available without side thorax and curtain airbags for Rs. 40,000 less.

SKODA KUSHAQ | PRICES

Variant

1.0 Style (6 airbags)

Difference

1.5 Style (6 airbags)

Manual

Rs. 14,89,000

Rs. 1,60,000

Rs. 16,49,000

Difference

Rs. 1,60,000

 

Rs. 1,70,000

Automatic

Rs. 16,49,000

Rs. 1,70,000

Rs. 18,19,000

The Style variant adds leather upholstery, sunroof, larger alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitoring system, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, ventilated front seats, subwoofer, side and curtain airbags, auto wipers and wireless phone charger.

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With the 1.0L manual and automatic, the Kushaq Style is a bit expensive. However, it is still worth upgrading if you find these features important. With the 1.5L turbo petrol engine though, you’re compromising quite a bit on value. Hence, consider the Kushaq 1.5L only if you want more performance. However, it’s worth noting that the larger engine also has cylinder deactivation technology which improves fuel efficiency when the engine is under lighter loads. Hence, you get better performance and good fuel efficiency, although not simultaneously.

KUSHAQ STYLE (6AB) | FEATURES OVER AMBITION

Rs. 14.89 Lakh (1.0L Turbo MT) | Rs. 16.49 Lakh (1.0L Turbo AT)

Rs. 16.49 Lakh (1.5L Turbo MT) | Rs. 18.19 Lakh (1.5L Turbo AT)| Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

Auto-dimming IRVM

Keyless Entry

Leather Upholstery

Anti-theft Alarm

Push-button Start/Stop

Sunroof

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Ventilated Front Seats

R17 Alloy Wheels

Side & Curtain Airbags

Wireless Charger

Chrome Exterior Door Handles

Subwoofer

Auto Headlamps w/ Follow-me-home

Chrome Exterior-Interior Detailing

 

Rain Sensing Wipers

Full LED Tail Lamps

 

(-) Sunglass Holder

 

Which Variant Of The Skoda Kushaq Petrol Should You Buy?

With the manual transmission, the Kushaq’s base Active variant is worth skipping as the Ambition variant adds a good number of important features and almost justifies the price gap as well. While the Ambition is our top recommended variant, the Style variant with the smaller 1.0L turbo petrol engine is also worth upgrading from a value-for-money standpoint. The upgrade to the 1.5L engine in the top variant is quite expensive for the asking price. So buy it only if you absolutely want the higher performance from this engine.

SKODA KUSHAQ MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

1.0 Active

Rank 1

Rs. 10,99,000

Upgrade to Ambition recommended

1.0 Ambition

Rank 3

Rs. 12,79,000

Top recommended

1.0 Style 6AB

Rank 2

Rs. 14,89,000

Can upgrade

1.5 Style 6AB

Rank 4

Rs. 16,49,000

Expensive upgrade

With the automatic transmission, the Kushaq’s most affordable Ambition variants earn our top recommendation for its balanced feature set and better value for money than other petrol-automatic variants. Just like the Kushaq petrol-manual, the Style 1.0L automatic is also worth upgrading if you want these features. Do note that the Kushaq automatic carries a fairly steep premium over the manual variants.

SKODA KUSHAQ AUTOMATIC | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

1.0 Ambition

Rank 1

Rs. 14,19,000

Top recommended

1.0 Style 6AB

Rank 2

Rs. 16,49,000

Can upgrade

1.5 Style 6AB

Rank 3

Rs. 18,19,000

Expensive upgrade

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Skoda Kushaq Petrol?

Just like most of its C-segment SUV rivals, the Kushaq also has 3 engine options. However, unlike other SUVs that offer the option of a normal petrol engine and a turbocharged engine, both of the Kushaq’s petrol engines are turbocharged.

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The turbo gives the smaller 1.0L petrol engine a better torque output than all of its rivals’ engines that have significantly larger displacement. It also has a good power output despite having the lowest displacement. More importantly, the turbocharger gives it a wider torque band, which doesn’t just give it the best torque output but makes it available at a very low 1750rpm. Hence, you can expect the Kushaq 1.0L turbo petrol engine to offer better drivability than other C-segment SUVs with normal petrol engines.

The Kushaq 1.0L also has a good mileage figure of 17.88kmpl with the manual transmission, which is very close to that of the segment leader, the S-Cross hybrid. It only suffers the efficiency drag because of the torque converter automatic transmission.

C SEGMENT SUVs | PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Kushaq 1.0

Taigun 1.0

Seltos

Creta

Astor

Duster

Kicks

S-Cross

Displacement

1.0L, Turbo

1.0L, Turbo

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L, Mild Hybrid

Cylinder

3

3

4

4

4

4

4

4

Capacity

999cc

999cc

1497 cc

1497 cc

1498cc

1498 cc

1498 cc

1462cc

Power

115PS @ 5000rpm

115PS @ 5000rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

110PS @ 6000rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

105PS @ 6000rpm

Torque

178Nm @ 1750 - 4500rpm

178Nm @ 1750 - 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4400rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Manual

6MT

6MT

6MT & 6ACMT

6MT

5MT

5MT

5MT

5MT

Manual FE

17.88kmpl

18.10kmpl

16.5kmpl

16.8kmpl

NA

14.26kmpl

14.1kmpl

18.55kmpl

Auto

6TC

6TC

CVT

CVT

CVT

--

--

4TC

Auto FE

15.78kmpl

16.44kmpl

16.8kmpl

16.9kmpl

NA

--

--

18.43kmpl

The larger 1.5L turbo petrol engine of the Kushaq also offers a fantastic power and torque output, rivalling segment leaders like Duster and Kicks turbo. Even with the larger engine, the Kushaq manages to achieve a similar mileage figure as with the smaller 1.0L petrol engine. This is because of the cylinder deactivation technology which cuts the fuel supply to 2 of the 4 cylinder engines when the car doesn’t need all of its torque.

Surprisingly, even with the automatic transmission, the 1.5L engine of the Kushaq promises a similar mileage figure. This is because it has a more efficient 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This type of automatic transmission has so far had a rough patch in terms of long-term reliability but it has proven itself with fast gear changes and high fuel efficiency.

C SEGMENT SUVs | PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Kushaq

Taigun

Astor

Creta

Seltos

Duster

Kicks

Displacement

1.5L

1.5L

1.4L

1.4L

1.4L

1.3L

1.3L

Cylinder

4

4

3

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1498cc

1498cc

1349 cc

1353 cc

1353 cc

1330 cc

1330 cc

Maximum Power

150PS @ 5000rpm

150PS @ 5000rpm

140PS @ 5600rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

Peak Torque

250Nm @ 1600 - 3500rpm

250Nm @ 1600 - 3500rpm

220Nm @ 3600rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

Manual Transmission

6MT

6MT

--

--

6MT

6MT

6MT

Manual Claimed FE

17.95kmpl

18.47kmpl

--

--

16.1kmpl

16.5kmpl

--

Automatic Transmission

7DCT

7DCT

6TC

7DCT

7DCT

CVT

CVT

Automatic Claimed FE

17.71kmpl

17.88kmpl

NA

16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl

16.3kmpl*

15.8kmpl

What Are The Dimensions Of The Skoda Kushaq?

In terms of dimensions, there’s no denying that the Skoda Kushaq is a smaller car for a C-segment SUV. When you see it parked next to a sub-4m SUV, you’ll notice that it’s only slightly larger. The Kushaq and its cousin, the Volkswagen Taigun, are the smallest cars among their peers in all 3 aspects. Only the S-Cross has a slightly lower roofline than the Kushaq. The Skoda Kushaq also has a fairly small boot space, with only the S-Cross lagging behind it.

If you want a strong road presence from your SUV, the Kushaq is not a suitable choice. However, what it does offer is European styling with simple, straight lines that age better and don’t look old even decades later. The VW Polo and Skoda Rapid are proof of this.

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C-SEGMENT SUVs | DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Kushaq

Taigun

Astor

Creta

Seltos

Kicks

Duster

S-Cross

Length

4225mm

4221mm

4323mm

4300mm

4315mm

4384mm

4360mm

4300mm

Width

1760mm

1760mm

1809mm

1790mm

1800mm

1813mm

1822mm

1785mm

Height

1612mm

1612mm

1650mm

1635mm

1645mm

1669mm

1695mm

1595mm

Wheelbase

2651mm

2651mm

2585mm*

2610mm

2610mm

2673mm

2673mm

2600mm

Boot Space

385L

385L

448L*

433L

433L

400L

475L

353L

Ground Clearance

188mm

188mm

180mm*

190mm*

190mm*

210mm

205mm

180mm*

Fuel Tank

50L

50L

NA

50L

50L

50L

50L

48L

Tyre Size (base)

205/60 R16

205/60

R16

NA

205/65 R16

205/65 R16

215/65 R16

215/65 R16

215/60R16

Tyre Size (top)

205/55 R17

205/55

R17

215/55 R17

215/60 R17

215/55 R18

215/60 R17

215/65 R16

215/60R16

*Estimated

What Are The Colour Options Of The Skoda Kushaq?

The 2022 Kushaq is available in the following 5 colour options:

  • Silver
  • White
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Grey

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

 

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Ciaz, New City (Exception), Slavia (Exception), Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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