The Skoda Kushaq is available in three trim levels – Active, Ambition and Style – and even the base trim comes decently well equipped.
Earlier last month, the much-awaited Skoda Kushaq was finally launched in India, which is the first model to be based on the localized MQB-AO-IN platform and also marks the beginning of VW Group’s India 2.0 strategy. The Skoda Kushaq sits in the highly competitive mid-size SUV segment, which so far has largely been dominated by the Korean Duo of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
The Skoda Kushaq is available in three trim levels – Active, Ambition and Style
Engine options include a 1.0 litre TSI and 1.5 litre TSI petrol engine
Automatic gearbox options include 6-speed automatic and 7-speed DCT
Skoda Kushaq – Trims and Variants
The Skoda Kushaq is available in three trim levels – Active, Ambition and Style – with prices starting at Rs 10.49 lakh for the base 1.0 TSI Active trim and going up to Rs 17.59 lakh for the top-spec 1.5 TSI AT Style trim. While the Kushaq was largely expected to undercut the price of its rivals, Skoda deliberately chose not to offer a ‘naked’ stripped down variant with the Kushaq. Instead, even the base Active trim comes decently specced, and as such, offers better value than some other entry-level variants of its rivals.
The Kushaq is offered with two engine options – 1.0 litre TSI and the 1.5 litre TSI engines. The base Active trim is solely offered in a 1.0 litre TSI manual configuration. Meanwhile, the 1.5 litre TSI engine – in both manual and automatic versions – is reserved for the top-spec Style trim. The top-spec Style trim is also the only trim to be offered with all the powertrain options.
Skoda is expected to introduce a new range-topping Monte Carlo trim down the line. Key feature additions on the Kushaq Monte Carlo will likely include a digital instrument panel, sporty seats, contrast stitching and an overall sporty look and feel to the cabin. The Monte Carlo edition could also be limited to the 1.5 TSI version.
Meanwhile, here’s a closer look at what each variant of the Kushaq currently has to offer.
· Ventilated front seats with black and grey leather upholstery
· Black and grey leatherette rear seats
· Wireless phone charger
· 6-speaker sound system with subwoofer
· Single-pane sunroof
· Auto-dimming IRVMs
· Leather upholstery
· Keyless entry with push button start
· Curtain and side airbags (MT only)
· Tyre pressure monitoring system (MT only)
· Anti-theft alarm
Skoda Kushaq: engine details
The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI unit on the Kushaq produces 115hp and 178Nm, and the larger 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI unit develops a 150hp and 250Nm. Both engines get a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. Additionally, they also get the option of automatic gearboxes – a 6-speed torque converter for the 1.0 TSI and a 7-speed DSG for the 1.5 TSI.
In our performance tests, the 1.0 TSI version of the Kushaq did the 0-100kph sprint in 11.47sec in manual form and 13.16sec in automatic gearbox guise. The 1.5 TSI on the other hand did the 0-100kph sprint in 9.57sec and 9.54sec for the manual and automatic gearboxes respectively.
Skoda Kushaq: Pricing
Here’s a look at the detailed variant-wise price list of the Skoda Kushaq