Skoda Kushaq review, road test

    Published on Oct 03, 2021 09:00:00 AM

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    Does this Creta-rival have what it takes to grab a sizeable share of the midsize SUV pie? We find out.

    The Skoda Kushaq is underpinned by the MQB A0 IN platform; the ‘IN’ represents an India-specific version that has been localised to the tune of 95 percent to keep costs in check. What’s more is that this platform has been stretched out, boasting of a segment-best 2,651mm wheelbase, in order to maximise interior room (more on that later).

    Auto-LED headlamps illuminate the road rather well.

    Viewed in light of the competition, the Kushaq is the smallest in every other dimension, hence it lacks the road presence of a hulking SUV. But its compact size and chic persona will find appeal among folk seeking a crossover that isn’t overtly brawny and intimidating.

    L-shaped LED tail-lamps resemble those on some larger Skoda SUVs.

    Thankfully, Skoda designers have remained true to their DNA and the Kushaq boasts of a neat and clean styling philosophy, with plenty of tasteful elements. The LED headlamps feature attractive crystalline elements and the chrome-rimmed butterfly grille is unmistakably a signature Skoda design trait. The 17-inch alloys look stylish and also present are confident character lines that add definition to the side profile. What’s interesting is that the side profile is identical to the Volkswagen Taigun, and both cars share their body cladding, fenders, doors, roof rails, mirrors, etc. The tail-lights feature eye-catching crystalline design elements, and these are reminiscent of those of its elder siblings, the Karoq and Kodiaq.

    Chrome-rimmed front grille is unmistakably a Skoda design.

     

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