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.

    Throughout this review, you must have noticed multiple instances of us nitpicking over tiny details. The reason for this is that, in certain areas, the Kushaq doesn’t quite meet the high standards of quality and attention-to-detail that Skodas are known for. View it in the light of the competition and the Kushaq’s compact dimensions and premium pricing go against it, as do a missing diesel engine option and the lack of features like a panoramic sunroof and a 360-degree camera. But what Skoda offers is a chic crossover with a solid, European build and strong fundamentals. With brilliant dynamics and a potent 1.5 TSI engine, the Kushaq is easily one of the best driving cars in its class, and that’s where its appeal lies. Skoda has done well by offering petrol engine and transmission combinations that cover a wide price band, out of which the 1.5 TSI stands out due to its strong performance and impressive fuel efficiency. Skoda must also be lauded for equipping all variants with active safety kit like ESP, traction control and multi-collision braking, with some higher variants also getting six airbags and hill-launch assist. In conclusion, there’s finally a credible alternative to the formidable Koreans, and while it may not have all it takes to rule the roost, the Skoda Kushaq certainly has the potential to grab a sizeable share of the midsize SUV pie.

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