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Compared: Skoda Kushaq Pitted Against Its Rivals


We pit the Kushaq against its rivals for a detailed on-paper comparison

The Skoda Kushaq has been revealed in India, ahead of its mid-2021 launch. It will square off against the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos in the compact-SUV segment. So, we decided to pit Skoda’s latest offering against its rivals for a comprehensive on-paper comparison. The similarly priced Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster also come into the equation. Let’s see how the new Kushaq fares: 

Dimensions

Dimensions

Skoda Kushaq

Hyundai Creta

Kia Seltos

Nissan Kicks

Renault Duster

Length 

4,221mm

4,300mm

4,315mm

4,384mm

4,360mm

Width 

1,760mm

1,790mm

1,800mm

1,813mm

1,822mm

Height 

1,612mm

1,635mm*

1,620mm

1,669mm

1,695mm

Wheelbase 

2,651mm

2,610mm

2,610mm

2,673mm

2,673mm

Boot Space

385 litres

433 litres

433 litres

400 litres

475 litres

Wheel-size

17-inch alloys

17-inch alloys

17-inch alloys

17-inch alloys

17-inch alloys

*Including roof rails

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In terms of exterior dimensions, the Skoda Kushaq is the smallest, but its wheelbase is longer than that of the Seltos and Creta by 41mm. Overall, the Kicks and Duster are the largest models compared to the others. The Duster also has the maximum boot space, while Kushaq has the smallest. The Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos have a larger boot space (at 433 litres each) than the Kushaq and Kicks, but smaller than that of the Duster. 

Features

 

Skoda Kushaq

2020 Hyundai Creta

Kia Seltos

Nissan Kicks

Renault Duster

LED Headlamps with DRLs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Halogen Projector headlamps with LED DRLs

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear AC Vents

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Electric Seat Adjustment

No

Driver’s Side Only

Driver’s Side Only

No

No

Ventilated Front Seats

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Wireless Charger

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Infotainment

10-inch

10.25-inch Touchscreen

10.25-inch Touchscreen

8-inch

7-inch

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Connected Features

Yes 

(Telematics Only)

Yes

Yes

Yes

(Telematics Only)

No

Keyless Entry

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Push Button Start

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Sunroof

Yes 

Yes (Panoramic)

Yes

No

No

Auto Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Rain-sensing Wipers

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Head-up Display

No

No

Yes

No

No

Ambient Lighting

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Reclining Rear Seats

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Rear Door Sun Blinds

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Digital Driver’s Display

No

Digital

No

No

No

Sound system

6-speaker with subwoofer

Bose 8-speaker

Bose 8-speaker

4-speakers + 2 tweeters

4-speakers + 2 tweeters

Common features include a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry with push-button start, cruise control, and climate control. 

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  • The Renault Duster misses out on connected car tech, rear AC vents, and LED headlamps. All three features are present in its rivals. 

  • While the Kushaq is fairly well-equipped, it still misses out on a head-up display, rear sunblinds, and electric seat adjustment (for the driver). 

  • The Creta is the only model here with a panoramic sunroof. The Kushaq and Seltos come with a single-pane sunroof. 

  • Overall, the Seltos is the better equipped of the pack with exclusive features like a head-up display.

  • The Creta gets a 7-inch digital driver’s display, while the Seltos features a multi-info colour display of the same size. 

Safety Features

 

Skoda Kushaq

2020 Hyundai Creta

Kia Seltos

Nissan Kicks

Renault Duster

Airbags

6

6

6

4

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Camera and Sensors

Front and rear parking sensors with rear camera

Rear parking sensors with rear camera

Front and rear sensors with 360-degree camera

Rear parking sensors with 360-degree camera

Rear parking sensors with rear camera

ESP

Yes

Yes

Yes

Turbo Only

Turbo Only

Traction Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Turbo Only

Turbo Only

Hill Hold Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tyre Pressure Monitor

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Blind Spot Monitor

No

No

Yes

No

No

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  • All SUVs come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors with a camera. 

  • The Kushaq, Creta, and Seltos also come with side and curtain airbags. 

  • Electronic stability control and traction control are offered as standard in the Skoda, Hyundai, and Kia offerings. However, the two Nissan and Renault models offer these features only in their respective Turbo variants. 

  • The Seltos also comes with blind spot monitoring, which relays the feed from the ORVM camera to the multi-info display. 

Entry-level Engine

Petrol Engine

Skoda Kushaq

Kia Seltos / Hyundai Creta NA Petrol

Nissan Kicks / Renault Duster NA Petrol

Displacement

1.0-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Power (PS)

115PS

115PS

106PS

Torque (Nm)

175Nm 

144Nm

142Nm

Gearbox

6-speed MT / 6-speed AT

6-speed MT/CVT

5-speed manual 

Fuel Efficiency

NA

16.8kmpl (MT) / 16.9kmpl (CVT)

NA

The Kushaq’s entry-level powertrain is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. While it is low on displacement, it develops 115 PS (like that of the naturally aspirated unit in the Hyundai Creta) and 175Nm of torque, which is the maximum here. The Duster and Kicks’s 1.5-litre units generate the least power and torque. 

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All the three engines can be mated to standard manual transmissions. But, if you want an optional automatic, you’ve got to turn to the Skoda, Hyundai, and Kia models. The naturally aspirated Kicks and Duster don’t have an automatic transmission on offer. 

Top-spec Powertrain

Petrol Engine

Skoda Kushaq

Kia Seltos / Hyundai Creta Turbo Petrol

Nissan Kicks / Renault Duster Turbo Petrol

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.4-litre

1.3-litre

Power (PS)

150PS

140PS

156PS

Torque (Nm)

250Nm 

242Nm

254Nm

Gearbox

6-speed MT / 7-speed DSG

6-speed MT* / 7-speed DCT

6-speed manual / CVT

Fuel Efficiency

NA

16.5kmpl (MT) / Up to 16.8kmpl (AT)

16.5kmpl (Duster MT)

*only in Kia Seltos

The Kushaq is also provided with a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. While it isn’t the most powerful, it generates 150PS and 250Nm, only 6PS and 4Nm shy of the Kicks and Duster’s output figures. The Seltos and Creta’s turbo-petrol engines develop the least power and torque. 

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Except for the Creta, all the turbo-petrol powered SUVs can be had with a manual gearbox. While the Skoda and Kia/Hyundai siblings come with an optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, the Kicks and Duster rely on a CVT. 

Verdict

 

Skoda Kushaq

2020 Hyundai Creta Petrol

Kia Seltos Petrol

Nissan Kicks

Renault Duster

Ex-showroom Price

Rs 9 lakh to Rs 17 lakh (Expected)

Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17.54 lakh

Rs 9.89 lakh to Rs 17.49 lakh

Rs 9.50 lakh to Rs 14.65 lakh

Rs 9.57 lakh to Rs 13.87 lakh

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The Kushaq ain’t perfect. It’s the smallest SUV in its segment, and the lack of a diesel engine might put off potential buyers. But, it seems like it does have the chops to pull buyers into Skoda showrooms. If priced sensibly, the subcompact SUV could be the ace up the Czech carmaker’s sleeves. 

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