Skoda India yesterday launched their most anticipated and awaited compact SUV in India. Well, there is long going for the new Skoda Kushaq, as it has entered a lion’s den. Meaning, its top-selling Korean rivals are ready to eat the King alive. But with the Skoda Kushaq bow in front of its rivals, or will it conquer this den (the compact SUV segment).

Skoda Kushaq Production
Skoda Kushaq Production

Now, we know almost everything about the new Skoda Kushaq, it is the right moment to compare it with its rivals. So, let’s begin.

Powertrain and Drivetrain

Skoda’s TSI Petrol Engine // Image only for representation

The customers looking for a compact SUV have a choice between a petrol and a diesel engine. But sadly not all the car makers in this segment offer a diesel engine. Let’s have a detailed look.

 Engine Comparison

Specs Skoda Kushaq Hyundai Creta/ Kia Seltos MG Hector Nissan kicks
Engine 1.5-litre TSI Turbo Petrol  1.4-litre Turbo Petrol 1.5-litre turbo petrol 1.3-Litre turbo petrol
Power (bhp@rpm) 148@5,000 138@6,000 141@5,000 154@5,500
Torque (Nm@rpm) 250@1,500 242@1,500 250@1,600  254@1,600rpm
Transmission 6-speed Manual/7-Speed DSG 6-speed Manual/7-speed DCT 6-speed Manual /7-speed DCT 6-speed Manual/CVT 
0-100 Acceleration 9.54s 10.5s 12.64s 11.85s
  • When it comes to the power and torque figures, Skoda Kushaq is ahead of most of its competition.
  • But it the Nissan Kicks that tops the power and torque on paper.
  • But the Skoda excels when it comes to outride acceleration. Skoda Kushaq can propel from 0-100kmph in just 9.54 seconds which is best in class.
  • But if it a diesel powertrain you are after, sadly the only two carmakers to offer the same are Hyundai and MG.

Features and Creature Comforts

Skoda kushaq Interior
Skoda kushaq Interior

Safety Features

Features Skoda Kushaq Hyundai Creta/Kia Seltos MG Hector Nissan Kicks
Dual Airbags
ABS with EBD
Reverse Parking Sensors
Speed Alert System
Seat-belt Reminder and Pretensioners

With the BNVSAP norms kicking in, carmakers are reluctant to offer standard safety features across the vehicle line-up. Hence all the compact SUVs get these standard features even in the base variants.

Now, moving on to the top variants, these are the features the SUVs offer;

Skoda Kushaq Ventilated Seats
Skoda Kushaq Ventilated Seats

Creature Comforts

Features Skoda Kushaq Hyundai Creta/Kia Seltos MG Hector Nissan Kicks
Ventilated Seats
Premium Sound System Skoda Speakers Bose Speakers Infinity Speakers
Number of Speakers 6+1 8+1 8+1 6
Apple Carplay and Android Auto Wireless Connectivity Wired Connection Wired Connection Wired Connection
360-degree Camera /
Sunroof Panoramic/ Panoramic
Auto-Dimming IRVM
Automatic Headlights

Dimensions

Now the other aspect when considering any compact SUV is its dimensions. Naturally, the car that measures more will open up more space on the inside hence will be comfortable.

Creature Comforts

Features Skoda Kushaq Hyundai Creta/Kia Seltos MG Hector Nissan Kicks
Length (mm) 4225 4300 4655 4384
Width (mm) 1760 1790 1835 1813
Height (mm) 1612 1635 1760 1669
Wheelbase (mm) 2651 2610 2750 2673
Ground Clearance (mm) 188 190 192 210
Kerb Weight (kg) 1185 1344 1687 1295

It is the MG Hector that tops the charts when it comes to the wheelbase. Having said that, a longer wheelbase translates to a better rear-seat space.

Talking about the Skoda Kushaq, it has a better wheelbase when compared to the Korean cars this leads to smaller overhangs.

Now coming to the important bit, the Price.

The Price

Compact SUV Prices

Cars Price(ex-showroom)
Skoda Kushaq ₹10.50 Lakh – ₹17.60 Lakh
Hyundai Creta ₹10.00 Lakh – ₹17.71 Lakh
MG Hector ₹13.18 Lakh – ₹19.04 Lakh
Nissan Kicks ₹9.50 Lakh – ₹14.64 Lakh

All the SUVs fall almost in the same price bracket with a plus there and a minus here. If you still are confused about buying a compact SUV we’d recommend you to take a test drive.

Let us know in the comment section below which is your favourite vehicle from the comparison.

Also, read: Top 10 Highlights Of The Skoda Kushaq, Better Than Its Rivals?

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