Active, Ambition or Style? Which variant of Skoda Kushaq SUV is good for you? Let us find out in this Skoda Kushaq variant comparison.
The Skoda Kushaq is the latest entrant in the premium compact SUV category, a segment that has seen a lot of action in the last half a decade. One of the most significant models from Skoda for its India 2.0 plan, the Kushaq is offered as a petrol-only model, with three different variants to choose from – Active, Ambition and Style.
All the three variants of the Skoda Kushaq come with a 1.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine coupled (115 PS of power and 178 Nm of torque) to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. However, in the mid-spec Ambition and top-spec Style variants, this engine can be had with a 6-speed automatic gearbox as well.
The more powerful and sophisticated 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine (150 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque), which is being offered with both 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG) gearbox options, will be available only in the range-topping Style variant.
The details of all the three variants of the Skoda Kushaq, with the comfort, convenience and safety features available in them, are as follows:
Skoda Kushaq Active
Available with: 1.0-liter petrol and 6-speed manual (1.0 TSI MT)
Price: Rs. 10.50 lakh (1.0 TSI MT)
The Active 1.0 TSI MT is the most basic and entry-level variant in the entire lineup of Skoda Kushaq in India. While this base variant commands a hefty premium of almost Rs. 50,000 over the base variants of its chief rivals, the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, it is a much well-equipped variant over them.
On the outside, the Skoda Kushaq Active comes with daytime running LEDs, chrome-finished grille, black roof rails, body-colored door handles and outside rear view mirrors, matt black B and C pillars, black diffusers at front and rear, side body molding and wheel caps for its 16-inch wheels.
The interior cabin of the Skoda Kushaq Active is decently equipped with power windows, tilt and telescopic adjustable two-spoke steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 6-speakers, gloss black finish for AC vents, chrome finish on gear lever, remote central locking, front center armrest with storage, map pockets and bottle holders in front doors, fabric seats and back pockets in front seats.
Apart from the compulsory inclusions of dual airbags, reverse parking sensors and ABS with EBD, the Skoda Kushaq Active also gets electronic stability control, multi-collision braking, electronic differential lock system, anti-slip regulator, rollover protection and ISOFIX mounts for child seats.
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Skoda Kushaq Ambition
Available with: 1.0-liter petrol and 6-speed manual (1.0 TSI MT), 1.0-liter petrol and 6-speed automatic (1.0 TSI AT)
Price: Rs. 12.80 lakh (1.0 TSI MT), Rs. 14.20 lakh (1.0 TSI AT)
Apart from all the features of the base-spec Active variant, the mid-spec Ambition variant of the Skoda Kushaq packs in extra features, and is well-equipped enough with all the modern essentials on board.
The Skoda Kushaq Ambition gets LED projector headlamps, cornering fog lamps, silver-colored diffusers and skid plates at front and rear, 16-inch silver alloy wheels, shark fin antenna, rear wiper and washer and silver roof rails, thus making it look not as basic as the Active variant.
On the inside too, the Skoda Kushaq Ambition packs in a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto and MySkoda Connect, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cooled glove box, automatic climate control, cruise control, height-adjustable driver’s seat, dead pedal for foot rest, sunglass holder and two USB-C charging sockets at front and standard USB charging sockets at rear.
In addition, this variant also gets reverse camera, front scuff plates, chrome surrounds for AC vents, 60:40 split rear seats with center armrest, rear AC vents, rear parcel tray, painted décor inserts on dashboard and chrome door handles. The automatic version of the Skoda Kushaq Ambition also benefits with hill hold control and paddle shifters as additional equipment.
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Skoda Kushaq Style
Available with: 1.0-liter petrol and 6-speed manual (1.0 TSI MT), 1.0-liter petrol and 6-speed automatic (1.0 TSI AT), 1.5-liter petrol and 6-speed manual (1.5 TSI MT), 1.5-liter petrol and 7-speed DSG (1.5 TSI DSG)
Price: Rs. 14.60 lakh (1.0 TSI MT), Rs. 15.80 lakh (1.0 TSI AT), Rs. 16.20 lakh (1.5 TSI MT), Rs. 17.60 lakh
The range-topping Style variant of the Skoda Kushaq is the only variant in the lineup which comes with all the four engine-gearbox combinations with which this compact SUV is being offered.
There are additional visual bits present in the Skoda Kushaq Style on the outside, such as automatic headlamps with follow-me-home feature, 17-inch machined alloy wheels, glossy black finish for B and C pillars, chrome inserts on front bumper, outer door handles, window waistline and boot lid and full LED tail lamps.
On the inside, the Skoda Kushaq Style comes equipped with additional feel-good features like electric sunroof, wireless charger, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, push-button start, auto-dimming inside rear view mirror and chrome finish on the dashboard and handbrake lever. The manual versions of the Style variant, in addition, are blessed with side and curtain airbags and tire pressure monitoring system, which surprisingly are omitted in the pricier automatic versions.
Note – All prices are ex-showroom, India specific