A couple of fresh cases have come to light just when we thought the EPC error is a thing of the past with the Skoda Kushaq
Early last month, Zac Hollis confirmed end of EPC issue while recommending usage of premium fuel. This statement was backed with the fact that the carmaker had voluntarily replaced fuel pumps of first batches of Kushaqs with a ‘more robust’ unit that was more compatible with the quality of fuel available in the country. Along with this, everyone saw a huge drop in EPC cases that were being reported and it finally looked like the EPC issue is history. Today, however, we have got with us not one but two cases of EPC errors that owners of the compact SUV have faced recently.
An owner of a Skoda Kushaq from Jharkhand has reported second EPC error even though he has changed the fuel pump even before the first breakdown. Along with flashing the error, his car, which has run just 10,000 km, refuses to start. Conveying his dismay, the owner writes,”Suffered a second break down after 10000 km. EPC error once again and car not starting. Already changed the fuel pump before during first breakdown. Now stranded since yesterday evening waiting for RSA. I have totally lost my hope with this car.” Soon after this, another Kushaq owner reported facing the same error. However, his car didn’t breakdown. He writes,”Strangely I got epc error today, somehow I got back home… But was a bad experience.”
Speaking to a customer Zac Hollis had earlier said,”The initial quality issues encountered by a handful of customers are resolved with the fitment of a new fuel pump. All deliveries are now also fitted with this new fuel pump. We have thousands of very happy Kushaq customers. TSI perform better with higher octane fuel.” From this comment, it’s clear that premium fuel is recommended for optimum performance from Kushaq’s TSI engines. However, nowhere does the carmaker say that using of regular fuel will lead to EPC error. Still, it’s quite disheartening to see that the EPC issue persists in spite of the new fuel pump that’s said to be more compatible with the lower quality fuel available in the country.
It is important to mention here that the Skoda Kushaq is available with two engine options – 1.0-litre TSI and 1.5-litre TSI. The former produces a maximum power of 115PS and a peak torque of 175Nm, while the latter churns out a maximum power of 150PS and a peak torque of 250Nm. Transmission options for the smaller engine include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic, while the larger motor is available with a 6-speed manual as standard and an optional 7-speed DSG.