The highest-selling SUV in the country is ready to take on the newcomer from the Czech Republic in the form of Skoda Kushaq. The Kushaq had been unveiled recently and the official launch is going to happen in a couple of months. Being the make or break product for the carmaker, Skoda has made sure that there is enough in the Kushaq to woo the customers away from the likes of very popular Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. To compare the two mid-size SUVs on every front, let us see what these two SUVs have to offer in terms of features, exterior, interior, dimensions, engines and expected prices.
Skoda Kushaq vs Hyundai Creta – Exteriors and Dimensions
Skoda has been able to retain a lot from the Vision IN concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. This means that the Kushaq features a very bold and muscular exterior with a typical butterfly front grille, split crystalline LED headlamps with LED DRLs, a chunky bumper with skid plates and an upright stance. The sharp creases all around make it unmistakably Skoda and the sides are accentuated by 17-inch dual-tone alloys, practical roof rails and sporty. At the rear, the LED tail lamps around the corners make the car look wider, the skid plates under the rear bumper, the chrome strip running across the width of the SUV makes the rear modern and sophisticated.
When it comes to the exterior styling, the Hyundai Creta is definitely bold with polarising appearance. This generation of the Creta has adopted some new methods to really go for the uniqueness in terms of looks. The front end looks modern and broad with large chrome Cascading grille, Split LED Trio Beam Headlights, Fog Lamps and Skid Plates on the bumper down below. When you move on to the sides, the 17-inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels and uniquely design C-Pillar extend a distinctive look to the Creta. Moving to the rear, you are greeted by the split LED Tail lamp unit along with Shark Fin Antenna, Aerodynamic Rear Spoiler, Skid Plates and Red Light Strip on the centre of the rear. All-in-all the Creta is definitely a bold car with a muscular stance which makes it look modern compared to the traditional SUVs.
|Parameter||Skoda Kushaq||Hyundai Creta|
|Length||4225 mm||4300 mm|
|Width||1760 mm||1790 mm|
|Height||1612 mm||1635 mm|
|Wheelbase||2651 mm||2610 mm|
|Boot Space||385 l||433 l|
|Ground Clearance||188 mm||190 mm|
In terms of the dimensions, the Creta has a slight edge, but it is the Kushaq that boasts of a longer wheelbase (longest in the segment). This translates into a more spacious rear seat experience at the cost of a bit of boot space. Overall, both these SUVs have their strengths and weaknesses.
Skoda Kushaq vs Hyundai Creta – Interior and Features
The list of equipment is also quite lengthy with all the modern amenities, features and connectivity. This includes a free-standing 10-inch Digital Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Connected Car Tech with a ton of features, pre-installed Apps, Wireless charging, Automatic Climate Control with touch inputs, two-spoke multi-purpose Steering Wheel, White Ambient Lighting, LED Reading Lights, chrome-plated Door handles, chrome bits at various places inside the cabin, 6-speakers Skoda Audio System with extra subwoofer in the Spare Wheel well and much more. The special Skoda simply clever bits include a non-slip base in a cup holder, a ticket holder on A-Pillar, bag hooks in the boot, a phone box in the front fro the smartphone and smartphone storage pockets on the front seatbacks.
The Hyundai Creta has as long a feature-list as it gets. Hyundai is already popular in India for making cars that are rich in features and Creta is no exception. When you enter the inside of the Creta, you are greeted by either of the two interior colour schemes; Sporty All black interiors with Orange inserts or Modern and sophisticated Black & Greige Interiors. The features list includes a 10.25-inch Digital Infotainment System with all the modern connectivity like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Advanced Blue Link Connected Car Tech, a 7-inch Digital infotainment System for Driver’s information, Wireless Phone Charging, Driver Centric Console with Automatic Climate Control, Ventilated Front Seats, Steering Mounted Audio Controls with Voice Recognition, Panoramic Sunroof, BOSE Premium Sound System, Rear Window Sunshade, Soothing Blue Ambient Lighting, Leather-wrapped D-Cut Steering Wheel and much more.
Skoda Kushaq vs Hyundai Creta – Safety
On the safety front, the Kushaq comes equipped with 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD and ESC, Hill-Hold Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, ISOFIX child seat mounts, Multi-Collision Brake, Three-point Seatbelt, Front and rear parking sensors with Camera and much more.
On the safety front, the Hyundai Creta comes with 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Management, ESC, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Rear Parking Sensors with Camera, Hill Assist Control, All-four Disc Brakes, Burglar Alarm, Emergency Stop Signal and much more.
In terms of features, safety and convenience, both these cars are solid and come with all the necessary modern-day features that one might expect from an SUV in this segment.
Skoda Kushaq vs Hyundai Creta – Engines and Expected Prices
The Skoda Kushaq comes with the legendary 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine, making 115 PS and 175 Nm and its bigger sibling, the 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol unit making 150 PS and 250 Nm in action with the Kushaq. Complementing the 1.0-litre engine will be a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The larger 1.5-litre unit will come mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG (DCT) gearbox. The expected prices of the Skoda Kushaq will be in the range of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 18 lakh, ex-showroom.
The Hyundai Creta, on the other hand, comes with a plethora of engine-gearbox combinations including a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol making 115 PS and 144 Nm, a 1.5-litre diesel making 115 PS and 250 Nm and a 1.4-litre Turbo petrol with direct injection making 140 PS and 242 Nm. These engines can be had with either a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed DCT or a CVT transmission options. The Hyundai Creta costs between Rs 9.99 lakh and Rs 17.53 lakh, ex-showroom.
Skoda Kushaq vs Hyundai Creta – Verdict
It is extremely difficult to choose a winner between these two feature-packed SUVs. Therefore, we shall try to look at the strengths of both these and try to match that with the individual requirements. If you are looking for a diesel-powered SUV, then there is just one option you have here. However, if you are eyeing a petrol powertrain, then you are in luck. Both these SUVs offer powerful petrol options with manual as well automatic gearbox options. If you are someone who loves to drive and are looking for a driver-oriented car with great driving dynamics, you can opt for the Skoda Kushaq. If you want a bit relaxed driving experience with a bit more focus on convenience and comforts, then Hyundai Creta might be better suited to you.