Skoda Kushaq 1.5 TSI Manual Review- Prices, Features, Images
Skoda Kushaq 1.5 TSI Manual Review
The Kushaq has been launched and the wait is over it seems but if you want the more powerful 1.5 TSI you have to wait a bit more since the deliveries for that is expected to start from August 11th,2021. So, the question is, should you buy the 1.5 TSI or get the cheaper 1.0 instead? We drove the 1.5 TSI manual to see if the more powerful engine was the Kushaq.
Skoda Kushaq 1.5 TSI Driving Performance
First of all the 1.5 TSI in the Kushaq is an imported engine as compared to the 1.0 TSI which is the localized one. This engine is also found on much more expensive VW group SUVs like the Volkswagen T-ROC. That said, the 1.5 TSI is most accessible with the Kushaq.
You also get the option of getting the Kushaq 1.5 TSI with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG with paddle shifters. We drove the manual and we think it could be the best Kushaq in terms of driving experience. The engine is more refined than the 1.0 while being smoother. On the go the manual gearbox is a touch heavy to use but the clutch and steering is light. Where the 1.5 TSI scores, is on the drive-ability factor in everyday traffic. You have so much power and torque with 150hp and 250Nm that you simply do not need to use the gearbox and downshift. You can crawl over speed-breakers in 3rd gear and use that all of the time. The extra power and the class leading power output makes the Kushaq 1.5 TSI very easy to drive in terms of overtakes or cruising.
When the road opens up the 1.5 TSI makes more sense with the excellent power delivery along with the torque giving you a fun driving experience. The 1.5 TSI Kushaq overall feels much quicker than any compact SUV along with the most power. What is also impressive is the handling of the SUV which brings confidence to the driver along with stability at high speeds seen on more expensive cars.
In terms of fuel efficiency, expect 10-11 kmpl in the city depending on the way you drive but the Kushaq 1.5 TSI also shuts down cylinders for better mileage when coasting or driving slowly. Unlike the 1.0 TSI the 1.5 TSI Kushaq only comes with the Style variant with top-end features. It gets a sunroof, ventilated seats, 10-inch touch screen, connected tech, Wi-Fi, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charger, auto headlamps, rear view camera and more. The interior is good in quality and feels solid. That said, at this price we wanted more features like a panoramic sunroof or powered seats.
With a price of Rs.16.19 Lakh ex-showroom for the 1.5 TSI Style manual, the Kushaq 1.5 is Rs.1.6 Lakh more expensive over the style 1.0 TSI manual. We think the engine is worth the money due to the extra performance and the smoothness.
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