The all-new Skoda Kushaq is the new entry into the low price range compact SUV segment in the Skoda lineup. It goes up against the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Tata Harrier. Maruti gave the Vitara a facelift last year with the new K series petrol engine with BS6 compliance. Today we are going to compare Skoda Kushaq vs Maruti Brezza. So let’s dive into the details.
Skoda kushaq vs Maruti Vitara Brezza: Exterior Styling
This is it, the production version of the new Skoda Kushaq was finally unveiled in March. The design is derived from the Vision IN concept which was showcased by Skoda. The new spilt headlamps get the Skoda crystalline lighting with the DRL stuck just below it. Oddly the front fog lamps are placed below the headlamps and a massive Skoda signature grille in the centre which gives it a classic Skoda touch. It gets the new 10 spoke sharp cut alloy wheels and a big Skoda badge on the fender. The rear end strikes out with its fresh LED taillamps, reflectors and the skid plate on the rear bumper.
The Brezza has come out with a new face, the design is simple and elegant with new headlights, grille and bumper. The dual headlamps get a chrome bracket above it and a simple DRL running below it. The designers have used a thick chrome bar connecting both the headlights. The new LED surrounds on the taillight is the only update at the rear end of the car.
Among these cars, Kushaq looks more elegant and modern because of the fresh design which is gained from the Vision IN concept. I however feel the Brezza looks a little boxy with its old design carried on to the facelift. Which do you think stands out? Drop your comments below.
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Kushaq is a little over 4.2 metres, but the Brezza is just under 4 metres. This length advantage for the Kushaq gives an extra bit of room for the rear seat and boot space, which is 381 L, 50L more than the Brezza has to offer. With a 2.65m wheelbase, Skoda claims Kushaq has the longest wheelbase in its segment.
As mentioned earlier the Kushaq has acquired a lot from the Vision IN concept including the interior, it has a dual-tone interior with a shiny dash and a touch climate control and a 10-inch infotainment system. The driver’s display gets the traditional dials with a small display in the middle to show important information. The front seats are ventilated, the rear is nice and comfortable with good thigh support and a comfortable seat. Legroom and headroom seem sufficient at the rear. The two spoke steering looks premium with all the controls on the sides.
However, the interior of the Brezza has not been updated by Maruti, but a few features have been added. It is a mild hybrid now, also gets a start/stop button and retractable side view mirrors. Rear seating is comfortable with an ample amount of leg and headroom, but it does not come with rear AC vents and charging points.
Which of the two SUVs is more powerful?
Skoda’s current 1.0L 3 cylinder Turbocharged petrol engine is quipped to the Kushaq and it is also available in a new 1.5L 4 cylinder TSI engine with 150BHP and 250NM of torque. Both the engines are mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox, which works brilliantly. On the other hand, Maruti Scraps out its diesel option in Brezza and offers the car only in one petrol variant. It gets the all-new K series petrol engine, the naturally aspirated 1.5L engine churns out 105 BHP and 140NM of torque mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4 speed automatic.
Skoda kushaq vs Maruti Vitara Brezza: Features
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While selecting a car, features play a major role and both the cars are loaded with it. Brezza has similar features to the Kushaq but misses out a couple like the rear AC vents, electronic sunroof (not panoramic though) and wireless phone charging which deems important for a car buyer at present. Kushaq miss some key features like the keyless entry and engine start/stop button which is seen in some low budget cars and the full feature list is not known yet but it encourages some buyers if we see options like cruise control.
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Coming to the safety part, Kushaq sits on top when it comes to safety with 6 airbags to offer, hill hold control, ESC, tyre pressure monitor with the other standard safety features on offer like ABS, ISOFIX seat mounts, engine immobilizer. Brezza only gets 2 front airbags for the passengers, hill hold assist only for the automatic transmission and it lacks a standard safety feature ESC which has become common with other cars.
The already launched Maruti Suzuki Brezza has 9 variants available with a price spectrum from ₹7.39L to ₹11.40L ex-showroom. Yet to be launched Kushaq however is expected to start from ₹ 9L to ₹16L ex-showroom. Brezza doesn’t seem to stand up with the Kushaq in every department, but it’s gonna cost you a lot less than Kushaq making the competition close than expected.
Maruti with its big dealer and service network across the country gives it an upper hand in the competition. The new segment from Skoda seems to offer a lot with its appealing design, but will it survive the competition against the Maruti Brezza? Well, we have to wait for the launch of the car which is expected to be in June.