Skoda Kushaq will be the new entry to the most competitive segment in India right now. The rivals are the best selling Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster and MG Hector. In today’s article, we will compare the newest member of the segment with the British SUV, MG Hector. MG Hector was launched back in September 2019, the car has enjoyed quite a success since its introduction as India’s first Internet car. The Hector was introduced with an impressive list of connected features. Let’s see how the new Skoda Kushaq will hold vs MG  Hector. 

Skoda Kushaq vs MG Hector: Exterior and dimension 

MG started with Hector for the Indian market which had an eye-catching design, massive proportions and new-age tech. The  MG Hector pretty much outsized all other SUVs in the competition with the largest length and wheelbase. With a massive grille and generous use of chrome, the split LED DRLs and headlamps, gunmetal front skid plates, 18-inch dual tone-alloy, sleek rear tail lamps ensure that the Hector grabs attention. 

The production version of the Skoda Kushaq has been unveiled, which seems like Skoda has retained a lot from the Vision IN concept showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. Kushaq is smaller in dimension compared to the Hector, but it definitely has some beautiful design cues. It features a bold and muscular exterior with the signature Skoda grille upfront, split LED headlights with LED DRLs and a chunky bumper. The sides are accentuated with 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, a practical roof rail, the LED taillamps around the corners and the skid plates under the rear bumper makes it modern and sophisticated. 

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Looking at the table it is very clear that Hector is the biggest among them, in fact, it is the biggest in the segment. Hector is 430mm longer, 75mm wider, 148mm taller and has a wheelbase that is 100mm longer than Kushaq. Ground clearance is almost the same with just a difference of 5mm. But the boot space is massive in the Hector, which has 200 more litres to offer. This makes Hector the more practical choice for someone who goes out with family more often.   

Skoda Kushaq vs MG Hector: Interior and features 

Inside the Hector, we can see a new dual-tone theme, which they call champagne black theme. It comes with a ton of convenience and modern connected technology. The list goes like this – a 10.2-inch digital touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a 7-inch colour MID instrument cluster, Wireless charging, iSmart Connected car Tech, dual-tone panoramic sunroof, voice commands, ventilated front seats, 5G ready SIM, 8-speaker premium infinity sound system, heated ORVMs and more. 

Kushaq on the inside looks fresh with an impressive feature list, modern amenities and connectivity. It gets a longer air-con vent of the extreme ends and a free-standing 10-inch digital touch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, automatic climate control with touch panel, ambient lighting, LED reading lights, two-spoke multi-purpose steering wheel. The cabin ergonomics have been improved with a non-slip cup holder, ticket holder on A-pillar, bag hooks in the boot, phone box in the front for phone storage and pockets on the front seatbacks for the rear passengers. 

Safety features on the Kushaq and Hector 

Both these modern cars have been loaded with tons of safety features. On the MG Hector, you can find 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensor with a 360-degree view camera, Disc brakes on all 4 wheels, Hill hold assist, tyre pressure monitor, ESP, ISOFIX child seat mounts, electronic parking brake and more.  

It seems that the Kushaq also get similar safety features like 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, hill hold assist, tyre pressure monitor, multi-collision brake, ISOFIX child seat mounts, front and rear parking sensor with a camera and more

Kushaq vs Hector Powertrain 

The Hector is offered in two petrol avatars and one diesel. The petrol engine is a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine and the other is the same 1.5L petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology. It makes max power of 143ps and max torque of 250 nm. This is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and a 6-speed DCT gearbox or a CVT gearbox as options. The diesel engine is a 2.0L motor that makes 170bhp and 350 nm of torque, which comes in with a 6-speed manual transmission only. 

Skoda is equipped with the 1.0L TSI petrol engine that’s been used in all other vehicles, it makes a peak power of 115bhp and 175 Nm of peak torque. The other motor is the bigger 1.5L TSI petrol unit producing 150bhp and 250 nm of torque. The 1.0L is equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission. The bigger engine gets the same 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DCT gearbox. 

Unfortunately, Skoda does not offer any of their cars in diesel avatar. If someone is looking for a diesel-powered SUV then MG Hector is the answer. But there is no doubt that both these SUVs come with the complete package. When selecting between them it comes down to individual requirements. The MG Hector is offered from Rs. 12.89 lakh ex-showroom and the Skoda Kushaq is expected to start from Rs. 10 lakh ex-showroom.

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