Skoda launched the Kushaq under its India 2.0 strategy on the 28th of June. The car although takes direct competition from cars like the Hyundai Creta, the Kia Seltos, the Nissan Kicks and the Renault Duster. However, there are many products that fall in the price bracket of the Kushaq. This involves mid-size SUVs as well as premium 7-seaters. One such product is the MG Hector. In today’s article on Skoda Kushaq vs MG Hector, we will look at which product offers more value for the money that it asks for.
Note – All prices mentioned in the article are on-road (Mumbai).
Skoda Kushaq is 4225mm long, 1760mm wide & 1612mm tall. This car comes sat on a 2651mm wheelbase along with a ground clearance of 188mm. MG Hector on the other hand is 4655mm long, 1835mm wide & 1760mm tall. This one comes sat on a 2750mm wheelbase and gets a ground clearance of 192mm. Looking at the dimensions, it becomes clear that Hector is bigger than the Kushaq. Along with this, Hector gets a better ground clearance and sits on a longer wheelbase as well.
Skoda Kushaq vs MG Hector Specifications
Skoda Kushaq is offered with 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine options. The 1.0-litre unit is capable of making 113bhp & 175Nm of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox. The 1.5-litre unit is capable of making 148bhp & 250Nm of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG gearbox. The car comes sat on 16 & 17-inch wheels, depending on trim.
Hector, on the other hand, is offered with 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, 1.5-litre mild-hybrid turbo-petrol engine and 2.0-litre diesel engine. The 1.5-litre petrol units make 143bhp & 250Nm of torque, whereas the diesel unit makes 170bhp & 350Nm of torque. The petrol unit comes mated to manual, CVT and DCT gearboxes. The petrol (with mild hybrid technology) & diesel units come mated to the manual gearbox only. This car comes sat on 17 & 18-inch wheels depending on trim.
Skoda Kushaq comes loaded with features like a 2-spoke steering wheel, wireless connectivity via Android Auto & Apple Car Play, wireless charging, connected car tech, paddle-shifters, ambient lights, electric sunroof, touch-controlled climate controls, connected car tech, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, ventilated front seats and a few others. The Hector gets features like a 10.4-inch vertical touchscreen infotainment system, dynamic indicators, voice-enabled sunroof, heated ORVMs, connected car tech, internet connectivity via an embedded e-SIM, 8-colour ambient lighting system, automatic powered tailgate, front parking sensors, 360-degree camera and a panoramic sunroof being some of the key ones.
Skoda Kushaq vs MG Hector Pricing
Skoda Kushaq starts at Rs 12.43 lakhs and goes all the way up to Rs 20.85 lakhs. MG Hector, on the other hand, starts at Rs 15.54 lakhs and goes up to Rs 22.81 lakhs.
Which is more value-for-money?
The MG Hector presents a better case for itself in every aspect when compared to the Skoda Kushaq. Hector offers better space, more features and powerful engines. Buyers looking to consider Kushaq’s 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit just for its power can save a significant amount of money (close to Rs 3.5 lakhs) as the base variant of the Hector offers almost equivalent power with its 1.5-litre petrol engine. Also, the Hector offers diesel engine options which the Kushaq sadly misses. Contrary to all of this, the Kushaq becomes a great choice for customers who are looking for an automatic car. Kushaq starts offering automatic gearbox at Rs 16.63 lakhs whereas the base automatic variant of the MG Hector comes in at Rs 19.76 lakhs. Thus, the actual value of the car will depend on the configuration & features that you opt for. From a pure driving and build quality perspective, the Kushaq is a better car!
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