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2 Years with a Skoda Kushaq (Style, MT, 1.0 TSI) | Ownership Review

Hello! Team-BHPians

Hunt for car
Was considering buying Polo, Elite i20 (used) heard about VW/Skoda compact SUV coming so we waited.

Booking
Booked the car (Kushaq Style 1.0 MT, Honey Orange) 15 Minutes after price revealed at Jai Skoda, Gurugram, paid Rs 25K (online). Was given a week time but they keep on extending the date (2-3 times) pressuring us to get White. I told my brother to contact Skoda, Rohtak, Haryana (it's a small dealership, no service) when Jai Skoda failed to deliver the car. Finally, he called Skoda Rohtak and Voila they said they can deliver the car in 2 days.On 21 July 2021 we took delivery. Second Kushaq sold from that dealership and first in our city. We cancelled the booking (after taking delivery from Skoda, Rohtak) and it took them 2 months to refund the money. Very poor experience with Jai Skoda, Gurugram.

Delivery experience
It was okay, no cake cutting had a small samosa party, was given chocolate box, small photoshoot that's it. Do we complain - no. They gave us the car in promised days.

At the dealership - Don't mind the bucket was too excited didn't even notice it.
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Car getting ready after PDI
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On road price & discount
Rs 16.30L on road (including accessories which they denied selling individually & no discount)

Accessory list
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Engine & Variant
Kushaq Style 1.0 TSI MT petrol (May Manufactured)

Wheels and Tyres
Profile 205/55/R17 | Goodyear TripleMAX

Petrol
Ist fill was 91 Octane after that Indian Oil XP95 but now we fill normal petrol.

Odometer reading
28752
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Mileage - All depends on your driving style.
In the city expect 12-13 KMPL. (Bangalore - 8-9 KMPL)
Highway - 18-20+

You can get great mileage from turbo petrol engine

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EPC Error
Never faced it.

Fuel pump - Changed under Skoda campaign.

Insurance
  • Ist year - Rs 30K
  • 2nd Year - Rs 26307

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Likes
  1. Engine (1.0) is amazing.
  2. Gearbox - smooth and short shifts.
  3. Headlight throw is great and cornering fog lamp, really helps.
  4. Steering feedback, highspeed stability is awesome.
  5. Brake bite is great.
  6. Infotainment works flawlessly.
  7. Robust build quality. (Heavy doors, bonnet and bootlid)
  8. Love the two spoke steering wheel.
  9. Simply Clever features.
  10. Deep and cooled glove box.
  11. Seats are comfortable, I love them.

Dislikes
  1. Touch AC control, a huge NO. (While changing gears you accidently touch them)
  2. Wireless charging (if your mobile has say 50% battery and you are using Android auto + wireless charging simultaneously it will stay at 50, device hardly charges) that's why I use wired charging when using android auto.
  3. Engine noise is loud during cold start. (You don't hear it inside but outside its too loud)
  4. AC cooling, it takes its own time but works well afterward.
  5. Roof liner quality (First batch Kushaq)
  6. Not a proper 3 seater at back.
  7. Cheap wipers provided. (rear wiper plastic faded (color) within 2 months)
  8. Noisy window motor, AC blower, ventilated seat (never experienced one beside KUSHAQ, maybe that's how they usually work) even sunroof.
  9. Poor rubber beading quality (fixed by an installing transparent tape by SKODA)
  10. No rear fog lamps (Available now but it's only one) & can't turn on only fog lamps like other cars.

Wants
  1. All automatic windows & green window tint.
  2. Full size spare wheel with alloy.
  3. Adaptive guidelines would be great.
  4. Seatbelt, height adjustable.
  5. Bonnet insulation.
  6. Engine guard.
  7. Front parking sensors.
  8. Footwell light.
  9. I prefer Panasonic 8 inch over 10-inch infotainment.

Extended warranty & service pack
None taken during the purchase and they didn't push us to get it.

Tyre deflation warning - It works like a charm.

Ground clearance
No problem at all ample clearance, have taken car for off roading 2-3 times.

Suspension & ride quality
Stiff suspension setup. It provides great highway stability that you feel car is doing 60 while you are actually driving at 100.

Braking
Awesome.

Visibility & size of mirrors
Great.

Interior storage, practicality & boot space
Every door can hold 2, one-liter bottle means 8 liters.

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Overall build quality, fit & finish, paint quality and panel gaps
Fit & finish, paint quality is good. Panel gaps were uniform. (after accident bumper has slight gaps)
Interior design & quality
Hard plastic is used inside the cabin. Dashboard has texture finish and piano black inserts are prone to scratches.

Interior space & comfort
Ample space at front and back, no complains at all. Seats provide great comfort but the rear middle seat is a compromise.

Issue Faced

First
While most of the people were facing EPC our ride faced software issue on 22-11-2021 due to sensors miscalibration. Had to call RSA they came, picked the car. Car stayed 1 day at Skoda service centre, Delhi.

Christmas Tree

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RSA has arrived
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Second
Closed the boot hard (accidently) and this happened. Skoda/VW INDIA2.0 Fit and Finish

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I took a peek inside, it was hollow except few foam pad inserted at different spots.
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Third
The infamous window bug where it wouldn't go up/ down when pressed.

AC cooling & effectiveness
AC blows cool air but takes its own sweet time to cool the cabin and then its good but blower is noisy.

Cost of upkeep & maintenance
Service pack taken during 1st service, cost Rs 16,000 and you have to pay petty amount every time during service. During last service paid Rs300.

Audio system & sound quality
Our Kushaq has 6 Skoda speakers and a sub-woofer in the boot and sound quality is great.

NVH levels
NVH level are well contained you hear less of outside world. I don't feel any engine vibration being transferred into cabin/steering wheel. The gear lever doesn't shake at all.

Accident - I hate truck drivers
In Rajasthan (different state), at red light, in neutral with hand brake engaged. Truck (overloaded) couldn't stop in time plus driver using phone hit our car from behind the impact was such that our car moved and hit Venue in front whose boot lid got a nice dent.

The aftermath
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Great build quality SKODA.

At the workshop
Aryaveer Skoda Delhi did a splendid job repairing the car, it took them 35 days. I am fully satisfied with the work done and highly recommend them. Paid Rs 8800 (insurance claimed)

Rear right quarter panel cut and replaced.
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Parts changed
  • Boot lid with glass.
  • Rear & front lights. (Headlight and fog light is a single unit so if you want to replace only fog light/headlight not an option)
  • Front Skoda grill.
  • Front & rear bumper.
  • Rear right quarter panel.

Rat attack
Skoda has provided plastic panel to stop rats from getting inside but he ate through the plastic so we installed rat mesh.

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Parts price difference
Rat showcased his art on the gear knob so my brother contacted Banglore Skoda to replace the knob and they quoted Rs 8800 plus tax for gear knob and Rs 2900 plus tax for full battery assembly (denied selling individual battery cover), while we got the battery cover and gear knob for Rs 5260 including tax from Skoda Delhi. Looks like 95% localization isn't helping in price reduction or these dealers are using ill practices which will definitely open gates for VW/SKODA India exit.

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Skoda service centre person remarks on Skoda 2.0 cars
He said the quality of the sheet and other materials used has dropped significantly and Kushaq bumper doesn't have sufficient tabs to hold the bumper properly. (after my brother pointed out bumper gaps in our Kushaq, he checked other Kushaq at SC and they had the same bumper gaps) according to SC the gap will develop as time passes.


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That 1.0L Tsi is a gem!!! One of the best mass market engines ever to have graced our Indian roads IMO. Peppy, tractable and very efficient (when driven with restraint).
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