Skoda Kushaq vs Hyundai Creta: In Pictures
We compare the exterior and interior design of the latest Skoda SUV against segment leader Hyundai Creta
The Skoda Kushaq has entered the hotly contested compact SUV segment. One of its key rivals, the Hyundai Creta, has dominated this space with its two generations for years now. We’ve tested these two SUVs side-by-side, but here we’re comparing them in pictures:
The Hyundai Creta’s front end design is quite quirky, compared to the more conventional styling of the Skoda Kushaq, thanks to the headlamp design. Both cars are equipped with LED headlamps, integrated daytime running lights, and halogen fog lamps.
The quirky design theme continues on the rear end, with the cuts, creases, and even the tail lamps. Also, the Creta’s 30mm width advantage over the Kushaq is more noticeable from this angle. The dual-tip exhaust on the Creta’s turbo-petrol model seen here looks sportier. However, some may prefer the styling of the Kushaq over its Korean rival.
The Kushaq’s tail lamps look quite mature, in comparison to those of the Creta which are often seen as a polarising design detail for an established product.
The Skoda Kushaq is smaller than the Hyundai Creta in terms of overall length (by 75mm) and height (by 23mm). However, the Kushaq’s wheelbase measures 2,651mm, 41mm longer than the Creta’s. The Skoda SUV has short overhangs front and rear, compared to the design of the segment-leading Hyundai.
Both compact SUVs are offered with 17-inch alloys. The wheel designs mirror the overall styling of each car, with the Hyundai featuring more intricate and quirky details.
The Creta’s 215/60 tyres are slightly wider than the Kushaq that wears 205/55 rubber (with their 17-inch alloys).
The Creta and Kushaq are both positioned as premium offerings and their cabins are representative of that. Both get a dual-tone interior with large central displays and cool styling for the air vents at the ends of the dashboard. The Skoda’s dash layout gets premium details, such as a piano black surround and a painted decor insert on the passenger side. The Kushaq’s cabin looks minimalistic, in comparison to that of the Creta which features a lot more buttons and larger control panels.
In the turbo-petrol variants, the Creta gets a sportier all-black interior with red accents on the upholstery and air vents.
Skoda has equipped the Kushaq with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a free-standing unit positioned above the central AC vents. The Creta’s 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system is placed below the AC vents with an array of buttons under the screen. The Kushaq’s layout has clean-looking tactile controls.
Both offer smartphone connectivity (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) and connected car technology. But the Skoda’s system is for telematics only while the Hyundai BlueLink also offers remote vehicle functions for starting the engine and pre-cooling the cabin.
Steering Wheel & Instrument Cluster
Hyundai and Skoda have taken very different approaches with the steering wheel design. The Creta has a flat-bottom steering wheel with two additional spokes finished in silver. There are lots of steering-mounted controls on the main spokes that will be used more while gripping the steering wheel safely. It also gets a semi-digital instrument cluster, with a 7-inch LCD flanked by analogue dials for the tachometer, fuel gauge, and engine temperature.
Skoda’s wheel features a distinct two-spoke design and the controls have premium details such as textured silver dials. It has a typical Skoda-style instrument cluster with analogue dials and a multi-information display in the centre.
At the moment, the sunroof is a popular premium feature in the Indian automotive space. While both get one, the Creta’s panoramic sunroof elevates the overall cabin experience.
Hyundai Creta’s climate control panel looks out of place in what is a premium cabin. There’s also a sizable storage space underneath with charging ports and a wireless charging pad. The gear selector is flanked by controls for the ventilated front seats and the rearview monitor.
Skoda’s climate control panel has no visible buttons or dials. Instead, the climate settings are adjusted by touch sliders, one for fan and one for temperature, and haptic touch controls for the other settings. The front ventilated seats are operated via the buttons above the climate control panels.
The automatic variants of the Hyundai Creta also feature a rotary dial for the drive and traction modes, along with an electronic parking brake.
The Hyundai Creta’s rear seat misses out on a headrest for the middle seat, unlike the Skoda Kushaq. Both get fold-out rear armrests and a 60:40 split-folding rear seat in the higher variants.
Rear AC Vents
Both cars come with rear AC vents with charge ports. The Creta offers a 12V socket and a storage space while the Kushaq offers two USB Type-C ports.
Rear passengers in the Hyundai can also enjoy the air purifier display integrated into the centre console.
The Hyundai Creta’s boot capacity is rated at 433 litres which is more than what the Skoda Kushaq has to offer at 385 litres.
Skoda’s Clever Details
The Kushaq has some small details in its cabin that are missing from most segment rivals, including the Creta. The front seat backs have pockets for smartphones, rubber grips in the front cupholders, a ticket holder clip along the driver-side A-pillar, a recess on the dashboard for a dash-top accessory, elastic string in the door bins, and bag-hooks in the boot.
The Skoda Kushaq is priced from Rs 10.49 lakh to Rs 17.59 lakh at launch making its base-spec variant the priciest in the segment. Hyundai currently offers the Creta from Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 17.70 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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