Volkswagen really wants to do in India what it did in China, but it’s way behind. And it’s not launching a sub-4m car.
Cars (and SUVs) smaller than 4m (157.5-in) pay less tax, and a big part of the market. Odd that Volkswagen and Skoda’s India 2.0 strategy starts off with a car that’s well over that mark.
The Kushaq is 4.2m, so should be spacious, but pricier than the Maruti Suzuki most people will end up buying instead.
There’s plenty of ride height, 6 airbags, wheels up 17-in, and 7-in or 10-in touchscreen displays.
The base 85kW (114hp) 1.0 TSI comes with either a 6-speed manual or auto, while the 110kW (148hp) 1.5 TSI has a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG. Both engines are FWD only.