The Slavia sedan and the Kushaq SUV from the Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda Auto have regained the 10-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that became temporarily unavailable owing to a scarcity of semiconductor chips in May last year. Following this update, an 8-inch unit took its place. It is important to note that this 10-inch screen was previously offered on the mid-level Ambition variants of the Kushaq and the Slavia as well. However, as of now, it is exclusively available on the top-tier Style variants of both models. Meanwhile, the mid-tier Ambition variants of the cars will continue to come equipped with the 8.0-inch screen. The 10-inch screen can also be had in the Kushaq Monte Carlo and Slavia Matte Edition variants. Furthermore, the dongle connectivity option has also been dropped out of the Ambition variants by Skoda.
Skoda Slavia, Kushaq: New Feature Set
The top-spec Style variants of both the Slavia and the Kushaq now come standard with an improved 10-inch touchscreen display, electrically adjustable front seats, and illuminated footwells. A subwoofer, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the Skoda Play apps are all returning on the Style versions of the cars, thanks to the larger 10-inch screen. This bigger unit employs the most up-to-date software and user interface, but because it is entirely touch-based, it neither incorporates the rotary dial for volume adjustment nor several touch-controlled shortcut buttons that were present on the 8.0-inch unit. A single-pane sunroof, ventilated front seats, and an 8-inch digital driver's display are among a few other amenities shared by the Slavia and Kushaq. A built-in dashcam is an additional highlight of Slavia's Ambition Plus model.
When it comes to the safety features, both vehicles have up to six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), hill-hold assist, and a rear parking camera
Skoda Slavia, Kushaq: New Alloys
Another subtle upgrade to the Kushaq is the inclusion of single-tone, silver 17-inch alloy wheels in place of the dual-tone, twin-spoke gun metal alloys on the highest-spec Style version. The freshly introduced wheels actually resemble the ones that the Tiguan SUV from Volkswagen sports, despite the latter being a size bigger.
Skoda Slavia, Kushaq: Engine and Transmission
Two engine options are available for the Skoda Slavia and Kushaq: a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit with 148bhp of maximum power and 250Nm of peak torque and a 1-litre turbo-petrol engine with 113bhp and 178Nm. Both engines come standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox, although the 6-speed automatic transmission is a choice for the first and the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is available for the latter.
Skoda Slavia, Kushaq: Updated Prices
The Slavia and the Kushaq now start at Rs 10.89 lakh owing to a temporary reduction in base costs made by the car manufacturer. The top-spec variant of the Slavia has a price tag of Rs 19.12 lakh, while the price range for the Kushaq goes up to Rs 20.01 lakh. All mentioned figures are ex-showroom.
Skoda Slavia, Kushaq: Rivals
The Skoda's sedan goes head-to-head with the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the Hyundai Verna, the Honda City, and the Volkswagen Virtus. The Kushaq, on the other hand, competes with the likes of the Hyundai Creta, the Kia Seltos, the MG Astor, the Honda Elevate, the Toyota Hyryder, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, the Volkswagen Taigun, and the Citroen C3 Aircross.