Skoda Kushaq real world fuel economy test and interpretation

Saumil Shah

new Skoda Kushak It is the first model of the brand under the Volkswagen Group’s India 2.0 strategy and a very important product Skoda in India. Based on the highly localized MQB-A0-IN platform, Kushaq has achieved significant results in styling, function, driving dynamics and power system. But what about fuel efficiency? Well, we have tested all versions of the SUV to understand its actual fuel efficiency.

  • Active cylinder deactivation contributes to the fuel efficiency of the 1.5-liter TSI
  • 1.5L TSI MT provides the best overall efficiency

What is the true fuel efficiency of Skoda Kushaq?

The series started with the 1.0-liter TSI manual version, which returned an impressive 11.8kpl fuel efficiency in the city and a reasonable 14.3kpl on the highway. When paired with an automatic transmission, this engine averages 8.5kpl in the city and 12.4kpl on the highway.

At the same time, the larger 1.5-liter TSI engine equipped with a manual transmission returned 11.5kpl and 16.5kpl on the city and highway respectively, which is impressive. Using the DSG gearbox, the 1.5-liter TSI averages 8.9kpl in the city and 15.4kpl on the highway.

Skoda Kushak fuel consumption analysis

For fuel efficiency considerations, the three-cylinder 1.0-liter TSI achieves a high transmission ratio. Due to its wide torque distribution, the manual is easy to use, so you can stay in second or third gear and manage good fuel efficiency while wandering around town. However, when you are on the highway, you will need to use this micro motor, so although it has six gears available, its fuel efficiency takes a hit on the highway. On the other hand, automatic gears like to upshift early, and you will often find yourself stepping on the accelerator to keep going. Constant on-off boost driving and heavy throttle input have resulted in relatively poor economy in cities and highways.

As for larger engines, active cylinder deactivation technology works its magic. The 1.5-liter TSI usually only runs on two cylinders, as long as you are not actively driving. In addition, the stronger low-end response means that you don’t have to accelerate too hard to start driving, which makes it the best combination with the manual’s fuel efficiency in this range. Interestingly, when you go up and down the throttle in the city, you often find that the clutch is automatically slipping. As a result, the city’s fuel efficiency has been hit. In other words, with seven ratios available, DSG is easy to suck on the highway and has high fuel efficiency.

OurIndia’s fuel efficiency test

Before the actual fuel efficiency test, we fill up the fuel tank of the test car and maintain tire pressure according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. These cars drive in fixed city and highway loops, and we maintain a certain average speed. To check for any inappropriate changes, we always have a reference car driving, which we have tested in the past; regular driver exchanges further eliminate driver mode changes.

At the end of each cycle, we calculate efficiency by storing them to the edge. Throughout our testing process, there was only one person in each car, running the air conditioner and other electrical appliances, such as the sound system, indicator lights, and wipers when needed, just like ordinary users. We are proud of our test data, which is not only consistent, but also provides users with accurate information they can expect in the real world.

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