Comparing 1.5L Turbo-Petrol SUVs: Kia Seltos VS Skoda Kushaq VS Volkswagen Taigun

The midlife update of the Kia Seltos introduced a new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, replacing the previous 1.4-litre unit. Alongside the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun, all three SUVs now offer their respective 1.5-litre turbo engines with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). However, there are some notable differences in their performance and efficiency.

Powertrains And Mileage Figures Compared


New Kia Seltos

Skoda Kushaq

VW Taigun


1.5-litre turbo-petrol

1.5-litre turbo-petrol

1.5-litre turbo-petrol








7-speed DCT

7-speed DCT

Claimed Mileage




Performance and Efficiency Comparison

The Volkswagen Taigun stands out as the most fuel-efficient of the trio due to its turbo-petrol engine with active cylinder deactivation technology (ACT), shutting off two cylinders under low stress scenarios for improved mileage. On the other hand, the Kia Seltos, with its more powerful turbo unit, consumes more fuel, resulting in lower efficiency. Skoda and Volkswagen’s use of ACT contributes to their superior claimed mileage figures.

Variants and Powertrain Options

Kia offers the turbo-DCT combination exclusively in higher-spec variants like HTX+, GTX+, and X-Line of the Seltos. The only other transmission option for this engine is a 6-speed iMT (manual without a clutch pedal) available with the HTX+ trim.

For Skoda and VW, the mid-spec Ambition and top-spec Style trims of the Kushaq come with the turbo-DCT combo, specifically in the sunroof-equipped Style variant. In contrast, the Volkswagen Taigun’s Performance Line variants, including GT, GT+, and GT Edge, offer this engine-gearbox option. Additionally, the Taigun offers a proper 6-speed manual as an alternative transmission for the 150PS turbo-petrol engine.

Prices of Turbo Variants

The Kia Seltos’ turbo variants range from Rs 19.20 lakh to Rs 20 lakh, making it the costliest SUV among the three. In comparison, the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun’s turbo-petrol variants are priced between Rs 16.79 lakh and Rs 19.69 lakh.


With three top contenders featuring a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine paired with a 7-speed DCT, choosing the ideal SUV depends on individual preferences and priorities. The Kia Seltos offers higher performance but sacrifices some fuel efficiency, while the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun impress with better mileage due to their advanced cylinder deactivation technology. Prospective buyers can now make an informed decision based on their budget, features, and driving preferences.

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