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2022 MG Astor Review

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MG Motor is entering the hot compact SUV segment with their Astor, which is essentially an ICE version of the ZS. The MG Astor is about to enter the ring to wrestle it out with some well-established players like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, some underdogs like the Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks and some new entrants like the Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq. What different does the Astor offer? We drove it on the Buddh International Circuit to find out.

Highlights of 2022 MG Astor Review

2022 MG Astor Review

• Brand Name — MG
• Model Name — Astor
• Vehicle Type — SUV
• Body Type — SUV
• Colours Option — Spiced Orange, Aurora Silver, Glaze Red, Candy White, Starry Black
• Engine Type — 1498cc, 1.5L VTi-Tech, 4-Cylinder Petrol Engine
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 1498 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Maximum Power — 110 HP @ 6000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 144 Nm @ 4400 rpm
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Transmission — 5 Manual
• Top Speed — 165 km/h
• ARAI Mileage (Certified) — 10-12 kmpl
• Boot Space — 475 litres
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 48 litres
• Seating Capacity — 5
• Doors — 5
• Price — ₹ 10.28 Lakh* Lakhs (Ex-Showroom Price Delhi)
• Warranty — 3 Years / Unlimited km
• Official Tagline — India’s First Car with AI Inside

2022 MG Astor Review : Specification

MG Motor India made its debut in 2019 with the Hector and ever since then it has faced stiff competition, especially from Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, the latter of which also made its debut in India that year. Hector hasn’t had smooth sailing for MG, but it has managed to stake a claim in the segment with its sheer size, segment-first features, and unapologetic design. As a company that does not rest on its laurels, MG decided to double its presence in this class with the introduction of the Astor. Now, MG isn’t expecting an easy ride as Astor will lock horns against Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, the Nissan Kicks, the popular Seltos and the segment leader Creta, but with this ambitious move, they are hoping to bowl a bouncer and disrupt this packed SUV segment.

Key Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Dual Front Airbags,
• Electronic Stability Program,
• ABS + EBD + Brake Assist,
• Traction Control System,
• Active Cornering Brake Control,
• Hill Hold Control,
• Hill Descent Control,
• Emergency Stop Signal,
• Rear Parking Sensors,
• Security Alarm,
• Door Ajar Warning,
• Central Locking,
• Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock,
• Child Lock,
• Impact Sensing Door Unlock,
• Emergency Fuel Cutoff,
• ISOFIX Child Anchor,
• Intrusion Minimizing and Collapsible Steering Column,
• Rear Spoiler,
• Premium Fabric Seat Upholstery,
• Premium Soft Touch Dashboard,
• 8.9cm Coloured Multi Info Display,
• 25.7cm (10.1) HD Touchscreen Infotainment,
• Android Auto & Apple Carplay,
• 2 Speakers,
• 2 Tweeters,
• Steering Mounted Audio Controls,
• USB + FM + Bluetooth Music & Calling,
• Remote Keyless Entry with Foldable Key,
• Auto AC,
• PM 2.5 Filter,
• Electronic Power Steering with Mode Adjust (Normal, Urban, Dynamic),
• All Power Windows with Driver Window One Touch Auto Down.

Engine & Transmission Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Engine Details — 1498cc, 1.5L VTi-Tech, 4-Cylinder Petrol Engine
• Engine Type — VTi-TECH 1.5
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 1498 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Maximum Power — 110 HP @ 6000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 144 Nm @ 4400 rpm
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Drivetrain — Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
• Gearbox Type — 5 speed Manual
• No. Of Gear — 5
• No. Of Cylinder — 4
• Valve per Cylinder — 4
• Transmission — Manual
• Top Speed — 165 km/h
• Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) — 9.3 Seconds
• ARAI Mileage (Certified) — 10-12 kmpl
• Electronic Power Steering with Mode Adjust (Normal, Urban, Dynamic),

Steering, Suspension & Breaking Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Steering Type — Power assisted (Electric)
• Steering Column — Tilt & Collapsible
• Front Suspension — MacPherson Strut
• Rear Suspension — Torsion Beam
• Breaking Type — ABS
• Front Brake Type — Disc
• Rear Brake Type — Disc
• Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Traction Control
• Break Assist
• Active Cornering Brake Control,
• Hill Hold Control,
• Hill Descent Control,
• Emergency Stop Signal,
• Rear Parking Sensors,

Wheels & Tyres Features of 2022 MG Astor Recharge Review

• Wheel Type — Steel Wheels
• Spare Wheel — 215/60-R16 Steel Wheel
• Wheel Size — R16 Inches
• Tyres Type — Tubeless, Radial
• Front Tyres Size — 215/60-R16
• Rear Tyres Size — 215/60-R16

Physical Measurement Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Overall Length — 4323 mm
• Overall Width — 1809 mm
• Overall Height — 1650 mm
• Wheelbase — 2585 mm
• Minimum Turning Radius — 5.6 metres
• Kerb Weight — 1245 kg

Space & Capacity Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Doors — 5 Doors
• Seating Capacity — 5 Person
• No of Seating Rows — 2 Rows
• Boot space — 475 Litters
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 48 Litters

Interior Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Tachometer
• Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
• Fabric Upholstery
• Leather Steering Wheel
• Glove Compartment
• Digital Clock
• Digital Odometer
• Dual Tone Dashboard
• Interior Theme- Dual Tone Iconic Ivory(Optional),
• Premium Fabric Seat Upholstery with Stitching Detail,
• 8.9cm Coloured Multi Info Display,
• Interior Map Lamp,
• Premium Leather# Layering on Dashboard,
• Door Trim,
• Door Armrest and Centre Console with Stitching Details,
• Premium Soft Touch Dashboard,
• Satin Chrome Highlights to Door Handles,
• Air Vents and Steering Wheel
• Adjustable Headrests
• Rear USB Charger & Tray
• Front Tray USB Charger
• Leather Steering/Gear knob
• Map Pockets
• Child Seat Mounting Provisions
• Dual Tone Interiors — Dual Tone Iconic Ivory (Optional)

Exterior Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Body — Ultra-High Tensile Steel Cage Body
• Chrome Door Handles — Satin Chrome Highlights to Door Handles, Air Vents and Steering Wheel
• Skid Plates — Silver Finish Front & Rear Bumper Skid Plate
• Body Coloured Door Handles — Outside Door Handle with Chrome Highlights
• Body Coloured Bumpers — Rear Bumper with Chrome Accentuated Dual Exhaust Design
• Rear Garnish — Silver Finish Door Garnish
• Side Cladding — Black Wheel & Side Cladding
• Chrome Front Grille — Bold Celestial Grille
• Full LED Headlamps — Full LED Hawkeye Headlamps with Chrome Highlights
• Chrome Headlamp Surround
• Electrically Adjustable ORVMs
• Shark Fin Antenna
• Body Coloured Outside Mirrors
• Rear Spoiler
• Rear Window Wiper
• Rear Window Washer
• Rear Window Defogger
• Wheel Covers

Electrical Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Headlights — LED Projector
• Follow me home headlamps
• Tail Lights — Halogen
• Daytime Running Lights — LED
• Fog Lights — with High-Gloss Finish Fog Light Surround
• Cabin Lamps — Front and Rear
• Rear Reading Lamp
• Headlight Height Adjuster
• ORVM Turn Indicators — Turn Indicator on ORVMs
• Rear Fog Lights

Safety Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Anti-Lock Braking System
• Brake Assist
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• No of Airbags — 2
• Driver Airbag
• Passenger Airbag
• Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
• Rear Seat Belts
• Seat Belt Warning
• Door Ajar Warning
• Side Impact Beams
• Front Impact Beams
• Traction Control
• Adjustable Seats
• Engine Immobilizer
• Crash Sensor
• Engine Check Warning
• Electronic Stability Control
• Active cornering brake control (CBC),
• Emergency Stop Signal (ESS),
• Emergency Fuel Cutoff,
• Driver & Co-Driver Seat Belt with Pretensioner & Load Limiter,
• Front Driver & Co-Driver Seatbelt Reminder,
• Ultra-High Tensile Steel Cage Body,
• Intrusion Minimizing and Collapsible Steering Column
• Follow Me Home Headlamps
• Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
• ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
• Pretensioners & Force Limiter Seatbelts
• Hill Descent Control
• Hill Assist
• Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

Entertainment, Communication & Instrumentation Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Instantaneous Consumption
• Instrument Cluster — Analogue – Digital
• Trip Meter — Electronic 2 Trips
• Average Fuel Consumption
• Average Speed
• Distance to Empty
• Clock — Digital
• Low Fuel Level Warning
• Door Ajar Warning
• Adjustable Cluster Brightness
• Gear Indicator
• Tachometer — Analogue
• Smart Connectivity — Android Auto (Wired), Apple Car Play (Wired)
• Display — Touch-screen Display
• Touch Screen size — 10.1 Inch
• Integrated (in-dash) Music System
• Speakers — 4
• Steering mounted controls
• GPS Navigation System
• Bluetooth Compatibility — Phone & Audio Streaming
• AM/FM Radio
• USB Compatibility
• iPod Compatibility

Comfort & Convenience features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Driver Side Storage Shelf — Leather Driver Armrest With Storage
• Air Conditioner — Automatic AC
• Rear Seat (Split) — 60:40 Split Rear Seat
• Keyless Entry — Remote Keyless Entry with Foldable Key
• Power Steering — Electronic Power Steering with Mode Adjust (Normal, Urban, Dynamic)
• Power Windows — All Power Windows with Driver Window One Touch Auto Down
• MID (Multi Information Display) — 8.9cm Coloured Multi Info Display
• Steering Mounted Controls — Steering Mounted Audio Controls
• Cabin Filter — PM 2.5 Filter
• Power Outlet — Front 12V Power Outlet
• Bottle Holder
• Tilt Steering Wheel
• Luggage Lamp
• Rear AC Vents
• Rear Defogger
• Rear Washer & Wiper
• Low Fuel Warning Light
• Trunk Light
• Rear Seat Headrest
• Adjustable Headrest
• Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest
• Cup Holders-Front
• Cup Holders-Rear
• Rear AC Vents
• Seat Lumbar Support
• Parking Sensors — Rear

Locks & Security Features of 2022 MG Astor Review

• Smart Access Card Entry
• KeyLess Entry
• Engine Immobilizer — Vehicle Immobilizer
• Anti-Pinch Power Windows
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• Anti-theft Alarm

2022 MG Astor Review : Impressive Looks

The all-new MG Astor is based on the MG ZS EV platform. It is offered in five colour options. Starting off at the front, the car gets a sleek-looking LED headlight cluster that MG calls the Hawk-eye LED headlamps. One of the most attractive parts of the car is the celestial grille that has a good road presence. Also, the car gets a front parking camera, which is a part of the 360-degree camera function. Along with that, there is also a camera present at the backside of the IRVM, which is a part of the ADAS system.

On the lower part of the grille, the company has mounted the radar system that works in sync with the camera present behind the IRVM. This enables the SUV to have safety features such as lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, active brake assist and many more. Other than that, the Astor gets a sporty bumper that houses the halogen bulb-powered fog lights. The same fog lights also act as cornering lights. The housing of the foglights is finished in gloss black. There is not a lot of chrome present on the exterior and the garnishing around the grille is in brushed aluminium, which also continues at the side.

The MG Astor rides on a set of beautiful-looking five-spoke dual-tone 16-inch alloy wheels. They are wrapped in 215/55 sized Continental tyres. Also, to accentuate the sportiness of the car, the company has equipped it with red callipers on all four ends. The side profile features subtle body lines and creases that continue from the front to the taillights. It also gets blacked out ORVMs that have cameras mounted on either end. However, the integrated indicator features a halogen bulb, which we think should have been an LED setup.

At the rear, the Astor gets a set of good-looking LED tail light units. Apart from that, there is the ‘ASTOR’ badging right below the MG logo. The ADAS and the ZS badges are present on either side of the boot lid. The large MG logo also doubles up as the lever to open the boot of the SUV. The official figures for the boot space haven’t been revealed yet. However, we do expect it to feature the same 475-litre boot space as the ZS EV, and that is pretty big. You also get some chrome accents around the fake dual exhaust tips. The Astor lso gets a reverse parking camera with active guidelines that make parking in a tight space easy.

Step inside the car and you will be welcomed with a roomy cabin. The big panoramic sunroof helps the cabin look even bigger. The interiors of the Astor are finished in dual-tone (Black and Red). Centre stage on the dashboard is taken by a 10.1-inch infotainment system that features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the response from the touchscreen is excellent. However, the image quality of the reverse or 360-degree cameras is not crisp and this could have been better.

The second screen is the 7-inch instrument cluster that gives out a lot of information about the vehicle. Also, the steering is a flat bottom one and features steering mounted controls on either side that help to navigate through both the screens.

The AI-assistant features includes things like: Wikipedia access, Chit-chat & joke function, Read news, Navigation Play, Music, Select in-car warning, Critical in-car warning and the best part is hat it also understands Hinglish. Apart from that, The company is also offering a Digital Key enabled with Bluetooth technology. This will help the owner to access the MG Astor without the need for a physical key. This can be done through the iSmart app on your phone.

The seats on the Astor look and feel comfortable but are only manually adjustable. On the driver’s side, the seat gets height adjustment. That, along with the tilt and telescopic steering adjustment feature helps the driver to find the correct driving position. The rear seat also feels comfortable and has a centre armrest with cupholders. It also gets AC vents and 2 USB charging sockets at the rear (A total of 5 charging ports in the car).

2022 MG Astor Review : Performance

The MG Astor will be available with two petrol engines and no diesels. The 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder will drive volumes courtesy its pricing and makes 110 bhp and 144Nm of torque. There’s an option of a CVT automatic on this engine.

What we are testing is the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol 3-cylinder that makes 138bhp and 220Nm of torque. And this engine is exclusively available with a 6-speed torque converter automatic, no manual on this motor.

We slapped on our VBOX testing gear on the Astor to performance test it and we got a 0-100kmph time of 10.76 seconds. This is nearly on par with the class benchmarks, benchmarks set with DCT gearboxes and that is commendable. The quarter mile takes 17.12 seconds clocking 133.8kmph.

Out on the peripheral roads the 1.4 turbo motors makes for quick and effortless progress. There’s a nice step up in power at 2800rpm when the turbo comes properly on boost and that gives the Astor a sense of urgency and enthusiasm that I like. That said the gearbox is not that quick to respond, making me call upon the Sport mode on the gearbox quite often. There aren’t any steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters or a Sport mode for the engine.

Of course you are not that interested in the MG Astor’s lap times. To find out how it drives in the real world we head out to the peripheral roads of the BIC complex and the first thing I notice is the good ride quality. The soft suspension setup that led to noticeable body roll on the track pays dividends when going over bad road patches and speed breakers, the MG Astor soaking things up with ease. The suspension damping is also well sorted and it does not crash into potholes or speed breakers, this is a European sophistication that’s clearly evident here.

2022 MG Astor Review : Riding & Comfort

Instead of drive modes, there are three steering modes on the MG Astor. These are well-calibrated, with a light and twirly feel from the Urban setting ramping up to quite a meaty heft in the Dynamic mode. But we think most owners will prefer the Normal setting which finds a good middle ground.

The Astor covers ground fairly competently, given the largely urban audience it is aimed at. The SUV tackles smooth roads quite flat, and shallow cracks or rough patches don’t really pass into the cabin. But like the Hector, the Astor also seems to have been damped a touch too firmly for our roads. This trait is most apparent over patchy surfaces, undulations and sharp speed bumps where the SUV’s vertical movements are passed into the cabin. This sensation isn’t too uncomfortable by itself but can become tiring on a long road trip.

The MG will handle a winding section of road without surprises even though there is a touch more body roll here than some other similarly sized rivals. The chassis has been tuned for the steady driving approach that most owners of the Astor will take. so even though the SUV doesn’t like to be pushed too hard, a measured driving style makes the Astor change direction well with body movements staying in check. The disc brakes all around are also competent enough to slow the Astor down without any drama.

The big talking point with the Astor is that it is the most affordable car in India to offer Level 2 autonomous driving. This is great news from a safety standpoint, and MG Motor India seems to have set up this system in a way that will benefit Astor owners the most. So the lane departure function works as intended but is never heavy-handed in its interventions. Aside from some warnings and a slight resistance from wandering out of the lane, the system cuts off and asks for significant driver input to bring the SUV back in line. A good tactic considering most Astor users will have not experienced this tech before and may not be ready for the more aggressive corrections that some of these systems make. However, we did notice that the system can sometimes not detect clearly marked lanes and on a sweeping curve may on occasion put in more steering input than necessary with the lane-keeping function. Having said that, this function does very well to centre the Astor in its lane accurately, making constant small adjustments.

The adaptive cruise control is also well-judged, it picks up cars in front easily enough and will even read road signs to slow or speed up the Astor as needed. So if you happen to live in an area with well-marked roads or use major highways often, there is a genuine case to be made for choosing the Astor given the amount of stress it dials out from the act of driving. To this end, the automatic emergency braking system picks up stray pedestrians or bikers cutting in your way consistently but again leaves most of the actual braking to the driver.

The Astor hasn’t been NCAP tested but the near-identical MG ZS has received a five-star ASEAN NCAP score. Top-spec variants get six airbags while stability and traction control, hill-hold and hill descent control is standard across the range. The 360-degree camera could have been done with a clearer feed which limits its usability.

Our Opinion

MG Astor is the petrol-powered version of the ZS EV and has been re-designed a bit. It has a smart and sophisticated exterior with a premium interior and cabin. Moreover, it comes with two petrol power units both of which are capable motors and choosing either of the two would not hurt your decision. It is a feature-packed vehicle when it comes to entertainment. Has confidence inspiring safety kit with level-2 ADAS features and if you are in the market looking to buy a compact SUV, do check out the MG Astor.

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