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MG Astor Vs Volkswagen Taigun - Top Variant Feature, Price, Spec Comparison

 

In this article, we’ll compare the top variants of the MG Astor and Volkswagen Taigun. We’ll look at the prices, features, dimensions and engine specs of the Astor Savvy and Taigun GT Plus. This comparison will help us find out which car you should buy based on the value for money. Let’s start off with the prices.

MG Astor Vs Volkswagen Taigun

Astor vs Taigun - Top Variant Price Comparison

The Astor and Taigun, both offer 2 petrol engines. The Astor Savvy variant is not available with a manual transmission. This is because the ADAS features need the automatic transmission to control the speed and gear changes, which is not possible with the manual transmission.

The Volkswagen Taigun GT Plus top variant is only available with the 1.5L turbo petrol engine and DCT automatic transmission. While it is based on the Topline variant, it doesn’t get ventilated front seats. So, even the Topline also qualifies to participate in our top variant comparison.

The MG Astor, meanwhile, doesn’t differentiate like this between the engine options. You get the same features with the 1.5L normal petrol CVT automatic and the 1.3L turbo petrol TC automatic. Therefore, it keeps the decision making simple.

On the pricing front, the MG Astor 1.5L CVT automatic costs Rs. 15.78 lakh, which is Rs. 57,200 less than the Taigun Topline 1.0L turbo petrol with TC automatic. The Astor 1.3L turbo TC automatic costs Rs. 17.38 lakh and it’s Rs. 16,200 less than the Volkswagen Taigun GT Plus 1.5L turbo petrol with DCT automatic.

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In the pricing department, the Astor Savvy has a clear win over the Taigun as it’s more affordable.

MG ASTOR vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT PRICE COMPARISON

MG Astor Savvy

Volkswagen Taigun Topline

1.5L CVT Automatic

1.0L Turbo TC Automatic

Rs. 15,78,000

Rs. 15,95,200

MG Astor Savvy

Volkswagen Taigun GT Plus

1.3L Turbo TC Automatic

1.5L Turbo DCT Automatic

Rs. 17,38,000

Rs. 17,54,200

Astor vs Taigun - Top Variant Feature Comparison

Since we’re considering the top variants, there are a bunch of features, which are common between the two cars. Here’s a quick look at the common features between the Astor Savvy and Taigun GT Plus/Topline:

MG ASTOR vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT COMMON FEATURES

Boot lamp

All power windows

Shark fin antenna

6 airbags

Height adjustable driver seat

17-inch alloys

LED DRLs

Tilt steering

Steering-mounted controls

LED projector headlamps

Auto AC

Android Auto

LED cabin lights

Rear AC vents

Apple Carplay

Front fog lamps

Power outside mirrors

10-inch touchscreen

Electronic parking brake

Power folding outside mirrors

6 speakers

LED tail lamps

Cruise control

Leather upholstery

Tyre pressure monitor

Auto wipers

Keyless entry with push-button start/stop

Parking camera

Rear washer & wiper

Rear defogger

Split folding seat backs

Front and rear armrests

Adjustable front headrests

Adjustable rear headrests

ESC

Traction control

Telematics

Auto headlamps

Hill start assist

The top variants of both the cars also manage to bring some exclusives to the table. The Astor Savvy’s unique features like heated outside mirrors, rear disc brakes, and panoramic sunroof appear more focused towards the British car buyers. In the colder climate, a giant glass roof and heated mirrors are absolute must-haves. However, we Indians also love flashy features like a large sunroof. After all, the Astor is a slightly Indianized and rebadged version of the British car MG ZS. The power driver seat, steering modes, voice commands, 360-degree camera and smartphone key are some of the convenience features of the MG Astor Savvy variant.

Also Read - 2021 Volkswagen Taigun Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

The Taigun’s list of unique features includes larger instrument cluster display, electronic front differential lock, wireless phone charging, wireless Apple Carplay, wireless Android Auto, ambient lighting, a smaller sunroof, paddle shifters, and a India-friendly cooled glovebox. Another India-friendly feature of the Taigun is front seat ventilation. Unfortunately, you don’t get this feature if you buy the Taigun with the more powerful 1.5L turbo petrol engine.

In exchange, the 1.5L turbo petrol engine somewhat makes up for it with the cylinder deactivation feature. It cuts the fuel supply to 2 of the 4 cylinders when the car doesn't need much torque. This helps save fuel while cruising and crawling in traffic. We’ll see its benefit in the engine comparison section where we discuss the Taigun’s mileage figures.

MG ASTOR vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT UNIQUE FEATURES

MG Astor

Volkswagen Taigun

7-inch full-colour LCD instrument console

8-inch full-colour LCD instrument cluster

Rear disc brakes

Electronic front differential lock

Smartphone key

Ambient lighting

6-way powered driver seat

Cylinder deactivation

Manual inside mirror

Auto-dimming inside mirror

Heated mirrors

Wireless Android Auto

Speed limiter w/ sign detection

Wireless Apple Carplay

Voice commands

Wireless mobile charger

Panoramic sunroof

Small electric sunroof

Steering modes

Paddle shifters

360-degree camera

Cooled glovebox

Mini bot AI on dashboard

Ventilated front seats (Topline Only)

Surprisingly, that’s not all. The biggest differentiator for the Astor is the bouquet of ADAS features. The features under the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems not only add to the car’s safety credentials but also offer a much-needed dose of convenience. Lane keep assist, auto emergency braking, collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning and auto headlamps are literally life savers. While adaptive cruise control makes the vanilla cruise control more useful.

MG ASTOR UNIQUE ADAS FEATURES

ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

Adaptive cruise control

Auto emergency braking

Traffic sign recognition

Rear cross traffic alert

Lane departure warning

Lane keep assist

Blind spot warning

Forward collision warning

Auto speed assist

Auto headlamp control

Speed limiter with sign recognition

 

Astor vs Taigun - Top Variant Dimension Comparison

Not only does the Astor beat the European twins with simpler and more affordable pricing, it is also considerably larger than the Taigun. The Astor is noticeably wider, taller and longer than the Taigun. It also has a much larger boot space. But, it probably has a lower ground clearance, which could be why MG haven’t revealed its ground clearance figure yet.

MG ASTOR vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Astor

Taigun

Length

4323mm

4221mm

Width

1809mm

1760mm

Height

1650mm

1612mm

Wheelbase

2585mm*

2651mm

Boot Space

448L

385L

Ground Clearance

180mm*

188mm

Fuel Tank

48L(Non-turbo)

45L (Turbo)

50L

Tyre Size (base)

215/60 R16

205/60 R16

Tyre Size (top)

215/55 R17

205/55 R17

Astor vs Taigun - Top Variant Engine Specs Comparison

The Astor’s base engine, the 1.5L normal petrol, is 5PS behind the Taigun’s 1.0L turbo petrol engine’s power output. Its torque output is also 34Nm less than the Taigun 1.0L as it’s not a turbocharged engine. The fuel efficiency details of the Astor 1.5L petrol engine are not available right now.

MG ASTOR vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

Astor

Taigun

Displacement

1.5L Normal

1.0L, Turbo

Cylinder

4

3

Capacity

1498cc

999cc

Maximum Power

110PS @ 6000rpm 

115 @ 5000rpm

Peak Torque

144Nm @ 4400rpm 

178Nm @ 1750 - 4500rpm

Manual

5MT

6MT

Manual FE

NA

17.88kmpl

Automatic

CVT

6TC

Automatic FE

NA

15.78kmpl

Despite a lower displacement, the Astor’s 1.3L turbo petrol engine is on par with the Volkswagen Taigun 1.5L turbo petrol. It has only 10PS less power and 30Nm less torque output than the Taigun 1.5L turbo petrol engine.

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Because of the cylinder deactivation technology, the Taigun’s 1.5L turbo petrol engine can deliver almost 18kmpl mileage if you drive it with a light foot. When you want to go heavy with it, it can also churn out a healthy 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque. The dual personality of this engine makes it worth a look.

MG ASTOR vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

Astor

Taigun

Displacement

1.3-litre Turbo

1.5-litre Turbo

Cylinder

3

4

Capacity

1349cc

1498cc

Maximum Power

140PS @ 5600rpm 

150PS @ 5000rpm

Peak Torque

220Nm @ 3600rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 3500rpm

Manual

-

6MT

Manual FE

-

18.47kmpl

Automatic

6TC

7DCT

Automatic FE

NA

17.88kmpl

Verdict

As you can see, the Astor Savvy is larger, more affordable and has way more features than the Volkswagen Taigun Topline and GT Plus variants. The Astor has a bit less power and torque output than Taigun, but it more than makes up for it with the road presence, high-value unique features and affordability.

On top of that, the value of ADAS features is difficult to ignore. Not only do they save lives, but they can also save you money by greatly increasing the chances of avoiding a crash in the first place. With a higher probability of keeping it accident free, the Astor will also have an easier time holding high residual value at the time of resale. Over time, when the insurance providers see that the Astor is less likely to get into a crash, they may even start offering lower premiums.

Because of the size, price and feature advantages, the MG Astor Savvy comes across as a better value for money regardless of which engine you pick.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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