MG Astor Vs Skoda Kushaq Vs Volkswagen Taigun - Top Variant Feature, Engine Specs, Dimensions, Price Comparison

MG Astor Vs Skoda Kushaq Vs Volkswagen Taigun - Top Variant Feature, Engine Specs, Dimensions, Price Comparison

In this article, we’ll compare the top variants of the MG Astor, Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun. We’ll look at the prices, features, dimensions and engine specs of the Astor Savvy, Kushaq Style and Taigun GT Plus to help you decide which car you should buy. Let’s start off with the prices.

Astor vs Kushaq vs Taigun

Astor vs Kushaq vs Taigun - Top Variant Price Comparison

The Astor, Kushaq and Taigun, all 3 cars offer 2 petrol engines. The Astor Savvy 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 Kushaq Style automatic is available with the smaller engine, but it misses out on some features like the TPMS and side and curtain airbags. The Taigun GT Plus is only available with the more powerful 1.5L turbo petrol engine. It doesn't get the ventilated front seat feature, which is surprisingly available with the less powerful 1.0L turbo petrol engine.

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 and, which is on par with the Skoda Kushaq 1.0L turbo petrol TC automatic. It’s worth noting that the Kushaq Style 1.0L has a couple of features missing.

The MG Astor 1.3L turbo TC automatic costs Rs. 17.38 lakh, which is Rs. 12,000 less than the Volkswagen Taigun GT Plus and Rs. 62,000 less than the Kushaq 1.5L turbo DCT automatic. In this area, the MG Astor seems like it’s ahead of the two rivals.

MG ASTOR vs SKODA KUSHAQ vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT PRICE COMPARISON

MG Astor

Skoda Kushaq

Volkswagen Taigun

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Savvy 1.5L CVT Automatic

Style 2 Airbag 1.0L Turbo TC Automatic

-

Rs. 15,78,000

Rs. 15,79,999

-

Savvy 1.3L Turbo TC Automatic

Style 6 Airbag 1.5L Turbo DCT Automatic

GT Plus 1.5L Turbo DCT Automatic

Rs. 17,38,000

Rs. 17,99,999

Rs. 17,49,900

Astor vs Kushaq vs Taigun - Top Variant Feature Comparison

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

MG ASTOR vs SKODA KUSHAQ 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


Despite being the top variants, the British brand brings some exclusives to the table and so do the German twins. 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 something like a large sunroof. After all, the Astor is a slightly Indianized and rebadged version of the British MG ZS. The power driver seat, steering modes, voice commands, 360-degree camera and smartphone highlight some of the convenience features of the MG Astor Savvy.

The Kushaq and Taigun have a very similar unique feature list and offer wireless connectivity, ambient lighting, a smaller sunroof, paddle shifters, and a India-friendly cooled glovebox. The Taigun GT Plus also offers electronic front differential lock and a larger full-colour instrument cluster. Meanwhile, the Kushaq Style offers a subwoofer and front seat ventilation, which is another feature we Indians will appreciate, given our warmer climate.

MG ASTOR vs SKODA KUSHAQ vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT UNIQUE FEATURES

MG Astor

Skoda Kushaq

Volkswagen Taigun

7-inch full-colour LCD instrument console

3.5-inch MID

8-inch full-colour LCD instrument cluster

Rear disc brakes

Subwoofer

Electronic front differential lock

Smartphone key

Ambient lighting

Ambient lighting

6-way powered driver seat

Cylinder deactivation

Cylinder deactivation

Manual inside mirror

Auto-dimming inside mirror

Auto-dimming inside mirror

Heated mirrors

Wireless Android Auto

Wireless Android Auto

Speed limiter w/ sign detection

Wireless Apple Carplay

Wireless Apple Carplay

Voice commands

Wireless mobile charger

Wireless mobile charger

Panoramic sunroof

Small electric sunroof

Small electric sunroof

Steering modes

Paddle shifters

Paddle shifters

360-degree camera

Cooled glovebox

Cooled glovebox

Mini bot AI on dashboard

Ventilated front seats


Surprisingly, that’s not all. The biggest card up the Astor’s sleeve has ADAS written on it in all caps. The entire buffet of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems not only add to the car’s safety credentials but also 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 feature worth craving for.

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 Kushaq 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 Kushaq and the Taigun. The Astor is noticeably wider, taller and longer than the Kushaq and the Taigun. It also has a much larger boot space. But, it probably has a lower ground clearance, which is why MG may have not revealed its ground clearance figure yet.

MG ASTOR vs SKODA KUSHAQ vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT DIMENSION COMPARISON


Astor

Kushaq

Taigun

Length

4323mm

4225mm

4221mm

Width

1809mm

1760mm

1760mm

Height

1650mm

1612mm

1612mm

Wheelbase

2585mm*

2651mm

2651mm

Boot Space

448L

385L

385L

Ground Clearance

180mm*

188mm

188mm

Fuel Tank

48L(Non-turbo)

45L (Turbo)

50L

50L

Tyre Size (base)

215/60 R16

205/60 R16

205/60 R16

Tyre Size (top)

215/55 R17

205/55 R17

205/55 R17

Astor vs Kushaq vs Taigun - Top Variant Engine Specs Comparison

The Astor’s 1.5L normal petrol is 5PS behind the Kushaq’s 1.0L turbo petrol engine’s power output. Its torque output is also 34Nm less than the Kushaq’s as it’s not a turbocharged engine. The fuel efficiency details of the Astor 1.5L petrol engine are not available right now. The Taigun’s top GT Plus variant is not available with the 1.0L petrol engine, so we’re not including in this comparison.

MG ASTOR vs SKODA KUSHAQ vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON


Astor

Kushaq

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 German competition’s 1.5L turbo petrol. It has only 10PS less power and 30Nm less torque output than the Kushaq/Taigun 1.5L turbo petrol engine.

MG ASTOR vs SKODA KUSHAQ vs VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

TOP VARIANT ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON


Astor

Kushaq

Taigun

Displacement

1.3-litre Turbo

1.5-litre Turbo

1.5-litre Turbo

Cylinder

3

4

4

Capacity

1349cc

1498cc

1498cc

Maximum Power

140PS @ 5600rpm 

150PS @ 5000rpm

150PS @ 5000rpm

Peak Torque

220Nm @ 3600rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 3500rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 3500rpm

Manual

-

6MT

6MT

Manual FE

-

17.95kmpl

18.47kmpl

Automatic

6TC

7DCT

7DCT

Automatic FE

NA

17.71kmpl

17.88kmpl

Verdict

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


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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