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 - 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.