October 2021 - MG Astor Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

October 2021 - MG Astor Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the MG Astor petrol you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2021 Astor's petrol variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the MG Astor with its competitors and other petrol-powered C-segment SUVs like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Renault Duster and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.

MG Astor

What Are The Pros And Cons Of MG Astor Petrol?

The pros or advantages of MG Astor are:

  • The base model offers incredible value-for-money with all of the must-have features for a very well-rounded ownership experience; also costs less than Rs. 10.0 lakh

  • The top Savvy variant is also a surprisingly good VFM option

  • ADAS features are a game-changer at these price points

  • The mini bot and AI voice assistant are cool features, which can become quite irresistible over time

  • A fairly long list of features for higher variants - panoramic sunroof, power driver seat, adjustable steering feel, digital smartphone key, full-colour LCD instrument cluster, LED headlamps, DRLs and touchscreen infotainment

The MG Astor petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • No diesel engine option

  • No manual transmission option with the turbo petrol engine

  • The premium for the automatic transmission is a bit high for Super and Smart variants, and the premium for turbo petrol is even higher; the turbo is not a VFM option

  • Boot space, ground clearance and fuel efficiency details may be underwhelming as they’re not revealed even after the launch

What Is The Price Of MG Astor Petrol Variants?

The MG Astor has a starting price of Rs. 9.78 lakh for the Style petrol manual and goes up to Rs. 17.38 lakh for the Savvy turbo petrol automatic. The 1.5L petrol manual is available in lower 4 variants with prices ranging from Rs. 9.78 lakh to Rs. 13.98 lakh. The 1.5L petrol with CVT automatic available higher 4 variants with prices between Rs. 12.68 lakh and Rs. 15.78 lakh. The CVT automatic carries a premium of Rs. 1.4 - 1.0 lakh over the comparable 1.5L petrol manual variants.

MG ASTOR 1.5L PETROL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM OCT-2021

VARIANT

1.5L MT

Difference

1.5L CVT

Style 

Rs. 9,78,000

-

-

Super

Rs. 11,28,000

Rs. 1,40,000

Rs. 12,68,000

Smart

Rs. 12,98,000

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 14,18,000

Sharp

Rs. 13,98,000

Rs. 1,00,000

Rs. 14,98,000

Savvy

NA

-

Rs. 15,78,000


The 1.3L turbo petrol automatic is available in the top 3 variants and costs between Rs. 15.88 and 17.38 lakh. The turbo petrol automatic is Rs. 1.6 - 1.8 lakh more expensive than the normal petrol automatic.

MG ASTOR PETROL AUTOMATIC | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM OCT-2021

VARIANT

1.5L CVT

Difference

1.3L TURBO TC

Smart

Rs. 14,18,000

Rs. 1,70,000

Rs. 15,88,000

Sharp

Rs. 14,98,000

Rs. 1,80,000

Rs. 16,78,000

Savvy

Rs. 15,78,000

Rs. 1,60,000

Rs. 17,38,000

MG Astor Petrol Style - Base Model Features & Review

Style is the base model of the MG Astor, and it’s only available with the 1.5L normal petrol and manual transmission. It costs Rs. 9.78 lakh and packs a fairly long list of features like:

  • Height adjustable driver seat

  • Steering modes

  • Rear disc brakes

  • LED headlamps and DRLs

  • Rear defogger

  • Rear washer wiper

  • 3-point seatbelts for all occupants

  • Remote central locking

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay

  • Steering-mounted controls

  • Hill-start assist

  • Auto AC with rear vents

  • Steering-mounted controls

  • Leather inserts in the dashboard

  • Power mirrors

  • Boot lamp

  • Split rear seatback

  • Adjustable front/rear headrests

  • Front and rear armrests

  • 5 USB ports

MG ASTOR STYLE | FEATURES

Rs. 9,78,000 (1.5L Petrol MT) | Ex-Showroom Price | Oct 2021

Safety

Functional

Std Safety Features

Emergency Stop Signal

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Tilt Steering w/ Steering Modes

LED Headlamps

Rear Disc Brakes

60:40 Rear Seat

All Power Windows

Remote Central Locking

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests

Driver Window w/ One-touch Down

Rear Wiper & Washer

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

Front Seat Back Pockets

Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents

Day/Night IRVM

Rear Defogger

Front Power Outlet

5 x USB Ports

Traction Control

ISOFIX

Boot Lamp

All Door Pockets

Electronic Stability Control

Front Seatbelt Pretensioner & Load Limiter

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

Hill Descent Control

Anti-theft Alarm

Front & Rear Armrest


5x 3-point Seatbelt

Hill Start Assist



The list of features is long for a C-segment SUV at a sub-Rs. 10 lakh price point. Moreover, none of the must-have features is missing in this variant. This one is worth considering even for car buyers considering higher variants of smaller SUVs like Nexon, Venue or Sonet. Moreover, the sub-Rs. 10 lakh price will keep the on-road price in check in most states. The only notable features you might miss are sunroof and cruise control, which we can exclude as must-haves for this kind of aggressive pricing. Other missing and useful features like a parcel tray, tyre pressure sensor and rear camera are easy to install from the aftermarket.

Also Watch - MG Astor Variants Explained | Style, Super, Smart, Sharp | The Ultimate Analysis | Oct 2021

MG ASTOR STYLE | FEATURES

Rs. 9,78,000 (1.5L Petrol MT) | Ex-Showroom Price | Oct 2021

Entertainment

Style

10.1-inch Touchscreen

Leather Inserts

R16 Steel Wheels

Rear Spoiler

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Soft Touch Dashboard

Body Coloured ORVMs w/ Indicator

Chrome Door Handles

4 Speakers

LED DRLs

Shark-fin Antenna

Beige-Black Interior

Steering-mounted Controls

Silver Skid Plate Finish

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

Faux Dual Exhaust Design

USB & Bluetooth

Fabric Upholstery

MG Astor Petrol Style vs Super Variant

The MG Astor Super variant with the 1.5L petrol manual costs Rs. 11.28 lakh, which is Rs. 1.5 lakh more than the base Style variant. Super variant is also available with a CVT automatic transmission option for an additional Rs. 1.4 lakh, which is on the higher side.

The notable additional features of the Style variant are rear camera, LED headlamps, larger alloy wheels, LED cabin lights and electronic parking brake. The incremental price increase for this variant over the Style option is much higher for the additional features. So, we don’t recommend buying the Astor Super. Even if you’re interested in buying the Astor automatic and don’t want to stretch your budget, we’ll still suggest you consider a higher variant.

MG ASTOR SUPER | FEATURES OVER STYLE

Rs. 11,28,000 (1.5L Petrol MT) | Rs. 12,68,000 (1.5L Petrol CVT)

Ex-Showroom Price | Oct 2021

Safety

Style

Rear Parking Camera

LED Tail Lamps

Front Fog Lamps

Roof Rails

Cornering Lamps

R17 Alloy Wheels

e-Parking Brake (CVT Only)

LED Cabin Lights

Auto Hold (CVT Only)


MG Astor Petrol Super vs Smart Variant

The MG Astor Smart 1.5L petrol manual costs Rs. 12.98 lakh while the automatic costs Rs. 14.18 lakh.  The price jump for this variant with the 1.5L petrol manual is Rs. 1.7 lakh and with the automatic, it’s Rs. 1.5 lakh. Naturally, the price difference between manual and automatic is lesser for the Smart variant at Rs. 1.2 lakh. It’s still higher than we expect, but lower than that for the Super variant.

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For the Rs. 1.5 - 1.7 lakh higher price, it the Astor Smart offers you connected car features, cruise control, leather upholstery, full-colour LCD instrument cluster, tyre pressure sensors, side airbags, power-folding mirrors, centre rear headrest, parcel tray and auto headlamps. This is another expensive upgrade and not worth buying in our opinion.

MG ASTOR SMART | FEATURES OVER SUPER

Rs. 12,98,000 (1.5L Petrol MT) | Rs. 14,18,000 (1.5L Petrol CVT)

Rs. 15,88,000 (1.3L Turbo Petrol AT) | Ex-Showroom Price | Oct 2021

Safety, Entertainment & ADAS

Functional

Style

Side Airbags

Connected-car Tech

Cruise Control

Leather Upholstery

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Smartphone Key

Driver Window w/ One-touch Up

7-inch Digital Instrument Cluster

2 Tweeters

Telematics

Heated ORVMs

Black Headlamp Detailing (Turbo only)

Voice Commands (Internet Assistant)

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

Keyless Entry w/ Push-Button Start

Black Skid Plates (Turbo only)

Speed Limiter w/ Sign Detection

3 x Rear Headrests

Front Vanity Mirrors

Black ORVMs (Turbo only)


Auto Headlamps

Rear Parcel Tray

Black Interior (Turbo only)

The Astor Smart is also available with a 1.3L turbo petrol engine and a torque converter automatic transmission for an additional Rs. 1.7 lakh over the Smart 1.5L petrol CVT automatic. While 30 extra horses and 76Nm of higher torque are very nice to have, the asking price for the turbo is quite high. So, you can skip this option too and consider buying a higher variant.

MG Astor Petrol Smart vs Sharp Variant

The price jump from MG Astor Smart to Sharp variant will cost you Rs. 1.0 lakh with the manual transmission, Rs. 80,000 with the petrol CVT and Rs. 90,000 for the turbo petrol automatic with respective powertrains. The MG Astor Sharp petrol manual costs Rs. 13.98 lakh, the 1.5L CVT automatic costs Rs. 14.98 lakh, and the turbo petrol automatic is priced at Rs. 16.78 lakh (ex-showroom).

For this Rs. 80,000 - 1.0 lakh higher asking price, the Sharp variant doesn’t add many features, but adds some high-value features like curtain airbags, machined alloy wheels, cooled glovebox, power driver seat, 360 camera, blind-spot alert and a panoramic sunroof. For a complete, premium SUV experience, the cost is well justified, and this variant earns our top recommendation with either powertrain.

MG ASTOR SHARP | FEATURES OVER SMART

Rs. 13,98,000 (1.5L Petrol MT) | Rs. 14,98,000 (1.5L Petrol CVT)

Rs. 16,78,000 (1.3L Turbo Petrol AT) | Ex-Showroom Price | Oct 2021

Safety & ADAS

Functional

Style

Curtain Airbags

Lane Change Assist

Powered Driver Seat

R17 Machined Alloy Wheels

360-degree Parking Camera

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Auto Wipers

Panoramic Sunroof

Blind Spot Detection

Cooled Glovebox


Red Brake Callipers (Turbo only)

MG Astor Petrol Sharp Vs Savvy Variant

The top-spec Savvy variant costs Rs. 15.78 lakh with the 1.5L CVT automatic and Rs. 17.38 lakh with the turbo petrol automatic. These prices are Rs. 80,000 and Rs. 60,000 higher than the Sharp CVT and Sharp turbo, respectively. For the asking price, this variant adds features like adaptive cruise control, front collision warning, auto emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and auto headlamps. Once again, the list of additional features is small but these are absolutely essential features. If the auto emergency braking or lane keeping features save you even once from a potential collision, then the feature has paid back for itself practically in just one instance. From there, every time it saves you, it’s potentially putting money in your pockets by saving you from not just the expensive repairs, but also the time and hassle of going through the insurance and refunds. The Savvy variant is certainly worth serious consideration and it’s also the most value-for-money option in the Astor’s variant lineup.

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MG ASTOR SAVVY | FEATURES OVER SHARP

Rs. 15,78,000 (1.5L Petrol CVT) Rs. 17,38,000 (1.3L Turbo Petrol AT)

Ex-Showroom Price | Oct 2021

Safety & ADAS

Style

Adaptive Cruise Control

Auto Speed Assist System

Lane Keep Assist

Red Black Interior (Opt. w/ CVT)

Fwd. Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Auto Headlamp Control


Auto Braking




Which Variant Of The MG Astor Petrol Should You Buy?

Let’s start with the 1.5L petrol engine and manual transmission. It starts at Rs. 9.78 lakh, and the base variant itself looks like an attractive proposition. It’s surprisingly well loaded considering the asking price and segment and has almost all must-have features. The Astor Style variant is worth considering even if you’re only looking to buy a smaller SUV like the Venue, Sonet or Nexon. From there, it only goes downhill as the Super and Smart mid variants are not good value for money. The Sharp is the only other variant we can recommend.

MG ASTOR NORMAL PETROL MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Style

Rank 1

Rs. 9,78,000

Top recommended

Super

Rank 4

Rs. 11,28,000

Expensive upgrade. Not recommended.

Smart

Rank 3

Rs. 12,98,000

Expensive upgrade. Not recommended.

Sharp

Rank 2

Rs. 13,98,000

Consider for added safety & feel-good features

For the 1.5L petrol CVT, we’d suggest you stretch your budget for the Sharp or Savvy variant. Buy the Super variant only if you don’t want to spend a higher amount.

MG ASTOR NORMAL PETROL CVT AUTO | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Super

Rank 2

Rs. 12,68,000

For those on a budget

Smart

Rank 3

Rs. 14,18,000

Better upgrade to Sharp variant

Sharp

Rank 1

Rs. 14,98,000

Top Recommended

Savvy

Rank 1

Rs. 15,78,000

Worth considering for ADAS

The Astor turbo automatic is quite a bit expensive compared to the 1.5L petrol CVT. However, if you insist on getting the Astor with the turbo petrol engine only, then you can skip the Smart option. You should buy either the Sharp or the Savvy variant depending on your feature preferences and budget. The Sharp variant will satisfy the need of most buyers, but the Savvy’s ADAS safety features are also impressive and welcome additions for this asking price.

MG ASTOR TURBO PETROL TC AUTO | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Smart

Rank 3

Rs. 15,88,000

Better upgrade to Sharp

Sharp

Rank 2

Rs. 16,78,000

Suitable for most buyers

Savvy

Rank 1

Rs. 17,38,000

Worth considering for ADAS

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The MG Astor Petrol?

Just like most of its competitors, the MG Astor is also available with 2 petrol engines. The base engine is a 1.5L normal petrol with manual and CVT automatic transmission options. It makes about the kind of power and torque we expect from an engine of this calibre. The only notable thing is the 5-speed transmission, while the Kushaq, Creta and seltos offer a 6-speed unit.

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The MG Astor’s mileage figures are not available yet. We expect them to be underwhelming as MG have not revealed these details even after the launch. They could be quite a bit lower than the outstanding 18kmpl+ figures of the S-Cross.

MG ASTOR 1.5 VS COMPETITION

BASE PETROL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON


MG Astor

Skoda Kushaq

Hyundai Creta

Kia Seltos

Renault Duster

Nissan Kicks

Nexa S-Cross

Displacement

1.5L

1.0L turbo

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L Hybrid

Cylinder

4

3

4

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1498cc

999cc

1497 cc

1497 cc

1498 cc

1498 cc

1462cc

Maximum Power

110PS @ 6000rpm 

115 @ 5000rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

105PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

144Nm @ 4400rpm 

178Nm @ 1750 - 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Manual

5MT

6MT

6MT

6MT / 6ACMT

5MT

5MT

5MT

Manual FE

NA

17.88kmpl

16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl

14.26kmpl

14.1kmpl

18.55kmpl

Automatic

CVT

6TC

CVT

CVT

-

-

4TC

Automatic FE

NA

15.78kmpl

16.9kmpl

16.8kmpl

-

-

18.43kmpl

The Astor turbo petrol is only available with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. It again makes about the kind of power and torque we expect from an SUV of this class. 140PS of power and 220Nm of torque are the lowest in this class, but totally acceptable.

MG ASTOR TURBO VS RIVALS

TURBO PETROL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON


MG Astor

Skoda Kushaq

Hyundai Creta

Kia Seltos

Renault Duster

Nissan Kicks

Displacement

1.3-litre

1.5-litre 

1.4-litre

1.4-litre

1.3-litre

1.3-litre

Cylinder

3

4

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1349cc

1498cc

1353 cc

1353 cc

1330 cc

1330 cc

Maximum Power

140PS @ 5600rpm 

150PS @ 5000rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

Peak Torque

220Nm @ 3600rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 3500rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

Manual

-

6MT

-

6MT

6MT

6MT

Manual FE

-

17.95kmpl

-

16.1kmpl

16.5kmpl

-

Automatic

6TC

7DCT

7DCT

7DCT

CVT

CVT

Automatic FE

NA

17.71kmpl

16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl

16.3kmpl*

15.8kmpl

*Estimated

What Are The Dimensions Of The MG Astor?

The MG Astor is about as long as the Creta, Seltos and S-Cross, which is what we expect from a C-segment SUV. It’s considerably longer than the Kushaq, but quite a bit shorter than the Kicks and Duster. The Astor’s ground clearance and boot space details are not yet available. Don’t expect great figures in these areas. If they were good, then MG would’ve released these figures already. Otherwise, the Astor is about as big as a typical C-segment SUV. Nothing noteworthy in this area, and so far, nothing to find fault with either.

MG ASTOR VS RIVALS

DIMENSION COMPARISON


Astor

Seltos

Creta

Kushaq

Kicks

Duster

S-Cross

Length

4323mm

4315mm

4300mm

4225mm

4384mm

4360mm

4300mm

Width

1809mm

1800mm

1790mm

1760mm

1813mm

1822mm

1785mm

Height

1650mm

1645mm

1635mm

1612mm

1669mm

1695mm

1595mm

Wheelbase

2585mm*

2610mm

2610mm

2651mm

2673mm

2673mm

2600mm

Boot Space

N/A

433-lt

433-lt

385-lt

400-lt

475-lt

353-lt

Ground Clearance

N/A

190mm*

190mm*

188mm

210mm

205mm

180mm*

Fuel Tank

48-lt NA

45-lt Turbo

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

48-lt

Tyre Size (base)

215/60

R16

205/65 R16

205/65 R16

205/60 R16

215/65 R16

215/65 R16

215/60 R16

Tyre Size (top)

215/55 R17

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

205/55 R17

215/60 R17

215/65 R16

215/60 R16

  *unofficial

What Are The Colour Options Of The MG Astor?

The 2021 Astor is available in the following 5 colours:

  • Silver (All variants)

  • White (All variants)

  • Black (Not available in base variant)

  • Orange (Not available in Style and Super variants)

  • Red (Not available in Style and Super variants)

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio





B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago


B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza





C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City (Exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga





D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V





D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

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.

2 Comments

  1. S Sandeep Sharma T says:
    November 24 2021 18:17:41

    Who is the main competitor of Mg Astor?

  2. N Nirmal kukna says:
    November 26 2021 18:54:11

    First look in good

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