March 2022 - 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 2022 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, Volkswagen Taigun and Maruti Nexa 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, it has all of the must-have features for a very well-rounded ownership experience and costs less than Rs. 10.0 lakh (ex-showroom)
  • The top Sharp (O) variant is also a surprisingly good VFM option
  • ADAS features are a game-changer at these price points, especially with the 1.5L petrol CVT automatic at Rs. 16.13 lakh (ex-showroom)
  • 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
  • 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating

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 too much for Super variant and a bit for for the Smart variants too
  • Turbo petrol engine carries a very high premium and is not a value for money 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. 9.98 lakh for the Style petrol-manual and it goes up to Rs. 17.73 lakh for the Sharp (O) turbo petrol-automatic. The 1.5L petrol manual is available in lower 4 variants with prices ranging from Rs. 9.98 lakh to Rs. 14.28 lakh. The 1.5L petrol with CVT automatic is available in the higher 4 variants with ex-showroom prices between Rs. 12.98 lakh and Rs. 16.13 lakh. The CVT automatic carries a premium of Rs. 1.0 - 1.5 lakh over the comparable 1.5L petrol-manual variants.

MG ASTOR 1.5L PETROL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM MAR 2022

VARIANT

1.5L MT

Difference

1.5L CVT

Style 

Rs. 9,98,000

-

-

Super

Rs. 11,49,800

Rs. 1,48,200

Rs. 12,98,000

Smart

Rs. 13,28,000

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 14,48,000

Sharp

Rs. 14,28,000

Rs. 1,00,000

Rs. 15,28,000

Sharp (O)

-

-

Rs. 16,12,800

The 1.4L turbo petrol automatic is available in the top 3 variants and costs between Rs. 16.18 lakh and 17.73 lakh. The turbo petrol automatic is Rs. 1.6 - 1.72 lakh more expensive than the normal petrol automatic.

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MG ASTOR PETROL AUTOMATIC | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM MAR 2022

VARIANT

1.5L CVT

Difference

1.4L TURBO TC

Smart

Rs. 14,48,000

Rs. 1,70,000

Rs. 16,18,000

Sharp

Rs. 15,28,000

Rs. 1,71,800

Rs. 16,99,800

Sharp (O)

Rs. 16,12,800

Rs. 1,60,000

Rs. 17,72,800

2022 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 a manual transmission. It costs Rs. 9.98 lakh and packs a fairly long list of must-have features like:

  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Steering modes
  • All 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. 9.98 Lakh (1.5L Petrol MT) | Ex-Showroom | MAR 2022

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 with 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. 10.0 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 or from the dealer.

MG ASTOR STYLE | FEATURES

Rs. 9.98 Lakh (1.5L Petrol MT) | Ex-Showroom | MAR 2022

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

2022 MG Astor Petrol Style vs Super Variant

The MG Astor Super variant with the 1.5L petrol-manual costs Rs. 11.50 lakh, which is around Rs. 1.52 lakh more than the base Style variant. Super variant is also available with a CVT automatic transmission option for an additional Rs. 1.48 lakh, which is on the higher side.

The notable additional features of the Style variant are:

  • Rear camera
  • LED tail lamps
  • Larger alloy wheels
  • LED cabin lights
  • 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. You should buy the MG Astor Super automatic, only if you can’t spend any more. 

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MG ASTOR SUPER | FEATURES OVER STYLE

Rs. 11.50 Lakh (1.5L Petrol MT) | Rs. 12.98 Lakh (1.5L Petrol CVT)

Ex-Showroom | MAR 2022

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)

 

2022 MG Astor Petrol Super vs Smart Variant

The MG Astor Smart 1.5L petrol manual costs Rs. 13.28 lakh while the automatic costs Rs. 14.48 lakh. The Astor Smart petrol-manual is about Rs. 1.78 lakh more expensive than Super petrol-manual. Meanwhile, the Smart 1.5L petrol-automatic is Rs. 1.50 lakh more expensive than the lower variant with petrol-automatic. The price difference between Smart manual and automatic is reasonable at Rs. 1.20 lakh.

For the Rs. 1.50 - 1.78 lakh higher price, 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
  • Auto headlamps.

This is another expensive upgrade and not worth buying in our opinion.

MG ASTOR SMART | FEATURES OVER SUPER

Rs. 13.28 Lakh (1.5L Petrol MT) | Rs. 14.48 Lakh (1.5L Petrol CVT)

Rs. 16.18 Lakh (1.4L Turbo Petrol TC) | Ex-Showroom | MAR 2022

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 MG Astor Smart is the most affordable variant with the turbo petrol automatic powertrain and it costs Rs. 16.18 lakh (ex-showroom), which is Rs. 1.70 lakh more than the 1.5L petrol 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.

2022 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 and about Rs. 80,000 with the petrol CVT automatic and turbo petrol TC automatic. The MG Astor Sharp petrol-manual costs Rs. 14.28 lakh, the 1.5L CVT automatic costs Rs. 15.28 lakh and the turbo petrol-automatic is priced at Rs. 17.0 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
  • Panoramic sunroof

For a complete, premium SUV experience, the incremental cost of the Sharp variant over all lower variants is well justified, and this variant earns our top recommendation for Astor automatic buyers. It’s worth buying for petrol-manual buyers also but it doesn’t beat the value quotient of the Style base model, which remains our top pick.

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MG ASTOR SHARP | FEATURES OVER SMART

Rs. 14.28 Lakh (1.5L Petrol MT) | Rs. 15.28 Lakh (1.5L Petrol CVT)

Rs. 17.0 Lakh (1.4L Turbo Petrol TC) | Ex-Showroom | MAR 2022

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)

2022 MG Astor Petrol Sharp Vs Sharp (O) Variant - Top Model Features

The top-spec Sharp (O) variant is only available with petrol-automatic powertrains. It costs Rs. 16.13 lakh with the 1.5L CVT automatic and Rs. 17.73 lakh with the turbo petrol automatic. These prices are approximately Rs. 85,000 and Rs. 73,000 higher than the Sharp 1.5L 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
  • 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 virtually 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 Sharp (O) variant is certainly worth serious consideration and it’s also the most value-for-money option in the MG Astor’s petrol-automatic variant lineup.

MG ASTOR SHARP (O) | FEATURES OVER SHARP

Rs. 16.13 Lakh (1.5L Petrol CVT) Rs. 17.73 Lakh (1.4L Turbo Petrol TC)

Ex-Showroom Price | MAR 2022

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-manual. It starts at Rs. 9.98 lakh, and the base variant itself looks like an attractive proposition. MG loaded it up surprisingly well considering the asking price and segment. It literally has all must-have features for a car costing under Rs. 10.0 lakh (ex-showroom). The Astor Style variant is worth considering even if you’re 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

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Style

Rank 1

Rs. 9,98,000

Top recommended

Super

Rank 4

Rs. 11,49,800

Expensive upgrade. Not recommended.

Smart

Rank 3

Rs. 13,28,000

Expensive upgrade. Not recommended.

Sharp

Rank 2

Rs. 14,28,000

Consider for added safety & feel-good features

For the 1.5L petrol CVT automatic, we’d suggest you stretch your budget for the Sharp or Sharp (O) variants. The Sharp is a decent value-for-money option while the Sharp (O) is worth buying just for the ADAS features. Buy the Super variant only if you can’t spend a higher amount.

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MG ASTOR NORMAL PETROL CVT AUTOMATIC

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Super

Rank 2

Rs. 12,98,000

For those on a budget

Smart

Rank 3

Rs. 14,48,000

Better upgrade to Sharp variant

Sharp

Rank 1

Rs. 15,28,000

Top Recommended

Sharp (O)

Rank 1

Rs. 16,12,800

Worth considering for ADAS

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

MG ASTOR TURBO PETROL TC AUTOMATIC

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Smart

Rank 3

Rs. 16,18,000

Better upgrade to Sharp

Sharp

Rank 2

Rs. 16,99,800

Suitable for most buyers

Sharp (O)

Rank 1

Rs. 17,72,800

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 Taigun, Kushaq, Creta and Seltos offer a 6-speed unit. The S-Cross is the only other car in this segment with a 5-speed manual transmission.

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’re probably quite a bit lower than the outstanding 18kmpl+ figures of the S-Cross.

MG ASTOR 1.5L BASE PETROL

ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

Astor

Kushaq 

Taigun

Creta

Seltos

S-Cross

Displacement

1.5L

1.0L Turbo

1.0L Turbo

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L Hybrid

Cylinder

4

3

3

4

4

4

Capacity

1498cc

999cc

999cc

1497 cc

1497 cc

1462cc

Maximum Power

110PS @ 6000rpm 

115 @ 5000rpm

115PS @ 5000rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

105PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

144Nm @ 4400rpm 

178Nm @ 1750 - 4500rpm

178Nm @ 1750 - 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Manual

5MT

6MT

6MT

6MT

6MT / 6ACMT

5MT

Manual FE

NA

17.88kmpl

18.10kmpl

16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl

18.55kmpl

Automatic

CVT

6TC

6TC

CVT

CVT

4TC

Auto FE

NA

15.78kmpl

16.44kmpl

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 1.4L TURBO VS RIVALS

TURBO PETROL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

 

MG Astor

VW Taigun

Skoda Kushaq

Hyundai Creta

Kia Seltos

Displacement

1.4L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

1.4L Turbo

1.4L Turbo

Cylinder

3

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1349cc

1498cc

1498cc

1353 cc

1353 cc

Maximum Power

140PS @ 5600rpm 

150PS @ 5000rpm

150PS @ 5000rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

220Nm @ 3600rpm

250Nm @ 1600 - 3500rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 3500rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

Manual

-

6MT

6MT

-

6MT

Manual FE

-

18.47kmpl

17.95kmpl

-

16.1kmpl

Automatic

6TC

7DCT

7DCT

7DCT

7DCT

Auto FE

NA

17.88kmpl

17.71kmpl

16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl

*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 and the Taigun. 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 COMPETITORS

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Astor

Seltos

Creta

Taigun

Kushaq

S-Cross

Length

4323mm

4315mm

4300mm

4221mm

4225mm

4300mm

Width

1809mm

1800mm

1790mm

1760mm

1760mm

1785mm

Height

1650mm

1645mm

1635mm

1612mm

1612mm

1595mm

Wheelbase

2585mm*

2610mm

2610mm

2651mm

2651mm

2600mm

Boot Space

N/A

433L

433L

385L

385L

353L

Ground Clearance

180*

190mm*

190mm*

188mm

188mm

180mm*

Fuel Tank

48L/45L (Turbo)

50L

50L

50L

50L

48L

Tyre Size (base)

215/60 R16

205/65 R16

205/65 R16

205/60

R16

205/60 R16

215/60 R16

Tyre Size (top)

215/55 R17

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

205/55

R17

205/55 R17

215/60 R16

  *unofficial

What Are The Colour Options Of The MG Astor?

The 2022 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), Slavia (Exception), Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

Octavia, XUV500, Carens, 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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