MG Gloster Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

MG Gloster Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

V3Cars reviews all the variants of the 2020 MG Gloster to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The Gloster comes packed with a 2.0-litre turbo and a more powerful 2.0-litre twin turbo diesel engine option. Both the engines come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. While the turbo engine is available with 2WD drivetrain, the twin turbo engine comes only with the 4WD setup.

 

MG Gloster Variants Explained

What Is The Price Of The 2020 MG Gloster?

The MG Gloster has a starting price of Rs 29.98 lakh. Super and Smart are the Gloster’s lower variants that are equipped with a comparatively lesser powerful engine and a rear-wheel drive setup. Sharp and Savvy are the top 2 variants of the Gloster, which come with a more powerful engine along with the four-wheel drive setup. The Sharp variant is available in 7-seater and 6-seater configurations to choose from. 

In the table below is the full price list of the MG Gloster.

MG GLOSTER | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

LESS POWERFUL

Variant

Seats

Powertrain

Price

Super

7

2.0D w/ 8-speed AT & 2WD

Rs 29.98 lakh

Smart

6

2.0D w/ 8-speed AT & 2WD

Rs 31.48 lakh

MORE POWERFUL

Varian

Seats

Powertrain

Price

Sharp

7

2.0D Twin Turbo w/ 8-speed AT & 4WD

Rs 33.98 lakh

Sharp

6

2.0D Twin Turbo w/ 8-speed AT & 4WD

Rs 34.28 lakh

Savvy

6

2.0D Twin Turbo w/ 8-speed AT & 4WD

Rs 35.58 lakh


What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 MG Gloster vs Rivals? 

The Gloster’s lower variants come packed with 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine that offers 163PS of maximum power and 375Nm of peak torque. This engine is available only with 2WD drivetrain. When equipped with this engine, the Gloster’s power:weight and torque:weight ratios are almost at the bottom in its segment. 

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The Gloster’s top variants get powered by 2.0-litre diesel engine with 2 turbochargers along with 4WD drivetrain. This engine produces 218PS of maximum power and 480Nm of peak torque. In this case, the power:weight ratio of the Gloster is the best in the segment. Both the engine options get paired with only an 8-speed automatic transmission.

GLOSTER vs KEY RIVALS

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

 

Gloster

Fortuner

Endeavour

Displacement

2.0-litre, Turbo

2.0-litre, Twin Turbo

2.8-litre, Turbo

2.8-litre, Turbo

2.0-litre, Turbo

Cylinders

4

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1996cc

1996cc

2755cc

2755cc

1996cc

Maximum Power

163PS @ 4000rpm

218PS @ 4000rpm

177PS @ 3400rpm

177PS @ 3400rpm

170PS @ 3500rpm

Power:Weight

70.87PS/t*

88.44PS/t

81.19PS/t

81.19PS/t

70.54PS/t

Peak Torque

375Nm @ 1500-2400rpm

480Nm @ 1500-2400rpm

420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm

450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm

420Nm @ 2000-2500rpm

Torque:Weight

163.04Nm/t*

194.73Nm/t

192.66Nm/t

206.42Nm/t

174.27Nm/t

Drivetrain

2WD

4WD

2WD & 4WD

2WD & 4WD

2WD & 4WD

0-100kmph

--

--

--

--

13.9s (4WD)

Manual Transmission

--

--

6MT

--

--

Claimed FE

--

--

14.2kmpl

--

--

Automatic Transmission

8AT

8AT

--

6AT

10AT

Claimed FE

NA

NA

--

14.6kmpl (2WD)
14.2kmpl (4WD)

13.9kmpl (2WD)
12.4kmpl (4WD)

Tested FE

--

12kmpl

--

--

11kmpl (4WD)

*assumed

As the MG Gloster is a big SUV, we recommend that you choose the more powerful engine, with the on-demand 4WD capability, especially if this combination comes with a sensible price tag. The reason is very straightforward - such a large SUV without any off-road capability and performance is only a poser. MG hasn’t yet revealed the Gloster’s claimed fuel efficiency.

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 MG Gloster vs Rivals?

The Gloster is a large D2 segment SUV and has a length of almost 5m. Compared to the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner, the Gloster’s length, width, height and wheelbase are bigger, but it has lesser ground clearance. The Endeavour and Fortuner come with maximum wheel size of 18-inches, while the Gloster offers only the larger 19-inch wheels. 

GLOSTER vs KEY RIVALS

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Gloster

Fortuner

Endeavour

Length

4985mm

4795mm

4903mm

Width

1926mm

1855mm

1869mm

Height

1867mm

1835mm

1837mm

Wheelbase

2950mm

2745mm

2850mm

Boot Space

NA

296-litres*

NA

Ground Clearance

210mm*

225mm

225mm

Fuel Tank

75-litres

80-litres

80-litres

Tyre Size (Base)

255/55 R19

265/65 R17

265/60 R18

Tyre Size (Top)

255/55 R19

265/60 R18

265/60 R18

*unofficial

MG Gloster Variant-wise Features

MG Gloster Super Variant

The Gloster Super variant is priced at Rs 29.98 lakh. This is the entry-level variant of the Gloster and offers all the standard safety features apart from which there are also features like - side & curtain airbags, electronic stability program, hill start assist, driver fatigue reminder, automatic LED headlamps and rear parking camera.

This variant offers a long features list, and some of its key features include: height adjustable driver seat, 60:40 split 3rd row w/ recline, cruise control, multi drive modes,  tilt steering, front & rear armrest, electrically adjustable & foldable ORVMs, keyless entry with push-button start stop and rain sensing wipers.

Following are the Gloster Super variant’s safety and functional features:

MG GLOSTER SUPER | FEATURES

Safety

Functional

Std. Safety Features

Rear Parking Camera

Cruise Control

3 x USB & 4 x 12V Sockets

Day/night IRVM

Driver Fatigue Reminder

Drive Modes (Sport, Normal & Eco)

Tilt Steering

Rear Wiper & Washer

Electric Parking Brake

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Front & Rear Armrest

Side & Curtain Airbags

Front Parking Sensors

60:40 Split 2nd Row w/ Slide & Recline

Sunglass Holder

Electronic Stability Program w/ Rollover Mitigation

Heated ORVMs

60:40 Split 3rd Row w/ Recline

All Power Windows w/ Driver One+-touch Up/Down

Traction Control

Rear Defogger

Manual AC w/ AC Vents In All Rows

Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs

Hill Start Assist

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Front Vanity Mirrors w/ Illumination

Hill Descent Control

ISOFIX

Engine Start/Stop

Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

All Disc Brakes

7 x 3-point Seatbelts

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Luggage Lamp

Automatic LED Headlamps

Front Seatbelt Pretensioners

Rain Sensing Wipers

Fog Lamps

   


The Gloster offers a 12.3 inch touchscreen infotainment system along with steering-mounted controls, but the base Super variant only gets a 6-speaker audio system along with this system. This variant also offers LED DRLs, 19-inch machined alloy wheels, roof rails, twin exhausts and leatherette+fabric upholstery.

The following table offers all the entertainment and style features:

MG GLOSTER SUPER | FEATURES

Entertainment

Style

12.3-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

LED DRLs

Roof Rails

Soft-touch Dashboard & Door Panel

6-speaker Audio System

LED Tail Lamps

Twin Exhausts

4-inch MID

Steering-mounted Controls

R19 Machined Alloy Wheels

Chrome Door Handles

Front & Rear Scuff Plates

USB, FM & Bluetooth

Turn Indicators on ORVMs

Black Interior w/ Leatherette+Fabric Upholstery

 


The Gloster Super entry-level variant offers a number of upmarket features. However, at the same time in this price range, it lacks features like auto-dimming IRVM, auto AC, telescopic steering, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. 

MG Gloster Super variant vs Smart Variant

The Gloster Smart is Rs 1.5 lakh more expensive than the Super variant.

MG GLOSTER | PRICE COMPARISON

Super

Difference

Smart

Rs 29.98 lakh

Rs 1.5 lakh

Rs 31.48 lakh


The features that are lacking in the Super variant get added in the Smart variant along with some more. The key additional features of the Smart variant are : tyre pressure monitoring system, powered tailgate, sunroof, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, triple-zone auto AC, telescopic steering, black-brown interior with leather upholstery, 12-way powered driver seat and middle row captain seats.

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The high-value additional features of this variant are - powered driver seat, triple zone auto AC, sunroof and leather upholstery. 

The following table offers you a look at all the additional features of the Smart variant over the Super variant:

MG GLOSTER SMART | FEATURES OVER SUPER

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Paddle Shifters (5k)

Telescopic Steering (10k)

Sunroof

Cornering Lamps

12-way Powered Driver Seat (w/ 4-way Lumbar Support) (24k)

One-touch Up/Down on All Windows (1k)

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Captain Seats (10k)

All-windows-close w/ Key

Chrome Exterior & Interior Finish

+2 Speakers

Powered Tailgate w/ Foot Swipe Open (10k)

Connected-car/Telematics Features (10k)

Brown-black Interior w/ Leather Upholstery

Navigation

3-zone Auto AC (20k)

8-inch MID

     

Ambient Lighting

     

LED Interior Lights


As per our internal data, the Smart variant’s added features easily justify its additional premium of Rs 1.5 lakh over the Super variant. So, if you are eyeing to buy a Gloster 2WD variant, then you should go for the Smart variant. 

MG Gloster Smart variant vs Sharp Variant

The Gloster Sharp 7-seater variant is Rs 2.50 lakh more expensive than the Smart variant, while the Sharp 6-seater version is Rs 2.80 lakh costlier than the Smart.

MG GLOSTER | PRICE COMPARISON

Smart

Difference

Sharp

Rs 31.48 lakh (6-seater)

Rs 2.50 lakh

Rs 33.98 lakh (7-seater)

Rs 31.48 lakh (6-seater)

Rs 2.80 lakh

Rs 34.28 lakh (6-seater)

 

The Sharp variant comes packed with the more powerful engine as well as 4WD setup.

Its key additional features include: panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming IRVM, 360-degree parking camera, ORVM with memory and auto-tilt on reverse, driver seat with memory-ventilation and massage, powered co-driver seat and wireless charger. You can checkout all the additional features of the Sharp variant over the Smart variant in the table below:

MG GLOSTER SHARP | FEATURES OVER SMART

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Auto-dimming IRVM

+ 2 Speakers

Heated Front Seats

Panoramic Sunroof w/ Remote Operation

Blind Spot Detection

Subwoofer & Amplifier

Driver Seat w/ Memory, Ventilation & Massage (2+5+3 = 10k)

Puddle Lamps w/ Logo Projection

360-degree Parking Camera

 

8-way Powered Co-driver Seat

Ambient Lighting w/ 64 Colours

   

Wireless Charger

Illuminated Scuff Plates (3k)

   

ORVM w/ Memory & Auto-tilt in Reverse (2k+3k)

 
   

Luggage Screen

 

25k

15k

42k

100k


According to our internal data, the Sharp variant’s performance capability and additional features are worth more than its Rs 2.8 lakh additional asking price, so it is a sensible upgrade from both the lower variants. 

We recommend most buyers to choose the Sharp variant in its 6-seater or 7-seater configuration depending on your requirements.

MG Gloster Sharp variant vs Savvy Variant

The Gloster Savvy is Rs 1.30 lakh more expensive than the Sharp variant. 

MG GLOSTER | PRICE COMPARISON

Sharp

Difference

Savvy

Rs 34.28 lakh

Rs 1.30 lakh

Rs 35.58 lakh


The features that the Savvy variant gets over the Sharp variant are primarily driver assistance and safety related, such as forward collision warning -- which warns upon detecting an obstacle; auto emergency braking -- which automatically applies brakes upon sensing imminent collision in case driver response is late; lane departure warning, park assist and adaptive cruise control -- which helps in maintaining a constant safe distance between the car at the front and the Gloster on highways.  

The following table offers the additional features details of the Savvy variant:

MG GLOSTER SAVVY | FEATURES OVER SHARP

Safety

Functional

Forward Collision Warning - 10k

Park Assist - 40k

Auto Emergency Braking - 50k

Adaptive Cruise Control - 40k

Lane Departure Warning - 10k

 

70k

80k


As per our internal data, these added features of the Gloster Savvy variant are worth the additional premium of Rs 1.30 lakh. Its safety features are useful and can mitigate the chances of collision.  

Verdict : Which Variant Of The 2020 MG Gloster Should You Buy?

Our top recommendation in the Gloster SUV range is the Sharp variant. This variant comes with the more powerful engine and 4WD setup, and it offers the best value compared to all the other variants. You can choose to buy this variant in either 6-seater or 7-seater configuration. 

The Gloster Savvy variant, which is placed above the Sharp and is the top-end variant, offers autonomous safety features that can prevent collision. Its park assist feature can help in parking this big SUV. However, we are unsure about the usefulness of the adaptive cruise control feature, considering our country’s highways and driving pattern.  As the Savvy variant justifies its extra premium for its additional features, we recommend this variant to those buyers who are more safety conscious and wish to be early-adopters of new technology. 

While we would not recommend the lesser powerful engine along with the 2WD setup, however, if you do wish to go for this powertrain, then you can buy the Smart variant. The Smart variant offers better value than the Super variant, and its feature-list is more befitting for a car that belongs to this segment. 

The following are our recommendations on the MG Gloster range:

MG GLOSTER | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Super (7-seater)

Rank 4

Rs 29.98 lakh

Better upgrade to Smart for features that will justify the sticker price better

Smart (6-seater)

Rank 3

Rs 31.48 lakh

The variant to buy if you want the less powerful engine and 2WD

Sharp (6-seater & 7-seater)

Rank 1

Rs 33.98 lakh

Top recommended

Savvy (6-seater)

Rank 2

Rs 35.58 lakh

Worth upgrading for extra features


What are the Colour Options of MG Gloster?

The MG Gloster is available in 4 exterior colour options -- maroon, black, grey and white. We think that the Gloster looks best in white.

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, Urban Cruiser

       

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

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

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

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

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lakshya Khanna

Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he's mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He's usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars editorial team.

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