First impression of MG Astor: Hits and misses

MG Astor

MG Astor

NEW DELHI: Will the MG Astor make a splash or will it be lost in the sea of SUVs? The reveal is complete, and the corporation is preparing for the launch as we speak.The 4.3-meter-long Astor is simply a petrol-avatar version of the ZS EV, which launched a year and a half ago. In actuality, Astor is a rebadged ZS that the British brand offers in a number of international regions. The ZS logo is proudly featured on the tailgate.

Astor's biggest competitor would be the Creta-Seltos and Taigun-Kushaq siblings, based on their size. Astor's powertrain, as surprising as it may seem, is gasoline-based. The 1.3-litre turbo-charged comes with a 6-AT transmission, while the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol comes with a choice of MT or CVT.

There'll be no diesel! How can Astor compete with Creta and Seltos' popular diesel versions? The SAIC-backed company is shaping up the Astor with features and functionalities unheard of in C-SUVs, and the product line-up appears to have a Midas touch.As MG puts in level-2 A-DAS, Astor is transcending segments (advanced driving assistance system). Adaptive cruise control, lane assist, speed warnings, and other features will become available as a result of this. The top trims are expected to be nurtured by A-DAS and artificial intelligence.

Your friends would want to sit in the rear seat more than once or twice. I'm already envisioning Astor's media tour, which is set to take place later this week. I'd be comfortably tucked in the back seat, admiring the view through the segment's largest sky roof, which has a glass surface that extends past my head.

Although I prefer the front seats in Astor for long travels. I found the seat in the second row to be lacking in thigh support (height: 5' 7”). Things would be clearer after the journey, especially the comfort of the seats and the amount of space available.

In the ASEAN crash test, ZS earned a 5-star rating, proving its safety. In top trim, the Astor comes with six airbags, and ESC is standard on all models. Following Seltos, Astor is transformed into a C-SUV with a 360-degree camera.The styling of Astor will elicit mixed reactions. Boomerang LEDs are extremely bright. Astor is distinguished from ZS EV by its heavenly grille treatment. The SUV is fitted with 17-inch alloy and, like the Gloster, the Brit Dynamic logo is applied to the sides. The most significant flaw has to be the absence of visual drama. Does it compel you to take a bold stance? Well, I couldn't find a good view point.

Source: The Times of India

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