MG has been a massive hit in our country and in such a short span of time of roughly 3 years, they were the first to introduce internet inside the car with MG Hector, and now it’s artificial intelligence (AI) inside the car, MG Astor! The car looks futuristic, sporty and edgy!
When we look at it from the front, the celestial grill looks great, enhances the visual appeal of the car instantly. The hawk-eyed LED Headlamps with the signature boomerang effect, with 9 crystals inside look sharp and have a very meaningful purpose to solve, they reduces the glare on high beams.
At the bottom of this unit, 6 cameras’ 5 radars combined together give one unique feature called ADAS level 2.
From the side, the car has a nice haunch at c pillar and these sharp and edgy shoulder lines that run in symmetry across the car. It’s also the longest, tallest and widest in the segment.
From the back, the tail lamp structure is new, follows the same theme as the front headlamp, boomerang effect in the tail lamp as well as new bumper unit with lower end twin exhaust system just for the visual appeal though.
The interiors of the car are done tastefully with upmarket cabin, premium looking dual-tone, cherry red and black, upholstery. The cabin is a fusion of modern design and sophisticated comfort.
It’s got a nice 10.1 inch touchscreen infotainment system with acts as a host of features to choose from and 7-inch screen digital instrument cluster.
The highlight of the car is the first in segment AI enabled personal assistant which recognises voice and direction and follows your command to control other functions powered by I-smart technology and others like open/close sunroof. The sunroof covers 90 per cent of the roof and is largest in segment.
Other first in segment for Astor is Autonomous level 2 technology known as ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) which offers advanced features like Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, intelligent headlamp control, rear drive assist, lane keep assist, speed assist system and blind spot detection.
MG Astor is available in two petrol options, no diesel variant. The 1.3 litre turbo charged petrol engine produces max power of 140PS @5600rpm and max torque at 220Nm @3600rpm connected to 6-speed automatic gear box and the 1.5 litre engine produces max Power of 110PS @6000rpm and max Torque of 144Nm @4400rpm connected to 5-speed MT& CVT
The car is great to drive other than the initial pick up, it is loaded with next generation tech and safety features, the price is not out yet but after a great driving experience at the Buddh International circuit the Astor looks like a promising sub compact SUV which can give serious competition to Hyundai Creta and the likes.
For a detailed review of the car, watch the video.