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Old 26th September 2021, 14:01   #196
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MG Astor variant details.

The 1.3L turbo AT, it will be available in seven trim levels Super, Smart STD, Smart, Sharp STD, Sharp, Savvy, and Savvy Red
I'm interested to know whether the Savvy Red means the red interiors are only on the top variant? I understand if MG feels the red leatherette is a premium feature people would pay for but I'd love to see this on the lower variants as well.
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Old 26th September 2021, 15:37   #197
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I completely echo your views and had made the same observations in my post. The material quality, the touch & feel, the fit & finish is really impressive and the potential customers in this segment should at least see the car once to make an informed choice.



This one is also spot on. In fact, I observed that the 360 degree rendering of the car is faulty, especially when encountering objects around or vertical elements such as steps/dividers around the car. Please See below picture where there was a raised platform on the left of car and the car's 360 rendering has gone for a toss.
Did you observe something similar?

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This is understandable. All these systems use multiple cameras (2D information) and then stitch them together after warping the images (pushing and pulling it).

That means that at no point do they have reliable distance/depth information available and thus they assume a "flat" floor. This also means that if you are near a pillar (say while reversing) then you will see it in the "top view" but you may not see it (or see it warped or completely unrecognisably) in the angled "3D 360 view"
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Old 26th September 2021, 17:58   #198
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re: MG Astor Review

MG Astor in black with the all-black interior.

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MG Astor in black with the all-black interior.

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Interior in black.
  • -ve Looks boring and doesn't match the effect created by red interiors. Should MG have done red stitching, this would have enhance the outcome.
  • +ve Easier to maintain.

Exterior in black.
  • +ve Looks stunning
  • -ve Hard to maintain.

When does the embargo end?
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I also got a chance to check out the Astor on display at a MG showroom in Delhi today. Below are a few observations:

As others have pointed out, the interior trim is top notch, and unlike anything seen in a car from this segment before. One could easily be mistaken to be sitting in a Merc GLC based on the Aircon vents and steering wheel etc.

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The toggle buttons under the screen are tactile. Cubbies and storage in the cabin seem to be okayish, but definitely not segment leading. The cover flap for the rear cup holders is a nice touch though.

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The biggest concern I spotted for me personally was lack of legroom and overall ergonomics. I'm 6'3 and fit comfortably in by gen 1 Creta. However the steering wheel in the Astor does not adjust high enough, and as a result my knees were touching several buttons on the steering stalk. Also the footwell is definitely cramped when compared to my Creta, and rear legroom is also limited when the frot seats are adjusted to my height.

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The paint quality is also top notch, and the sunroof has a reassuring tint.

The engine bay is also fairly neat, and there is a splash guard underneath (as has been pointed out in the forum earlier).

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I pressume that the ride quality would be a little harsh considering that MG has opted to go for 215/55/R17 section tyres.

Sidewall thickness - 215*0.55 = 118.25 mm

For reference, the Koreans use a 215/60/R17 section tyres

Sidewall thickness - 215*0.60 = 129 mm.

Unless, they’ve tuned the suspension for ‘comfort’ rather then the dynamics. If so, then I wonder how good it’ll be to drive!

Or am I missing something here?

On a side note, it is good to see that MG have opted to go for the Conti UC6 tires. These are comfort orientated tires & definitely better than the regular Goodyears, apollos & JKs.

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I pressume that the ride quality would be a little harsh considering that MG has opted to go for 215/55/R17 section tyres.

For reference, the Koreans use a 215/60/R17 section tyres

Or am I missing something here?
That's why suspension tuning is a difficult skill to master.

Taigun and Kushaq both have 205/55 R17 tyres on the top end. Even lesser sidewall, but the ride and handling is possibly the best in the segment.

Not sure about Astor till we get to experience it in the real world though!
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[*]-ve Looks boring and doesn't match the effect created by red interiors. Should MG have done red stitching, this would have enhance the outcome. [/list]

When does the embargo end?
The embargo ends on September 30. And MG does provide red stitching on black interiors.
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I pressume that the ride quality would be a little harsh considering that MG has opted to go for 215/55/R17 section tyres.

Sidewall thickness - 215*0.55 = 118.25 mm

For reference, the Koreans use a 215/60/R17 section tyres

Sidewall thickness - 215*0.60 = 129 mm.
I think lower variants will come with R16 alloys 215/60/R16. So, they will have slightly better ride quality.
Same is followed by others as well.
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Old 26th September 2021, 20:44   #205
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re: MG Astor Review

When you have only five colours on offer - why select red and almost red as two of the options?

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Could have really used a different shade - maybe something closer to the blue of the ZST or even something darker like the Nexa blue.
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Old 26th September 2021, 22:28   #206
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Overall, its the Astor which feels more VW than the Taigun
Not too surprising considering SAIC(MG parent company) and VW have a JV in China. Not sure about the Astor but the AC vents, brushed aluminium door handles on the ZS EV all looked like they had been taken off a VW.

Even the quality of the interiors on the ZS EV were top notch. Good to see that they ve kept it up even at this segment.
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Old 26th September 2021, 23:25   #207
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I know no reviews are out yet but I have to say that the Astor is setting itself up to be one of the most impressive cars I have seen in ages.

The design is classy (after some debadging), the interiors look amazing and the safety equipment rivals some 40 lakh cars. Above all, the car doesn't seem to have any cost cutting anywhere!

This is a closer rival to the Karoq/T-Roc than the Kushaq/Taigun. MG has a winner for sure!
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Old 27th September 2021, 11:25   #208
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The side AC vents look very similar to those on my 2017 Audi A3.
Overall, I find the Astor extremely well put together. Unfortunately, that bot on the front is extremely annoying for me. I don't know if I'd want a smiley face staring at me at all times. :-)
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I frankly cared two hoots about the Astor before I checked this preview.

With class-leading safety, feature-heavy packaging, and impressive engine-gearbox options, this has mighty serious potential to take on VW/Skoda newborns and the Korean twins.

I do wish they had more exterior shades and the option of a subtler seat fabric option. The red looks dull in some pictures and gaudy in others. Watching this space closely, nevertheless.
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I frankly cared two hoots about the Astor before I checked this preview.
I do wish they had more exterior shades and the option of a subtler seat fabric option. The red looks dull in some pictures and gaudy in others. Watching this space closely, nevertheless.
Yes, this feels like a very strong contender to the Korean twins and should also have a better crash test rating than the twins. The ZST in other markets has scored 5 stars, hope that the India Vehicle can also be tested soon and meets the same standards!

On the Interior finish options - there are three options - Black + Ivory (off white) , Full Black and Black with red.. though they have not revealed whether these interior choices will be variant specific or available on each variant as per customer choice. When I saw the Astor at the Launch event, they had shown the Red interiors and they were quite rich in person (normally I don't like red at all!) but these ones were quite likeable and the combination was looking very sporty and premium.

There is a new Astor brochure now available on the MG website. Sharing here for everyone's benefit.

Astor Brochure.pdf

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