MG Motors, the British carmaker, just debuted the Astor, a C-segment SUV in India. The car comes with some of the most advanced and best-in-class features. There are also more than 80 associated features including Level-2 ADAS in the package. Astor also comes with personal AI assistance, which is the vehicle’s main selling point. In this article, we’ve compared the MG Astor and the Kia Seltos in detail to give you a sense of how the new car compares to the competition.

The new Astor is built on the ZS EV platform, which is smaller than its elder sister Hector but similar to other comparable c-segment vehicles like the Kia Seltos.

The entrance of MG Astor is a way for the Koreans to ensure that they don’t make a mistake and maintain the competition. Customers stand to benefit from such products when they compete with so many strengths. Competition is beneficial to the automobile industry as a whole.

Astor vs Seltos: Engine And Transmission

The MG Astor is offered in two petrol motors. A 1.5-litre normally aspirated petrol engine with 110 ps of maximum power and 144 Nm of peak torque. And a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 140 ps of maximum power and 220 Nm of peak torque. Both engines come with a six-speed manual, automatic, or CVT transmission.

The Kia Seltos, on the other hand, is one of the company’s most popular models in India, with two engine options: a 1.5-litre smart stream G petrol engine and a 1.5-litre CRDI VGT diesel engine.

Astor vs Seltos: Features Comparison

To say the least, the list of features on both of these SUVs is extensive. The following features are shared by all of these: 10.25-inch Digital Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Wireless Charging, Digital Driver’s Instrument Cluster, Panoramic Sunroof (Seltos has a normal sunroof), Air Purifier, Automatic Climate Control, Steering Mounted Controls, Connected Car Tech Features.

However, MG has fitted the Astor with an AI-enabled Virtual Assistant that can perform tasks such as Wikipedia information, jokes, navigation support, play music, hold conversations, safety warnings, and Hinglish language translation. It’s what MG refers to as “your own companion.”

MG also delivers Level 2 ADAS (Autonomous Driver Assistance System) features in the Astor, which are the first in the segment. Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Reverse Parking Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Warnings, and more features are included in this package.

Astor vs Seltos: Dimensions Comparison

Dimensions (in mm)

Astor

Seltos

Length

43234315
Width1809

1800

Height

16541645
Wheelbase2580

2610

 

In our market, these SUVs are classified as mid-size SUVs. As a result, the overall dimensions are understandable. The MG Astor, on the other hand, has the advantage of being the first to market and has the largest, widest, and tallest measurements. Although the length is longer than Seltos, it does not result in the longest wheelbase. The Seltos, which are based on the same platform, have a 30 mm longer wheelbase, which could result in a more spacious second row of seating for people.

Pricing and Verdict

Prices

(ex-showroom)

Manual (in lakhs)

Automatic (in lakhs)

MG Astor

₹ 9.78  to ₹ 13.98 ₹ 12.68  to ₹ 16.78 
Kia Seltos₹ 9.95  to ₹ 16.75 

₹ 14.75  to ₹ 17.79 

 

The Kia Seltos is built on the same platform as the Hyundai Creta, and both engines are available. However, with prices starting at 9.95 lakh and rising to 17.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Seltos’ base variation is still $17,000 more expensive than the Astor’s entry-level Style trim. The top-of-the-line model, on the other hand, costs over a lakh more than MG’s rival. Given that the Seltos has similar attributes to the Creta, the Astor is a better choice in terms of creature comforts.

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