The rising demand for compact SUV’s is bringing in strong competition in this segment. The entry of Volkswagen Taigun and MG Astor is going to create more dilemmas for already confused consumers of the Indian automobile market. To make the process of selecting the best suitable compact SUV easier, let us have a detailed comparison between both cars to find how does the German compete against its Chinese counterpart.

VW Taigun vs MG Astor: Design and dimensions

Let’s take a look at the design and dimensions of the cars, where the sleek lines of the Mg meet the bold and boxy form of the Volkswagen. The parametric grille, sharp headlamps, black plastic cladding, and roof rails make MG Astor aesthetically appealing.

Volkswagen Taigun comes with aggressive headlamps, chamfered trims along with bits and pieces for an offroad-ready look.

The Taigun has a length of 4,221mm while the Astor is 4,323mm long. The Taigun is 1,760mm wide compared to the 1,809mm width of Astor. Taigun’s has a longer wheelbase of 2651mm while Astor comes with a wheelbase of 2,585mm. The longer wheelbase of Taigun offers more legroom when compared to all the other compact SUV’s currently available in the Indian market.

VW Taigun vs MG Astor: Engine and Transmission

The Astor comes with just 2 petrol engine options, like the Taigun which provides users with an option of a gasoline engine. The 1.5l VTi-TECH naturally aspirated petrol engine in the Astor can produce 120 bhp of power and 150 Nm of torque. The advanced option occupies a 1.3l turbocharged engine and produces 163bhp and 230NM of torque. Both the variants come along with an automatic transmission. The 1.5l petrol also comes with a manual transmission while The turbo will get a DCT. 

The Taigun on the other hand comes with two turbocharged petrol variants with a 1.0 TSI which produces 115bhp and 175Nm of torque. While the superior 1.5 TSI engine produces 150bhp and 250 Nm of torque. 1.0 TSI gets a torque converter automatic while the 1.5 TSI variant gets a DSG auto transmission. 

Both Taigun GT and MG Astor get the option for a manual transmission. 

Features: Tech, Style, and safety

MG Astor provides a premium feel in its interior. The 10.1-inch floating type infotainment system and a 7.0 inch fully digital instrument cluster and a personal AI assistant on the dashboard create a complete digital experience. Other features included in the Astor are automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, keyless entry and go, e- parking brake, electrically adjustable driver seat, TPMS, and up to 6 airbags, etc.

When it comes to interior styling and features Astor easily beats Taigun. 

Taigun also provides a premium feel. It gets a 10-inch infotainment system and the top-end version comes along with an 8.0 inch fully digital instrument cluster. The dashboard and center console gets colored panels to match the exterior paint job. Other features provided by Volkswagen are automatic climate control, keyless entry, auto-dimming IRVM, Rear parking camera, Electrically adjustable ORVM’s Tyre pressure deflation warning, electronic differential lock systems, 6 airbags, etc.

VW Taigun vs MG Astor: Pricing

The pricing of Taigun starts at, Rs. 14.99 lakh for 1.5l petrol variant GT and GT plus is priced at Rs. 14.99 lakh (ex-showroom). 

Astor starts from 9.78 lakh for the 1.5l petrol variant with manual transmission(ex-showroom). The range goes up to Rs.16.78 Lakh for the 1.5l turbocharged automatic variant (ex-showroom).

Conclusion

Both Taigun and Astor have their pros and cons. For buyers who prefer premium features and technology would find the MG Astor a better choice while Volkswagen Tiguan comes out as a stronger choice for buyers who prefer power over comfort.

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