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MG Astor review: Price, features and specs you need to know about the new SUV

We would day drive most of the cars in this league before making a buying decision, but by itself, the MG Astor is an SUV that makes a good case for itself.

October 29, 2021 / 11:28 AM IST

I’ll begin this piece by addressing the most talked about element of the MG Astor – that AI robot thingy on the dashboard. Opinion will almost certainly be divided between those that find it entertaining and those who think it’s a bit creepy (I’m in the latter camp, because I think it looks like something out of a horror film).

At this point, it understands Hindi and English and you can get it to operate things like the A/C and sunroof. It also pulls information from Wikipedia and tries to answer questions you have for it, but it doesn’t link up with Siri, Alexa or Google. Results were mixed when I tried it, but MG says that software updates will improve its capabilities.

With that out of the way, the Astor—with seven variants—has its task cut out for it. The segment it operates in is fiercely competitive and the hottest one in the market right now, with the Korean duo of Hyundai and Kia dominating and the assorted Europeans and Japanese (VW, Skoda, Nissan et al) also landing punches. No pressure, then.

It’s clear that one way MG has decided to leap into the fight is with a features list a mile long – almost too long to fully comprehend, actually. The fully-loaded model gets segment-first features in the Level 2 autonomous driving aid department – and that’s a brilliant thing.