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Should you buy the Kia Seltos over the MG Astor?

05:30 PM Dec 03, 2021 IST | Swaraj Acharekar
should you buy the kia seltos over the mg astor
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The SUV segment is the fastest-growing segment in the Indian market. C-segment SUVs are especially popular among buyers. MG recently launched the Astor in this segment to take on the segment leaders like Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The Astor does have its strong points, but still, should you buy the Seltos? In today’s article, we will take a look at Kia Seltos vs MG Astor and discuss whether you should buy the former over the latter.

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Design

Seltos vs MG Astor

The Seltos is 4315mm in length, 1800mm in width and 1,645mm in height. It sits on a wheelbase of 2,610mm and has a ground clearance of 190mm. Design-wise, the Seltos has a bold and aggressive front end design. The side and rear profile also give it a tall SUV look.

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Seltos vs MG Astor

The Astor is 4323mm in length, 1809mm in width and 1,650mm in height. It sits on a wheelbase of 2585mm and has a ground clearance of 205mm. Design-wise, the Astor comes with a more balanced front design.

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Kia Seltos vs MG Astor specifications

Seltos vs MG Astor

The Seltos comes with 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine options. The 1.5-litre makes 113bhp and 144Nm of torque. This unit comes mated to manual, iMT and CVT gearboxes. The 1.4-litre turbo-petrol makes 138bhp and 242Nm of torque. This unit comes with a manual and a DCT gearbox. The third engine is the 1.5-litre diesel capable of making 113bhp and 250Nm of torque. This unit comes mated to manual and a torque converter gearbox. 

The Astor comes with two petrol engines; a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine options. The 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol unit is capable of producing 108bhp and 144Nm of torque. This engine comes with a manual and a CVT gearbox option. The 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit is capable of producing 140bhp and 220Nm of torque. This engine only comes with an automatic gearbox. 

Features

The Seltos comes loaded with features. Some prominent features include a 360-degree camera, electric sunroof, a 10.25-inch infotainment system, Bose sound system, heads-up display, wireless charging, paddle shifters, wireless phone connectivity and ventilated seats.

Seltos vs MG Astor

The Astor comes with features like a 360-degree camera, a 10.1-inch infotainment system, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, personal AI assistant, connected car tech and a six-speaker sound system. Astor also comes with the Advanced Driver Assistance system (ADAS) with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, rear-drive assist and speed assist systems.  

Kia Seltos vs MG Astor Pricing

The pricing of the Seltos starts from Rs 11.64 lakh and goes to Rs 21.81 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). While, the pricing of the Astor starts from Rs 11.44 lakh and goes to Rs 20.60 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). 

Should you buy the Seltos over the Astor?

Seltos vs MG Astor

The Seltos does have its USP. It comes loaded with multiple modern features. Also, the availability of a diesel engine is a big plus point. Moreover, if you are a family of five, the Seltos will offer better seating space in the second-row when compared to the Astor. However, if you are looking for a car that offers better safety and quality, you should give preference to the Astor. The availability of ADAS on the Astor is a forward step in the direction of safety assistance as well. 

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