After its Hector which is a full-sized SUV, MG decided to launch its Gloster which is an oversized one. The Gloster initially launched somewhere around October 2020. The giant SUV packs all the features and all the comforts in its class rivaling the popular SUVs in the segment. Before continuing welcome to the next blog of the Let’s Review Series.
On the Point
MG Gloster is powered by only one engine which is a 2.0L Turbocharged 4 cylinder diesel unit. However, the only variation is between the turbochargers which are being offered with the engines. The lower two variants get the same diesel engine but with a single turbocharger, making the engine capable of producing a power of 160.77bhp@4000rpm with the torque of 375Nm@1500-2400rpm. While the higher variants are offered with twin turbochargers producing power of 215.01bhp@4000rpm with the torque output of 480Nm@1500-2400rpm.
The engine is mated with the 8-speed automatic gearbox transmission with an efficiency of somewhere around 12.35kmpl. Moreover, Gloster is also available in 4×4 with its 2.0L twin-turbo diesel engine.
For more specs, refer to the Quick specs sheet as under:
Starting with its front profile, it features a massive grille with the silver and chrome finished strips in between and of course a huge MG logo. The headlamps are all LED projector units with LED DRLs which also function as indicators. Lower on to the bumper, the fog lamps are halogens along with the air curtains which are functional along with the chrome treatments.
The side profile is just massive as the car is actually longer than the Ford Endeavour. It gets the step climber with the ‘Brit Dynamic’ logo. Moreover, it gets a lot of silver treatment on its side. The ORVMs get the 360 degrees camera along with the projector which projects the MG logo on the ground for that premium entry inside this vehicle. Moreover, the ORVMs also features a heating function to avoid visibility issues in cold conditions The roof is painted with the body color along with the roof rails.
The main highlight on the rear is the huge ‘Gloster’ which is actually very massive and placed at the center. The tail lamps are all LED units along with the indicators which happened to be the halogens along with the reverse parking lights. It also features the badging for ‘Internet Inside’ same as the one seen on MG Hector. It also gets a badge for 4 wheel drive according to the variants in which it’s being offered.
Starting with the dashboard, Gloster features a dual-tone dashboard with brown leather accents in between. The seats are also very premium with that same brown leather and for the driver’s side, it is 12 way electronically adjusted with the ventilation, heating, massage function on offer. While the co-driver side only gets a heating function on offer.
The infotainment system is a 12.3inch touchscreen unit that is also connected to the internet and features MG’s AI for voice commands. It also gets all connectives such as the Android Auto and Apple car play. Moreover, like the MG Astor, the infotainment system of the MG Gloster is connected to some of the well-known third-party apps such as Gaana, My Map India, etc to give you all the necessary connected car tech and MG calls it as iSmart 2.0. The audio system is paired with 12 speakers which are on offer at the top variant.
On to the driver’s side, the steering wheel feels very premium which is leather-wrapped and contains the controls for the audio system, controls for the instrument cluster, and also the adaptive cruise control system. The instrument cluster features an 8-inch panel that shows almost every piece of information about the vehicle.
The central console is wrapped up with many features such as the wireless charger, lots of storage spaces, electronic parking brake, controls for ventilated seats, and also various other buttons which include various drive modes, Downhill assist, traction control, stop/start system, self-park, differential lock, lane keeps assist.
Coming on to the rear, in the second row the seats happen to be the captain seats same as seen on the Kia Carnival and they are really comfortable with decent knee room, headroom. Also, the under-thigh support is very good along with the adjustable headrests.
On the third-row seats, the knee room is quite good along with the headroom. Moreover, the third-row seats also get a standard charging socket along with a USB charging socket as well. The third-row passengers also feature adjustable headrests and also the seat can be split in a 60:40 ratio. The sunroof which MG calls the ‘Signature sunroof’ extends to the third-row seats to provide that airy feel to the third-row passengers as well.
The boot is of decent size and can be adjusted from 343L to 1350L. The boot lid is electronic of course and features a hands-free opening.
Well the SUV is really feature-loaded but still, it misses a few perfections which are just listed below:
- Lane Departure assists: The Lane departures assist does not work as smoothly as it should be as every time it says just to depart to this or that lane which makes the driver really annoyed.
- Bouncy feeling: To be honest the SUV is really comfortable at lower speeds but at the same time, it feels bouncy at higher speeds. The passengers can literally feel a jump from their seats at higher speeds at any speed breaker.
- Efficiency: The claimed fuel efficiency is somewhere around 12-13kmpl but doesn’t ask for that claim in real life because this SUV will allow you to do that. On my survey, it should return an average of around 6-7kmpl which is almost 50% of what it is claimed.
MG Gloster is more than a real SUV, to be honest, and is a perfect rival of the prime SUVs. With the features, it offers and also while riding the feel and feedback from the vehicle is really amazing. Moreover, the connected car features are really practical and are refined too.
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Credits: All the images have been taken from MG’s official website.