The MG Comet gets more attention than a supercar for sure. Everyone is asking about this car, but is the MG Comet too radical or one-sided in its appeal? We have driven this car on multiple occasions, but we have had one for quite some time now to bring you a review after a proper test over a longer duration. With the reduced prices, the Comet now evokes even more interest.
For us, it looks quirky and that is part of its appeal. Its tiny dimensions grab all the eyeballs. Despite being around for a while, the MG Comet’s appeal has not weaned at all.
It looks the best in white, but some wacky colours are also available. It is the smallest car that you can get, but it looks radical. The LED and the black/chrome details, however, add a premium touch. The build quality of the car is decent and it does not feel budget-constrained. The iPod-like key is also cool and different. It lacks conventional features, like a push-to-start button or one to get in, though.
The cabin feels top-notch as well with the large twin screens and the dashboard layout is also crisp and premium. The same, however, cannot be said for the driving position and the seat adjustability, which remain an issue for tall people. What isn’t an issue is space, since the packaging is brilliant with good headroom and legroom. Even the rear seat offers good space but access is not easy and senior citizens will have an issue getting in and out. Storage is limited, we feel, and the audio system isn’t that great either.
Parking or simply taking it to places where normally one would hesitate to take any other car is the main advantage of the MG Comet. I drove the car during the festive season as well and navigating bumper-to-bumper traffic was so much easier in the MG Comet. Even using the car for my office commute and getting a parking spot easily was a highlight of the Comet. It is built for the hectic and chaotic concrete jungle and that is where its appeal lies. The light steering, good visibility, and sheer ease of use led to us using it more than many luxury cars that came to us for testing.
There is some tyre noise, though, and the small wheels make it bouncy over speed breakers, which means you need to take it slow. There are drive modes and regen modes. We drove it in the eco mode most of the time and found it to be much closer to its claimed range than other electric vehicles. The range was a commendable 190 km, which is more than enough for daily use. That said, we do wish that it supported fast charging.
With the starting price now dropping to under Rs 7 lakh and the top-end being Rs 8.5 lakh, the MG Comet now offers much more value for money as an easy-to-drive city car. For a city commuter, the Comet ticks the boxes and it is much cheaper to run when compared to a petrol car.
- What we like: looks, interior, range, useability, price.
- What can be better: lack of fast charging, difficult rear-seat access, bouncy ride.