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“MG Comet Review: Unveiling the Compact Electric Marvel for Indian Roads

MG Comet: I (Lakshya Rana) used Comet for about three months and experienced many things about it during these three months.

MG Comet Review:

America and Japan present two vastly different perspectives when it comes to automobiles. In America, larger cars dominate the landscape, while in Japan, small cars are more prevalent. This dichotomy largely stems from spatial considerations. America boasts less population density, wider roads, and less traffic congestion, making it conducive to driving and accommodating larger vehicles. Conversely, Japan’s densely populated urban areas and limited space necessitate the popularity of compact cars, which offer greater maneuverability and ease of parking.

In India, the size of a car has increasingly become associated with social status, although the extent of this correlation remains debatable. However, it’s undeniable that many Indian cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, grapple with severe congestion and traffic issues. In such urban environments, practicality dictates that smaller cars are more suitable, as they occupy less space on the road, alleviate parking concerns, and navigate through traffic more effortlessly.

Taking these factors into account, MG Motors introduced the Comet last year. The Comet, an electric car, currently stands as the most compact electric vehicle available in India. Residing in Noida, I had the opportunity to utilize the Comet for approximately three months, during which I gained valuable insights. Here are three key takeaways from my experience:

Practicality for Urban Environments

In cities characterized by congestion, heavy traffic, and parking constraints like Delhi-Noida, compact cars inherently offer practical solutions. The Comet, measuring just 2,974mm in length and 1,505mm in width, demands minimal road space, akin to an auto-rickshaw. Its compact size facilitates swift maneuvering through traffic, allowing me to traverse my 17-kilometer commute in approximately 30-35 minutes, compared to the 40 minutes typically required by larger vehicles during peak traffic hours.

Moreover, the Comet’s diminutive footprint enables hassle-free parking in tight spaces, expanding parking possibilities where larger cars would be impractical. I’ve often managed to park the Comet in spaces too small for conventional vehicles, thanks to its compact dimensions.

Affordability

Being an electric vehicle, the Comet offers cost-effective operation. With a 3.3kW home charger provided, the running costs are significantly lower than conventional fuel-powered vehicles. Charging the Comet to full capacity costs approximately Rs. 126 (based on a unit price of Rs. 7), allowing for a range of 160-170 kilometers on a single charge. This translates to a direct running cost of around 65-70 paisa per kilometer, substantially lower than traditional fuel alternatives.

Unique Appeal

In a market where car size often correlates with social status, the Comet stands out as a ‘Cutie Pie.’ Its compact design garners attention and curiosity, especially in a landscape dominated by larger vehicles. Despite its diminutive stature, the Comet’s aesthetic appeal and functional cabin design, featuring integrated screens, walk-through space, and seating for four, contribute to its unique charm.

Shortcomings

However, the Comet is not without its drawbacks. The ride quality leaves much to be desired, with noticeable bounciness at speeds exceeding 40 kilometers per hour and pronounced body roll in corners. Additionally, the seats lack adequate lumbar support, and the pedal positioning may be uncomfortable for some drivers, warranting adjustments for improved ergonomics.

In conclusion, while the Comet excels in addressing the challenges of urban mobility with its compact design, affordability, and unique appeal, it is not without its shortcomings in terms of ride comfort and ergonomics.

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