Complete Austin Montego lineup, specs, economy, dimensions

1984 Austin Montego (XE) - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1984 - 1988 Austin Montego SedanMontego (XE)5 Trims 68 to 150 Hp 1984 Austin Montego Combi (XE) - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1984 - 1991 Austin Montego Station wagonMontego Combi (XE)3 Trims 83 to 113 Hp

The Austin Montego is a family car manufactured and marketed by British Leyland between 1984 and 1988. Later, Rover Group took over the production from 1988 to 1995. These two companies handled the production of the Montego as the replacement for both the Austin Ambassador and the Morris Ital to give British Leyland an all-new rival for the Vauxhall Cavalier and Ford Sierra. It was available as both an Austin and an MG in its introduction. It was the final automobile to be released under the Austin nameplate, and from 1988 it was offered without a brand after the phasing out of the Austin brand.

History of Austin Montego

Car manufacturer Austin-Rover, a British subsidiary of the Leyland group, built the Montego, also known as the Austin Montego and MG Montego. Morris Ital and Austin Ambassador were its successors. The company decided to compete with the Sierra and Cavalier from Ford and Vauxhall. Thus they came up with Montego. When they unveiled the first production version of the automobile on April 25, 1984, the model had been in development since 1975. For MG Montego, the years 1985 to 1991 saw the production of Austin Montego. However, despite the adoption of cutting-edge technology, the initial batch of units did not vary in quality or dependability, forcing the company to adjust the design and units. Montego was capable of competing with the Peugeot 405, Citroen BX, and Audi 80 at the end of the 1980s. Montego Estate was a four-door, five-seat sedan (starting in October 1984) and a five-door, five- or seven-seat wagon with front-wheel drive. Austin/Rover Montego and MG Montego achieved 546,000 and 23,000 units during their manufacturing run. These two companies sold approximately 436,000 of these units in the United Kingdom. A 2L Austin Montego automobile has been in New Zealand's possession since 1989. Due to the lack of interest in Rover Montego in India, the company decided to give up on the idea of modifying sales.


In 1984, British Leyland (BL) debuted the Austin Montego, a four-door family sedan that replaced the Austin Ambassador and Morris Ital and competed with the Ford Sierra and Vauxhall Cavalier. If you had purchased a 1.6L model in the 1980s, it would have cost you £6,159, or £21,093 ($27,547) in 2022. 


After David Bache's exit, the company brought in Roy Axe to design the Montego's front and rear. The Montego had several upgrades compared to the Maestro, including a new SOHC engine and a more durable instrument panel. Front wipers that retract into the bonnet when the car is stopped include body-colored bumpers. Maestro's solid-state instrument cluster and trip computer were also present in the MG version. They employed synthesized voices for both warning and information systems. More features include a service indicator, a rally-style tachometer, and a representation of the car showing open doors.


The Austin Montego engine delivers 68 hp (51 kW) at 5,800 rpm and 75 lb-ft (102 Nm) at 3,500 rpm of torque. Austin Montego accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) in 13.8 seconds with a top speed of 98 mph (157 kph) and a curb weight of 2,094 lbs (950 kgs). Austin sold the Austin Montego as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) model with a 5-speed manual gearbox powered by a 1.3L naturally-aspirated inline 4 cylinder engine.

Release Date

The Montego model is a vehicle built by Austin, with 4 doors and 5 seats, offered from the year 1984 through 1990.