MG Hector vs rivals: Features comparison

6th Jul 2019 6:00 am

We tell you how the fully loaded MG Hector compares with top-spec versions of its rivals on price and features.

The MG Hector has got off to a strong start, amassing over 13,000 bookings within days of its launch on June 27. What’s interesting is that the top-spec Sharp variants are in great demand, with the 1.5-litre petrol DCT Sharp leading the bookings tally. Given the interest in the top-spec version of Hector, it’s only prudent to see how it compares with the range-toppers of rival SUVs. We’ll be talking exterior, convenience and safety features. Read on for the full info.

MG Hector vs rivals: Exterior features

Straight off the bat, the Hector comes into the SUV segment with a size advantage. It’s larger than most rivals at the price, something which counts for a lot in India. However, keeping the focus on exterior features, the Hector sports a split-headlamp setup, with LED DRLs on top and the main headlights lower down; a configuration similar to what we’ve seen on the Tata Harrier. While front fog lamps and DRLs are standard fitment on the top-spec versions of all the models in question, only half the players are equipped with LED headlamps – the Hector and Kicks get projectors, while the Seltos and Captur are equipped with full-LED units.

The Hector has its nice angles but there’s no getting around the fact that its 17-inch wheels look a size too small for the large SUV. 17-inchers are the norm for most of the SUVs in consideration; although the Compass and XUV500 go one up with their 18-inch rims.

MG Hector vs rivals: Exterior
HectorHarrierCompassXUV500 CretaSeltosKicksCaptur
HeadlampsProjector (LED) Projector (Xenon) Projector (Xenon) Projector (Halogen) Projector (Halogen) Full (LED)Projector (LED)Full (LED)
DRLsLEDLEDHalogen LEDLEDLEDLEDLED
Front fog lampsYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alloy wheels17-inch17-inch18-inch18-inch17-inch17-inch17-inch17-inch

MG Hector vs rivals: Features

All SUVs in this comparison come equipped with the staples, including keyless entry, push-button start, single-zone climate control, cruise control and automatic headlamps and wipers (except the Creta). However, only the Hector and Seltos get smart connectivity features like remote functions, geofencing and stolen-vehicle tracking.

Ambient lighting, tyre pressure monitoring, electric parking brake and a panoramic sunroof are other goodies that can be found on the MG and a few of its competitors, while heated wing mirrors and a powered tailgate are exclusive to the new entrant. That said, the Hector does miss some features present on the range-topping versions of rivals. For instance, the Hector misses the Seltos’ head-up display, the Harrier’s part-digital instrument cluster and the Compass’ dual-zone climate control. The Hector also misses out on drive modes, terrain modes and the option of all-wheel drive.

MG Hector vs rivals: Features
HectorHarrierCompassXUV500CretaSeltosKicksCaptur
Keyless entryYes (Remote door lock/unlockYesYesYesYesYes (Remote door lock/unlock)YesYes
Push-button startYes (Remote engine start/stop)YesYesYesYesYes (Remote engine start/stop)YesYes
Auto climate control 1-zone (Remote AC on/off)1-zone2-zone1-zone1-zone1-zone (Remote AC on/off)1-zone1-zone
Cruise controlYesYesYes (Trailhawk only)YesYesYesYesYes
Automatic headlampsYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
Automatic wipersYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
SunroofPanoramicNoPanoramicYesYesYesNoNo
Tyre pressure monitoring systemYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNo
Electric parking brakeYes (DCT only)NoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Heated wing mirrorsYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Powered tailgateYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Instrument clusterAnaloguePart-digitalAnalogueAnalogueAnalogueAnaloguePart-digitalPart-digital
Head-up displayNoNoNoNoNo8-inchNoNo
Terrain modesNoYesYes (4x4 only)NoNoYesNoNo
All-wheel driveNoNoOptionalOptionalNoNoNoNo

MG Hector vs rivals: Seats and upholstery

As is the norm these days, all contenders come with premium upholstery in their top-spec trims. Like the Compass, XUV500, Creta and Seltos, the Hector gets an electrically adjustable driver’s seat. However, a powered co-driver’s seat is exclusive to the MG. On a hot summer’s day, you’ll appreciate the front seat ventilation offered on the Creta and Seltos. As for the rear seats, the MG and Kia join the Mahindra as SUVs with the handy option to recline the backrests.

At present, only the XUV500 comes with a third row of seats, giving it best flexibility for buyers with large families. However, come 2020, the Hector will get a seven-seat variant while Tata will introduce a larger, seven-seat Harrier.

MG Hector vs rivals: Seats and upholstery
HectorHarrierCompassXUV500 Creta SeltosKicksCaptur
UpholsteryLeatherette Leatherette LeatherLeatherette Leatherette Leatherette LeatherLeatherette
Electrically adjustable driver’s seatYesNoYesYesYesYesNoNo
Electrically adjustable co-driver’s seatYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Front ventilated seatsNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNo
Rear-seat backrest reclineYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNo
Third-row seatingNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo

MG Hector vs rivals: Infotainment

On the surface, all the cars in question are pretty evenly matched in this department, with features like Bluetooth connectivity, touchscreen displays, smartphone mirroring, navigation and voice recognition. But dig deeper and you’ll find that the 10.4-inch and 10.25-inch touch surfaces respectively in the Hector and the Seltos (which are the biggest in their class) offer a slight edge in the form of some nifty options and advanced connectivity features like an embedded SIM card, access to internet, preloaded apps, remote functions and emergency assist.

MG Hector vs rivals: Infotainment
HectorHarrierCompassXUV500 Creta SeltosKicksCaptur
Touchscreen display10.4-inch 8.4-inch 8.4-inch 7.0-inch7.0-inch10.25-inch 8.0-inch7.0-inch
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Satellite navigationOn-boardPhone-basedPhone-basedOn-boardSD Card-basedOn-boardPhone-basedOn-board
Voice commandsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Advanced connectivity Yes (i-Smart)NoNoNoNoYes (UVO Connect)NoNo

MG Hector vs rivals: Safety

Only the Hector, Compass and Seltos cover all the basis by offering essentials such as four disc brakes, six airbags, ABS, brake assist, ESC, traction control and hill-start assist. Even though the MG is missing the hill-descent control and blind spot monitor features, it does manage to pack in front and rear parking sensors and a surround-view camera like the Kia and the Nissan.

MG Hector vs rivals: Safety
HectorHarrierCompassXUV500CretaSeltosKicksCaptur
Rear disc brakesYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNo
Airbags66666644
ABS + EBDYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Brake assist YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Electronic stability controlYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
Traction controlYesYesYesNoNoYesYesNo
Hill-start assistYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
Hill-descent controlNoYesYes (Trailhawk only)YesNoNoNoNo
Blind spot monitorNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNo
Parking sensorsFront and rearRearRearRearRearFront and rearRearRear
Parking camera360-degreeRearRearRearRear360-degree360-degreeRear

MG Hector vs rivals: Price

At Rs 12.18-16.78 lakh for the petrol and Rs 13.18-16.88 lakh for the diesel, MG has positioned the Hector rather interestingly. On one hand, it is priced nearly at par with the like-sized Harrier and XUV500 and manages to undercut the Compass significantly. On the other, it is precariously close to the popular (yet smaller) Hyundai Creta in terms of price. Whether the intelligent positioning will help MG grab a big chunk of the market, only time will tell.

MG Hector vs rivals: Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Hector*HarrierCompassXUV500CretaSeltosKicksCaptur
PetrolRs 12.18-16.78 lakhNARs 15.60-21.67 lakhRs 16.09 lakhRs 10.00- 14.16 lakh Rs 11-16 lakh (est.)Rs 9.55-10.95 lakh Rs 9.50-12.00 lakh
Diesel Rs 13.18-16.88 lakh Rs 13.00-16.56 lakhRs 16.61-26.8 lakhRs 12.31-18.51 lakhRs 10.00-15.65 lakh Rs 12-17 lakh (est.)Rs 10.85-14.65 lakh Rs 10.50-13.00 lakh

* Introductory prices, ex-showroom, pan-India

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