The first SUV from MG in India surely is trending. We tell you if it’s worth all the hype, with a full-fledged road test.
The MG Hector is incredible value, right from the word go. Its sheer size, long list of features, and massive cabin and boot allow it to punch not one but two segments above its weight. Yes, you do miss some features found in other rivals and there’s no all-wheel-drive option to give it true SUV credibility, but features like the touchscreen and sunroof – the biggest available on any car – are constant reminders that you’re getting your money’s worth.
The Hector’s loose highway manners are its main weakness and it also doesn’t have the same rugged feel of its more hardcore rivals. The strong, refined and efficient Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine goes a long way to establish the Hector as a long-distance cruiser, and this variant is the one to choose if you are constantly on the highway. But the fact is that the Hector feels most comfortable within urban environs, where its light steering, good outside visibility and easy manoeuvrability give it an edge over others. For city use, the refined and capable 1.5 turbo-petrols make the most sense,
even if they are not the most efficient (especially the automatic variant)
Any doubts about the long-term reliability of what is still an unknown product are taken care of by a five-year warranty and a brand-new dealer network. Sure, only time will tell how good or durable the Hector is in the long term, but for now, it’s a compelling buy. And if a spacious and comfortable cabin is your main priority then, quite frankly, the Hector is the best option for the money.