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    Which MG Hector Petrol Variant To Buy? MG HECTOR - Variant Comparison - STYLE, SUPER, SMART, SHARP

    by V3Cars Team on Friday, Oct 25 2019

    Are you thinking of buying a mid-size SUV? Then read on to see which variant of MG Hector will offer the best value for your money.

     

    MG Hector

     

    The MG Hector created quite a buzz when it launched in the summer of 2019 So much so that MG halted the bookings for the Hector once the number touched 21,000. Bookings of the Hector resumed just ahead of the festive season with a price hike of Rs. 30,000 - Rs. 40,000. Now that the bookings are open again, let’s dig deeper to figure out which petrol variant you should book.

     

    MG Hector Variant Price

    The MG Hector’s prices start at Rs. 12.48 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the petrol STYLE variant and go up to Rs. 17.28 lakh for the diesel SHARP variant.

     

    MG HECTOR PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM INDIA (Except Kerala)

     

    STYLE

    SUPER

    SMART

    SHARP

    PETROL MT

    ₹ 12,48,000

    ₹ 13,28,000

    X

    X

    PETROL HYBRID MT

    X

    ₹ 13,88,000

    ₹ 14,98,000

    ₹ 16,28,000

    PETROL DCT

    X

    X

    ₹ 15,68,000

    ₹ 17,18,000

    DIESEL

    ₹ 13,48,000

    ₹ 14,48,000

    ₹ 15,88,000

    ₹ 17,28,000

     

    The STYLE variant with diesel engine is Rs. 1,00,000 more expensive than the non-hybrid petrol version. If you look at the SUPER variant, the gap increases to Rs. 1.2 lakh. For the SUPER variant, you also have the option of the petrol hybrid engine, which is Rs. 60,000 more expensive than the non-hybrid petrol version.

     

    MG Hector

     

    The SMART variant doesn’t get the non-hybrid petrol engine, but adds the option of a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The automatic is only Rs. 70,000 more expensive than the MG Hector SMART hybrid variant. If you opt for the diesel instead, then that’s Rs. 90,000 more expensive than the SMART hybrid petrol engine with a manual transmission.

    In the SHARP variant, the petrol automatic comes with a premium of Rs. 90,000 over the hybrid manual transmission. Meanwhile, the diesel engine will cost you another Rs. 1,00,000 on top of what the Hector with a hybrid petrol engine and a manual transmission costs.

     

    MG Hector Dimension Comparison with Competition

     

    MG HECTOR | DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    MG Hector

    Tata Harrier

    M&M XUV500

    Jeep Compass

    Hyundai Tucson

    Length

    4655 mm

    4598 mm

    4585 mm

    4395 mm

    4475 mm

    Width

    1835 mm

    1894 mm

    1890 mm

    1818 mm

    1850 mm

    Height

    1760 mm

    1706 mm

    1785 mm

    1640 mm

    1660 mm

    Wheelbase

    2750 mm

    2741 mm

    2700 mm

    2636 mm

    2670 mm

     

    The MG Hector is the longest of the lot and has the longest wheelbase too. It is only a wee bit narrower than the Tata Harrier and slightly shorter than the Mahindra XUV500.

     

    MG Hector Petrol Engine Specs

     

    MG HECTOR | ENGINE SPECS

     

    Petrol

    Petrol Hybrid

    Engine

    1.5-litre

    Fuel Type

    Petrol

    Max Power

    143PS @ 5000RPM

    Max Torque

    250 Nm @ 1600 - 3600 RPM

    Transmission

    6 MT & DCT

    6 MT 

    Fuel Economy (kmpl)

    14.16 (MT) 13.96 (AT) 

    15.81

    Drive System

    2WD only

    2WD only

     

    There are two petrol powertrain options in the MG Hector - a hybrid and a non-hybrid. Both get a 1.5-litre engine with a turbocharger and make the same peak power and torque. However, the hybrid variant also gets a small boost from an electric motor, which also helps in auto-start stop in traffic. Both are available with a 6-speed manual transmission.

    The non-hybrid engine is also available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The hybrid variant has a slight advantage of 1.65kmpl over the non-hybrid manual transmission in terms of fuel efficiency.

     

    MG HECTOR 1.5L PETROL VARIANTS

     

    STYLE

    SUPER

    SMART

    SHARP

    PETROL Manual

    X

    X

    PETROL HYBRID Manual

    X

    PETROL Automatic

    X

    X

     

    Now let’s look at each variant individually starting with the STYLE variant.

     

     

     

    MG Hector STYLE Variant Features

    Right from the base STYLE variant, the Hector gets a 4-speaker music system, LED DRLs, halogen projector headlamps, power-adjustable outside mirrors, rear AC vents, front  and rear armrests, hill-hold, ESP, traction control, rear defogger, rear washer and wiper, rear disc brakes, ABS and 2 airbags.

     

    MG HECTOR | STYLE VARIANT 

    Functional features

    Safety features

    Exterior features

    Audio System + USB + FM + Bluetooth Music & Calling + 4 Speakers

    Dual front airbags

    LED DRLs

    Halogen Projector Headlamps

    Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

    Steel Wheels + Wheel Caps

    Electrically-Adjustable ORVMs

    Traction Control System (TCS)

    Roof Rails

    Front And Rear Power Windows

    Hill Hold Control

    Front & Rear Skid Plates

    Tilt Steering

    ABS + EBD + Brake Assist

    Rear Spoiler

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

    Rear Parking Sensors

    Turn Indicator on ORVMs

    Cooled Glove Box

    Rear Defogger

    Driver Armrest With Storage And 12V Power Outlet

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    Front And Rear Fast Charging USB Ports

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    Rear AC Vents

    Speed Warning Alert 

    2nd Row Seat Recline

    Rear Disc Brakes

    Rear Armrest With Cupholders

    ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors

    Flat Foldable 2nd Row 60:40 Split Seats

    Front Seatbelt Pretensioner And Load Limiter

    -

    Flat Floor

    Front Driver & Co-driver Seatbelt Reminder

    Remote Keyless Entry

    -

    Front & Rear Seats Height Adjustable Headrests

    - -

    Rear Seat Middle Headrest

    Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts

    -

    3.5” Multi-Information Display

    - -

     

    MG Hector SUPER Variant Features

    The STYLE variant itself looks like a good value considering the standard features, the prices and size of the vehicle. However, adding another Rs. 80,000 gets you cruise control, front parking sensors, rear camera, 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, steering-mounted controls and alloy wheels. In our opinion, this upgrade is worth the price difference.

    There’s also the option of a hybrid engine for an additional sum of Rs. 60,000. It takes the official fuel efficiency figure from 14.16kmpl to 15.81kmpl. That’s an improvement of 1.65kmpl, which we don’t think is worth. At the current petrol price (~Rs. 73), it’ll take you 1.1 lakh km just to recover the additional cost. That is IF you get advertised fuel efficiency in the real world, which you won’t.

     

    MG HECTOR | SUPER VARIANT 

    Functional features

    Safety features

    Cosmetic features

    Cruise Control

    Reverse Parking Camera

    Silver Alloys

    10.4-inch Touchscreen infotainment system

    Front Parking Sensors

    Shark Fin Antenna

    Android Auto and Apple Carplay

    Cornering Front Fog Lamps 

    -

    Offline Navigation & Live Traffic

    Front Fog Lamps

    Steering Mounted Audio Controls

    Rear Fog Lamps

    AC Controls On The Headunit

    Driver and Co-Driver Vanity Mirror with Cover

    Rear Parcel Curtain

    Follow Me Home Headlamps

     

    MG Hector SMART Variant Features

    The MG Hector SMART variant adds Rs. 1.7 lakh to the ex-showroom price as you don’t have the option of a non-hybrid engine. Against the hybrid SUPER variant, the price increase is Rs. 1.1 lakh.

    For that increase in price, you get, a power-adjustable driver seat, telescopic steering, push-button start, keyless entry, power-folding outside mirrors, tyre pressure monitoring, premium 8-speaker Infinity sound system with subwoofer and amplifier, machined alloy wheels, remote car lock/unlock, voice command and app-based vehicle status check.

    If you spend another Rs. 70,000, you can get the 7-speed dual- clutch automatic instead of the 6-speed manual transmission. While some features do carry tremendous value and add to the overall ownership experience, we think this is a tough sell. If you love a good music system, then you should consider this option. There are also other luxurious features in the SMART variant but not enough to warrant an upgrade.

     

    MG HECTOR | SMART VARIANT 

    Functional features

    Safety features

    Cosmetic features

    Telescopic Steering

    Electric Brake Parking

    DCT Only

    Dual Tone

    Machined Alloys

    6-Way Power-Adjustable Driver seat

    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

    LED Fog Lamps

    Push-Button Engine Start/Stop with Remote Keyless Smart Entry

    Floating Light Turn Indicator

    Power Foldable ORVM

    Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

    Premium Sound System by Infinity with 4 Speakers and 4 Tweeters

    Subwoofer & Amplifier

    Gaana App & Preloaded Entertainment Content By MG 

    Remote AC on/off 

    DCT Only

    Remote Car Lock/Unlock

    Smart Drive Information

    Voice commands And Adaptive Learning

    Vehicle Status Check on App 

     

    MG Hector SHARP Variant Features

    The MG Hector SHARP variant is Rs. 1.3 lakh more expensive, compared to the SMART variant with manual transmission. If you’re considering the automatic transmission, then the SHARP variant will add Rs. 1.5 lakh to the ex-showroom cost.

    For that extra cost, you get, dual-pane electric sunroof with remote open/close, auto AC/climate control, heated outside mirrors, 360-degree camera, auto headlamps, auto wipers, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat and a power-operated tailgate. There are some nice features in this variant but the price you pay is also in proportion.

    For instance, the auto AC, sunglass holder, auto wipers and headlamps are features we expect even in the lower variants of the MG Hector. However, the MG Hector is giving the power-adjustable front passenger seat, panoramic sunroof with remote open/close, power-operated tailgate and 360-degree camera at throwaway prices. So, the SHARP variant comes across as decent value for your hard-earned money.

     

    MG HECTOR | SHARP VARIANT 

    Functional features

    Safety features

    Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof- with Remote Open/Close

    Heated ORVMs

    Sunglass holder

    360 Around View Camera

    Auto AC

    -

    Auto Headlamps

    Rain Sensing Wipers

    4-Way Power-Adjustable Co-Driver seat

    7” Coloured Digital Multi Info Display

    -

    8-Colour Ambient Lighting

    Powered Tailgate Opening/Closing With Multi Position Setting

    -

    Driver and Co-Driver Vanity Mirror with Cover with illumination

     

    MG Hector Petrol Variant - Verdict

     

    Manual Transmission - SUPER - Non-hybrid (Rs. 13.28 lakh)

    The SUPER variant is the one that offers the best value even if it misses out on certain features that we should expect at that price point. If not a dual-zone climate control, we should at least get a single-zone automatic air conditioning for this price. The absence of power-folding mirrors,sunglass holder and a safety feature like TPMS further hurt its case. Nevertheless,for what it offers, it’s still a great balance considering the price.

     

    Automatic Transmission - SHARP - Non-hybrid (Rs. 17.18 lakh)

    While we maintain that the SUPER variant is the best value, if you want an automatic, SHARP is the way to go. SMART and SHARP are both priced too high for what they add to the package. However,if you’ve come as far as SMART, we’d suggest you plonk in some extra cash and get SHARP variant instead. It certainly has the features to justify buying the MG Hector.

    A word of caution - The automatic transmission doesn’t carry a huge premium compared to the equivalent variant with a hybrid engine and a manual transmission. However, we’d advise against buying the dual-clutch automatic unless you absolutely want the MG Hector and can’t live without an automatic transmission.

    A dual-clutch is the slickest of all types of automatics - but also notorious for long-term reliability issues. It’s also coming from a manufacturer new to India. So, it’s difficult to comment about its long-term reliability given the harsh Indian driving conditions. Traditionally, owners of the dual-clutch automatics have found DCTs quite a bit expensive to maintain. If you intend to keep your MG Hector automatic with you for a long time (>7 years), then we’d suggest you consider other options.


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