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    Which Variant of 2020 MG Hector Plus Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

    by Mahesh Yadav on Saturday, Jul 25 2020

    Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 MG Hector Plus petrol is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 Hector Plus's petrol variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 MG Hector Plus with its chief competitors.

    2020 MG Hector Plus Petrol

    What Are The Pros And Cons Of MG Hector Plus Petrol?

    The pros or advantages of Hector Plus petrol 2020 are:

    • Not a taxi - period. The only other car with captain seats-only configuration is the Maruti XL6 (Nexa) and it’s based on Ertiga, a hit among fleet buyers.
    • The only car with SUV styling and captain seats
    • Wide range of engine transmission options - petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual
    • Tremendous road presence - thanks to massive dimensions and SUV styling

    The MG Hector Plus petrol 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

    • Quite pricey for 2 extra captain seats and different styling compared to the regular 5-seat Hector
    • Not a full-time 6-seater - as accepted by MG
    • Small boot with all seats upright - even for a 3-row car. Other captain seat cars like Ertiga/XL6, Marazzo and Innova Crysta - all have better boot space when all seatbacks are upright

    If you prefer watching over reading, then here’s our Hector Plus variants breakdown video:

    What Is The Price Of 2020 MG Hector Plus?

    The 2020 MG Hector Plus is available in 3 variants - Style, Smart and Sharp. It has 3 engine-transmission combinations, petrol manual, petrol hybrid manual and petrol automatic. The MG Hector Plus petrol manual is priced at Rs. 13.49 lakh for the Style variant and Rs. 17.29 lakh for Sharp hybrid variant. The petrol automatic variants of the MG Hector Plus costs Rs. 16.65 lakh and Rs. 18.21 lakh for Smart and Sharp variants, respectively. 

    MG HECTOR PLUS PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | JUL 2020

    Variant

    Petrol-MT

    Petrol Hybrid-MT

    Petrol-DCT

    Style

    Rs. 13,48,800

    --

    --

    Smart

    --

    --

    Rs. 16,64,800

    Sharp

    --

    Rs. 17,28,800

    Rs. 18,20,800

    Is The Style Variant Of 2020 MG Hector Plus Petrol Worth Buying?

    The MG Hector Plus costs Rs. 13.49 lakh for the Style variant with a turbo petrol engine and a manual transmission. The standard features of the Hector Plus Style petrol are:

    • ESC
    • Traction control
    • HSA
    • All 4 disc brakes
    • Power adjustable mirrors
    • All power windows
    • Cooled glovebox
    • Captain seats in the second row with individual armrests
    • 50-50 folding third-row seatbacks
    • LED headlamps
    • 3-point seatbelts for all occupants
    • Remote central locking
    • Rear washer, wiper
    • Rear defogger
    • AC vents in the second and third row
    • Manual day/night mirror
    • Music system with 4 speakers
    • LED tail lamps
    • 17-inch steel wheels with covers
    • Height adjustable driver seat
    • Fabric upholstery

    Also Read - 2020 MG Hector Plus vs Toyota Innova Crysta - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    MG HECTOR PLUS STYLE | FEATURES

    Rs. 13,48,800 PETROL MT

    Safety

    Functional

    Std. Safety Features

    ISOFIX

    50:50 Third Row

    USB Charging Socket in All Rows

    Electronic Stability Control

    3-point Seatbelt For All Passengers

    Remote Central Locking

    Front & Rear Power Windows (down with remote)

    Traction Control

    Front Seatbelt Pretensioners

    Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

    Cooled Glovebox

    Hill Start Assist

    LED Headlamps

    Tilt Steering

    Adjustable Headrests in All Rows

    All 4 Disc Brakes

    Fog Lamps

    2nd & 3rd Row AC Vents

    Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

    Cornering Fog Lamps

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    Power Outlet in Armrest

    Follow-me-home Headlamps

    Rear Defogger

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

    All Door Pockets

    Day/Night IRVM

       


    It’s also worth noting that the Style variant is made-to-order only. And rightfully so. We’d suggest you consider a higher variant as this one doesn’t get many features you’d expect for this price like:

    • Cruise control
    • Power folding mirrors
    • Auto AC
    • Sunroof
    • Telescopic steering
    • Touchscreen music system
    • Front parking sensors
    • Steering-mounted controls

    More importantly, the next higher variant is reasonably priced and justifies the price jump. The MG Hector Plus Style petrol MT variant is not worth buying. Now let’s see how Smart petrol DCT automatic fares.

    MG HECTOR PLUS STYLE | FEATURES

    Rs. 13,48,800 PETROL MT

    Entertainment

    Style

    Audio System

    LED Tail Lamps

    Front & Rear Skid Plates

    Basic 3.5-inch MID

    USB, Bluetooth & FM

    LED DRLs

    Rear Spoiler

    Fabric Seats

    4 Speakers

    R17 Steel Wheels w/ Wheel Covers

    Turn Indicators on ORVMs

    Leather Door & Front Armrest

     

    Body Coloured Bumpers, Door Handles & ORVMs

    Is The Smart Petrol Automatic Variant Of 2020 MG Hector Plus Petrol Worth Buying?

    The price jump from Style petrol MT to Smart DCT automatic is about Rs. 3.16 lakh. The MG Hector Plus Smart petrol automatic costs Rs. 16.65 lakh. The price jump is certainly big and if it doesn’t meet your budget limit, then you should consider buying the Style variant instead. For this additional price, the Smart auto adds the following features:

    • 6-speed DCT automatic (Worth Rs. 1.0 lakh)
    • 10.4-inch touchscreen
    • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
    • 2 front thorax airbags
    • Rear camera
    • Front parking sensors
    • LED fog lamps
    • Steering-mounted controls
    • 6-way power driver seat
    • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
    • Telescopic steering
    • Leather upholstery
    • Power folding mirrors
    • Cruise control
    • Electronic parking brake
    • Internet-connected Telematics features
    • 17-inch alloy wheels

    Also Read - 2020 MG Hector Plus vs Maruti Suzuki XL6 - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    The Smart variant is the minimum we’d recommend to you if you’re considering the MG Hector Plus petrol. Together with the assumed cost of Rs.1.0 for the automatic transmission, this variant more than justifies the price jump of Rs. 3.16 lakh from the Style variant. If you also occasionally drive the vehicle yourself, then you should opt for this automatic transmission variant.

    The most notable features you might miss in this variant are:

    • Auto AC
    • Sunroof
    • 7-inch full-colour screen in the instrument console

    Now, let’s see if the Sharp variant is worth upgrading to or not.

    MG HECTOR PLUS SMART | FEATURES OVER STYLE VARIANT

    Rs. 16,64,800 PETROL DCT Automatic

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    2 Front Thorax Airbags

    10.4-inch Touchscreen

    Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

    Chrome Interior & Exterior Door Handles

    Rear Parking Camera

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    6-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat

    Dynamic Turn Indicators

    Front Parking Sensors

    Infinity Sound System

    Power Foldable ORVMs

    Leather Wrapped Steering

    LED Fog Lamps

    Steering-mounted Audio Controls

    Driver & Passenger Vanity Mirror

    Brown Leather Upholstery

     

    Subwoofer & Amplifier

    Cruise Control

    Shark Fin Antenna

     

    4 Tweeters

    Telescopic Steering

    R17 Alloy Wheels

       

    Electric Parking Brake

    LED Cabin Lights

       

    Connected Car Tech

    Roof Rails

    Is The Sharp Variant Of 2020 MG Hector Plus Petrol Worth Buying?

    Sharp is the top variant of the MG Hector Plus petrol and it costs Rs. 17.29 lakh with manual transmission and Rs. 18.21 lakh with the automatic. It’s available with 2 choices:

    • Hybrid turbo petrol engine and manual transmission 
    • Turbo petrol engine with DCT automatic transmission

    Sharp automatic costs Rs. 92,000 more than the Sharp manual and Rs. 1.56 lakh more than Smart automatic. The automatic transmission is clearly well-priced at Rs. 8,000 below the industry standard. So, we need to see if it gets Rs. 64,000 worth of additional features or not. First, let’s list down the notable additions:

    • Auto AC
    • 2 curtain airbags
    • Heated outside mirrors
    • 7-inch full-colour screen in the instrument cluster
    • Auto wipers
    • 360 camera
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Auto headlamps
    • Powered tailgate
    • 4-way power front passenger seat (DCT auto only)
    • Ambient lighting
    • E-parking brake (DCT auto only)

    Also Read - 2020 Hyundai Tucson vs MG Hector Plus - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    These features also justify spending the additional sum over the Smart variant. The Sharp variant of the 2020 MG Hector Plus is our top-recommended and the most value for money variant.

    Between the manual and the automatic, we’d suggest that you choose the DCT automatic as it costs a bit under Rs. 1.0 lakh and also gets front passenger power seats.

    MG HECTOR PLUS SHARP | FEATURES OVER SMART VARIANT

    Rs. 17,28,800 PETROL HYBRID MT | Rs. 18,20,800 PETROL DCT Automatic

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    Curtain Airbags

    Rain Sensing Wipers

    Heated ORVMs

    Digital Instrument Cluster

    360-degree Parking Camera

    Powered Tailgate w/ Handsfree Unlock

    4-way Power Adjustable Passenger Seat (non-Hybrid)

    8-colour Ambient Lighting

     

    Auto AC

    Auto Headlamps

    Panoramic Sunroof

    Which Variant Of The 2020 MG Hector Plus Petrol Offers The Most Value For Money?

    The Sharp DCT automatic is the most value for money variant of the Hector Plus petrol.

    The Style petrol MT variant of the MG Hector Plus is not worth buying because it misses out on many features you’d expect from a car of this class and price point. It’s also made-to-order and may take longer to reach the dealership than higher variants. Besides, the price jump to the Smart petrol automatic variant is totally justified. So, the Smart variant is the bare minimum you should buy if you’re considering the MG Hector Plus and it’s totally worth buying.

    If you stretch your budget further, then the range-topping Sharp hybrid petrol manual and petrol automatic, both offer better value for money than any of the lower variants. The Sharp DCT is a better value than the Sharp manual because it adds only Rs. 92,000 over the manual variant and gets 1 extra feature - power front passenger seat. If you intend to drive the car yourself, then the automatic transmission is a must-have feature. Those who’re always chauffeured around can consider the Sharp MT as well.

    MG HECTOR PLUS | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price (ex-showroom)

    Recommendation

    Style MT

    Rank 4

    Rs. 13,48,800

    Not recommended

    Smart DCT

    Rank 3

    Rs. 16,64,800

    For those who don’t can’t buy Sharp DCT

    Sharp MT

    Rank 2

    Rs. 17,28,800

    For chauffeur-driven buyers who don’t intend to drive the car themselves and don’t want the automatic transmission.

    Sharp DCT

    Rank 1

    Rs. 18,20,800

    Top recommended variant

    What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 MG Hector Plus Petrol?

    The MG Hector Plus’ most natural rivals are the Maruti Suzuki XL6 petrol and Innova Crysta petrol. Buyers of the Hector may also consider stretching their budget for the Hector Plus for the added convenience of captain seats and an additional row of seating.

    The Hector Plus has less power than the Innova Crysta but its torque to weight ratio from the turbo petrol engine is far better than the Innova’s. It also has a 6-speed manual transmission against Crysta’s 5-speed. Similarly, Hector Plus’ fuel efficiency is also better than the Toyota Innova.

    So, the Hector Plus clearly has an upper hand over the Innova in terms of engine performance.

    The Hector’s newer hybrid, turbocharged, direct-injection engine technology along with a dual-clutch transmission are yet to prove its long-term reliability. Meanwhile, the Innova’s simpler normal petrol engine, old-school torque converter automatic and a rugged ladder-frame chassis are more likely to survive the Indian road, driving and climatic conditions. And that’s what has always lured buyers in Toyota’s direction - their boring, uneventful ownership experience with few surprises and breakdowns.

    Also Read - 2020 MG Hector Plus vs MG Hector - Price, Specs, Mileage, Features Comparison

    HECTOR PLUS vs Rivals

    PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    Hector Plus

    Hector

    Innova Crysta

    Displacement

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    2.7-litre

    Engine Type

    Turbo petrol and Hybrid turbo petrol

    Turbo petrol and Hybrid turbo petrol

    Normal petrol

    Cylinders

    4

    4

    4

    Maximum Power

    143PS @ 5000rpm

    143PS @ 5000rpm

    166PS @ 5200rpm

    Power:Weight

    86.72PS/t

    88.65PS/t

    94.31PS/t

    Peak Torque

    250Nm @ 1600 - 3600rpm

    250Nm @ 1600 - 3600rpm

    245Nm @ 4000rpm

    Torque:Weight

    151.61Nm/t

    154.99Nm/t

    139.2Nm/t

    Manual Transmission

    6-speed

    6-speed

    5-speed

    Manual FE

    14.03kmpl (Hybrid)

    14.29kmpl (Hybrid Turbo)
    13.3kmpl (Turbo)

    10.6kmpl

    Automatic Transmission

    6-speed DCT

    6-speed DCT

    6-speed torque converter

    Automatic FE

    11.67kmpl

    12.32kmpl

    10.5kmpl

    What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 MG Hector Plus?

    The Hector Plus is almost as long, wide and tall as the Innova Crysta and it also has an identical wheelbase. The SUV styling and high ground clearance also work in the favour of Hector Plus while the Innova Crysta clearly has a strong MPV vibe.

    However, the Hector Plus has a much smaller boot space of just 155 litres with all seats upright. Innova Crysta has 300 litres - almost double that of the Hector+’.

    MG HECTOR vs RIVALS | DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Hector Plus

    Hector

    Innova Crysta

    Length

    4720mm

    4655mm

    4735mm

    Width

    1835mm

    1835mm

    1830mm

    Height

    1760mm

    1760mm

    1795mm

    Wheelbase

    2750mm

    2750mm

    2750mm

    Boot space

    155-lt / 530-lt

    587-lt

    300-lt

    Ground clearance

    191mm (diesel)

    196mm (petrol)

    198mm

    178mm

    Fuel Tank

    60-lt

    60-lt

    65-lt

    Tyre Size (base)

    215/60 R17

    215/60 R17

    205/65 R16

    Tyre Size (top)

    215/60 R17

    215/60 R17

    215/55 R17

    What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 MG Hector Plus?

    The 2020 Hector Plus is available in the following 6 colour options:

    • Blue
    • Red
    • Black
    • White
    • Silver
    • Maroon/Burgandy

    Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

    CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

    SEGMENT

    SUB-SEGMENT

    LENGTH

    EXAMPLE

    A Segment

    A

    < 3699mm

    Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio

           

    B Segment

    B1

    3700-3850mm

    Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid

    B2

    3850-3999mm

    Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

           

    C Segment

    C

    4000-4499mm

    Ciaz, New City, Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

           

    D Segment

    D

    4500-4750mm

    New City, Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

           

    D+ Segment

    D+

    4750+mm

    Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

     

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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