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

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

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 Pluss 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

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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)

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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 Yadav

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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