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    2021 MG Hector Plus Petrol Variants ‌‌Explained‌‌ ‌‌-‌‌ ‌‌Which‌‌ ‌‌One‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌Buy‌‌?

    by Lakshya Khanna on Monday, May 10 2021

    V3Cars reviews all the variants of the 2021 MG Hector Plus to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The Hector Plus petrol comes equipped with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that also comes with a mild hybrid option. This engine is paired with 3 transmission options - a manual, a CVT and a DCT.

     

    2021 MG Hector Plus

    What Are The Prices of MG Hector Plus 2021?

    The 2021 MG Hector Plus petrol’s 7-seater version is available in 2 variants, and it has a starting price of Rs 13.35 lakh. The petrol version’s 6-seater version is offered again in 2 variants - Smart and Sharp, and the price ranges from Rs 17.22 lakh to Rs 18.90 lakh.

    The top Sharp variant comes in both petrol-hybrid manual and petrol-automatic powertrain options, and these two have a price difference of Rs 1.05 lakh. It is worth noting that the Hector Plus comes with 2 automatic transmission options -- DCT aur CVT, and both are priced the same.

    In the following table you can check all the pricing details of the 2021 MG Hector Plus petrol variants: 

    2021 MG HECTOR PLUS | PRICES

    EX-SHOWROOM

    Variants

    7 Seater

    Difference

    6 Seater

     

    PETROL MANUAL

    Style

    Rs 13,34,800

    --

    --

     

    PETROL-MILD HYBRID MANUAL

    Super

    Rs 14,84,800

    --

    --

    Sharp

    --

    --

    Rs 17,84,800

     

    PETROL AUTOMATIC

    Smart

    --

    --

    Rs 17,21,800

    Sharp

    --

    --

    Rs 18,89,800

     

    2021 HECTOR PLUS | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    Manual

    Difference

    Automatic

    Sharp

    Rs 17,84,800

    Rs 1,05,000

    Rs 18,89,800

    What Are The Engine Specifications of MG Hector Plus? 

    The Hector Plus comes packed with a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine that is capable of generating 143PS of maximum power and 250Nm of peak torque. The power and torque outputs remain the same in case of both the normal and hybrid versions. The Hector Plus doesn’t have a direct petrol-powered D2-segment SUV rival, but compared to the Toyota Innova Crysta MPV petrol, its turbo-petrol engine offers better torque:weight ratio and claimed fuel efficiency.

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

    The Hector Plus now offers the options of both CVT and DCT types automatic transmissions with the petrol engine. MG officially says that the CVT is more suitable for city driving, and we also agree. 

    You can check all the turbo petrol/hybrid engine specifications of the 2021 MG Hector Plus petrol in the following table:

    HECTOR PLUS vs INNOVA CRYSTA

    ENGINE SPECS

     

    Hector Petrol/Hybrid

    Difference

    Innova Crysta

    Displacement

    1.5-litre, Turbo

     

    2.7-litre

    Cylinder

    4

     

    4

    Capacity

    1451cc

     

    2694cc

    Maximum Power

    143PS @ 5000rpm

     

    166PS @ 5200rpm

    Power:Weight

    86.72PS/t

    9.23PS/t

    95.95PS/t

    Peak Torque

    250Nm @ 3600rpm

     

    245Nm @ 4000rpm

    Torque:Weight

    151.61Nm/t

    9.99Nm/t

    141.62Nm/t

    Manual

    Transmission

    6-speed

    1-speed

    5-speed

    Claimed FE

    14.03kmpl

    3.43kmpl

    10.6kmpl

    Automatic

    Transmission

    6-speed DCT / CVT

     

    6-speed TC

    Claimed FE

    11.67kmpl

    1.17kmpl

    10.5kmpl


    What Are The Dimensions of MG Hector Plus? 

    The MG Hector Plus D2-segment is a 6-7-seater SUV, and its length is more than 4.7m. Its width and height are the same as that of the regular Hector, which makes it slightly wider than the Innova Crysta. All these 3 cars have equally long  wheelbase, and with the third row up, the Hector Plus offers only 155-litres of boot space. It comes with 17- and 18-inch wheels options. 

    The table below offers a look at the dimension details of the 2021 MG Hector Plus and comparison with its rivals:

    HECTOR PLUS vs HECTOR vs INNOVA CRYSTA

    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

    587-lt

    300-lt

    Ground Clearance

    192mm

    192mm

    NA

    Fuel Tank

    60-lt

    60-lt

    55-lt (D) & 65-lt (P)

    Tyre Size (min)

    215/60 R17

    215/60 R17

    205/65 R16

    Tyre Size (max)

    215/55 R18

    215/55 R18

    215/55 R17


    MG Hector Plus Petrol Variants-wise Features

    What Are The Features of MG Hector Plus Style Variant? 

    The base variant of the Hector Plus, Style comes with all the basic safety features, apart from which there are features like electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist, rear defogger, rear wiper & washer, LED headlamps and day/night IRVM.

    In terms of style, this variant gets features such as LED DRLs, 17-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers and LED tail lamps. 

    You can check the safety and style related features of the 2021 MG Hector Plus Style variant in the following table: 

    2021 HECTOR PLUS STYLE | FEATURES

    Safety

    Style

    Std. Safety Features

    Rear Defogger

    LED DRLs

    Integrated Rear Spoiler

    Electronic Stability Control

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    LED Tail Lamps

    Turn Indicators on ORVMs

    Traction Control

    ISOFIX

    R17 Wheels w/ Covers

    Fabric Upholstery

    Hill Start Assist

    Front Seatbelt Pretensioner & Load Limiter

    Micro Antenna

     

    Rear Disc Brakes

    LED Headlamps

       

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    Day/Night IRVM

       

    Fog Lamps

         


    This base variant does get an audio system that comes along with USB & Bluetooth connectivity, and 4 speakers. This variant’s notable functional features include: height adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable ORVMs, all power windows, tilt steering, front & rear armrest, rear AC vents and USB charger for all rows. 

    You can see all the entertainment and functional related features of the 2021 MG Hector Plus Style variant in the table below:

    2021 HECTOR PLUS STYLE | FEATURES

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Audio System

    MID w/ Distance to Empty

    Front & Rear Armrest

    Cooled Glovebox

    USB, FM & Bluetooth Connectivity

    Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

    Power Socket

    Remote Central Locking w/ All Windows Down

    4 Speakers

    Tilt Steering

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

    Adjustable Headrests In All Rows

     

    60:40 Split 2nd Row w/ Slide & Recline

    USB Ports In All Rows

    All Door Pockets

     

    2nd & 3rd Row AC Vents

    All Power Windows

    Adjustable Front Seatbelts

     

    50:50 Split 3rd Row

    Follow-me-home Headlamps

     


    The Hector Plus Style variant lacks some features that it should have offered at its price point, such as touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, steering-mounted audio controls, rear parking camera and electrically foldable ORVMs. 

    Also Read - 2020 MG Hector Plus vs Mahindra XUV500 - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    Whether you should buy the Hector Plus Style base variant or a higher variant even if you are on a budget, we’ll discuss this after looking into the details of the next variant.

    What Are The Features of MG Hector Super Variant?

    The Hector Plus Super variant costs Rs 1.50 lakh more over the Style variant. The Super variant’s petrol engine power output is the same, but it gets the mild hybrid technology that offers better fuel efficiency.

    2021 HECTOR PLUS | PRICE COMPARISON

    Style Petrol

    Difference

    Super Mild Hybrid

    Rs 13,34,800

    Rs 1,50,000

    Rs 14,84,800


    The Super variant offers a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, steering-mounted controls and rear parking camera. Apart from these there are also additional noteworthy features such as front parking sensors, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels and roof rails.

    Here are all the additional features of the 2021 MG Hector Plus Super variant over the Style variant in the following table:

    2021 HECTOR PLUS SUPER | FEATURES OVER STYLE

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Front Parking Sensors

    10.4-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

    Idle Start/Stop (Hybrid)

    R17 Alloy Wheels

    Rear Parking Camera

    Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

    Cruise Control

    Shark Fin Antenna

    Front Fog Lamps w/ Cornering Fn.

    2 Tweeters

    Front Vanity Mirrors

    Front & Rear Scuff Plates

     

    Steering-mounted Controls

     

    Chrome Inside Door Handles

         

    Roof Rails

           


    As per our internal data, the Super variant’s added features don’t completely justify the incremental cost of Rs 1.50 lakh. However, this variant mostly covers all the basic features, which are usually expected in this price range, except for the features like electrically foldable ORVMs, keyless entry, auto AC and auto-dimming IRVM. 

    So, if you wish to buy an affordable variant of the Hector Plus petrol, and you’re okay driving a manual 7-seater car, then we recommend the Super variant. This is despite the fact of compromising a little on value for the sake of some useful good-to-have features. 

    What Are The Features of MG Hector Smart Variant?

    The Hector Plus petrol Smart variant is Rs 2.37 lakh more expensive than the Super variant. The Smart variant comes with automatic transmission, while in the middle row it gets captain seats instead of the bench-type seat. However, this variant doesn’t get the mild hybrid powertrain.

    2021 HECTOR PLUS | PRICE COMPARISON

    Super Mild Hybrid

    Difference

    Smart Automatic

    Rs 14,84,800

    Rs 2,37,000

    Rs 17,21,800


    The Smart variant comes with a whole array of added features in the safety, entertainment, functional and style departments. 

    This variant’s key additional safety features include - side airbags, electric parking brake, tyre pressure monitoring system, LED fog lamps and auto dimming IRVM. 

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

    In terms of entertainment, this variant’s audio system performance is better, thanks to the Infinity sound system that comes with a subwoofer and amplifier.

    This variant gets endowed with the additional functional features like connected car tech, wireless charger, powered driver seat, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, electrically foldable ORVMs and telescopic steering adjustment.

    As far as style related features are concerned, there are key additional features like dynamic turn indicators, 18-inch alloy wheels and leather seat upholstery with leather wrapped steering wheel.

    You can check out all the additional features of the 2021 MG Hector Plus Smart variant over the Super variant in the table below: 

    2021 HECTOR PLUS SMART | FEATURES OVER SUPER

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Side Airbags

    Infinity Sound System

    Connected Car Tech

    Dynamic Turn Indicators

    Electric Parking Brake

    Subwoofer & Amplifier

    Wireless Charger

    R18 Machined Alloys

    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

    2 Tweeters

    6-way Powered Driver Seat

    Chrome Door Handles & Beltline

    LED Fog Lamps

     

    Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

    Chrome Detailing on Cladding

    Auto Dimming IRVM

     

    Electrically Foldable ORVMs

    Brown Leather Upholstery

       

    Telescopic Steering

    Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

       

    Middle Row Captain Seats

    LED Cabin Lights

         

    Chrome Inside Door Handles

           


    According to our internal data, only the additional features of the Smart variant justify almost Rs 2 lakh of incremental value, and you additionally get the automatic transmission. Hence, in terms of ownership experience and value -- the Smart variant is far superior than the Super variant. We would recommend all the prospective buyers of the Hector Plus petrol to at least consider the Smart variant. However, it is unfortunate that this variant doesn’t get auto AC. 

    What Are The Features of MG Hector Plus Sharp Variant?

    The Hector Plus petrol’s top Sharp manual variant has a price jump of Rs 63,000 from the Smart automatic. The Sharp variant is also available with the automatic transmission option, which will cost you an additional premium of Rs 1.05 lakh. So, the incremental cost of the Sharp automatic variant from the Smart automatic variant is Rs 1.68 lakh.

    2021 HECTOR PLUS | PRICE COMPARISON

    Smart Automatic

    Difference

    Sharp Manual

    Rs 17,21,800

    Rs 63,000

    Rs 17,84,800

     

    2021 HECTOR PLUS | PRICE COMPARISON

    Smart Automatic

    Difference

    Sharp Automatic

    Rs 17,21,800

    Rs 1,68,000

    Rs 18,89,800

     

    2021 HECTOR PLUS | PRICE COMPARISON

    Sharp Manual

    Difference

    Sharp Automatic

    Rs 17,84,800

    Rs 1,05,000

    Rs 18,89,800


    The top Sharp variant again comes with a number of additional features.

    In terms of safety, this variant’s additional features include - curtain airbags and 360-degree parking camera.

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

    This variant’s key additional functional features include - powered tailgate, heated ORVMs, ventilated front seats, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, auto AC and electrically adjustable front passenger seat.

    Apart from the mentioned ones, the Sharp variant also offers style related features like a digital instrument cluster and panoramic sunroof. 

    The following table lists all the additional features of the 2021 MG Hector Sharp variant over the Smart variant:

    2021 HECTOR PLUS SHARP | FEATURES OVER SMART

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    360-degree Parking Camera

    Powered Tailgate

    Heated ORVMs

    Multicoloured Ambient Lighting

    Curtain Airbags

    Auto Headlamps

    Ventilated Front Seats

    Digital Instrument Cluster

    Electric Parking Brake (Manual)

    Rain Sensing Wipers

    Sunglass Holder

    Panoramic Sunroof

     

    4-way Powered Front Passenger Seat

    Auto AC

     
           


    The Hector Plus Sharp top variant’s additional features are completely worth the extra premium of Rs 1.68 lakh. Except the curtain airbags and auto AC, all the other features of this variant are feel-good in nature, and its style related features are of greater value, because of the panoramic sunroof. Hence, buying this top variant depends on your personal preference and requirements. 

    MG Hector Plus Petrol Variants - Which Variant To Buy?

    Let’s sum up all the petrol variant-wise recommendations on the 2021 MG Hector Plus, in order to make your buying decision easier.

    The Hector Plus petrol is now available in 4 powertrain options -- petrol-manual, petrol-DCT, petrol-CVT and hybrid-manual. 

    For the budget buyers who want to stick to an entry-level variant, the Super variant with the petrol-manual powertrain will be the suitable option. This variant mostly covers all the must-have features in its own price range. Yes, you’ll compromise a bit on the value by choosing this variant, but the ownership experience will make up for it.

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

    If you are looking for a more feature-rich variant, then we recommend that you go for the automatic transmission option, as it will make your drive more convenient. MG officially recommends the CVT transmission for city focused driving, and we agree with this.

    With the petrol-automatic powertrain, our top recommendation is the Smart variant, as it is suitably loaded and a sensible choice. We also suggest this variant’s manual version to be considered by all buyers for its additional features and value. 

    Above the Smart variant, the top Sharp variant primarily offers additional feel-good features, which justify the incremental cost. 

    Here’s a brief look at our variant-wise recommendations on the 2021 MG Hector Plus petrol:

    2021 HECTOR PLUS PETROL | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    Seats

    Powertrain

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    Style

    7

    Petrol-manual

    Rank 4

    Rs 13,34,800

    Not recommended

    Super

    7

    Hybrid-manual

    Rank 5

    Rs 14,84,800

    Suitable budget variant

    Smart

    6

    Petrol-Auto

    Rank 3

    Rs 17,21,800

    Top recommended

    Sharp

    6

    Hybrid-manual

    Rank 1

    Rs 17,84,800

    Worth upgrading for those who prefer to drive manual

    Sharp

    6

    Petrol-Auto

    Rank 2

    Rs 18,89,800

    Worth upgrading


    What Are The Exterior Colour Options of MG Hector Plus?

    The 2021 Hector Plus comes for sale in 6 exterior colour options - Blue, Black, White, Silver, Red and Burgundy. The Red and White colours also come with dual-tone paint scheme options. The dual-tone and Blue colour options are available only on the 6-seater version.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team. 

    Twitter handle: @lakshya_khanna

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