MG Hector Petrol Variants Explained Which One To Buy

MG Hector Petrol Variants Explained Which One To Buy

In this variant explained article, youll find out which variant of the MG Hector petrol you should buy based on the latest September 2021 prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse Hectors petrol variants and their features. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the MG Hector with its competitors and other petrol-powered D1-segment SUVs like the Mahindra XUV700.

 

MG Hector

What Are The Pros And Cons Of MG Hector Petrol?

The pros or advantages of Hector petrol are:

  • A long list of luxurious features like powered and ventilated front seats, powered tailgate, etc.
  • Option of 2 automatic transmissions - CVT and DCT
  • Very well priced Shine variant and reasonably loaded base variant too
  • Good power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios compared to the XUV700’s larger engine

The MG Hector petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Auto AC is reserved for the top variant
  • Hybrid tech doesn’t justify the higher cost with its marginally better fuel efficiency figure
  • Powered passenger seat not available in Sharp petrol manual

What Is The Price Of MG Hector?

The MG Hector petrol is available in 4 variants. The base Style trim only gets a manual transmission and costs Rs. 13.5 lakh. Besides the manual transmission, the Shine variant also gets the option of CVT automatic and costs Rs. 14.52 lakh with the manual and Rs. 15.72 lakh with the automatic.

The other two trims also add the option of DCT automatic for the same asking price as the CVT. The top-spec Hector petrol Sharp costs Rs. 17.7 lakh with the manual and Rs. 18.7 lakh with the automatic.

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MG HECTOR PETROL

EX-SHOWROOM PRICES | SEP 2021

Variant

Petrol MT

Difference

Petrol AT

Style

Rs. 13,49,800

NA

-

Shine

Rs. 14,51,800

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 15,71,800 (CVT)

Smart

Rs. 16,37,800

Rs. 62,000

Rs. 16,99,800

Sharp

Rs. 17,69,800

Rs. 1,00,000

Rs. 18,69,800

MG Hector Petrol Style - Base Model Features & Review

The new MG Hector Style petrol is only available with a manual transmission and it costs Rs. 13.50 lakh. This variant has a decent functional and entertainment kit like front and rear armrests, cooled glovebox, all power windows, split rear seats, power mirrors, music system.

MG HECTOR | STYLE VARIANT FEATURES

Rs. 13,49,800 (Petrol MT) | September 2021 Ex-Showroom

Entertainment

Functional

Audio System

MID w/ Distance to Empty

Front & Rear Armrest

Cooled Glovebox

USB, FM & Bluetooth

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

Power Outlet

Remote Central Locking

4 Speakers

Tilt Steering

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests

 

60:40 Split 2nd Row w/ Recline

Front & Rear USB Ports

All Door Pockets

 

Rear AC Vents

All Power Windows

Adjustable Front Seatbelts

Even on the safety and style side, the Style variant is fairly well loaded with features like 17-inch wheels with wheel covers, traction control, rear defogger, rear washer wiper, LED DRLs, rear disc brakes and projector headlamps. However, we will still recommend you to skip this variant and consider the Shine variant.

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HECTOR STYLE | FEATURES

Rs. 13,49,800 (Petrol MT) | September 2021 Ex-Showroom

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  

Silver Inside Door Handles

Rear Disc Brakes

Projector Headlamps

Roof Rails

Black Interior

Rear Washer Wiper

Day/Night IRVM

Grey Skid Plates

Leather Door Armrest

MG Hector Style vs Shine Variant - Price And Features Comparison

The price difference between the Hector Style and Shine petrol variant is Rs. 1.02 lakh and costs Rs. 14.52 (ex-showroom). The Hector Shine petrol also has the option of an automatic transmission for an additional Rs. 1.2 lakh.

MG HECTOR PETROL STYLE vs SHINE VARIANTS | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Style

Difference

Shine

Petrol-MT

Rs. 13,49,800

Rs. 1,02,000

Rs. 14,51,800

Difference

-

NA

Rs. 1,20,000

Petrol-AT

-

NA

Rs. 15,71,800

For this additional Rs. 1.02 lakh, you get large touchscreen infotainment, steering-mounted control, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, cruise control, LED headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a sunroof. The Shine trim adds a lot of functional, style and functionality to the list for the asking price. So, we strongly suggest you buy the Shine variant if you can stretch your budget a bit.

Please note that keyless entry, telescopic steering and e-brake are only available with the CVT automatic. With these additional exclusive features, the Shine CVT automatic also becomes our top-recommended variant. The only feature we feel is missing in this variant is the auto AC.

HECTOR SHINE | FEATURES OVER STYLE

Rs. 14,51,800 (Petrol MT) | Rs. 15,71,800 (Petrol AT) | September 2021 Ex-Showroom

Safety & Functional

Entertainment

Style

CVT Specific

Rear Parking Camera

10.4-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

LED Rear Fog Lamps

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Front Fog Lamps w/ Cornering Fn.

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Chrome Inside Door Handles

Chrome Outside Door Handles

Follow-me-home Headlamps

2 Tweeters

Front & Rear Scuff Plates

Telescopic Steering

Cruise Control

Steering-mounted Controls

R17 Alloy Wheels

Electric Parking Brake

Front Vanity Mirrors

Navigation

Shark Fin Antenna

 

LED Headlamps

 

Sunroof

 

MG Hector Petrol Shine vs Smart Variant

The price difference between the Hector Shine and Smart petrol manual is Rs.1.86 lakh as the Smart also adds hybrid technology. In the case of the automatic transmission, the price gap shrinks down to Rs. 1.28 lakh as the automatic doesn’t get hybrid petrol engine. Therefore, the Smart petrol automatic is only Rs. 62,000 more expensive than the Smart petrol manual.

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MG HECTOR PETROL SHINE vs SMART VARIANTS | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Shine

Difference

Smart

Petrol MT

Rs. 14,51,800

Rs. 1,86,000

Rs. 16,37,800 (Hybrid)

Difference

Rs. 1,20,000

 

Rs. 62,000

Petrol AT

Rs. 15,71,800

Rs. 1,28,000

Rs. 16,99,800

The Smart variant of the MG Hector adds front parking sensors, wireless phone charger, power-adjustable driver seat, swiping turn indicators, LED taillights, side airbags, power-folding mirrors, auto-dimming IRVM, Infinity sound system with woofer and larger 18-inch machined alloy wheels. However, it misses out on the sunroof, which is available in the Shine trim.

Considering the features it adds, the Smart petrol manual definitely doesn’t justify the upgrade over the Shine variant. Still, Hector automatic buyers can consider this variant if you don’t want the sunroof. The Smart variant doesn’t manage to beat the Shine in terms of value for money. Moreover, even the Smart variant doesn’t offer auto AC, which is a big miss as cars costing half of this also have this feature.

HECTOR SMART | FEATURES OVER SHINE

Rs. 16,37,800 (Petrol MT) | Rs. 16,99,800 (Petrol AT) | September 2021 Ex-Showroom

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

Front Parking Sensors

Connected Car Tech

Dynamic Turn Indicators

Side Airbags

Wireless Charger

LED Tail Lamps

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

6-way Powered Driver Seat

R18 Machined Alloys

LED Fog Lamps

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Chrome Door Handles & Beltline

Auto-Dimming IRVM

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

Chrome Detailing on Cladding

Infinity Sound System

Telescopic Steering

Leather Upholstery

Subwoofer & Amplifier

Parcel Curtain

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

2 Tweeters

 

LED Cabin Lights

   

(-) Sunroof

MG Hector Petrol Smart vs Sharp Variant

The price difference between the Hector Smart and Sharp variant is Rs. 1.32 lakh with the manual and Rs. 1.70 lakh with the automatic. The top-spec MG Hector Sharp petrol manual costs 17.70 lakh and the petrol automatic costs 18.7 lakh (ex-showroom).

MG HECTOR PETROL SMART vs SHARP VARIANTS | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Smart

Difference

Sharp

Hybrid MT

Rs. 16,37,800

Rs. 1,32,000

Rs. 17,69,800

Difference

Rs. 62,000

 

Rs. 1,00,000

Petrol AT

Rs. 16,99,800

Rs. 1,70,000

Rs. 18,69,800

The top model of the MG Hector, the Sharp variant adds some nifty good-to-have features like a powered tailgate, auto headlamps, auto wipers, auto AC, ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front passenger seat (only with automatic), multi-colour ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera and colour screen instrument cluster.

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For these luxurious features, you can consider buying the Sharp variant. On the value front also, this variant is completely justifiable for the manual as well as automatic transmission choices.

HECTOR SHARP | FEATURES OVER SMART

Rs. 17,69,800 (Petrol MT) | Rs. 18,69,800 (Petrol AT) | September 2021 Ex-Showroom

Safety

Functional

Style

360-degree Parking Camera

Powered Tailgate

Heated ORVMs

Multicoloured Ambient Lighting

Curtain Airbags

Auto Headlamps

Ventilated Front Seats

Digital Instrument Cluster

 

Rain Sensing Wipers

Sunglass Holder

Panoramic Sunroof

 

Auto AC

Powered Passenger Seat (not in Hybrid)

 

Which Variant Of The MG Hector Petrol Should You Buy?

Let’s start with the Hector petrol manual transmission. The base model, Hector Style, is reasonably loaded and priced but the Shine’s value for money is difficult to ignore. You should at least buy the Shine variant as it has a decent mix of style and functional features.

Beyond this, the Smart petrol manual is not recommended as the additional cost for the hybrid tech is difficult to justify with a nominally better mileage figure. However, the Sharp is worth buying if you want luxurious features like a powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting and others.

MG HECTOR PETROL-MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

Powertrain

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Style

Petrol-manual

Rank 3

Rs. 13,49,800

Not recommended

Shine

Petrol-manual

Rank 1

Rs. 14,51,800

Top recommended

Smart

Hybrid-manual

Rank 3

Rs. 16,37,800

Not recommended

Sharp

Hybrid-manual

Rank 2

Rs. 17,69,800

Can buy

In the case of MG Hector petrol automatic, the Shine variant is our top pick for the value it offers. Smart is worth considering but the Sharp is the full package. It also gets a powered front passenger seat, which is not available in the Sharp petrol manual.

MG HECTOR PETROL-AUTO | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

Transmission

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Shine

CVT

Rank 2

Rs. 15,71,800

Top recommended

Smart

CVT/DCT

Rank 3

Rs. 16,99,800

Those who don’t want a sunroof can consider

Sharp

CVT/DCT

Rank 1

Rs. 18,69,800

Can buy

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The MG Hector Petrol?

Besides the Hector, the XUV700 is the only other D-segment SUV with a petrol engine option. The Hector’s smaller turbo petrol engine makes considerably less power and torque than the XUV700. Still, the Hector’s power-to-weight ratio is only about 10% less than the XUV700’s. The torque-to-weight ratio is also not as underwhelming as the torque output may suggest.

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The XUV700 petrol has about 50% better torque output than the Hector petrol but Hector’s torque-to-weight ratio is only 18% lower than the XUV700. So, the difference in performance is and drivability is not going to be as drastic as the power and torque difference suggests. Unfortunately, we don’t have the XUV700’s mileage figures to compare against Hector’s

5-SEATER D1 SEGMENT SUVs | PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Hector Petrol/Hybrid

XUV700

Displacement

1.5-litre

2.0-litre

Cylinder

4

4

Capacity

1451 cc

1997cc

Maximum Power

143PS @ 5000rpm

200PS @ 5000rpm

Power:Weight

88.65PS/t

100PS/t*

Peak Torque

250Nm @ 1600 - 3600rpm

380Nm @ 1750 - 3000rpm

Torque:Weight

154.99Nm/t

190Nm/t*

Manual

Transmission

6-speed MT

6-speed MT

Claimed FE

13.3kmpl (Petrol)

14.29kmpl (Hybrid)

NA

Real FE

11kmpl (Hybrid)

NA

Automatic

Transmission

6-speed DCT & CVT

6-speed TC

Claimed FE

12.32kmpl (DCT)

NA

What Are The Dimensions Of The MG Hector?

In terms of dimensions, the XUV700 has an upper hand as it’s the longest SUV in this segment. It’ll naturally have a stronger road presence than the Hector and MG Hector because of its size.

5-SEATER D1 SEGMENT SUVs | DIMENSIONS

 

MG Hector

Tata Harrier

Mahindra XUV700

Length

4655mm

4598mm

4695mm

Width

1835mm

1894mm

1890mm

Height

1760mm

1706mm

1755mm

Wheelbase

2750mm

2741mm

2750mm

Boot Space

587-lt

425-lt

NA

Ground Clearance

192mm

205mm

NA

Fuel Tank

60-lt

50-lt

60-lt

Tyre Size (min)

215/60 R17

235/70 R16

235/65 R17

Tyre Size (max)

215/55 R18

235/65 R17

235/60 R18

What Are The Colour Options Of The MG Hector?

The Hector is available in the following 7 colour options:

  • Silver
  • White 
  • Black 
  • Grey 
  • Red 
  • Burgundy
  • Blue

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

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

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

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

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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