The MG Hector Plus has many positives and a few shortcomings

The MG Hector Plus was launched in India by the automaker to capitalise on the success the Hector had since its launch. Priced from Rs. 13.48 lakhs (ex-showroom, India), the car gets three engine options and tonnes of features with the added seating space. MG Hector Plus reasons to buy and not to buy are as follows.

4 Reasons To Buy

Design – Styling of the MG Hector Plus has not changed much in comparison to the 5-seater version and that is good. There are new LED lights, LED DRLs, radiator grille, bumpers and revised skid plates, giving the SUV a bold look. We like it.

Features & Technology – The cabin is loaded with features such as two digital screens, electronically adjustable front seats, 55+ connected car features, rain-sensing wipers, swipe-up tailgate and a whole host of security gubbins.

Engine Options – Three engine options – 1.5-litre turbo petrol producing 143 PS and 250 Nm of torque, a mild-hybrid petrol with same figures and a 2.0-litre diesel that makes 170 PS and 350 Nm, are offered. The engines are punchy, offer good performance and are mated to 6-speed manual. The petrol-only model can be had with a DCT.

Captain Seats – MG Hector Plus reasons to buy has to include those captain seats. For those who will be chauffeur-driven, the second row captain seats are a boon. They offer oodles of support and comfort, apart from there being acres of legroom and headroom. It is hard to fault really.

4 Reasons Not To Buy

No Diesel Automatic – The diesel, which is the most powerful engine offered in the Hector does not come with an automatic. Stop-go situations will be a bit tiring due to there being turbo lag and one needs to work the gears. Give us an auto box MG!

3rd Row Seats – MG Hector Plus reasons not to buy will be based on whether you need the third row seats or not. Best suited for children or small-sized teenagers, the third row is tough to use. Space is very limited and the under-thigh support is below average. It is better to use occasionally and use the vast boot space.

Light Steering – We found the steering to be extremely light, which while making the Hector Plus a breeze to drive inside the city and at low speeds, also makes it tough on the highway as it does not weigh up as much as we’d like it to, thus robbing confidence.

Service Network – This is one sector that a new brand always struggles with in India and in any big country for that matter. There have been controversies that MG has had to face too. Hopefully, the brand will ramp up their network in the country, which is relatively low right now, for a better aftersales experience for its customers.

The Hector Plus competes against the Mahindra XUV500 and Toyota Innova Crysta