The Hector comes with 2 airbags on the lower variants

Safety – At the unveil of the vehicle, MG made it clear that they are upping the ante with safety. Base variants get 2 airbags along with ABS, EBD, ESP and ISOFIX child seat anchorages. The top variant gets 6 airbags. MG is also promising a strong body structure which has the potential to excel in the upcoming crash norms. We can’t really comment on MG’s after-sales and reliability because the brand is still new in India so we’ll have to wait and watch.

The Hector is a very important car for MG in India

Verdict – The Hector is a very important car for MG as it marks its entry into India and thus MG is going all out to ensure that it will appeal to potential customers. Yes, both engines have some turbo lag and the steering could be more feedback rich but if you look beyond that, there are a lot of smart technology and features on offer. Besides, the infotainment system and the panoramic sunroof by itself should be enough to attract the customers. However, it will ultimately boil down to pricing. This is a very competitive segment and if MG has to make an impression, it has to go very aggressive when it comes to pricing. If priced right, we reckon the Hector is sure to find many takers.

The steering wheel is loaded with buttons

What’s Cool

* Imposing looks
* Feature-loaded interiors with smart connectivity options
* Spacious cabin along with large boot
* Fuel-efficient diesel engine

What’s Not So Cool

* Wheels could have been a size bigger
* Quality of materials used could have been better
* Light steering isn’t very confidence-inspiring

Alternatives: – Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500

The massive panoramic sunroof offers a premium and airy feel

MG Hector Specifications

* Engine: 1451cc, 4-Cyl, Petrol/Petrol-Hybrid | 1956cc, 4-Cyl, Diesel
* Power: 143 PS @ 5000 RPM | 170 PS @ 3750 RPM
* Torque: 250 Nm @ 1600-3600 RPM | 350 Nm @ 1750-2500 RPM
* Transmission: 6-Speed MT, 6-Speed DCT | 6-Speed MT
* Fuel Consumption: 14.16 km/l (P MT), 13.96 km/l (P DCT), 15.81 km/l (P Hybrid), 17.41 km/l (D)
* Fuel Type: Petrol | Diesel
* Tyre Size: 215/60/17 (Front & Rear)
* Suspension: McPherson Strut (Front), Semi-Independant (Rear)
* Brakes: Disc (Front & Rear)
* Safety: 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP

MG Hector Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 4655 mm X 1835 mm X 1760 mm
* Wheelbase: 2750 mm
* Ground Clearance: 192 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 60-litres
* Boot Space: 587-litres

MG Hector or Tata Harrier – pick one!

Further Reading

MG Hector Video Review

Testers’ Note:

“The MG Hector is loaded to the gill and is quite easy to drive too, it has plenty of features and the execution of some of them has been very smartly done. Both the engines are force fed but lack low-end grunt but offer a good mid-range punch. The Hector is sure to appeal to those who seek value because no other car in the segment will be able to beat MG on that front.” Faisal Khan, Editor-in-Chief, MotorBeam.

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