We put the MG Hector price comparison with its rivals to see which SUV is the most versatile and offers the best value for money in this highly competitive segment.
MG Motors has finally launched the Hector in India at a very competitive introductory price, starting from Rs. 12.18 lakh – Rs. 16.88 lakh, ex-showroom. This marks MG Motor’s first product in India and they have packaged it rather well with many segment first features. This segment has seen a lot of new entrants in the recent past with the Tata Harrier and also the upcoming Kia Seltos. The competition is quite tough indeed.
With all the kit that the Hector offers which includes the iSmart connectivity system and other smart features like voice assistant, geo-fencing, remote parking, real-time navigation and much more, all of which is accessed through the 10.4-inch ultra large Full-HD infotainment system – does it have an edge over its competitors at the price it has been introduced? Let’s find out MG Hector price comparison fares against the rivals.
The Hector is available in four trims – Style, Smart, Super, and Sharp – and it comes with three engine options. There’s a 1.5L petrol, a 1.5L petrol hybrid and 2.0L diesel engine. There are two transmission options which include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT. There are thus 11 different configurations in which the Hector can be had. The petrol variant is priced between Rs. 12.18 lakh and Rs. 16.78 lakh, the petrol hybrid is priced from Rs. 13.58 lakh to Rs. 15.88 lakh, while the diesel trim starts at Rs. 13.18 lakh to Rs. 16.88 lakh (all ex-showroom, Delhi).
Now looking at the Hyundai Creta – the oldest car in the segment – it is priced between Rs. 10 lakh – Rs. 15.65 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Creta comes with a 1.6L petrol engine and two diesel engines – a 1.4L diesel and a 1.6L diesel. The Creta has two transmission options – a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic for both the engines.
The Creta can thus be had in 17 different iterations including the 7 different trims its offered in. The petrol variant is priced from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 14.15 lakh, while the diesel variant with the 1.4-litre motor is priced between Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 11.90 lakh. The diesel trims with the 1.6-litre engine is priced between Rs. 13.36 lakh to Rs. 15.65 lakh (all ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Tata Harrier is the closest rival to the MG Hector in terms of pricing. The Harrier only gets a 2.0L, diesel engine with only a 6-speed manual gearbox. Also, there are only four trims of the Harrier to choose from. Thus the SUV is available only in four iterations and for that, it is priced between Rs. 12.99 lakh to Rs. 16.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Jeep Compass is a quite more expensive than the Hector. However, the base trim of the Compass starts at a price lesser than the top-spec models of the Hector. That said, potential Compass buyers have a much affordable alternative with the Hector. The Jeep Compass is priced between Rs. 15.6 lakh to Rs. 23.11 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Compass is offered in five variants. There are two engine options – a 1.4-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel. Both engines come paired to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard while the petrol also gets the option of a 7-speed DDCT automatic. The Jeep Compass is available in 20 different iterations. The petrol variant ranges from Rs. 15.6 lakh to Rs. 21.67 lakh while the diesel is priced between Rs. 16.61 lakh and Rs. 23.11 lakh (all ex-showroom Delhi).
Here’s a summary of the MG Hector prices comparison with all four cars:
|₹ 12.18 Lakh and ₹ 16.78 Lakh
|₹ 13.18 lakh to ₹ 16.88 lakh
|₹ 13.58 lakh to ₹ 15.88 lakh
|₹ 10 lakh to ₹ 14.15 lakh
|₹ 10 lakh to 15.65 lakh
|₹ 12.99 lakh to ₹ 16.55 lakh
|₹ 15.6 lakh to ₹ 21.67 lakh
|₹ 16.61 lakh and ₹ 23.11 lakh
Summing it all up, the Hyundai Creta is the cheapest offering in this segment but its also the oldest, the least powerful and while still well equipped, not quite as much as its competitors. Also, the Hyundai Creta is at the end of its lifecycle and very soon there’s going to be the next-gen Creta, sometime around next year.
Speaking of the Harrier, the prices are very similar to those of the Hector. However, it misses out on a petrol engine option and automatic gearbox as well. That’s a huge miss. The Jeep Compass is quite more expensive and you have the brand value of Jeep and you also get four-wheel drive. However, its still not as well equipped as the Hector which is now a great alternative to the Compass at a much affordable price.
As is evident from the MG Hector price comparison with rivals, it promises the most value for money in the segment. It looks handsome, is quite big and spacious on the inside and offers lots of tech. On paper, the Hector seems the most lucrative but these prices are introductory prices for the Hector and they will see a slight increment in the near future. When Kia launches the Seltos, the ball game will be changed again.