MG Hector and Hyundai Venue are both loaded with advanced connectivity features, making them the earliest ones in the connected cars segment.
Hyundai Venue is all set to be launched on 21st May in India, followed by the global launch later. The upcoming compact SUV is much popular, mainly because of the extensive list of features offered.
On the other hand, MG Motors is also set to make its debut in India, with their SUV MG Hector. The features list is extensive over here as well, but the connectivity options are another level.
Advanced connectivity options with their smart infotainment systems put these two popular SUVs against. An in-depth comparison is not possible here as we haven’t driven them when we write this, but we have seen the connectivity features of both the cars in person and hence we can compare the connectivity features of these two connected cars.
MG Hector will be available with the iSMART system, which is based on Android. It comes with embedded eSIM connectivity solution, maps and navigation services, voice assistant, pre-loaded infotainment content, emergency services and built-in apps. Smart devices which use Android-based OS like the iSMART are more versatile and support installing apps and improving the functionality of the system via OTA updates, but these systems are also more vulnerable to software glitches.
The Hyundai Venue gets Blue Link technology, which already comes on the global models. It uses a more of a closed and dedicated system, which offers many similar services and features that come on Hector. Both the systems are accessible via a Smartphone App. The Venue also uses an eSIM based connectivity. The closed systems like BlueLink do not have much versatility like installing new apps to extend the functionality of the system, but they are more secure and less likely to develop software issues.
Hyundai Venue BlueLink Features List
- Auto Crash Notification
- SOS/Emergency Assistance
- Road Side Assistance
- Panic Notification
- Stolen Vehicle Tracking
- Stolen Vehicle Notification
- Stolen Vehicle Immobilization
- Remote Engine Start/stop
- Remote Climate Control
- Remote Door Lock/ unlock
- Remote horn honk and light
- Remote Vehicle Status
- Find My Car
- Share My Car
- Auto DTC Check
- Manual DTC Check
- Monthly Health Report
- Maintenance Alert
- Driving Information / Behavior
- Push Map to car from App
- Push Maps by Call Center
- Live POI Search
- Live Traffic Information
- Share The Destination
- Live Car Tracking
- Destination Set in Link with Schedule
- Location Sharing
- Geo-fence Alert
- Speed Alert
- Time Fencing Alert
- Valet Alert
- Idle Alert
- Voice Recognition – Indian English
MG Hector iSmart Features List
- 10.4-inch vertical touch screen infotainment
- Integrated OS based on Android
- Over-the-air updates (OTA)
- Built-in connectivity solution
- Built-in Sim Card Slot
- Remote Tracking, Geo-Fencing, Automated Emergy Response, Music and Content streaming, Updated Maps and Real-Time Navigation
- Privacy and Cyber Security
- AI-based voice assistant
- Emergency Call
- Pre-loaded Gaana.com
- Weather Apo
- Vehicle scanning to check pre-defined parameters
- Fuel level & vehicle range
- Lock/ unlock status
- Lock/ unlock the vehicle remotely
- Remotely switch on the Climate control
- Find my car [Honking/Lights blinking/walk or drive to car]
- Security alert
- Abnormal tyre pressure notification
- Vehicle Management
- iSMART Smart Drive
- Speed Alert
- MG Network information
- Departure Notification
Hyundai Venue BlueLink VS MG Hector iSMART- Which Is Better?
While it is not a clear apples to apples comparison as these two systems are quite different from each other, they both offer some common features. The end goal of both smart car systems is to offer connectivity, safety and convenience to the user. Both the systems offer safety, communication, tracking, vehicle diagnostics and voice recognition features, they both do it in their own different ways.
While it is quite subjective and some people may like one over the other, but we feel that both systems do justice to the hype and buzz they have created among potential customers. While iSmart is more versatile and open, the BlueLink seems more robust. We will share an in-depth comparison after we have experienced both of them in person, so make sure to stay tuned.