At times, having a choice can prove to be a disadvantage. It becomes a challenge to decide on the perfect option. The healthy rivalry between KIA Seltos and MG Hector can put you in a predicament. A quick comparison should make it easier for you.
A comparison shows that the KIA Seltos is an all BS-VI compliant car, whereas the MG Hector does not come with a BS-VI compliant engine yet. There are plans to introduce the BSVI-compliant diesel engines in the top-end models priced over Rs 15 lakhs. All new cars have to satisfy BS-VI emission norms by April 01, 2020. We shall now look at the individual features of both these vehicle brands before deciding which of the two SUVs should be a better option.
Engine – The heart of the matter
KIA Seltos comes with two types of petrol engines and one diesel motor. The 1.4L turbo petrol is a powerful engine capable of delivering the power of 140bhp and a peak torque of 242Nm. This engine pairs with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG transmission. The 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine paired with a 6-speed manual or CVT delivers the power of 115bhp and torque of 144Nm. The 1.5L diesel engine produces a peak power of 115bhp and torque of 250Nm. It mates to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. All the engines in the KIA Seltos are BS-VI compliant.
MG Hector features a powerful 1.5L petrol and 2L diesel engine. The petrol version produces power of 143ps and peak torque of 250Nm, whereas the diesel variant delivers 170ps power and a maximum torque of 350Nm. The engines mate to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system. The vehicle has a mild hybrid system to counter turbo lag and ensure exceptional performance in city traffic conditions.
Exteriors – Looks do matter a lot
KIA Seltos has a beautiful exterior comprising of a Tiger nose front grille with exquisite front bumpers. The vehicle features LED headlamps, fog lamps, and DRLs. The crystal cut alloy wheels, roof rails, and floating roofline enhance the overall appeal of the SUV. The LED tail lamp cluster is an excellent feature.
MG Hector has the rugged look of a battle-hardened SUV that makes for a dominant presence. The automatic LED headlamp and DRLs along with the LED fog lamps, make it a beautiful sight. This SUV comes with 17-inch dual-tone machined alloy wheels, foldable and electrically adjustable ORVMs. Roof rails, LED tail lamps and LED floating turn light indicator completes its exquisite exteriors.
Interiors – Comfort and Convenience Aspects
KIA Seltos is the ultimate in providing sporty and spacious interiors. The 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity, ARKAMYS sound system, and UVO connectivity. An ambient lighting package, sunroof, and leather upholstery add to comfort and convenience. The reclining rear seats enable the back seat passengers the support they need on long drives.
MG Hector has impressive interiors complete with PU leather seats, driver armrest, chrome door handles and rear AC vents. The infotainment system comprises of a 10-inch touchscreen display with four tweeters and subwoofers to provide wholesome entertainment. Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has become the norm today. MG Hector features iSmart technology with Voice Assist to open the sunroof and navigate routes, as well. Accessing the internet via a SIM connection and controlling the vehicle using remote control are some exciting options available in the MG Hector.
Mileage and Performance – Factors That Decide
KIA Seltos has robust suspensions to glide over speed breakers and potholes alike. The SUV delivers a mileage in the range of 16.1kmpl to 20kmpl.
MG Hector has a fantastic ground clearance to enable it to sail over obstacles on the roads. The mileage performance is in the range of 13.96kmpl to 17.41kmpl.
KIA Seltos features excellent braking and safety options with disc brakes in the front and disc/drum brakes for the rear wheels. Six airbags provide a high level of safety to its occupants. Other features include an anti-lock braking system (ABS), Hill-start assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree surround camera.
MG Hector has a technologically advanced and regenerative braking system to provide a high level of safety. The SUV is equipped with six airbags, ABS, and other high-level safety features.
There is little to choose between the two vehicles. If comfort and stylish looks are what you are aiming for, the KIA Seltos should get the nod. If rugged performance and convenience are your focus, the MG Hector has its nose ahead. In short, both the SUVs are worth every rupee you invest in them.