MG Hector has finally made its public premiere and less than a month is left when it goes on sale in the country. It has to be said that even before the official unveiling, the Hector SUV had made several headlines as it was rumored to feature never-seen-before technology and a plethora of first-in-segment. And, they were not mere rumors indeed as the MG Hector really packs a punch the latest tech and several segment-first features. Unquestionably, Hyundai Creta is the segment leader when it comes to sales number and recently the company introduced the refreshed model with several new features to further accentuate its appeal. Let's have a look at how these two heavyweights fare against each other.
MG Hector Dimensions vs Hyundai Creta Dimensions
MG Hector images suggest it is way larger than Hyundai Creta in every dimensional aspect, be it length, be it width or be it the height and wheelbase. And rightly so, the Hector is superior to Creta in every dimension. The SUV from MG measures 4655mm in length while the Creta is 4270mm - a mammoth difference of 385mm. Coming to the width, the Hector measures at 1835mm and the Creta, on the other hand, measures 1780mm. Clearly, the British brand's SUV is 55mm wider and which results in the form of more shoulder room for the occupants in the second row. Talking about the height, MG Hector is 130mm higher than Hyundai Creta as the former measures 1760mm while the latter stands at 1630mm. This clearly gives the MG SUV an advantage as it will have better headroom than the South-Korean SUV and probably suit taller people more. Last but not the least, the wheelbase, which is substantial for any vehicle, MG Hector gets the upper hand here by a big margin of 160mm as it has a wheelbase of 2750mm as compared to Hyundai Creta's 2590mm.
MG Hector Features vs Hyundai Creta Features
Both the MG Hector and Hyundai Creta come with an array of bells and whistles which are premium and exquisite. However, MG Hector has made a lot of noise because of its connectivity features which are not seen before in any car in the segment before. Also, the gigantic 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with the panoramic sunroof are also big talking points for the Hector. On the other hand, if we talk about the Creta, then it is not much advanced and upmarket as far as the features are concerned since it was introduced four years back in the Indian market. However, the company made some much-needed amends to it when it recently received the mid-cycle facelift of the SUV with wireless charging feature, which became instantly popular among the auto enthusiasts. Other than that, everything else including the upholstery, seats and features seem to be ordinary in front of the Hector.
MG Hector Specification vs Hyundai Creta Specification
MG Hector, identical to Hyundai Creta, will be available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants will draw power from a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine which will develop top power of 141bhp and peak torque of 250Nm. It will be offered with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, yet another first-in-segment. However, the silver lining here is the introduction of yet another first-in-segment 48V mild-hybrid technology which reduces CO2 emissions by upto 12 percent and generates extra torque of up to 20 Nm when required by storing the energy in a 48-volt lithium ion battery. Coming to Hyundai Creta, it uses a 1.6L 4-cylinder VTVT petrol motor which returns maximum power of 121bhp and highest torque of 151Nm. It is on offer with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed auto (torque converter) gearbox. Though the Hector seems more powerful than Creta on paper but on the ground, both must be almost identical in terms of performance as Hector's extra power is justified by its extra kerb weight and bigger size. MG Hector mileage with the petrol engine may fall between 12 to 14 kmpl depending upon the driving conditions while that for Creta is around 14-15 kmpl.
Coming to the diesel powertrains, MG Hector will have the Fiat-sourced 2.0L 4-cylinder Multi-jet engine which we have already seen on the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. This tried and trusted unit will belt out 168bhp and 350Nm while mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the Creta is offered with a choice of two diesel engines: a 1.4L CRDi and a 1.6L CRDi engine. The lighter and smaller mill produces power output of 88bhp and torque performance of 220Nm, while the bigger and heavier engine churns out 126bhp and 260Nm. The engines can be availed with a choice of 6-speed manual and auto transmissions. One can clearly see that MG Hector here again dominates Hyundai Creta in terms of power and performance but it misses out on the crucial automatic gearbox. The lack of an auto gearbox with the diesel variants might look disappointing and MG could introduce it at a later stage depending upon the customer feedback. As of now, we expect MG Hector mileage for diesel variant to be close to 16-18 kmpl as it uses the same engine that is used by Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. For Creta, it can easily stretch to 18 kmpl.
MG Hector Price vs Hyundai Creta
Hyundai Creta price starts in a range of Rs 9.99-15.65 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, New Delhi) while MG Hector India launch will take place next month and hence the pricing is not out yet. Though, it is strongly expected to be in a price range of 12-17 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom) due to the extensive localization. If the folks at MG can keep the pricing belligerent and in line with the Creta, then it can emerge as one of the most fierce contenders to the Creta. Stay tuned to this page for more updates and for our MG Hector review!