Whenever a new model is launched in the market, it is customary to pit it against the segment benchmark. The Hyundai Creta is the king among all the compact SUVs (we are referring to the sales numbers) and the MG Hector which has recently been unveiled will certainly have to battle it out with the Hyundai car in the marketplace. Well, connected car is the buzzword and MG Hector surely has an edge packing ton of features. That said, the Hyundai Creta had earlier upped the ante in the segment when the facelifted model was launched which brought a couple of first-in-segment features like wireless charging among others. But there is more to compare both of them in terms of specifications. Read on to know where they stand against each other.
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Exterior And Design
|Dimension||MG Hector||Hyundai Creta|
|Length||4655 mm||4270 mm|
|Width||1835 mm||1780 mm|
|Height||1760 mm||1630 mm|
|Wheelbase||2750 mm||2590 mm|
The MG Hector is bigger than the Hyundai Creta in every dimension and by quite a margin. It is 385 mm longer and has a 160 mm larger wheelbase which translates into a spacious cabin. The Hector is also wider and taller than the Creta which means three people can sit abreast at the rear and will be more comfortable.
The MG Hector looks macho and robust yet has the required sophistication in its finish. As we have earlier said, the overall silhouette is more American despite the brand's British history and Chinese background. The face is dominated by a massive black mesh grille with sleek chrome surroundings and MG has adopted a new design language where the headlamps assembly is mounted in the bumper and the daytime running lights (DRLs) are positioned right on the top, close to the hood. The side of the Hector looks bulbous and the edges are rounded. The 17-inch dual-tone alloys look a size small under the bulging wheel arches. The shoulder line is sharp and all around black claddings with subtle chrome inserts keep the SUV quotient well intact. The rear of the SUV is curvaceous and the tapering rear windscreen along with the wraparound tail lamps also add to the urban looks.
The Hyundai Creta had received a facelift earlier this year which has made its much-admired urban SUV look even better with a newly profiled bumper and the three-slat cascade grille. It looks wider up-front and side looks very proportionate. Even the Creta gets dual-tone alloy wheels and they look the perfect size. There hasn't been any major change in the side profile and the rear bumper has just been slightly tweaked to fit the skid plate.
The MG Hector gets the all black treatment on the inside and the upholstery is finished in soft-touch leather. The design of the dash and central console looks minimalistic which is majorly due to the large 10.4-inch touchscreen which is the command system for a wide range of features. The longest wheelbase has also translated into a spacious cabin as we mentioned earlier and it gets a large first-in-segment panoramic sunroof.
One of the strongest selling points of the Hyundai Creta is its interiors which is both high on material quality and fit & finish. However, it's been almost four years that we have had the Creta in our market and the design has started looking dated now. Albeit, the cabin still feels airy, thanks to the not so high window line and high positioning of the seats.
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|Diesel||MG Hector||Hyundai Creta|
|Displacement||1956 cc||1582 cc|
|Max Power||168 bhp||125 bhp|
|Peak Torque||350 Nm||260 Nm|
|Transmission||6 Speed MT||6 Speed MT / 6 Speed AT|
|Petrol||MG Hector||Hyundai Creta|
|Dimension||1451 cc||1591 cc|
|Max Power||141 bhp||121 bhp|
|Peak Torque||250 Nm||151 Nm|
|Transmission||6 Speed DCT AT/ MT||6 Speed MT / AT|
The 2.0-litre engine in the MG Hector is the Fiat sourced Multijet unit which also powers other models like the Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass. It churns out 168 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The power figures are significantly higher than the Creta but the Hector is heavier as well. It lacks an automatic transmission in the diesel variant but the petrol gets a 6-speed dual clutch unit which offers smoother shift and lesser power lag compared to Creta's torque converter automatic. The 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine is also mated to a six-speed manual transmission and develops 141 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. MG is also offering the Hector with a hybrid variant which uses a 48 Volt mild hybrid system. A 48-volt lithium-ion battery helps store energy and provide extra torque assistance of up to 20 Nm when required, resulting in a smoother drive. The combination also helps in reducing emissions by up to 12 per cent using three key functions - Engine Auto Start-Stop, Regenerative Braking and E-Boost.
The Hyundai Creta also has multiple drivetrains it offers. Starting with the diesel, there is a 1.4-litre CRDi engine which produces 88 bhp and 220 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Then there is a more powerful 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, CRDi diesel engine which produces 126 bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and to its advantage has the six-speed torque converter unit as an option in the SX variant. Then there is a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, VTVT petrol motor which churns out 121 bhp and 151 Nm of peak torque and even this one is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while the six-speed automatic is optional on the SX variant.
As we are well aware, the MG Hector is a connected car and gets a vertically-mounted 10.4-inch ultra large Full-HD infotainment screen that comes with pre-loaded entertainment content and allows you to manage complete vehicle settings. For full-time connectivity, the system also comes with a first machine to machine embedded sim, along with the SUV Internet Protocol version 6 makes it 5G-ready, making it future-proof. The system offers features like - Real-Time Navigation, Remote Location, Geo-Fencing, Emergency Response and much more. The software will be updated via over-the-air (OTA) downloads like firmware and features updates like any updates. The SUV will come with pre-loaded apps like - TomTom IQ Maps, Gaana Premium, and AccuWeather app among others and MG will give free data service for the first five years.
The Hyundai Creta so far was also the segment leader in this department as it packs in a bit extra. The top-end Hyundai Creta also gets a sunroof, wireless charging dock and wristband entry along with all the features that other two are offering such as touchscreen unit which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, engine start-stop button and more. While all these features help it trump others in the competition, the Hector being loaded with connected edge definitely wins here. Having said that, we expect the next-gen Hyundai Creta to feature the connected technology given that Hyundai is already offering it in the upcoming Venue which will be is a subcompact SUV and is positioned below the Creta.