The name Hector comes from Greek mythology! And MG Motor believes that its new SUV is that hero to win it much acclaim in India. Much has been said about the MG Hector already but now, we finally got to drive it in the lovely locales of hills and tea gardens in and around Coimbatore. It will be going up against rivals such as the Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tuscon. With the SUV market flourishing, it was smart thinking from MG to have an SUV as its first launch for India. And it is connected too! So does it have what it takes? Here is our MG Hector Review.
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Ever since the Hector was revealed, it polarised opinions about its looks. But we think it is a handsome looking SUV. To some, it may look like overkill but we like the slim LED daytime running lamps along with the low-mounted LED headlamps and fog lamps and the big, trapezoidal grille with chrome border too. The abundant use of chrome has been done nicely and those elements gel well with the overall design.
The rear is characterised by a LED tail lamps which remind you of the Audi Q3 and are connected with a reflective red strip. The rear bumper gets a silver skid plate and the tail pipe is not exactly good-looking. In fact, that and the ugly gap between the wheel arches and the wheel are the two elements which stand out as an eyesore on an otherwise well designed car. And yes! The 17-inch wheels do still look too small for those big square wheel arches and bigger wheels would’ve worked better.
The MG Hector is a connected SUV and it doesn’t want you to forget that! In fact, the Hector gets a badging on the front left fender and the rear which says ‘Internet Inside’. Frankly that is a bit too much and too large in our book! As you step inside the cabin, the first thing that draws your attention is the 10.4-inch touchscreen.
It comes across as a refreshing change to see absolutely zero buttons on the dashboard, barring those on the steering wheel. The overall cabin does give you a premium feel with the leather upholstery and decent quality of materials. The flat-bottomed steering wheel adds to the sportiness of the Hector and the premium feel is further upped by the stylish AC vents, particularly the vertical ones surrounding the touchscreen.
The Hector is a big SUV and with a length of 4,655 mm and a wheelbase of 2,750 mm, it is the biggest in its segment. The width is 1,835 mm and it stands 1,760 mm tall. A ground clearance of 198 mm is good enough to take on Indian roads as well. But what stood out was the space for the rear seat passengers. Thanks to a flat floorboard, three passengers can sit comfortably and there is solid knee room too. The seats are well bolstered all around and offer good under thigh support as well.
All the controls on the car, including the AC have been integrated into the touchscreen. One of the biggest USPs of the Hector is the connectivity feature. MG Motor calls it the ‘i-Smart’, which offers more than 50 connectivity features. The ‘connectivity’ comes from a 5G ready machine to machine SIM card provided by Airtel. The subscription charges for the first three years are free. The connectivity bit includes emergency calling, geo-fencing, driver analytics, and vehicle status along with 100+ voice commands. Plus, the MG app also offers a bunch of functions such as turning the AC on, the engine on, opening the windows and much more.
The voice commands are quite an interesting feature! Simple commands such as ‘open sunroof’, ‘play the radio’, ‘open windows’, ‘set temperature’ work well. In fact, MG gave us a list of 96 commands that the ‘i-Smart’ interface has been programmed to work with. But the fanciness wears off after a while. MG also gives you a premium account of the popular music app ‘Gaana’ along with preloaded entertainment content, including videos, which will be updated as per changing trends. Like other futuristic cars, there will be over-the-air (OTA) updates on the MG