September 17, 2021


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MG Hector Plus review – Does the ‘Plus’ make all the difference?

If you’ve known the Hector, the Hector Plus is nothing but a Hector with three rows and six seats. In the stand Hector, the rear bench now gives way to a pair of captain chairs for the Hector Plus, while the third row includes two seats. So naturally, we expect the Hector Plus to offer more practicality and luxury.

Plus better looks?

So, what it is basically, is an elongated Hector. The width, height and the wheelbase all remain untouched. The increase is length is because of its restyled bumpers. It won’t be easy to separate a regular Hector from a Hector Plus, particularly from a distance. However, the keen-eyed among you will notice that the Hector Plus looks simpler, with no overdose of chrome, except for the grille. And without the frame, the grille looks bigger and there’s a kink on the LED DRLs above. The main headlamp has been revised a little, while the bumper too, looks tidier. Move to the back and you will notice there is no reflector strip connecting the tail lights. The rear bumper too, is now easier on the eye, but the faux exhaust openings are a bit unwanted. Again, the 17-inch wheels are dwarfed by such a huge SUV.

Plus better interiors?

We’d recommend the Hector Plus to someone who doesn’t drive, but prefers being driven around. So we’ll start with the middle-row then. The tan-leatherette upholstery along with the contrast stitching looks quite premium, and the shapely captain’s chairs look great. There’s ample cushioning, seats move back and forth and the backrest recline, along with the adjustable armrests are sure to keep passengers pampered. Space is in abundance, with lots of legroom available. The seats could’ve been a little wider and sit quite low, meaning under-thigh support isn’t great. However, we still think it is one of the most comfortable places to be in. Do bear in mind however, that the petrol-hybrid variant gets a lithium-ion battery that is placed below the front passenger seat, meaning the passenger behind will have an issue for legroom.

The third row is best left for kids and access to this row is bothersome too. You’ll have to sit with your knees up and the upright backrest is another issue. However, you do get vents and a blower control for the last row. Luggage capacity has taken a hit unfortunately, but the hands-free tailgate feature is brilliant. At the front, everything is familiar; the only thing that separates the two is the different cabin colour theme. There are many bits that do feel premium and visibility is great, thanks to the massive glasshouse and low-set dashboard.

Plus more power?

The Hector by MG Cars is offered with three engine options: a 2.0-litre diesel, producing 167bhp and 350Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual, a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine producing 141bhp and 250Nm of torque, paired either to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic or a 6-speed manual and a 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine, developing 141bhp and 250Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual ‘box. We got our hands on the hybrid version. The engine might seem insignificant at first, given the SUV’s heft, but the engine has good punch and revs quickly and enthusiastically. Power delivery is linear and refinement levels are good. The light clutch, combined with the easy-to-shift gears come in handy and the mild-hybrid system works without any hiccups. However, if you’re lugging your huge family around, we’d recommend the diesel model for its torque.

The MG Hector Plus is easy to drive; the light steering makes tight turns easy work and the 360-degree camera only helps matters further. The ride is quite comfortable at low speeds, making it great for urban use. Take it to a highway, and that’s when it begins to show some lethargy. Also, you might want to keep sharp corners at bay, because the MG Hector Plus doesn’t like those too much.

So, what’s the ‘Plus’ about?

Prices for the MG Hector Plus range from 14 lakh to 19 lakh rupees, making it that bit pricier than the standard Hector. However, what you get for the extra money spent is great value for your money. The standard Hector misses out on a wonderful middle-row experience and a third row of seats. This is no SUV for the enthusiast; this is an SUV to ferry your family. Plus, remember, you get fantastic service and ownership packages, making it all the SUV you’ll ever need. Also, grab the latest info on the new cars, only at autoX.

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