MG Hector Vs Tata Harrier: The Beast You Should Bank On

Popularly known as the first ‘Internet Car’ of India, MG Hector has recently made its debut in India. Falling right in the middle of the mid-size SUV pack with stellar introductory prices, it comes as the main competition for the Tata Harrier. Both these SUVs have a capacity to seat five people. With a plethora of features, both these cars fall in the same price range. Hence, the question in front of the buyer is which one to buy. 

Let’s pitch them against each other on the basis of prices, features and specifications that they offer. 

The Basics

Prices for both these giants start at Rs. 12.18 Lakh for Style MT (Petrol) & Rs. 12.99 Lakh for XE (Diesel). While Tata Harrier has 1956 cc (Diesel top model) engine, MG Hector has 1956 cc (Diesel top model) engine. Harrier provides a mileage of 17.0 kmpl (Diesel top model) while the Harrier has a mileage of 17.0 kmpl (Diesel top model). So, which car would you consider to be the best for you?

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Although MG Hector has grabbed a lot of attention and interest, it does score well on core aspects. But is this gamble worth going for when Tata Harrier is already here? Moreover, a minimum waiting period of 6 months is required for Hector since it won’t be delivered anytime before 2020 even if you wish to buy it right away. 

At 4655mm in length with a height of 1760mm, it has size on its side. This is totally an edge over its rivals like the Tata Harrier. MG Hector also has a longer (2750mm) wheelbase. Just combine this size with standard skid plates and roof rails to flex its presence on the road.

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Engine Specifications

There are three powertrain options to choose from for MG Hector. Choose in-between a petrol or diesel derivative & a petrol-hybrid option. MG Hector comes with a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine along which is capable of churning out 143 hp of power & 250 Nm of peak torque. Also available with a DCT unit it is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Diesel derivative of MG Hector comes with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine. It is capable of churning out 170 hp power along with 350 Nm of peak torque. However, the engine comes only with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Additionally, there is a petrol-hybrid version on offer as well. It comes with a 48-Volt mild-hybrid system.

The Tata Harrier SUV comes with the same 2.0-litre diesel engine like the MG Hector. Sourced from Fiat, the power output of this engine has been reduced from 170 hp to 140 hp. The torque, however, remains the same at 350 Nm. Tata Harrier also comes with a 6-speed standard manual gearbox. Sourced from Hyundai, Tata Harrier SUV at a later stage is going to get an automatic gearbox which is a 6-speed torque converter unit. Tata Harrier is also likely to come with a petrol derivative, sooner or later under its hood.

The Mileage Factor

With the manual gearbox, MG Hector promises to offer a fuel efficiency figure of around 14.16 km/l. However, this figure comes down to 13.96 km/l with the DCT version. Comparatively, the 2.0-litre diesel engine paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox Tata Harrier, promises to offer a fuel-efficiency figure of 17.0 km/l which is much higher.


Being the biggest SUV in its class, MG Hector measures 4655 mm in length,1835 mm in width and 1760 mm in height. With a boot capacity of 587-litres, it features a wheelbase of 2750 mm. Comparatively, Tata Harrier measures 4598 mm in length along with a height of 1706 mm & 1894 mm in width. The boot capacity of Tata Harrier stands at 425-litres along with a wheelbase of 2741 mm.

The Price Point 

Cost of the petrol derivative of the MG Hector falls within the range of Rs. 12.18 lakhs. It goes way up to Rs 16.78 lakhs for the top-spec automatic variant. Diesel derivative price of the Tata Harrier starts from Rs 13 lakh to Rs 16.56 lakh. These are the ex-showroom prices.

Driving Experience and Performance 

Petrol hybrid manual and diesel manual are two areas where the Hector scores well. Engines in both of its variants prove to be good for almost all kinds of usage. So, for daily usage, what would you choose? It is the petrol hybrid which would be the best. 

Both of these powertrains offer relaxed driving at all times. They are perfectly usable and the throttle response is predictable. All that you need for city commutes is a light throttle input, for which thank the 48V mild-hybrid system’s torque boost 48V mild-hybrid system’s torque boost. The 6-speed manual gearbox is set so as to offer an adequate driving ability. It does not start knocking even if you upshift early. There is always usable performance available with this vehicle.

Sitting below 2,000 rpm in top gear while cruising at highway speeds of 80-100 kmph, this vehicle does very well as a highway cruiser. The diesel engine offers a stronger mid-range punch that makes highway overtakes easier. The diesel option can also manage overtakes in the same gear, however, the petrol would need a downshift. The petrol-hybrid can, however, drive at that speed in the third gear, whereas the petrol hybrid can drive at that speed in 3rd gear. The petrol version would need a downshift. Overtaking at high speeds will require a downshift. However, this can be done without aggressive throttle after changing the gear. The refinement this engine offers is enjoyable. It is smooth & silent at slow-medium speeds. Vibrations never dampen experience at any time.

Better Safety 

The features list is not limited to convenience, comfort & cool technology. Dual front safety airbags, ISOFIX, ABS with EBD, traction control, hill-hold, rear parking sensors, all-wheel disc brakes & electronic stability control come as regular standards. 

Hector Sharp gets 6 airbags, front parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, front fog lights, front parking sensors along with cornering assist and tyre pressure monitoring and temperature readings & auto headlamps with auto wipers. An auto-dimming IRVM is the only thing missing.

MG Hector strikes a healthy middle ground by offering an unmatched technology package without compromising on practicality or daily usability. While interior quality isn’t as luxurious, it is still well made and tastefully designed. The base variant is also well-equipped with no silly compromises. MG Hector definitely offers fantastic value for money & is indeed a gamble which is worth taking.

Thereafter, if backseat comfort is what you are looking for, Tata Harrier is surely the one for you. Although MG Hector offers fantastic cabin space, it falls short in the seat comfort aspect. So, get going and choose the one which suits your needs.

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