Morris Garages (MG) have started well in India with their Hector SUV.The feature loaded SUV is in great demand with bagging more than 10,000 bookings.In next month, we have Seltos coming up by Kia which boasts class leading features and variety of engine transmissions.So here we have brought comparison of Kia Seltos and MG Hector on the basis of engine options, price, dimensions, features and safety, clearing all your doubts.
Seltos vs Hector Dimensions
|Specs||MG Hector||Kia Seltos||Hector over Seltos|
|Length||4655 mm||4315 mm||+ 340 mm|
|Width||1835 mm||1800 mm||+ 35 mm|
|Height||1760 mm||1620 mm||+ 140 mm|
|Wheelbase||2750 mm||2610 mm||+ 140 mm|
|Boot Space||587 L||433 L||+ 154 L|
|Turning Radius||5.8 m||5.3 m||+ 0.5 m|
|Tyre Size||17 inch||17 inch||–|
|Ground Clearance||192 mm||190 mm||+ 2 mm|
In terms of specifications, surely MG Hector has an advantage with better length, width and height compared to Seltos.Ground clearance of Seltos is 190 mm while that of Hector is 192 mm.Talking about the cargo area, Hector has got a massive 587 litre space which translates into 154 L more than Seltos’s 433 L trunk area.
Seltos vs Hector Dealerships
At the time of launch of Seltos, Kia will have 265 touchpoints which would be increased upto 300 in 2020 and 350 in 2021.While MG currently have 120+ dealerships which would be expanded upto 250 in September 2019.
Seltos vs Hector Petrol Engine
|Petrol Engine||Seltos 1.5||Seltos 1.4||Hector 1.5|
|Power||113 BHP||138 BHP||141 BHP|
|Torque||144 NM||242 NM||250 NM|
|Transmission||6 Speed MT / 7 Speed CVT||6 Speed MT / 7 Speed DCT||6 Speed MT / 7 Speed DCT|
|Mileage||15-16 kmpl (expected)||14-15kmpl||14.16 kmpl (MT),13.96 kmpl (DCT),15.81 kmpl(hybrid)|
Kia Seltos is offered with two petrol engine options.One is a 1.5 L naturally aspirated unit making 113 BHP of power and is mated to 6 Speed MT / 7 Speed CVT gearbox while there is also a turbocharged 1.4 GDI variant which produces 141 BHP and 250 NM of torque.Mileage would be between 15-16 kmpl.
Hector comes with 1.5 litre motor which is teamed up with 6 Speed MT and 7 Speed DCT options.It also gets mild hybrid 48V unit for better fuel economy.It makes 141 BHP of power and 250 NM of torque.Mileage is between 14.16 kmpl and 15.81 kmpl depending upon the transmission and engine you opt for.
Seltos vs Hector Diesel Engine
|Diesel Engine||Seltos 1.5||Hector 2.0|
|Power||113 BHP||168 BHP|
|Torque||250 NM||350 NM|
|Transmission||6 Speed MT / AT||6 Speed MT|
Both these SUVs comes up with a single engine option.Hector gets a bigger 2.0 L engine under the hood which is good enough to generate 168 BHP of power and 350 NM of peak torque.It is teamed up with 6 speed manual gearbox and the claimed fuel efficiency is 17.41 kmpl.
Seltos 1.5 engine produces 113 BHP of power and 250 NM pf maximum torque.It is available with 6 Speed MT and Torque Converter AT option.The expected mileage of this engine is 20.5 kmpl.
It is important to mention that all the engines of Seltos are BS-VI compliant while Hector comes with BS-IV engines which would be upgraded in January 2020.
Seltos vs Hector Price Comparison
Seltos will be priced between Rs. 11 Lakhs and Rs. 17 Lakhs while MG Hector has been launched in India between the price tag of Rs. 12.18 L and Rs. Rs. 16.88 Lakhs (All Prices, Ex Showroom)
|Kia Seltos||11 L – 17 L (Expected)|
|MG Hector||12.18 L – 16.88 L|
Seltos vs Hector Features
Here are some of the top similar features which are shared by both Kia Seltos as well as MG Hector.
Common Features – Rear Seats Recline, 17 inch alloys, Push Start Stop Button with Smart Keyless Entry, Leather seat upholstery, LED headlamp, tail lamp and fog lamp (ice effect in Seltos), Connected car (hector supports voice commands), 60:40 split seats, 3 adjustable headrest for rear passengers, Rear ac vents, Cooled glove box, Front and rear seat armrest, 8 speakers and subwoofer (Bose in Seltos and Infinity in Hector along with amplifier as well) and Ambient lighting.
Below mentioned are unique features of Seltos and Hector which means they are offered either only in Seltos or Hector.
Unique Features of Seltos – 8 inch Heads up Display, UV Cut Glass, Wireless Charging, Rear Sunshade, Smart Air Purifier, 8 way powered driver seat, Front ventilated seats and 10.25 inch infotainment system.
Unique Features of Hector – Co driver seat 4 way electrically adjustable, Panoramic sunroof, Electrically Powered tailgate and 10.4 inch portrait infotainment system.
These are the top safety features which comes in both the SUVs – Kia Seltos as well as MG Hector.
Common Safety Features – Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, 360 degree camera, Front and rear parking sensors, All 4 disc brakes, Electronic Stability Programme, Traction Control, Auto headlamps, Rain sensing auto wipers, 6 airbags, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Hill Launch Assist and Follow me home / lead me to vehicle headlamps
Unique Safety Features
These are some of the unique features of both these SUVs, which means there are some safety features which are offered only in Seltos and vice versa.
Unique Safety Features of Seltos – There is only a single safety feature which comes exclusively in Seltos and not in Hector and it is Blind spot detection, whose display comes in MID.
Unique Safety Features of Hector – Heated ORVMs and Electronic parking brake are the two safety features of MG Hector over Kia Seltos.
What Both these SUVs have in Common?
Both these SUVs look absolutely phenomenal.One of them is sharp and striking while the other look modern and impressive.Both of them share full LED setup as well.
Premium and Plush Interiors
MG Hector and Kia Seltos share very premium and upmarket cabin.They have got dual tone seat upholstery with slight difference in theme option.Both of them gets a big infotainment system while that of Seltos is a horizontal one and that of Hector is a long one with vertical placement.
Why to Buy MG Hector Over Kia Seltos?
Space and Comfort
MG Hector is much more spacious when compared to Seltos thanks to bigger dimensions.Also it has got a massive boot space of 587 litres which is much more bigger than that of Seltos.
Both these SUVs are head to head in terms of safety equipments on offer.But MG Hector has got a slight edge over Seltos as it offer some more safety features over the Kia SUV.
Hector comes with more powerful engines when compared to Hector.It has got 2 L Diesel engine which makes out 350 NM of torque as well a 1.5 L petrol engine which makes out good 250 NM of peak torque.
Although both these cars offers connectivity features while Hector also comes with voice commands through which you can open sunroof, windows and get a number of things done easily.
The price of Hector is slightly less than that of Seltos which makes it slightly more value for money.But the difference in terms of pricing is expected to remain minimal.
Variety of Engine Options
Kia Seltos is offered with a number of engine and transmission option.It gets 1.5 diesel and petrol engine with option for 1.4 turbo petrol.Also all these gets different types of automatics as well.Even it gets a diesel automatic which will surely get a lot of customers.
Feature wise, Kia Seltos is much more loaded when compared to MG Hector.It gets 8 inch HUD, UV cut glass, front ventilated seats among others.No doubt, Hector is also loaded up to the brim, but remain slightly behind Hector in terms of features on offer.