I am not sure about the rest of the country, but Delhi-NCR loves the Hector for sure. You see a lot of them on the road and it is easy to understand the appeal. It is loaded with features, has a lot of space, and overall seems to be value for money. Recently, MG launched a CVT variant and discontinued the DCT which might indicate a step back in terms of technology but is it?
Typically, one would expect the DCT to be better than the CVT but I recall driving the Hector DCT and coming back kind of unimpressed. The shifts were not as quick as one would expect with a DCT and overall the driving experience was not engaging. Perhaps, similar feedback from customers led to the introduction of the CVT and if that is the case, a quick hat tip to MG for listening to what the customers want. The CVT on the Hector definitely feels more refined, and now the Hector seems more relaxed. There is an Eco mode, which dulls the throttle response, so stay away from it if you want to have some fun. Otherwise, the CVT does its job as expected and surprisingly seems better than the outgoing DCT as long as you don’t mind the trademark rubber-band effect of the gearbox.
Along with a new gearbox, MG has updated the Hector with some cosmetic changes too. There is a new studded grille, paired with slimmer DRL’s, and new alloys to give the Hector a fresher look. On the inside, you can opt for a new beige faux leather upholstery and while that is a good option to have, I was happy to see both front seats get a cooling function and electric adjustment. The MG way of overloading their cars with features continues on the Hector and now the voice assistant recognizes Hinglish commands too. Paddle shifters and a better resolution on the 360-degree camera shouldn’t be a lot to ask then, right?
Today’s car buyers want everything in a car and MG has really given the Hector a lot. A long list of smart features, decent road presence, spacious interiors and now a new gearbox for driving convenience, that is a lot. Prices haven’t changed by much and I don’t see a reason why the Hector won’t continue to bring in new buyers.
MG Hector CVT
1451cc, I4, turbo-petrol
141 bhp@5000 rpm
25.49 kgm@1600-3600 rpm
F/R: 215/55 R18
Rs 18.7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)