For starters, let’s talk about the seat capacities of these SUVs. The British mid-size SUV has three options on offer: a five-seater, a six-seater, and a seven-seater. The five-seater is exclusive to the MG Hector, while the six- and seven-seaters are exclusive to the MG Hector Plus. However, there are other MG cars that cater to sub-compact and full-size SUV buyers.
On the other hand, the Mahindra XUV700 doesn’t have a separate designated model for six-and seven-seaters. As for the market audience, it caters to all buyers. From a mass market to EVs to a premium segment, they have products for every buyer.
However, in terms of features and prices, both the locally-produced SUVs are more or less the same, but the Mahindra XUV700’s price is relatively on the higher side. So, if you are scratching your head about whether to buy the XUV700 or the MG Hector, below is the detailed comparo that you should go through. Let’s read on.
Let’s begin with the MG Hector first. It has a length of 4699mm, a width of 1835mm, and a height of 1760mm, and it sits on a wheelbase of 2750mm.
On the other hand, the Mahindra XUV700 is 4695mm long, 1890mm wide, and 1755mm tall, and has the same wheelbase as the MG Hector of 2750mm.
Comparing the dimensions, the Hector is 4mm longer and 5mm taller than its indigenous counterpart, while the XUV700 is only broader by 55mm.
A long vehicle usually offers a spacious cabin and more boot space. So, if you are concerned about the boot space as well, you should consider the Hector. In addition, check out the Hector’s price on the autoX website.
However, both SUVs may offer the same amount of legroom, as the wheelbase tends to indicate the legroom. As mentioned above, they both have a wheelbase of 2750mm.
As for the gap between the car’s underbody and the road, the MG Hector’s ground clearance is 192mm, while the XUV700’s ground clearance is rated at 200mm. It’s tacit that a car with a high ground clearance is well-suited for Indian roads. And, at the same time, a car with higher ground clearance can encounter any terrain without letting the driver worry about hitting the underbody or bumper. But, it is recommended to take an inside-the-cabin experience of these two SUVs, as personal experience can vary from person to person.
Now, let’s move on to the specifications.
The Powertrain and other Specifications
Both vehicles offer petrol and diesel engines. Let’s start with the petrol variant of the MG Hector. The 2023 MG Hector facelift has a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol mill that produces 141bhp at 5000rpm and 250Nm of peak torque at 1600rpm, whereas the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel unit churns out 170bhp at 3750rpm and 350Nm of peak torque at 1750rpm.
In parallel, the petrol version of the Mahindra XUV700 has a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 197bhp at 5000rpm and 380Nm of torque at 1750rpm. It is available in both manual and automatic transmissions.
On the contrary, the diesel unit of the Mahindra XUV700 uses a 2.2-litre turbocharged engine that offers different states of tunes. The diesel-manual version churns out 153bhp at 3750rpm and 360Nm of torque at 1500rpm, whereas the diesel-automatic version produces 182bhp at 3500rpm and 450Nm of peak torque at 1750rpm. In addition, some Mahindra cars share engines with the XUV700.
Weighing the figures, the Mahindra XUV700 is a better performer here.
Unlike the Mahindra XUV700, the MG Hector doesn’t offer an all-wheel-drive option. Just so you know, an all-wheel-drive vehicle has an edge at winning a drag race or passing through tough terrains.
Further, they both have drive modes on offer.
Suspension & brakes
As for the suspension setups, the Mahindra XUV700 uses a MacPherson Strut Independent suspension with a stabilizer bar and frequency selective damping (FSD) at the front. Thanks to the FSD, which gives an added benefit by offering comfortable driveability- they condition the vehicle’s suspension as per the road condition. While the rear also has an FSD feature with multi-link independent suspension with a stabilizer bar.
Yes, the XUV700 can be an attractive option. If that’s the case with you, check out the XUV700’s price on the autoX website.
On the other hand, the MG Hector, uses a simple setup, unlike the XUV700. It uses a MacPherson Strut with Coil Spring at the front and a semi-independent Helical Spring Torsion Beam at the rear. Despite that, the MG Hector has also proven to offer comfortable driveability. However, it is recommended to take a test drive, as opinions can vary from person to person.
The suspension setups on these vehicles work in tandem with disc brakes. The top models of these SUVs run on 18-inch alloy wheels. In addition, it is worth noting that the lower variants might offer steel rims with small rims sizes. However, the top model of the XUV700 has a tyre profile of 235/60 R18, while the MG Hector’s top model has a tyre profile of 215/55 R18. Broader tyres offer better grip, due to which, they can offer stability around the corners as well.
As mentioned earlier, both SUVs are fully-load of features. Please note that the features listed here belong to their top models. Both SUVs offer a panoramic sunroof, a dual-tone interior, leatherette upholstery, a sunglass holder, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear wipers with washers, rain-sensing wipers, a wireless charger, etc.
However, some features are exclusive to the 2023 MG Hector. Those include front-ventilated seats (cooling function only), ambient lighting, a cooled glove box, anti-pinch windows (all), an electric opening and closing tailgate button, a gear shift indicator, and four-way adjustable rear seats.
Further, the 2023 MG Hector boasts of having the biggest infotainment screen in the business that is vertically laid out, as it measures 14 inches, whereas the rivals offer a 10-inch infotainment screen. That said, the Mahindra XUV700 offers a 10.25-inch touchscreen display. Both vehicles offer wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Moreover, Mahindra has provided a Sony-sourced audio system with 3D surround sound, while the MG has offered an Inifinity-sourced premium audio system. Besides that, the Mahindra XUV700 has a fully digital instrument cluster, while the MG Hector also has a digital instrument cluster but comes with an analogue tachometer.
Other common features include a GPS navigation system, voice commands, a multi-functional steering wheel, USB ports, and mobile app connectivity.
As for exterior lighting, the Mahindra XUV700 offers LED lights with active cornering lights, coupled with halogen foglights. On the other hand, the MG Hector offers an all-LED light setup with passive cornering lights. Further, these two vehicles also offer an adjustable headlights feature.
You can, however, check out the curated list of features and specifications, and compare them with each other on the autoX website.
Variants and Prices
The five-seater MG Hector has ten variants on offer. The MG Hector price starts at Rs 14.73 lakh for the base model, the Style Petrol MT, and goes up to Rs 21.73 lakh for the top model, the Savvy Pro CVT.
On the flip side, the Mahindra XUV700 has twenty-three variants available. The XUV700’s price starts at Rs 13.45 lakh for the base model, the MX Petrol MT, and goes up to Rs 25.48 lakh for the top-of-the-line AX7 Diesel AT Luxury Pack AWD. All are ex-showroom prices, New Delhi, as of January 2023.
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