MG Hector Plus: Why Settle For An MPV When You Can Get An SUV
If an MPV is for your family, the Hector Plus is for your family as well as you
Even the most earnest of dreams meet their fate at the hands of harsh reality. It’s an experience that most Indian MPV owners are only too familiar with. In their case, the dream refers to the desire of owning a family vehicle that looks the part, drives even better, has a neighbour’s envy feature list, and an owner’s pride level of space and comfort. The harsh reality is that such a package never existed in India, forcing the buyer to settle for the lesser option, an MPV.
Well, if you find yourself in the shoes of such a buyer, you don’t have to ‘settle’ anymore. That’s because the MG Hector Plus is finally here. Here’s why the British SUV offers everything than an MPV does, plus more.
More Premium Styling
An MPV is utilitarian not only in purpose but also in appearance. It’s not the sort of vehicle that announces your arrival, unlike the MG SUV. That’s primarily because the Hector Plus doesn’t suffer from an identity crisis like MPVs and does what it’s meant to do without inhibitions i.e. look butch, make a statement, and stand out from the crowd while carrying six people with élan.
Design elements that help it do so include a blacked-out grille, larger bumpers than the Hector SUV, sleek all-LED front and rear lamps, roof rails, dual exhaust units, and dual-tone machine alloy wheels. And just so that nobody slots you as a city-slicker, MG has dressed the Hector Plus with front and rear skid plates and side body cladding, ensuring adequate protection to the underside and the doors.
On-par Space, Above-par Comfort
Probably the main reason why buyers settle for an MPV instead of an SUV is space. But the Hector Plus turns that equation around by offering as much space as any MPV, if not more. At 4,720mm long and 1,835mm wide, the MG has enough space to seat six adults. Taller occupants won’t have trouble inside the Hector Plus either thanks to its 1,760mm height. Amplifying the effect of the spacious cabin is the SUV’s large glass area that lets in loads of natural light.
The clincher though is the above-par comfort that the Hector Plus offers over its MPV rivals. For instance, it gets captain seats in the second row that offer unparalleled luxury on short commutes as well as long drives. Armed with a recline, slide function and covered in premium smoked brown sepia leather, the captain seats radiate the feel of a larger, more expensive vehicle. To top it all, each captain seat gets its own leather-covered armrest!
Moving to the third row, the well-appointed seat can easily accommodate kids. What’s more, they are unlikely to meddle with your driving pleasure as the third row gets dedicated AC vents with fan speed control, height-adjustable headrests, and most importantly, USB charging ports!
More Fun Behind the Wheel
But as comfortable as the Hector Plus is to be chauffeured around in, you’ll have more fun driving it yourself – another aspect where it scores over typical MPVs. A part of the credit for this goes to the fact that the Hector Plus is a proper SUV. The resulting stance brings with it a commanding view of the road and a high ground clearance that comes handy when you venture off the asphalt.
The engines play their part in keeping the Hector Plus a reliable companion whether you’re hauling people on the highway or cutting your way through traffic while going to work. It gets a 1.5-litre BS6 turbocharged petrol mill that puts out 143PS of power and 250Nm of torque, making it a perfect city runabout. But if you prefer the torquey feel of a diesel engine instead, MG has you covered with its 2-litre BS6 turbocharged unit that produces 170PS of power and 350Nm of torque.
The Hector Plus also offers something that no MPV in India does: a hybrid engine. That’s right, MG’s hybrid technology is paired to the Hector Plus’s 1.5-litre petrol mill resulting in a powertrain that responds quickly to throttle inputs while reducing overall emissions.
If comfort is where the Hector Plus gains an upper hand over MPVs, the feature list is where it lands the knockout punch. Leading from the front is MG’s i-SMART connected car suite, a technology that connects the Hector Plus to the internet while on the move and makes your driving experience more entertaining, convenient and safer.
For instance, it comes with a voice recognition feature that lets you control different functions through voice commands. This includes answering phone calls, finding the shortest map route to your desired destination, playing your favourite music, and even operating the sunroof. But if voice commands aren’t your thing, you can just as easily do all this through the 10.4-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system which is the largest in its class.
The i-SMART internet suite also includes features that add to your peace of mind when venturing on long drives. For example, it comes with an E-Call feature that automatically sends a message with your location details to MG’s Pulse Hub if the Hector Plus’s airbags are deployed. Available 24x7, the Pulse Hub immediately calls you back for assistance.
Marrying Purpose with Pride
By introducing the Hector Plus to Indian roads, MG has finally done away with the choice that buyers needed to make between purpose and pride. The wholesome family SUV matches MPVs in space and outdoes them comprehensively on every other factor that influences your ownership experience. In that sense, the Hector Plus is the perfect option for those who don’t like to ‘settle’.
To know more about the Hector Plus and experience its MPV-besting comfort, features, and style first-hand, head to your nearest MG dealership today.