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MG Hector vs Tata Harrier vs Jeep Compass: Specs and Features Compared

MG Hector vs Tata Harrier vs Jeep Compass: Specs and Features Compared
MG Hector finally premiered yesterday

and we got to know several new details about the upcoming compact SUV, including its powertrain options, interior layout, and some of its dimensions. The remaining details, such as MG Hector's price in India, will be revealed know when it is launched here in June. While we wait for that, we figured we'd quickly try and gauge if the MG Hector has what it takes to take on its rivals -- the Tata Harrier and the Jeep Compass.

MG Hector vs Tata Harrier vs Jeep Compass: Dimensions

The MG Hector is 4,655 mm long, 1,835 mm wide, and has a wheelbase of 2,750 mm. The Tata Harrier, on the other hand, is 4,598 mm long, 1,894 mm wide, and sports a wheelbase of 2,741 mm. Finally -- the Jeep Compass; it measures 4,395 mm in length, 1,818 mm in width, and has a wheelbase of 2,636 mm.

SUVsLengthWidthWheelbase
MG Hector4,655 mm1,835 mm2,750 mm
Tata Harrier4,598 mm1,894 mm2,741 mm
JeepCompass4,395 mm1,818 mm2,636 mm

As you can see, MG Hector is the longest SUV among this trio, while the Tata Harrier is the widest, beating Hector by 59 mm and the Jeep Compass by 76 mm. Talking about the wheelbase, MG's upcoming SUV takes the top spot.

MG Hector vs Tata Harrier vs Jeep Compass: Features

This is a department where the MG Hector has a substantial edge over its rivals, thanks to its huge list of connectivity features and creature comforts. But first, let's talk about how well the Hector's rivals are equipped.

Among other things, the Tata Harrier, on its top-end trim, gets an 8.8-inch infotainment system bundled with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the safety front, it gets six airbags, electronic stability program, hill-hold control, hill-descent control, corner stability control, and electronic traction control.

Talking about the Jeep Compass, it gets 8.4-inch touchscreen with Jeep's Uconnect system with voice recognition feature. Other features on the Compass include dual-pane panoramic sunroof, automatic rains sensing wipers and dual zone climate control system. On the safety front, the the top-end trim of Jeep Compass gets six airbags, electronic parking brake, electronic stability control, hill assist system, and traction control system.

Now, let's talk about the extensive feature list of the MG Hector. As reported before, Hector, also being hailed as India's first internet car by MG, gets a 10.4-inch vertically mounted touchscreen system with iSmart interface. This interface, using an on-board Airtel 5G ready simcard offers myriad connectivity features. The highlight here has to be the AI enabled Voice Assist system that can understand a variety of commands. So, whether it is controlling the air-conditioning in the Hector or opening/closing the sunroof, this Voice Assist system does it all at your command.

MG Hector vs Tata Harrier vs Jeep Compass: Specs

MG Hector is available with two different powertrains; a diesel and petrol unit. The petrol unit is a 1.5-litre engine that puts out 141.03 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. The petrol engine is also available with a hybrid powertrain that can provide 20Nm of extra torque.

The diesel engine, on the other hand, is the FCA sourced 2.0-litre unit that also powers the Compass and the Harrier. However, on the Hector, this engine churns out 167.67 bhp and 350 Nm of torque. Both these engines are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, while the petrol engine also gets an optional six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

The Tata Harrier misses out on a petrol powertrain and is available only with a diesel engine option. This unit, as mentioned before, is tha 2.0-litre engine sourced from FCA. Here, this engine makes 138.08 bhp and 350 Nm of torque. This engine is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, however, a six-speed automatic gearbox is also expected to be introduced sometime later.

The Jeep Compass gets a petrol as well as diesel engine option. The petrol unit is a 1.4-litre engine that makes 160.77 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The diesel engine is the 2.0-litre motor that, on the Jeep, puts 170.63 bhp and 350 Nm of torque. This engine is available only with a six-speed manual transmission.

SUVEngineTransmissionPowerTorque
MG Hector

1.5-litre Petrol

2.0-litre Diesel

six-speed manual gearbox

six-speed dual clutch automatic

six-speed manual gearbox

141.03 bhp

167.67 bhp

250 Nm

350Nm

Tata Harrier2.0-litre Dieselsix-speed manual138.08 bhp350 Nm
Jeep Compass

1.4-litre Petrol

2.0-litre Diesel

six-speed manual gearbox

six-speed dual clutch automatic

six-speed manual gearbox

160.77 bhp

170.63 bhp

250 Nm

350 Nm

From these figures, we can deduce that Jeep Compass has the most powerful petrol as well as diesel engine. But out of Tata Harrier and the Hector, it is the Hector that has a more power up its sleeve.

Conclusion

Clearly, the MG Hector has lot up its sleeve to tilt the balance in its features. It is a smart looking, well proportioned and spacious mid-size SUV with adequate power on tap. And let's not forget that it is the only vehicle in this segment to get a hybrid powertrain. Add to that the wide range of connectivity features it offers and you get a vehicle that has the power to dethrone the champion in the segment. However, a lot still depends on how MG prices its first SUV for India and how good the Hector to drive. We will get to know all these details when the SUV gets launched next month in India.

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