The Ultimate Comparison: Mg Hector Vs Tata Harrier Vs Jeep Compass
The Ultimate Comparison: Mg Hector Vs Tata Harrier Vs Jeep Compass
How fortunate we are to get absolutely fantastic products from different manufacturers in the SUV segment. MG is a British brand, Jeep, an American brand and our very own Tata Motors.
Talk of styling, space, safety and advanced features, you get all in this segment. The SUV segment including the compact SUVs is giving a tough fight to the more economical hatchbacks. The sedans are nowhere close to the sales of SUVs.
People enjoy owning and driving an SUV that can challenge different terrains. People also go for soft-roader SUVs, as not all enjoy or have the time to test their car’s off-roading skills. MG feels that this segment is the best to start its operations in India, thereby bringing its premium product, Hector first.
Similar is the case with Kia, as they gear up to launch Seltos in the Indian market. Let’s have a look at how the newly launched MG Hector fares with Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass.
MG has created a lot of buzz with the commercials of the Hector, where it focuses to depict the heritage of the brand. Many don’t know that the brand is owned by Chinese state-owned automotive brand, SAIC motor.
After all, the sales of a car mainly depend on its brand value and its reach to customers. It will take some time for the brand to be recognised as an established player. It will be unfair to think of Hector flying off the shelf. The manufacturing facility at Halol, Gujarat is MG’s first in India.
Thanks to the inputs from Jaguar Land Rover, Tata designed a car that abridged the gap between concept and reality. Tata Motors always aims to provide the most Value for Money (VFM) product in the most economical price bracket without compromising on anything.
Though the Harrier hasn’t performed that well in terms of sales, it’s still early days for a premium SUV. This clearly brings out the vision of Tata Motors that we shall see in its upcoming offerings.
Jeep is a well-recognised brand in India and recently was awarded as the most trusted automobile brand in India, as per TRA Brand Trust Report 2019. Jeep learnt that to sustain its business in India, it just can’t rely on its CBU (Completely Built-Up Units) offerings such as the Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler.
This led to the launch of Compass, which is manufactured in India and sold at a more affordable price than its expensive siblings. India made Compass is also exported to right-hand drive markets in Australia and Japan.
The Hector is truly a modern looking SUV. The huge and wide trapezoidal front grille, surrounded by a thick strip of chrome and the aggressive sleeker DRLs gives it the bold look.
The dual projector LED headlamps are mounted quite low on the bumper. The foglamps are located just below the headlamps. It’s becoming common for new cars, especially SUVs to have their headlamps mounted on the bumper.
The faux silver skid plate lends the Hector a premium appearance. Front sensors are also located at the front bumper. 17-inch alloys look great. A black skirting runs across the side profile, with a chrome strip attached to it showing Morris Garages branding.
To minimise the chrome effect, the handles are body coloured with minimal chrome work. The LED rear taillamps complement the styling. Reverse parking sensors are provided on dual tone bumper.
The Harrier too gets the aggressive sleeker dual function LED DRLs that gives it the bold look. The dual projector LED headlamps are mounted quite low on the bumper. The foglamps are located just below the headlamps.
There isn’t any usage of chrome at the front, even not around the piano finish black front grille. The Harrier is quite attractive from every angle, thanks to the sharp character lines and the bold wheel arches.
The LED taillamp design is continuous, stretching throughout the rear. Piano black finish and HARRIER badging are also provided at the rear. Rear parking sensors are placed on the dual tone bumper. 17-inch alloys are provided on the Harrier.
Chrome inserts are provided on the handle, and chrome finish is provided above the window and it broadens up at the rear, where the Harrier badging is embossed.
The Jeep Compass looks very similar to the Grand Cherokee. On the front, it gets a 7-slat grille that resembles its family look, and helps anyone easily identify the Compass as a Jeep.
The squared wheel arches and the black cladding throughout the car give it a rugged look. Its design might not be as futuristic as the Hector or the Harrier but does its job well. The rear tail lamps blend well with the overall design. Both headlight and taillight have a unique design.
COMPASS badge has been embossed on the front doors. Sharp and distinctive character lines add to the already robust look. Muscular 17-inch alloys have been provided on the Compass.
Speaking of its size, it slots right between Hyundai Creta and Tucson. The shut lines and panel gaps are very consistent and lots of detailing has been provided, which shows how serious the brand is with this product.
As the Hector is India’s first ‘Internet Car’, it is bound to have the largest touchscreen infotainment system (10.4 inches) among all the Indian cars. Most of the dials and knobs have given way to this huge touchscreen that has tabs to operate the features.
You might be imagining the interiors of Tesla. The navigation, Bluetooth, music and even the AC are housed in this touchscreen. The touchscreen is equipped with Android Auto and Google CarPlay. The massive touchscreen is surrounded by vertical AC vents on both sides.
The most attractive feature of this connected car is the voice command system that is activated by saying ‘Hello MG’. Based on your commands, the car will open the sunroof for you or change the AC temperature.
Apart from technology, everything else seems fine. Some premium bits and elements have been added to the interiors, where the mixed type of plastics have been used. There are abundant knee room and legroom for the passengers, but more smart storage spaces could have been provided.
The Hector boasts of many first in segment features such as 4-way power adjustable co-driver seat, powered tailgate opening, heated ORVM, premium sound system by INFINITY, subwoofer & amplifier, 8 colours ambient lighting, front parking sensors, 360° camera view and fatigue reminder setting
Tata has simply done enough with the exterior of the Harrier, but what about the interior?
The answer is that Tata has carried all the hard work to the interiors as well. With the use of rich textures and finishes, Harrier has probably the best interior in its segment. The premium oak brown interiors might not be of everyone’s taste but make the interiors feel more premium.
The leather, as well as piano silver finish and faux wood on the dashboard as well as the door panel, is simply awesome. There’s plenty of storage space for different kinds of items and the 425-litre luggage capacity is adequate.
Other features include push button start, ESP terrain modes, floating island 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, music system by JBL, instrument cluster with 7-inch TFT display with screen mirroring feature.
Once you step inside the Compass, something that will really attract you is the nice and fun to hold the steering wheel. The dual tone dashboard design is pretty simple. Usage of soft plastics and elegant piano black finish and anodised silver bezels with chrome knobs. makes the interior feel premium.
Fit and finish is top notch as is evident from the contrast stitching on the leather seats. The instrument panel oozes class too. Sufficient storage spaces have been provided but the space for taller passengers is restricted.
Excellent cushioning of the seats will definitely help during longer journeys. 438-litre boot space will easily consume your luggage. Other features include height adjustable luggage floor, split folding rear seats, electrochromic auto-dimming IRVM, keyless entry, premium sound system, dual pane panoramic sunroof, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, automatic temperature control, rear AC vents and USB charger and automatic rain sensing wipers
Performance & Driveability:
The Hector is available with 3 engine options: a 1.5 L Turbocharged Intercooled Petrol Hybrid engine with Belt Starter Generator producing 143 PS of peak power and 250 Nm of maximum torque, a .5 L Turbocharged Intercooled Petrol engine producing 143 PS of peak power and 250 Nm of maximum torque and a 2.0 L Turbocharged diesel engine producing 170 PS of peak power and 350 Nm of maximum torque, which is also found in Compass and Harrier but with different torque and power figures .
The transmission option includes 6 MT and 6 DCT. The petrol engine returns 15.81 kmpl while the diesel engine returns 17.41 kmpl. Both the engines have excellent refinement level, especially petrol. The 192 mm ground clearance is adequate to soak most of the shocks from potholes.
The light steering weighs well at highway speeds, but its lightness helps to easily manoeuvre in city traffic. Though the car is stable at high speeds, it does not feel as planted as the Compass and the Harrier. Thanks to disc brakes on all the four wheels, braking is a breeze.
The Harrier is only available with a 2.0 L Turbocharged diesel engine, sourced from Fiat producing 140 PS of peak power and 350 Nm of maximum torque, which is also found in Compass and Hector but with different torque and power figures. Only 6-speed manual transmission is available as of now.
The provision of various drive modes – Eco, City and Sports helps to alter the engine performance. The claimed fuel efficiency of Harrier is 16.79 kmpl. The NVH levels are well controlled, but some of the vibrations still creep in through the pedals.
The suspension, along with abundant 205 mm ground clearance works very well as it negotiates most of the larger bumps and potholes. The car gives you a confident feeling at high speeds as the steering weighs up. There is the scope of improvement in the braking department by upgrading the rear brakes.
The Jeep Compass is powered by two engine options- a 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine producing 163 PS of peak power and 250 Nm maximum torque and a 2.0L MultiJet II turbocharged diesel engine producing 173 PS of peak power and 350 Nm of maximum torque.
The petrol engine returns 14.3 kmpl while the diesel engine returns 17.1 kmpl. Just like the Harrier, the only 6-speed manual transmission is available as of now. The NVH levels are on the higher side as compared to Hector & Harrier. The clatter from the diesel engine is audible at higher speeds. It has the best ride quality of all the SUVs.
The suspension covers up broken roads and potholes of all sorts. It has the best suspension system among the competition and the ride is extremely comfortable. Not just the suspension, its high-speed stability is also commendable, so is the steering response. The Compass gets disc brakes on all the four wheels.
The Hector is equipped with many safety features such as 6 airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), TCS (Traction Control System), ABS + EBD + Brake Assist, first in segment 360° camera view, hill hold control, electric parking brake, TPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system), first in segment front parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Only a few of the features are absent from the base model, others are standard across the variants.
The Harrier also boasts of advanced safety features such as 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, CSC (Corner Stability Control), Electronic Traction Control, Hill Hold Control, Hill Descent Control, Roll Over Mitigation, Brake Disc Wiping, Perimetric Alarm System, Child seat ISOFIX anchor points and many more.
The Jeep Compass is also decently equipped with safety features such as 6 airbags, rear park assist system, rear back up camera, electronic parking brake, ABS, ESC, remote proximity keyless entry, hill start assist, electronic roll mitigation and integrated voice command with Bluetooth.
MG HECTOR: ₹ 12.18 – 16.88 Lakh
TATA HARRIER: ₹ 12.99 – 16.55 Lakh
JEEP COMPASS: ₹ 15.60 – 23.11 Lakh
Note: All prices are ex-showroom Delhi
MG Motors has played a smart move by pricing the Hector extremely well. With so much being offered by Hector, the Harrier faces the heat and its prices feel slightly less justified. On the other hand, the Compass simply looks overpriced.
Which One Should You Buy?
The Hector is a brand-new car from a new brand, that is yet to set up its dealerships in many cities. It plans to have 65 dealerships by the time Hector is on sale.
Though it’s an amazing product in every department still spending your hard-earned money on a new product isn’t a good idea. It’s better to check the initial ownership reviews.
By that time, the waiting period will also drop. The Harrier too has a long product and many are still unsure about spending around 21 Lakhs for a Tata car. The Hexa too hasn’t performed according to expectations.
But if you really have to buy a car out of the three, Harrier is the one you should go for. Compass simply feels overpriced and offers the least set of gizmos among the three. But if you are a Jeep enthusiast, then you know what to buy.
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