MG Hector Style vs Mahindra XUV700 MX 5-seater: A Battle of Mid-Size SUVs


The mid-size SUV segment in India is brimming with exciting options. For car buyers seeking a spacious and feature-rich SUV priced under Rs 15 lakh, the MG Hector and Mahindra XUV700 emerge as strong contenders, particularly after a recent price adjustment for the Hector. This has brought the base-spec petrol variant of the Hector into direct competition with the Mahindra XUV700 MX 5-seater variant. But which one offers better value for your money? Let’s delve into a detailed comparison to help you make an informed decision.

Going Head-to-Head: Price and Dimensions

Both the MG Hector Style (petrol) and Mahindra XUV700 MX (petrol) share an identical starting price of Rs 13.99 lakh (ex-showroom). This price parity makes the choice even more intriguing. However, dimensions play a role in terms of overall space and road presence.

The Mahindra XUV700 takes the lead here with a marginally larger footprint. It stretches 40 mm longer and 55 mm wider compared to the base-spec Hector Style. It’s worth noting that the length mentioned for the Hector applies only to the Style variant. Higher trims of the Hector boast a length of 4,699 mm. In terms of height, the Hector gains a slight edge, standing 5 mm taller than the XUV700. Interestingly, both SUVs share an identical wheelbase of 2750 mm.

Powertrain: A Clear Advantage for the XUV700

While both SUVs boast turbocharged petrol engines, the Mahindra XUV700 holds a significant advantage under the hood. It packs a bigger 2.0-liter turbo-petrol engine that generates a healthier 200 PS of power and 380 Nm of torque. This stands in stark contrast to the MG Hector Style’s 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine, which delivers 143 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque. The XUV700’s engine translates to a more powerful driving experience, especially when dealing with highway cruising or navigating demanding terrains.

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Both SUVs come equipped with 6-speed manual transmissions in their base-spec variants. Automatic transmission options are available in higher trims, but not within the scope of this price comparison.

Feature Rundown: Balancing Essentials and Convenience

Moving to features, both SUVs offer a decent array of essentials in their base-spec trims. Here’s a breakdown of the key highlights:

Exterior Features

MG Hector Style: Halogen projector headlights with LED DRLs, semi-LED tail lights, turn indicator on ORVMs, shark-fin antenna, roof rails, 17-inch steel wheels with wheel covers.

Mahindra XUV700 MX: Halogen headlights with follow-me-home function, LED tail lights, roof antenna, turn indicator on ORVMs, flush-type door handles, 17-inch steel wheels.

While the Hector offers projector headlights and DRLs, the XUV700 counters with a follow-me-home headlight function. Both SUVs miss out on features like alloy wheels and LED headlights in their base variants.

Interior Features

MG Hector Style: Fabric seat upholstery, height-adjustable driver’s seat, rear armrest, front, and rear reading lights, height-adjustable headrests for all seats, 2nd-row seat recline.

Mahindra XUV700 MX: Fabric seat upholstery, height-adjustable driver’s seat, front and rear reading lights, height-adjustable headrests for all window seats.

Both SUVs provide essential comfort features like a height-adjustable driver’s seat and basic seat adjustments. The Hector adds a rear armrest and 2nd-row seat recline for enhanced passenger comfort on longer journeys.

Comfort and Convenience Features

MG Hector Style: Manual AC, rear AC vents, tilt adjustable steering wheel, driver armrest with storage, all four power windows with driver’s side auto-down function, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear defogger, rear wiper and washer, USB charging ports.

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Mahindra XUV700 MX: Manual AC, rear AC vents, tilt adjustable steering wheel, driver armrest with storage, all four power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs, steering mounted audio controls, Day/Night IRVM, USB charging ports.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Which SUV offers better fuel efficiency, the MG Hector or the Mahindra XUV700?

A: While official figures for the base-spec variants aren’t available yet, the Hector’s smaller 1.5L engine is likely to deliver better fuel efficiency compared to the XUV700’s 2.0L engine.

Q: Do the Hector Style and XUV700 MX offer automatic transmission options?

A: No, not in their base-spec variants. Automatic transmission options are available in higher trims of both SUVs.

Q: Is there a significant difference in maintenance costs between the Hector and XUV700?

A: Maintenance costs can vary depending on driving habits and service center location. It’s advisable to check with authorized service centers for both brands to get a precise idea.

Q: Which SUV offers a more spacious cabin?

A: Given the marginally larger dimensions of the XUV700, it might offer slightly more cabin space compared to the Hector Style. However, the difference is likely to be subtle.

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