Buying a second-hand MG Hector: fuel efficiency, variants, characteristics, engine, gearbox

The Hector, MG’s first model in India, is big in size as well as features. Here’s everything you need to know about buying a used device.

Posted Sep 26, 2022 8:00:00 AM

GOOD FOR: Spacious, feature-rich cabin

WARNING : Infotainment issues, DCT gearbox

Morris Garages or MG started its innings in India in 2019 with the launch of the Hector. Thanks to its striking design, spacious cabin and equipment levels, the SUV quickly became very popular with Indian customers, racking up wait times that stretched on for months.

Sumptuous chrome trim; The 17-inch alloys feel small compared to the tall profile.

It also had a very good resale value, but now that a refurbished version is coming soon and the XUV700 is proving popular, prices for used Hectors have started to drop. Here are some things to note about the MG Hector before buying a used one.

MG Hector: engine, gearbox and fuel consumption

The Hector is powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 170hp and 350Nm, and a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 143hp and 250Nm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard on both engines, while the turbo-petrol comes with the option of a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (sold until January 2022) or a CVT automatic gearbox 8-speed (sold from February 2021). ).

Additionally, there is also a 48V mild hybrid petrol model (with the 6-speed manual gearbox only), which is said to be more fuel efficient than the standard petrol. The mild-hybrid system also provides up to 20Nm of additional low-speed torque to help counter turbo lag and allow for improved acceleration.

In our fuel efficiency tests, the Hector diesel managed 16.5 kpl on the highway and 12.6 kpl in the city, while the petrols were naturally more thirsty. The petrol-manual made 7.25 kpl and 10.27 kpl, while the petrol-DCT delivered a low 6.9 kpl and 9 kpl, in city and highway driving respectively. We haven’t tested the gasoline-hybrid and gasoline-CVT versions, but we expect them to be more efficient than the gasoline-DCT.

If your use includes regular motorway journeys and fuel efficiency is very important to you, you should opt for the Hector diesel. The engine is a proven Fiat unit that is reliable, efficient and has sufficient performance. However, if trips to the resort will only be occasional, you can turn to one of the species. And if it’s an automatic you’re looking for, go for the CVT gearbox over the DCT, as it’s more efficient and smoother with its gear changes and will also prove to be more reliable.

MG Hector: variants and characteristics

The Hector was launched in four versions – Style, Super, Smart and Sharp – and all of them are reasonably equipped for their price. The top-of-the-line Sharp comes loaded with features like a 10.4-inch, portrait-oriented touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, AI-powered voice assistance, preloaded apps and an integrated Airtel SIM card, as well as a 360-degree camera, a driver’s seat with four electric adjustments, an Infinity audio system, a massive panoramic sunroof, heated ORVMs, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, 17-inch alloys and eight-color mood lighting.

On the safety side, the Hector is fitted as standard with two airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, traction control, rear parking sensors and disc brakes on all four wheels. The Smart variant gets four airbags and the Sharp gets six. Any variant you choose will give you a decent list of features, but if you don’t mind spending a bit more, go with the top-end Sharp as you’ll get all the wellness and security features.

MG offers a 5 year/unlimited km warranty plan, as well as a 5 year/unlimited km roadside assistance program with the Hector as standard, so you’ll have peace of mind despite buying one. used car. Plus, according to our resale value study from last year, the MG Hector has the best resale value in its class, which is an added bonus.

What to Look for in a Used MG Hector

Infotainment issues

A big draw for Hector buyers was its large touchscreen infotainment system. However, it is slow to respond and many owners have had issues with it. Some report that it is very slow and takes a good few seconds to light up once the car is started, which seems to get slower for some owners. Owners also complained that the voice recognition system wasn’t up to snuff. If the system is just slow to respond but works well, it’s probably fine; however, if things are not working or not responding at all, have the system checked.

DCT gearbox

A few owners have experienced heating issues with the Hector’s DCT gearbox. When the car is in heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic, look for a warning on the dashboard. Also, the Hector’s DCT isn’t the fastest, which is what you’d expect from a dual-clutch gearbox. It’s also worth noting that the DCT’s actual fuel economy hovers in the single digits, even on the highway.

MG has announced a recall of approximately 14,000 units of the BS6-DCT Hector petrol, to rectify an emissions related issue. Dealers have been instructed to contact owners of affected models and rectify the problem, so it’s best to check to see if this has been done if you’re looking at this model.

Used MG Hector price and resale value

Rs 13 lakh-18 lakh

Prices for the Hector on the second-hand market are always higher, so expect to pay between Rs 13 lakh and 18 lakh, depending on the model you choose. However, with a facelift just around the corner, you have the option to negotiate the price down.

Fact sheet MG Hector
Years produced 2019-Present
New price From Rs 12.18 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Engine 4 cyl, 1451cc, turbo-petrol/ 4 cyl, 1956cc, turbo-diesel
Power 143/170hp
Couple 250/350Nm
boot space 587 liters
Ground clearance 183mm

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