MG Hector Style vs Mahindra XUV700 MX 5-seater: Specifications compared

 

The entry-level petrol-powered variants of these mid-size SUVs have very similar prices, but which one offers better value? we find out…

If you are looking for a 5-seater SUV under Rs 15 lakh that is bigger than the Hyundai Creta or Maruti Grand Vitara, there are a few options available. Due to the recent price cut, the base-spec petrol variant of the MG Hector has become more affordable by Rs 96,000. Now, the base-spec Style variant of the Hector directly competes with the Mahindra XUV700 MX 5-seater. Let us now compare these two mid-size SUVs based on their specifications on paper.

price

mg hector style petrol Mahindra XUV700 MX 5-Seater Petrol
Rs 13.99 lakh Rs 13.99 lakh

All prices are ex-showroom

The base-spec petrol variants of both MG and Mahindra SUVs are priced exactly the same.

DIMENSIONS

mg hector Mahindra XUV700
Length 4655 mm 4695 mm
Width 1835 mm 1890 mm
Height 1760 mm 1755 mm
wheelbase 2750 mm 2750 mm
  • The Mahindra XUV700 is 40 mm longer and 55 mm wider than the base-spec Style variant of the MG Hector.

  • Please note that the lengths mentioned above for Hector only apply to its base-spec variant. All other variants of the SUV have a length of 4,699 mm.

  • The difference in length between the base-spec Hector and its other variants is because MG offers the base-spec style variant of the Hector in its pre-facelifted avatar.
  • The Hector is 5 mm taller than the XUV700, while both the SUVs have the same wheelbase.

powertrain

Specifications mg hector style petrol Mahindra XUV700 MX 5-Seater Petrol
engine 1.5-litre turbo-petrol 2-litre turbo-petrol
Power 143 ps 200 ps
Torque: 250nm 380nm
transfer 6-speed MT 6-speed MT
  • Both get turbocharged petrol engines, but the XUV700 has a clear advantage here as it gets the larger 2-litre unit, which produces 57 PS and 130 Nm compared to the Hector’s 1.5-litre engine.

  • The base-spec variants of both the Hector and XUV700 are offered only with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Feature Highlights

mg hector style Mahindra XUV700 MX
external
  • Halogen Projector headlights with LED DRL

  • Semi-LED taillights

  • ON indicator on ORVM

  • Shark-fin antenna (micro-type)

  • roof rails

  • 17 inch steel wheels with wheel covers

interior part
  • cloth seat upholstery

  • height adjustable driver seat

  • rear armrest

  • front and rear reading lights

  • Height adjustable headrest for all seats

  • second row seat reclined
  • cloth seat upholstery

  • height adjustable driver seat

  • front and rear reading lights

  • Height adjustable headrest for all window seats

comfort and convenience
  • manual ac

  • rear ac vent

  • tilt adjustable steering wheel

  • Driver Armrest with Storage

  • All four power windows with driver side auto-down function

  • electrically adjustable orvm

  • rear defogger

  • rear wiper and washer

  • usb charging port
  • manual ac

  • rear ac vent

  • tilt adjustable steering wheel

  • Driver Armrest with Storage

  • all four power windows

  • electrically adjustable orvm

  • steering mounted audio controls

  • day/night irvm

  • usb charging port
infotainment
Security
  • At the same price point, the base-spec MG Hector lacks a touchscreen infotainment system and steering-mounted controls, but both get some form of audio entertainment system.

  • The base-spec variants of both the SUVs also get comfort and convenience features like all four power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs, height-adjustable driver’s seat and tilt adjustable steering wheel.

  • The base-spec Hector additionally gets a rear defogger and rear wiper and washer, which are not being offered with the MX variant of the XUV700.

  • Both SUVs get dual front airbags, electronic stability control and all four disc brakes.

Final Takeaway

While the base-spec variants of both the SUVs offer only basic features, the base-spec trim of the XUV700 offers an added benefit with a touchscreen infotainment system featuring Android Auto. However, the MG SUV also gets a rear wiper and defogger compared to its Mahindra rival.

Also, the XUV700 has a more powerful turbo-petrol engine than the Hector, but you may prefer the Hector for better fuel efficiency.

Overall, the MX 5-seater petrol variant of the Mahindra XUV700 offers more value-for-money than the Style variant of the MG Hector, but not by a huge margin.

Which of the two will you choose? Let us know in the comments below.

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