The Baojun 530 is a compact crossover SUV, produced by the Chinese-based Motorworks SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW). It comes in two-rowed or three-rowed models. It was the first model in India released by the top-notch British car manufacturer, Morris Garages marketed as the MG Hector.
The stunning Hector has successfully created a brand presence that only gets stronger with each passing day in the Indian Automotive Industry. The MG Hector is the most sought-after SUV, unanimously loved by car enthusiasts. It is a definite mesmerizer, with a knock-out stance – bold and rugged, latest technology infotainment system, advanced safety features, and powerful 1.5L petrol and 2.0L diesel engine.
The MG Hector arrives in 4 trims, namely Style, Super, Smart, and Sharp. Aurora Silver, Candy White, Burgundy Red, Starry Black, and Glaze Red are some shades that the MG Hector is available in the market.
MG Hector Plus: The MG Hector Plus, introduced by MG Motor India as the three-row variant of the Hector in Auto Expo 2020, comes sporting a fascia look this time.
The MG Hector Plus comes with new bumpers, headlights, and taillights. The car, first released in July 2020, comes with two seat configuration options: 6-seater (captain seat) and 7-seater (bench seat).
It was updated to feature larger 18-inch alloy wheels alongside the regular Hector in January 2021.
MG Hector is offered in a total of 13 variants. The prices of MG Hector start at Rs. 13.17 Lakh at its base variant: Style MT. It ranges up to Rs. 18.85 Lakh with the top variant: MG Hector Sharp Diesel MT.
1. Body & Capacity:
The Hector is a 5-seater crossover SUV with dimensions :
Length: 4,655–4,715 mm
Width: 1,835 mm
Height: 1,750–1,760 mm
Wheelbase: 2,750 mm
Curb weight: 1,435–1,564 kg
The car has a 60-litre fuel tank and the boot space is about 587 L.
The MG Hector comes with two engines on offer: a 1451 cc 1.5L petrol and a 1956 cc 2.0L diesel. The petrol engine, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, generates a maximum power output of 143PS at 5000 rpm and peak torque of 250 Nm at 1600-3600 rpm. The diesel engine, on the other hand, puts out a maximum power of 170PS at 3750 rpm and peak torque at 350 Nm at 1750-2500 rpm.
The 48V mild-hybrid system puts extra power to the counter-turbo lag and delivers exceptional acceleration in start-stop city traffic conditions. The one in the 1.5L petrol engine delivers a fuel economy comparatively higher than the 6-speed MT one by around 15.81 kmpl.
As for the car’s mileage, the diesel trim MG Hector can do a range of 17.41 kmpl. The petrol manual trim yields a fuel efficiency of 14.16 kmpl. On the other hand, the petrol DCT trim yields 13.96 kmpl.
|2.0 L Multijet I4-Turbocharged
|6-speed Manual; FWD Drive
|1.5 L Ljo I4- Turbocharged
|6-speed Manual/Auto FWD
- Suspension: independent McPherson Struts suspension with coil springs at the front and non-independent torsion beam with coil springs at the rear. The suspension is not Hector’s strongest point and does not feel as settled as its rivals.
- The Hector gets relatively small-diameter wheels and tyres. This affects the dynamics and allows sharp edges to permeate into the cabin. Also, the Hector was designed for comfort and the low-speed ride is actually pretty great. The underlying pliancy of the suspension rounds off any occasional small bumps and delivers the most comfortable ride.
Though the SUV is controllable at high speeds, it is more stable when occupied. The body movement and a seemingly disconnected steering rob you of a certainly expected surefootedness. On a twisty road, body roll is evident and, when pushed hard, the narrow front tyres run out of grip quickly and it is easy to make them squeal in protest.
Drive the Hector in a more sedate fashion and it will reward you with effortless maneuverability. Light Power Steering is something you’ll swear by in the city. It can be operated using only one finger, which makes city driving and parking incredibly easy and convenient.
4. Brakes & Safety:
As for safety gear, the MG Hector comes with its i-Smart feature. The robust acceleration, regenerative braking system, and advanced safety features will surely mesmerize the SUV aspirants. Hector also excels at breaking. All four disc brakes are good enough to bring the SUV to a complete halt from 80 kmph in just 26.70m, and there is a strong and confident bite each time you operate the brake pedal.
Standard safety features offered include :
- dual front airbags,
- ABS with EBD,
- ISOFIX child seat anchors
- rear parking sensors
But the list doesn’t end there. The Hector also gets top-shelf safety tech like side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, hill hold control, 360-degree camera, fatigue reminder, and a lot more.
The Hector, only available in a 5-seater version, is larger than most similarly priced SUVs and its large dimensions allow for an incredibly roomy and spacious interior. The car offers ample legroom for maximum comfort with the reclining rear backrests. The cabin has a flat floor and can sit three side by side.
No matter where you sit in the SUV, the MG’s large glasshouse ensures a good view. The Hector sports a panoramic sunroof, which further enhances the incredible experience. The space offered is remarkable, even in the driver’s space, ensuring a comfortable driving experience.
The Hector is equipped with a good size trunk. The 587-litre luggage compartment is simply enormous. There is also an electric tailgate on the top-spec version. The luggage space offered is enormous, and if more space is needed, the rear seats split 60:40 and fold down to provide a premium experience.
Other comfort features offered by the passenger compartment:
Among other comfort features that the interior offers are the following :
- bottle-holder in each of the doors
- a small storage box between the front seats
- door pockets
Smartphone addicts will be happy to note the MG Hector comes with three USB charging ports, including a fast-charging outlet for the rear seat.
The MG Hector interior displays an exuberant aura of delightful ambiance with impressive features. These include
- PU leather seats
- 2 fast-charging ports
- mood lighting in 8 colors
- cooled glove box
- chrome door handles
- driver armrest with intelligent storage space
- leather-wrapped steering wheel
- 6-way adjustable driver seats
- electric hand brake
- 7-inch MID display
- a push-button
- start-stop with smart entry
- rear AC vents.
For entertainment purposes, the Hector has a
- 10-inch AVN touchscreen infotainment system available with 4 speakers
- 4 tweeters and subwoofers
- integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
The iSmart connectivity technology embedded in the infotainment system allows the voice assistant to open the sunroof and navigate routes on the maps.
Moreover, it also provides vehicle status, acute weather details, Geo-fencing, and an E-call facility in emergency situations. You can also access the internet via a sim connection and control the vehicle via remote.
Speaking of the MG Hector’s exteriors, the contouring lines and rugged style statement sharply accentuates its dominant presence. The exterior features of this gorgeous SUV include an automatic LED headlamp with LED DRL’s, LED fog lamps, and 17-inch dual-tone machined alloy wheels. Additionally, it consists of roof rails, electrically adjustable and foldable heated ORVM, LED floating turn light indicator on ORVMs, and LED tail lamps.
The MG Hector is quite the rugged model, layered with a host of goodies and buttons, and powered by a set of robust engines of both petrol and diesel. MG Hector offers many best in class but first in segment features.
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