Morris Garages is a British auto manufacturer that started its innings in India with its five-seater SUV – the Hector. This was their first product for the Indian market, followed by the ZS EV. The Hector rivals the likes of the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. Their third product – the Hector Plus, comes with three rows and is a six-seat derivative of the Hector. Will the Hector Plus comes across as a more practical and luxurious alternative? We pit the two against each other to find out.
From the outside, you’ll need a very keen eyes to spot the differences between the Hector and Hector Plus. Up-front, the Hector Plus gets only a chrome-embellished grille without any chrome surrounds, making it look a little larger. Even the LED DRLs sport a bit of a kink, while the headlights too get a refreshing look. The front bumper looks tidier as well. The side profile of the Hector Plus is the same as the Hector, but at the rear, there is no reflector strip joining the tail lights and the rear bumper has been re-profiled.
Both the Hectors have very comfortable middle rows. The Hector Plus gets tan leatherette upholstery and sporty contrast stitching, and the well contoured captain chairs look great. The seats are well cushioned and can be moved forward and backward while the backrest reclines too; it also gets adjustable armrests. There’s a lot of space on offer too but under-thigh support is lacking a bit. While the Hector doesn’t get a third row, the MG Hector Plus does. However, this row is best suited for children as space is very limited. You sit with your knees up, and you get air vents and blower control too. Boot space is limited to 155 litres because of the third row, while the five-seater Hector has 587 litres of boot capacity. The dashboard layout remains the same; only the cabin colour themes are different. The Hector gets an all-black theme while the Plus gets a more premium-looking tan-on-black theme. However, there are some hard plastics around too. The visibility from the cabin is great, thanks to the large glasshouse area.
The Hector comes with features like heated ORVMs, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, panoramic sunroof, six airbags, four-way electrically adjustable co-driver seat, sunglasses holder, mood lighting in eight colours, 360-degree view camera, front and rear disc brakes, ABS with EBD, ESP, reverse parking sensors, ORVMs with integrated LED turn indicators, roof rails, dual front airbags, fabric upholstery, four speakers.
The Hector Plus is equipped with powered tailgate opening, smart swipe auto tailgate opening, 10.4-inch HD touchscreen AVN system and a premium sound system by Infinity, floating light turn indicators, eight colour ambient lighting, heated ORVMs and a four-way power-adjustable co-driver seat.
Performance & Handling
The Hector and Hector Plus get three engine options: a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 167bhp and 350Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox, a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that makes 141bhp and 250Nm of torque, mated either to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission and a 1.5-litre petrol with a mild-hybrid system that makes 141bhp and 250Nm of torque. We’ve driven the hybrid version. The engine isn’t particularly punchy or enthusiastic; there’s a linear build up of power delivery and refinement levels are good. The clutch is light, but if you’re ferrying the whole family with you, we’d recommend the torquey diesel version instead. The Hector and Hector Plus are very easy to drive, thanks to the light steering and the tight turning circle makes it a boon to park as well. The low-speed ride is very comfortable, but at high speeds, the Hector and Hector Plus aren’t particularly confidence inspiring. Also, this is an SUV that doesn’t like corners.
The Hector has never been particularly fun to drive, but comes across as a very comfortable SUV for the family, and now, with the Hector Plus offering a better middle-row seating experience and an extra row, it makes the deal great value for money. We’d recommend buying the Hector Plus over the standard Hector any day. And with MG’s service and ownership packages on offer, you couldn’t possibly go wrong.