Kia Seltos vs MG Hector vs TATA harrier vs Hyundai Creta
This is going to be an intense battle between the heavy light weight of the SUV segment. These cars are very similar and drastically different in many aspects, for example when we talk about similarities, the Creta and the Seltos share the same engine as well as the platform and the Hector and the Harrier also share their engines. When we talk about the difference, all these 4 vehicle look dramatically different inside out and that is what makes this battle super interesting. Now let’s start this comparison MotorUncle style.
Let’s talk about the Creta first, The design of the car is too out of the box and won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. It has a very Pronounced design and cannot be mistaken for any other car. Overall it is not a shabby looking car and it wont win my award for the best styling.
Now lets talk about the Seltos, the tag line itself says ‘bad ass by design’ and it stands true to its words, the car looks classy, expensive and stylish. The GT line is the best looker in the Seltos range as the red inserts make the car look and feel sporty. The car is well proportioned and looks great from every angle but when standing against its competition it sure does look and seem super undersized.
Now lets talk about the MG hector, it is a very likeable design with a few very eye catching elements like the split headlamps and the led drls which turn into turn indicator etc. The car has a lot of good elements but somehow the car feels a little over done with a lot of badges in the rear and it seems a little too busy, the update has finally seen the Hector with 18 inch wheels which makes the cars side profile a lot better.
We are now going to talk about the best looking car in this segment the TATA Harrier. It is without a doubt the best looking car at this price point. Whether it’s the imposing front with the split headlamps or the rear which actually looks like it’s a car which belongs to a luxury brand. Everything about this car speaks luxury, class, style and the road presence of this car is unmatched. This car has the ability to make people believe that you are looking at a car which belongs to a much higher segment. With its stunning looks and eye catching design the Harrier will be my pick for the best looking car in this segment.
The most spacious car in this segment is the MG Hector, the management of space is the best and it is the tallest and the longest car in this segment followed by the TATA Harrier which scores high on space being right behind the MG. It is the second biggest car in this segment but somehow looks slightly bigger from the outside as the Harrier is slightly wider which gives it a more dominating presence on the road. The Seltos though being the third biggest car has the least amount of space on the inside, even the beige interiors do not help much of it’s case, whereas the Creta being the smallest car in this segment offers a lot more space compared to the seltos.
Interiors of the MG Hector
Interiors of the TATA Harrier
Interiors of the Hyundai Creta
Interiors of the Kia Seltos
All these 4 cars have fantastic AC performance with the Seltos and the Creta having a slight edge as their cabins are considerably smaller compared to the other two, It takes lesser time to cool a smaller cabin but the Harrier does comes with an express cool function which helps the car release out hot air and cool the cabin super fast but on the negative side though it becomes too noisy inside the cabin.
The Harrier misses out on a Petrol engine which is a big bummer so as of now let us talk about the cars in this group which have a petrol engine. Starting with the hector it has a 1.4L turbo petrol engine which gives an ARAI claimed mileage of 13.96kmpl which is the least in this group of cars. Followed by the Seltos which give an ARAI claimed mileage of 16.1kmpl still slightly lower than its cousin the Creta which top the chart at an ARAI claimed 17kmpl which is the best in this segment for petrol cars. Talking about the diesel engines now, the Harrier is the least fuel economical car in this lot with an ARAI claimed mileage of 16.35 for the manual and 14.63 for the automatic. The Hector comes second last with a claimed mileage of 17.41kmpl. The Seltos stands second on the list with a claimed mileage of 21kmpl and its cousin the Creta still tops the chart for diesel powertrain with a claimed mileage efficiency of 21.5kmpl.
Let us start talking about this list with the least impressive car to drive in this lot the MG Hector, if you are planning to buy the Hector, the only engine which will give you a little bit of driving thrills will be the 170ps diesel engine. The petrol engine just lacks the required grunt and should be avoided at best. The diesel does catapult itself from 0 to 100 under 11 seconds but what does let it down is the super soft suspension and the super light steering which just kills the driving feels and makes the ride on the highway super bouncy. On the plus side though, low city speeds is more of the Hectors forte and it does very well in city condition as it absorbs most of the bumps and potholes because of the softly sprung suspension.
Now let’s talk about the Creta, the engine to pick will be the 1.4L turbo petrol engine with 140ps. The car has brilliant acceleration and is capable of reaching 100 in a mere 9.9 seconds which is the second fastest here. The mid rand is amazing and the car never feels out of breath. The only place where the Creta falls short is the handling department with a vague steering and a just about decent dynamics. It is by no means as bad as the hector, but it is not as good as the Seltos or the Harrier. Creta is best suited for the city as the suspension setup is on the softer side.
Now let’s talk about one of the best driving cars in this segment, the TATA Harrier, the only reason why the TATA is second in this list is because it is the 3rd fastest to reach a ton. Other than that, it’s the overall experience that you get behind the wheels which makes the driving feel so super special. The car is super stable on highway speeds, the faster you go the better it gets. The car seems unbreakable and can tackle any kinds of roads with a lot of confidence. The steering has good feel and feedback and the car feel super confident in the corners. The suspension is a boon in the pothole filled Indian roads and this car is undoubtedly the best in terms of overall driving experience.
Now the best car driving car in this segment, the Kia Seltos. It is a remarkable driving machine especially with the 1.4L turbo petrol engine. The car combined with a manual gearbox can sprint to a ton in 8.8 seconds which is the fastest in this segment by a long mile. The engine has got so much grunt and never lags power throughout the rev band. The car feels super confident on the corners and feels super stable on highway speeds. If it’s a super focused drivers car you are looking for, look no further, just go ahead and book a Kia Seltos and if it’s a diesel engine you are looking for, just go ahead and book the Tata Harrier.
Like mentioned above with a supremely fast acceleration, the Kia Seltos leaves the rest of the pack standing still. Followed by the Creta with the same engine but misses out on a manual gearbox, it does comes with an IMT but still the Creta can’t be launched hard. Then comes the Harrier and then the Hector in at the last place.
When it comes to comfort there is no beating the Hector. With the biggest dimensions and the longest wheelbase, the Hector is huge in terms of space and comfort. The soft ride just adds to the overall comfort and in this pack of cars it is the most comfortable car. Followed by the Harrier with great space and comfort. The ride in city and in the highway is super plush and the car feels super steady even on bad patches of roads. Next up is the Hyundai Creta. With good rear seat space and comfort, the Creta just offers everything that a customer would want, its just that it is not class leading. The kia Seltos feels a little cramped and does not offer the level of space that any of the cars here can give. The rear seats are cramped and it is not a very comfortable car in and around the city.
TATA Harrier Hyundai Creta
Kia Seltos MG Hector
Features and accessories
This is a place where all the cars except the TATA Harrier are super close and competitive. The Harrier misses out on a lot of features like Ventilated seats, 360 degree parking camera, front parking sensors and a host of other features. It really lacks the feel that the other 3 cars offer on the inside. It even comes with the smallest infotainment screen compared to it’s competitors. Tata really has to pull its socks to match its competition. Talking about the Creta, it offers paddle shifters, electronic hand break which no other car in this pack offers. So on paper, the Creta is the most feature rich car in this lot followed by the Hector and then the Seltos.
MG is a shocker in this department with only 6000 rupees yearly maintenance which makes It the cheapest car to own followed by the Harrier with 8000 rupees per year as the maintenance cost. Creta is not far behind with an yearly service cost of around 8300 rupees per year and its cousin the Seltos being plum last at around 9000 rupees per year. Point to keep in mind is that both Hyundai and Tata are much better in terms of part availability and service station availability around the country.
After sales service experience
Tata and Hyundai are miles ahead in terms of after sales service experience with Hyundai on top followed by the TATA. Both MG and KIA are new entrants in the market so they cannot compete with the well established top dogs. But they are picking up super fast with rapid opening of stores and service stations.
There is barely anything in the market which is as well built as the Tata at this price point. The way the door shuts, the quality of materials used, it feels like an unbreakable machine. Everything in the car feels like its build to last. The Kia isn’t far behind with the best cabin quality in this bunch and super solid built. Both the Hector and the Creta feel super light and not that strong when compared to the bunch of cars in this segment.
Hyundai offers the best resale value without a doubt followed by the Kia and then the TATA and MG.
If you are looking for a big, super comfortable, spacious, feature loaded family car, go ahead and book the MG Hector. It offers good practicality, cheap maintenance cost and great presence on the road. It does most of the things right and is a good all rounded package. With an ex-showroom price of 19.05 lakhs for the top end diesel (MG Hector Sharp 2.0 Diesel Turbo MT Dual Tone) variant which would be my pick of the lot, the Hector offers a lot for its price and is great value.
The Hyundai Creta is a true Jack of all traits but master of none. It does almost everything right, it drives well, has good space and comfort, offers the most features, resale value and comes with a host of variants to choose from. If you are looking for a complete bank for your buck and maximum value for every single penny you spend, go ahead and buy the Hyundai Creta and it is no doubt the safest pick out of the lot. At an ex-showroom price of 17.54 lakhs for the top end petrol (SX (O) 1.4 Turbo 7 DCT Dual Tone) which will be my pick from the range, the creta is undeniable desirability.
Every time I talk about the TATA Harrier, there is a certain sense of pride that I get. It is not just a car, it is raw emotion and you can feel that every time you drive it. The car speaks pride, power and prestige. The car feels indestructible and feels like something which will last forever. Its got on of the best performance, ride quality and space and it does almost everything that a true enthusiast will love. I won’t be surprised if you pick the car just because of the way it looks, cause it is the best looking car in this lot, period. At an ex-showroom price of 20.46 lakhs for my pick the top end diesel automatic (Tata Harrier XZA Plus Dual Tone) Harrier is the most expensive car in this range, but what it does is what no other car in this lot can do and not to forget, it is the only car which has got true off-road credentials and is based on the much more expensive Land Rover platform.
Finally to the winner of this hard fought battle, the Kia Seltos. It is by all means the perfect city suv. It looks good, is feature loaded, offers the best cabin quality, offers the best performance, rides the best and is just an absolute joy to own, it really feel like a car above its segment, it barely does anything wrong, and is just such a complete car. Everything inside and outside the car is there for reason and it really shows why it can take down even the toughest of competition. If I were to put my money it will be the Kia Seltos. At an ex-showroom price of just 16.70 lakhs for my pick the top end petrol manual (Kia Seltos GTX Plus 1.4 Dual Tone) is the car this comes out on top today.
Alvin Kuruvilla Shaji