All three SUVs are five-seaters that are mostly for urban usage. The MG Hector and the Mahindra XUV700 have both petrol and diesel engines on offer, while the Tata Harrier has only a diesel engine available. Factors that make them comparable with each other include shape, features, engine, and pricing.
The MG Hector and the Mahindra XUV700 cater to those buyers who are feature-oriented, while the Tata Harrier is for those who want basic new-age features. Speaking of which, Hector and XUV700 are loaded with entertainment, convenience, comfort, and safety features. In fact, all MG cars in India boast loads of features in their respective markets.
Since this is a comparison blog, let’s see how these SUVs stack up against each other.
The 2023 MG Hector facelift offers turbocharged engines. There is a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 141 bhp at 5000rpm and 250Nm of peak torque at 1600rpm. The second option you can choose is a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine that is tuned to generate 170bhp at 3750rpm and 350Nm of peak torque at 1750rpm. It has a fuel tank capacity of 60 litres.
There are three options for transmissions: a six-speed manual and an eight-speed CVT.
Further, the Mahindra XUV700 also offers turbocharged engines. In the petrol version, there is a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 197bhp at 5000rpm and 380Nm of torque at 3000rpm. There are other Mahindra cars that come with turbocharged engines. It has the same fuel capacity as the Hector’s, rated at 60 litres.
As for the 2.2-litre diesel version, the indigenous carmaker has offered it in two different states of tune. Keep in mind that the engine output of Mahindra’s diesel engine varies with the transmission chosen. If you buy the diesel-manual variant, it will pump out 152.87bhp at 3750rpm, whereas the diesel-automatic variant will generate 182.38bhp at 3500rpm and 450Nm of torque at 2800rpm.
Transmissions offered on the Mahindra XUV700 include a standard six-speed manual and an optional torque converter automatic transmission.
On the other hand, the Tata Harrier is exclusively available in a diesel engine. Under its hood, you will get a 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine that churns out 168bhp at 3750rpm and 350Nm of peak torque at 1750rpm. You will find the same engine in other Tata cars, especially the Tata Safari. Unlike its counterparts, the Harrier has a fuel tank capacity, rated at 50 litres.
Transmissions offered on the Tata Harrier include a six-speed manual and a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
It is also worth mentioning that none of the cars offers an all-wheel-drive system, except for the Mahindra XUV700.
Keeping their performances aside, let’s move on to their suspension setups. Let’s start with the Mahindra XUV700, as that is the only SUV in this comparo that offers Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) at the front and rear ends. In fact, the Jeep Compass is another offering that also offers FSD suspension. The FSD feature can attract a lot of buyers, so if you are one of them, then check out the XUV700 price on the autoX website.
However, the rest of the SUVs in this comparison use conventional suspension setups but they aren’t really outdated, as they come with advanced improvements, so they also offer comfortable driveability. However, it is always recommended to take test drives of these vehicles, since personal experience can vary from person to person.
Further, the suspension setups work together with disc brakes.
The Mahindra XUV700 is the only SUV in the comparison that offers ventilated disc brakes, but at the front, whereas the rest have regular disc brakes on offer. However, the Tata Harrier has also proven to offer impressive braking power. That said, it is one of the safest SUVs in India. Like the Harrier, the Mahindra XUV700 is among the safest cars as well. However, you can check out the Harrier price as well on autoX.
Further, the top models of these vehicles run on 18-inch alloy wheels. The Tata Harrier and the Mahindra XUV700 have a tyre profile of 235/60 R18, while the MG Hector has 215/55 R18. Speaking of tyres, the XUV700 has a space-saver spare wheel, while the MG Hector and the Tata Harrier have full-size steel rims.
Let’s begin with the MG Hector. It has a length of 4699mm, a width of 1835mm, and a height of 1760mm, and it sits on a wheelbase of 2750mm.
The Mahindra XUV700 has the same wheelbase as the MG Hector. However, it is 4695mm long, 1890mm wide, and 1755mm tall.
On the other hand, the Tata Harrier is 4598mm long, 1894mm wide, and has a height of 1706mm and it sits on a wheelbase of 2741mm. Overall, the Harrier is smaller in proportions.
Furthermore, the MG Hector and Mahindra XUV700 offer better headroom and legroom, as the proportions of height and wheelbase are better than the Tata Harrier.
You can check out the curated list of features, specifications and dimensions on the autoX website.
As mentioned earlier, the MG Hector and the Mahindra XUV700 have more or less the same features. You can also go through the Hector’s price on the autoX website.
But at the same time, the Tata Harrier is no less as well. They all include a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, front-ventilated seats (cooling function only), auto HVAC, cabin-boot access, anti-glare IRVM, a 12V charging socket, mobile app connectivity, emergency call, and leatherette upholstery.
Other common features include a sunglass holder, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rain-sensing wipers, a headlight height adjuster, voice commands, a GPS Navigating system, steering-mounted controls, and USB ports.
Moreover, the 2023 MG Hector is the only SUV in the business that boasts of having the biggest vertically laid-out infotainment screen, measured at 14 inches, while the Tata Harrier and the Mahindra XUV700 have 8.8-inch and 10.25-inch touchscreens, respectively. However, they all have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Mahindra XUV700 offers a Sony-sourced music system with 3D sound effects, while the MG Hector has an Infinity-sourced audio system. On the other hand, the Tata Harrier has a JBL-sourced system. However, they all are good brands, and it should be safe to say that they won’t let you lament the sound quality.
Prices and Variants
The MG Hector has ten variants on offer. The MG Hector’s price starts at Rs 14.73 lakh for the base model, the Style Petrol MT, and goes up to Rs 21.73 lakh for the top model, the Savvy Pro Petrol CVT.
While, the Mahindra XUV700 has twenty-three variants on offer. It has a starting price of Rs 13.45 lakh for the base model, the MX Petrol MT, and goes up to Rs 25.48 lakh for the top model, the AX7 Diesel AT Luxury Pack AWD.
In parallel, the Tata Harrier has thirty variants available. The Tata Harrier price starts at Rs 14.80 lakh for the base model, the XE Diesel MT, and goes up to Rs 22.35 lakh for the top model, the XZA Plus Dark Edition Diesel AT.
All are ex-showroom prices, New Delhi, as of January 2023. Please note that these prices are subject to change without any prior notice to the customer. That said, you can visit the autoX website to access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle!