The new Tata Safari is all set to hit the market this month, while the MG Hector Plus has already been launched in India last month. Now both models are the six or seven seater version of their existing five seater models but there have been some updates in their dimensions and looks as well. While the MG Hector Plus is just marginally longer than the Hector, but the Tata Safari has grown by 63 mm over the Harrier and there's been some changes on the inside as well. Read on to know how these three-row SUVs fare up against each other.
Also Read: 2021 Tata Safari Review
|Dimensions||Tata Safari||MG Hector Plus|
|Length||4661 mm||4720 mm|
|Width||1894 mm||1835 mm|
|Height||1786 mm||1760 mm|
|Wheelbase||2741 mm||2750 mm|
In terms of dimensions, the MG Hector Plus has a slight edge over the Tata Safari being 79 longer and having a 9 mm longer wheelbase as well. However, the Tata Safari is 59 mm wider than the Hector Plus and is marginally taller as well. Both SUVs are equipped with 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels in the range-topping trim.
On the inside, it's the Tata Safari that scores better, especially in the third row. According to our review, the last row offers decent space for kids or teenagers and even adults will be able to fit in for smaller commutes and passengers don't sit with knees up as well, thanks to the floor depth. At the same time, the last row of the Hector Plus is strictly advisable for kids only. Both models are also offered with option of six or seven seater configurations and get new dual-tone interior option as opposed to black interiors offered in their five-seater versions.
|Touchscreen||Tata Safari||MG Hector Plus|
Both models- the Tata Safari and MG Hector are quite evenly matched in terms of creature comforts. Both are equipped with the connected car tech with over-the-air (OTA) updates and voice command assist. Then, both models also get features like powered front seats and wing mirrors, auto climate control, wireless charger, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and ambient lighting among others. Both models are also equipped with premium sound systems, sourced from JBL in the Safari while the Hector Plus gets the Infinity sound system.
However, the MG Hector gets the bigger tablet like 10.4-inch vertically stacked touchscreen while the Safari gets a comparatively smaller 8.0-inch unit. That said, the Tata Safari also offers features like auto-dimming inner rear view mirror (IRVM) and electric parking brake.
|Specification||Tata Safari||MG Hector Plus|
|Engine Displacement||2.0-litre (1956 cc)||2.0-litre (1956 cc)|
|No. of Cylinders||4||4|
|Power Output||168 bhp at 3750 rpm||168 bhp at 3750 rpm|
|Torque||350 Nm at 1750 - 2500 rpm||350 Nm at 1750 - 2500 rpm|
|Transmission||Six-speed Automatic / Manual||Six-speed Manual|
The MG Hector gets both diesel and petrol engine options but the Tata Safari gets only one diesel engine. Now both models are powered by the same 2.0-litre, four-Cylinder diesel engine that's been sourced form Fiat and is offered in the same tune in both models. That said, the Tata Safari is offered with both automatic and manual transmission option while MG Hector Plus only a manual gearbox as standard.
The Tata Safari is yet to go on sale in India and will be launching on February 22. But as we said, the MG Hector Plus will go on sale is already on sale in India with prices starting from ₹ 13.48 lakh for the base variant and going up to ₹ 18.53 lakh for the range-topping trim. And we expect even Tata Motors to price the Safari competitively in a bid to attract more buyers.