Planning to buy a premium SUV with three rows? Here are some popular choices along with a comparison to ease your job.
Hyundai has brought yet another contestant in the hot SUV segment and this time, it’s a special one. The Korean automaker has launched the Alcazar SUV at a starting price of INR 16.30 lakh with the top-end model available at INR 19.99 lakh. With the launch, it now attracts rivalry with the existing, two strong contenders with similar price, features and specs – Tata Safari and Hector Plus.
Tata Safari, which is the newer version of the old Safari was launched recently and priced between INR 14.99 lakh and INR 21.81 lakh. Whereas Hector Plus which is the extended version of Hector SUV was introduced at INR 13.62 lakh with the top-spec variant priced at INR 19.60 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). So, we will be pitching these three SUVs against each other on paper and see which is the best 7-seater SUV. Let’s do it.
On the design front, the newcomer Alcazar sports subtle alterations to distinguish itself from younger sibling Creta. The SUV features an updated studded pattern grille, revamped bumper, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, newer wrap-around tail lights and rear quarter glass.
Tata Safari, on the other hand, features the signature Tri-arrow chrome grille, projector headlamps, 18-inch machined alloy wheels, and elegant dual-LED tail lamps to separate itself from yesteryear’s Safari.
Hector Plus, as the name denotes, is the big brother of Hector SUV and shows elegance right from the front grille to the rear lamps. The front consists of a larger grille, LED headlamps with different LED DRLs from Hector, 17-inch alloy wheels and redesigned reflector LED taillights.
Dimensionally, we can see a world of difference when it comes to length as Hector Plus has an advantage in this area over the other two. However, Tata Safari tops the chart with maximum width and height, while Hyundai comes with flying colours in the wheelbase region.
When it comes to boot space, Alcazar leads the comparison, while Tata Safari has the least boot space with all rows up.
|Cars||Hyundai Alcazar||Tata Safari||Hector Plus|
|Length||4500 mm||4661 mm||4720 mm|
|Width||1790 mm||1894 mm||1835 mm|
|Height||1675 mm||1786 mm||1760 mm|
|Wheelbase||2760 mm||2741 mm||2750 mm|
Starting with the Hyundai Alcazar, the interiors are uncluttered and finished in premium dual-toned cognac brown colour. The car indulges you in extravagance with sublime comfort and a host of carefully selected materials emphasizing the aesthetic appeal.
Safari, on the other hand, gives you a truly exceptional experience with the interiors enriched in signature ashwood dashboard and rest finished in Oyster White colour theme. The SUV offers added comfort with ergonomically designed seats and lots of utility spaces.
The interiors of Hector Plus are finished in rich tan leatherette upholstery and contrast stitching for added sportiness. The seats are well-built with sculpted captain’s chairs making sure anyone sitting in the middle enjoys the most.
All three SUVs delivers comfort promise with three rows, including the captain seats in the middle.
Engine and Specifications
In terms of power and torque, Tata Safari and Hector Plus are equal with the diesel motor while Alcazar is nowhere near to them. Whereas, when it comes to the petrol engine, Hyundai Alcazar has more power than Hector Plus.
|Car Models||Hyundai Alcazar||Tata Safari||Hector Plus|
|Engine||2.0L petrol/1.5L diesel||2.0L diesel||1.5L petrol/2.0L diesel/|
|Power||159 PS/115 PS||170 PS||143 PS/170 PS|
|Transmission||6-speed manual/6-speed automatic||6-speed manual/6-speed automatic||6-speed manual/8-speed automatic|
Since all the SUVs are targeted towards consumers looking to pack in more occupants, they are loaded up to the brim. In the comfort zone, all three get touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, sound system, automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, push engine start/stop and rear ac vents among others.
However, Tata Safari misses out on essentials like wireless charging, powered tailgate, ventilated seats and 360-degree camera which the other two offer. Surprisingly, Safari even misses out on a cooled glovebox which is available in cars with half of its price.
Talking about the connected car technologies, Alcazar gets Hyundai’s BlueLink system with 60+ features and OTA map update and voice recognition. Safari features iRA Connected Car Technology with lots of remote commands which controls lights, horn and lock. Hector Plus, on the other hand, is equipped with i-Smart connected car technology which comes with loads of connectivity features including remote AC, engine on/off and alerts on lots of information on vehicle security.
In terms of safety, all the cars come loaded with ABS with EBD, 6 airbags, Traction control, Hill-start assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring and Electronic Stability Control. Alcazar misses out on corner stability control while Tata Safari does not have front parking sensors. Hector Plus lacks roll-over mitigation.
All the SUVs have unique abilities of their own. Tata Safari and Hector Plus are more or less similarly priced while Hyundai demands a bit extra right from the base variant but less expensive at the top. For those who are looking for a true-SUV breed covering a decent level of comforts, then Safari may be the right choice for them.
MG Hector Plus offers style and utility and a lot of connectivity features that may shifts tables to its side. However, when it comes to overall build quality, comfort and features, Hyundai Alcazar may change the game altogether. Time will tell how the newcomer will shape the tides in this competitive segment. Fingers crossed.