Hyundai Creta SX vs Kia Seltos vs MG Hector – Which One Should You Buy?

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Are you looking to buy the Creta SX? If yes, then this comparison becomes far more important as we compare the relatively priced variants of Seltos and Hector with the Creta’s top-spec trim.

Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos vs MG Hector

Since the compact SUV segment became one of the hottest in the Indian automotive scene, there has been an influx of new models in the market. Hyundai Creta has had a glorious run since its inception, and the Korean automaker has also given it timely updates to keep it on top of the competition.

However, in recent times, the Creta started to feel the heat with the launch of sibling Kia Seltos and MG Hector. Seltos in particular has been getting an overwhelming response due to its striking design and a plethora of features. MG Hector, which was launched in the same period, has also created ripples in the market with its bulky dimensions and powerful engine.

Is it worth buying Creta when you have two capable players in the market? We will try to find out in this comparison where we are pitching the top-spec Creta SX against the similarly priced Seltos and Hector trims.

Dimensions

MG Hector vs Rivals

MG Hector is the longest as well as the tallest SUV here, while both the Koreans stand very close to each other. Hector has also the largest trunk and surprisingly, the longest wheelbase which may turn the table to its side when it comes to inner comfort.

 

  Hyundai Creta SX Kia Seltos HTX G MG Hector Style MT
Length 4,300 mm 4315 mm 4655 mm
Width 1,790 mm 1800 mm 1,835 mm
Height 1,635 mm (with roof bars) 1645 mm 1,760 mm (with roof rails)
Wheelbase 2,610 mm 2610 mm 2,750 mm
Boot Space 433L 433L 587L

 

Price Comparison

Hyundai CRETA vs Rivals

The price of Hyundai Creta for the petrol variants starts at INR 9.99 lakh and goes up to INR 17.67 lakh. Kia Seltos, on the other hand, falls in the similar price range of INR 9.95 – 17.65 lakh, while the MG Hector is expensive and ranges in between INR 13.17 – 18.85 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.

Petrol Manual

Here are the prices for the Hyundai Creta SX vs the competition for the petrol manual and automatic versions.

  Hyundai Creta SX Kia Seltos MG Hector
Price Petrol Manual INR 13.96 lakh INR 13.65 lakh (HTX) INR 14.16 lakh (Super)
Price Petrol Turbo Automatic INR 16.66 lakh INR 14.65 lakh (GTX) INR 16.79 lakh (Smart)

 

Diesel Manual

Below listed are the diesel variants’ prices for Hyundai Creta SX vs the competition in a similar price range.

  Hyundai Creta SX Diesel Kia Seltos MG Hector Diesel
Price Diesel Manual INR 14.93 lakh INR 14.75 lakh (HTX) INR 14.58 lakh (Style)
Price Diesel Automatic INR 16.44 lakh INR 17.65 lakh (GTX Plus AT D) Not available

 

Engine

Petrol

All the compact SUVs come with both diesel and petrol engine options. Here are specifications of the petrol manual variants of Creta, Seltos and Hector.

  Hyundai Creta SX Kia Seltos HTX /GTX MG Hector Super
Engine 1.5L MPi |
1.4 l Turbo GDi
Smartstream G1.5 |
Smartstream G1.4 T-GDi
1.5 L Turbocharged Intercooled
Power (PS@rpm) 115@6,300 |
140@6000 (Turbo)
115@6,300 |
140@6000 (Turbo)
143@5,000
Torque (Nm@rpm) 144@3,500 |
242@1500-3200 (Turbo)
144@3,500 |
242@1500-3200 (Turbo)
250@1600-3600
Transmission 6-speed MT/
7-speed DCT
6-speed MT/
7-speed DCT
6-speed MT/
6-Speed DCT

 

In the power department, it is clear that MG Hector has left behind both the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos by a handsome margin.

Diesel

  Hyundai Creta SX Diesel Kia Seltos HTX MG Hector Super/Smart
Engine 1.5L CRDi Diesel 1.5L CRDi VGT 2.0 L Turbo Diesel
Power PS@rpm 115@4,000 115@4,000 170@3,750
Torque Nm@rpm 250@1500-2750 250@1500-2750 350@1750-2500
Transmission 6-speed MT/
6-speed AT
6-speed MT/
6-speed AT
6-speed MT

 

The MG Hector again has an upper hand as it comes with turbocharged diesel engine. However, there is no diesel automatic in Hector which can be availed in both Creta and Seltos. Koreans have an edge here.

Features

Kia Seltos Variants Compared with Rivals

The feature list is an essential factor a buyer always considers before purchasing a car. In this section, we will try to settle the competition as to which one is the best value for money.

Hyundai Creta SX Kia Seltos  HTX MG Hector
Exterior styling
Headlamps LED LED LED
Foglamps Standard LED LED
DRLs Yes Yes Yes
Wheels 17-inch alloy 17-inch alloy 17-inch alloy
Rear Spoiler Yes No Yes
Tail Lamps LED LED LED
Interior & Comfort
Touchscreen infotainment 10.24 inch 10.25 inch 10.39 inch
Speakers Arkamys sound mood Standard Standard
Android Auto & Apple CarPlay Yes Yes(Wireless) (Automatic variant) Yes
Instrument Cluster 7-inch inch Coloured display cluster 7-inch inch Coloured display cluster 8.9 cm Multi Information Display
60:40 split-folding rear seats Yes Yes Yes
Electrically Adjustable ORVMs Yes Yes Yes
Paddle shifters Yes (Automatic variant) Yes (Automatic variant)
Rain sensing wipers No Yes No
Automatic headlamps Yes Yes No
Rear AC vents Yes Yes Yes
Rear power windows Yes Yes Yes
Air Conditioner Automatic Automatic Manual
USB Charging Front and Rear Front and Rear Front
Cooled glove box Yes No Yes
Push engine Start/Stop Yes Yes Yes
Remote engine start/stop No Yes Yes
Driver seat height adjustment Yes Yes Yes
Rear Wiper & Washer Yes Yes Yes
Steering mounted controls Yes Yes Yes
Wireless charging Yes Yes No
Sunroof Yes Yes No
Electronic Parking Brake Yes No Yes (Automatic variant)
Safety
Dual front Airbags Yes Yes Yes
Side and curtain Airbags No Yes (Automatic) Side
ABS with EBD Yes Yes Yes with Brake Assist
Electronic Stability and Traction control Yes Yes (Automatic) Yes
Hill Hold Control Yes Yes (Automatic) Yes
Front & rear parking sensors Rear Rear Both
Rear view camera Yes No Yes
Rear defogger Yes Yes Yes
Tyre Pressure Monitor Yes Yes Yes (Automatic variant)
Cornering front fog lamps No No Yes

 

All the three SUVs here come well equipped in terms of comfort, convenience and safety. However, some do lag behind than their peers. Among the three, Hyundai Creta SX appears to be a safe bet with more hits than misses in features section.

Verdict

Hyundai Creta has always been on the top of the game as far as the overall credence among SUV enthusiasts go. But things have started to take a turn with the advent of new contenders like Kia Seltos and MG Hector.

So, which one would be the best fit as your next SUV? Let’s get to the bottom-line. The Seltos has ticked almost everything right, providing exactly what the customers in India wants. And honestly, there could be so much more Creta could have done to its best, which is why this result is so tight. And the same goes for MG Hector, to some extent, as the car was expected to be priced very aggressively. Moreover, the lack of diesel automatic is something MG would reflect in the upcoming updates.

In short, if it was only about looks then Kia Seltos would have led this comparison without an iota of doubt. Also, the automatic variant in Seltos is much cheaper than the other two, of course, with a few compromises. Hyundai, being the daddy of Kia has done its homework well with the Creta pinning Seltos when it comes to features and overall appeal.

However, MG Hector has played safe in the power department. And the large dimensions are something that could derail some big-family customers wanting a segment-above SUV having ample comfort inside and immense road presence.

Overall, it seems the king has retained its crown, scoring high on the value-for-money quotient. Hyundai Creta wins the race by being a more rounded package than its competition.

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