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.
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.
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|
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.
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)|
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|
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 |
|Torque (Nm@rpm)||144@3,500 |
In the power department, it is clear that MG Hector has left behind both the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos by a handsome margin.
|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|
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.
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|
|Wheels||17-inch alloy||17-inch alloy||17-inch alloy|
|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|
|Rear AC vents||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Rear power windows||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|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|
|Electronic Parking Brake||Yes||No||Yes (Automatic variant)|
|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|
|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.
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.