MG hector vs Kia Seltos vs Tata Harrier vs Mahindra Xuv 500 vs Jeep compass – comparison

The entry of Kia and MG motors in five-seat SUVs segment is going to make this already crowded segment more competitive. the names are Kia Seltos and MG Hector. At a time when passenger vehicle sales in India are slowing down drastically, Let’s see what these new cars are yet to offer us and can they lure the customers towards their showroom. So here in this comparison we pitch each of these big buddies together, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector, Kia Seltos

The two new kids launching are both loaded with cutting-edge technology and a fresh muscular look. so let’s see how these fair out with the old established rivals.


Measurements MG Hector Tata Harrier Jeep Compass Mahindra XUV500 Kia Seltos
Length 4655mm 4598mm 4395mm 4585mm 4315mm
Width 1835mm 1894mm 1818mm 1890mm 1800mm
Height 1760mm 1706mm 1640mm 1785mm 1620mm
Wheelbase 2750mm 2741mm 2636mm 2700mm 2610mm
Ground Clearance 192mm 205mm 178mm 200mm 190mm
  • Longest SUV: MG Hector
  • Widest SUV: Tata Harrier
  • Tallest SUV: Mahindra XUV500
  • Longest Wheelbase: MG Hector
  • Highest Ground Clearance: Tata Harrier

The Kia Seltos measures 4,315mm in length which is marginally longer than the Hyundai Creta and is one of the smallest in dimensions in this comparison. Customers who like their SUVs to be butchy and imposing then the big boys give a significantly larger proportion like MG Hector, Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Harrier. At 4,655mm in length, the Hector is a substantial 340mm longer than the Kia. In fact, in terms of sheer size, the Hector and Harrier are similar to the larger 7 seater-Mahindra XUV500. Rest in terms of design language I will leave that upon you as the design is a subjective matter and its totally upon your choice.


Except for Mahindra XUV500, all others come with five seating layout whereas The XUV500 is a 7-seater and it also lacks a  60:40 split rear seat.

The Harrier and XUV500 have 8-way manually adjustable driver’s seat. The XUV500’s upper variants and the Hector come with a 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat. the Compass goes up stead ahead with an 8-way electronically adjustable driver’s seat. 

While XUV 500 dash layout seems to be old and aged as the quality of the plastics are also not up to the mark. On the other hand Jeep compass also provides a neat and one of the best dash quality and fit and finish in this segment.

The Kia’s dash design is new and sharp with well-designed elements. the cabin is user-friendly and you can keep all your cup and other belongings at sorted places. Interior space is enough, with sufficient room for the rear seat passengers.

But Tata harrier and MG hector are what you might have been expecting in terms of space. All Thanks to its massive dimension, the Hector and Harrier are let down due to some quality issues of some parts is not quite up to mark as compared to the competition but still, it is not at all a deal breaker. The MG also has a flat floor, so seating three abreast in the rear seat is quite easy.


Talking of the fully loaded versions of all these SUVs which comes with all the bells and whistles. While it is quite a norm nowadays to provide a sunroof in this price segment cars but harrier misses that. while all other SUVs feature sunroofs, Hector’s panoramic sunroof is one of the largest, extending all the way to the rear of the cabin.

Top-spec Kia Seltos trims will get a landscape laden 10.25-inch touchscreen placed in a floating touchscreen layout. On the other hand, the MG Hector’s 10.4-inch, portrait laden touchscreen sitting in the middle of the dashboard which also combines all AC controls.

Both Kia and MG come with new age connected car technology.MG has its iSmart system, whereas Kia calls it UVO Connect system. Both use an e-SIM. Kia Seltos also has an 8.0-inch  Heads-up display that is not offered by anyone in this price segment.

The Tata Harrier offers a 7-inch TFT MID colored screen inside the cabin. it also packs in automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, LED DRLs, projector headlamps, LED DRL, LED tail lamps, 14 function ESP and multi-driving modes.

hector feature
courtesy- MG MOTORES


Petrol engine

Petrol MG Hector Tata Harrier Jeep Compass Mahindra XUV500 Kia Seltos
Displacement 1.5-litre NA 1.4-litre 2.2-litre 1.5-litre/1.4-litre
Max Power 143PS NA 163PS 140PS 115PS/140PS
Peak Torque 250Nm NA 250Nm 320Nm 144 Nm/242 Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT/DCT NA 6-speed MT/
7-speed DCT
6-speed AT 6-speed /
CVT/7-speed dual-clutch
ARAI Fuel Efficiency 14.16kmpl / 13.96kmpl* NA 14.3kmpl/14.1kmpl 13.85kmpl N.A
Mild-hybrid tech YES NO NO NO YES

Most fuel efficient (manual / automatic): Jeep Compass / Jeep Compass

Most Powerful: Jeep Compass

Torquiest: Mahindra XUV500

Diesel engines

COMPARISON MG Hector Tata Harrier Jeep Compass Mahindra XUV500 Kia Seltos  
Displacement 2.0-litre 2.0-litre 2.0-litre 2.2-litre 1.5-litre
Max Power 170PS 140PS 173PS 155PS 115PS
Peak Torque 350Nm 350Nm 350Nm 360Nm 250Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT 6-speed MT 6-speed MT 6-speed MT 6-speed/6-speed torque convertor
ARAI Fuel Efficiency 17.41kmpl* 16.79kmpl 17.1kmpl 14kmpl N.A
  • Most Powerful: Jeep Compass
  • Torquiest: Mahindra XUV500
  • Most fuel efficient (manual): Might be Kia Seltos

The Kia Seltos offers a wide spread of engine and gearbox options to lure each and every customer. There are 3 engine options – a 115hp 1.5-litre petrol, a 115hp 1.5-litre diesel and a more powerful 140hp 1.4-litre turbo-petrol. The best part is each engine can be paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, or with an automatic .a CVT gearbox for the 1.5 petrol or a 6-speed torque converter for the diesel and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for the 1.4 turbo-petrol.

Hector’s petrol variants are available with option of a 48V hybrid system. It also assist in torque delivery while overtaking. The battery system is self rechargable by the braking system. Overall, it helps in increasing the fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.

Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and MG Hector All of these three SUVs carry the same diesel engine, sourced from FCA. It is a 2.0-liter BS-IV compliant diesel engine. However, while the Jeep Compass and the MG Hector produce almost the same power output of 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. On the other hand, Tata Harrier has been tweaked down to deliver 143bhp and 350Nm of torque.

XUV 500 here is one of the oldest of the lot and provides a very tried and tested diesel engine and a newly developed petrol engine.

Price and Launch details

MG Hector Tata Harrier Jeep Compass Mahindra XUV500 Kia Seltos
Price Range Rs 12.18 lakh – Rs 16.88 lakh
Rs 12.60 lakh – Rs 16.26 lakh Rs 15.60 lakh – Rs 23.11 lakh Rs 12.31 lakh – Rs 19.72 lakh Rs 11 lakh -17 lakh

Except for Kia Seltos, all others are due for a price increment in the upcoming months as its engines are to be upgraded to BS6 norms. The Seltos that will be launched in BS6 form should not see a dramatic price increment.

Both Kia and MG are a fresh entrant to India and have to make an impression with their very first products to build their brand value in India so aggressive pricing is definitely expected. Kia is expected to launch in the second half of 2019

Service network

At the time of launch, Kia will have 265 touchpoints across 160 Indian cities, whereas MG will start off with only 120 touch points. Kia has also announced its plan to expand to 350 touchpoints by 2021. MG has said that it will double its reach to 250 touchpoints by September 2019.

Turbodrive Conclusion

So after all these stats still it is yet to be seen how Kia Seltos drives when it is available for the media drive. But still, with the price of MG hector, it becomes a great package and gives a cut-throat competition to its rivals but it is yet to be seen how Kia Seltos positions its product.

Kia seltos will be an interesting package to look at because of its bold styling, host of features, Kia’s quality, sharing of parts with its sister brand Hyundai which will help to reduce the service cost and a huge range of engine options and transmission options which always has something for everyone.

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Anirban Banerjee

I am an automobile geek, deeply interested for many years in this industry and my major aim is always distributing a quality knowledge to all my viewers. hope you like my content.

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