It’s not often that my colleague Ishan is the harbinger of good news, but last month when he asked me if I would like to drive the MG Hector around for a couple of months, I couldn’t help but blurt out a yes even before he’d finished completing the sentence. You see, I’ve been quite enamoured by the Hector’s design and features since I first laid my eyes on it. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, till recently I hadn’t had the chance to drive the Hector at length and get to the know the SUV fully.
But that has all changed over the past few weeks. First up, I have to admit that the design of the Hector, especially the butch front-end looks really good. The big chrome grille and the sleek headlights help give the car a unique identity that I really like. And the other advantage of the Hector is the amount of room it offers. I have a young family, and my kids especially love the huge amount of room available in the rear seat. Of course, my son is much more enamoured with the voice-controlled features of the car, and every time I take him somewhere in the car, he tries to command the car to do virtually any command that he can think of.
Driving it around, I really appreciate the grunt of the 2.0-litre diesel engine, which makes city driving a breeze. However, while the manual gearbox is easy enough to operate, I personally think a car costing as much as the Hector does should also offer an automatic option with the diesel engine. Other than that, I’m really enjoying the Hector and even though its only here for a short time, I intend to make full use of it.
When it came: December 2019
Current Odo reading: 7,260kms
Mileage this month: 1,505kms
Fuel efficiency: 10km/l
What’s good: Space, comfort
What’s not: No diesel automatic
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