Automatic SUV spec comparison: 2020 Tata Harrier vs New Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos vs MG Hector

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on March 13, 2020

The 2020 Tata Harrier is the latest member to join the BS-VI mid-size automatic SUV club in the country. With a few more bells & whistles now, can the updated Harrier justify its late arrival to the party? We take a look...  

The 2020 Tata Harrier has finally brought along an automatic transmission option and a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre Kryotec motor, which is now BS-VI compliant. Therefore, it can finally be put to a fair comparison with the likes of the new Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos & the MG Hector. The common factor among all four models is that they offer BS-VI compliant powertrains (petrol or diesel) with an automatic gearbox option (key criteria of this comparison). So, here's how these cars compare, on paper.

Dimensions

Clearly, the battle of the biggest dimensions is between the Harrier & the Hector. While the Hector offers superior length, the Harrier pips the MG in terms of width. But since both cars have almost the same wheelbase, the interior space is likely to be comparable. But the Hector does benefit from the long length when the boot capacities are compared, offering 162 litres of it more than the Harrier.  

  2020 Harrier New Creta Seltos Hector
Length (mm) 4,598 4,300 4,315 4,655
Width (mm) 1,894 1,790 1,800 1,835
Height (mm) 1,706 1,635 1,645 1,760
Wheelbase (mm) 2,741 2,610 2,610 2,750
Boot Capacity (litres) 425 NA 433 587

Drivetrain

This is where the Creta & the Seltos enjoy a big advantage over their bigger-sized competitors - both cars offer multiple automatic gearbox options with BS-VI compliant petrol & diesel engines. The Hector, as of now, only offers its 1.5-litre turbo petrol motor in BS-VI guise (with a DCT automatic gearbox option). As for the Harrier, it continues to be on sale exclusively with a 2.0-litre diesel engine - thanks to the latest updates, it now enjoys the distinction of being the most powerful of the lot (168bhp & 350Nm). However, there's only a torque converter automatic gearbox on offer with the Harrier and no DCT option.

  2020 Harrier New Creta Seltos Hector
Engine 1,956cc 4-Cylinder Kryotec Turbo-diesel (BS-VI compliant) 1,353cc 4-Cylinder Kappa Turbo GDi Petrol / 1,497cc 4-Cylinder MPi NA Petrol / 1,493cc 4-Cylinder U2 Diesel - All engines BS-VI compliant 1,353cc 4-Cylinder Turbo Petrol / 1,497cc 4-Cylinder NA Petrol / 1,493cc 4-Cylinder Diesel - All engines BS-VI compliant 1,451cc 4-Cylinder Turbo Petrol (BS-VI compliant)
Power output 168bhp 138bhp / 113bhp / 113bhp 138bhp / 113bhp / 113bhp 141bhp
Torque 350Nm 242Nm / 144Nm / 250Nm 242Nm / 144Nm / 250Nm 250Nm
Transmission 6MT or 6AT 7DCT / 6MT or 6CVT / 6MT or 6AT 7DCT / 6MT or 6CVT / 6MT or 6AT 6MT / 6DCT
Fuel Type Diesel Petrol / Petrol / Diesel Petrol / Petrol / Diesel Petrol

Features & Equipment (automatic variants only)

Since our focus is on automatic derivatives of each model here, we've only taken into consideration the features on offer with the automatic variants. Despite being the most expensive car of the lot, the Harrier lacks some premium and new-age features like connected car tech, wireless phone charging & LED headlamps. Also, at a maximum size of 8.8-inch, its touchscreen is also the smallest of the lot. 

  2020 Harrier New Creta Seltos Hector
Headlamps Yes (Projector HID) LED LED LED
Touchscreen Infotainment System 17.78cm (7-inch) or 22.35cm (8.8-inch) 10.25-inch 10.25-inch 10.4-inch
Wireless Phone Charging No Yes Yes No
Sound System 6-speaker / JBL 9-speaker + amplifier Bose 8-speaker Bose 8-speaker Infinity 8-speaker + amplifier
Sunroof Yes Yes Yes Yes
Phone Connectivity Bluetooth / USB / Aux / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Bluetooth / USB / Aux / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Bluetooth / USB / Aux / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Bluetooth / USB / Aux / Android Auto
Connected Car Features No Yes (Blue Link) Yes (UVO Connect) Yes (i-SMART)

Price Range (automatic variants only)

The Tata Harrier is the most expensive car here, even if we take into consideration the estimated price range of the new Creta. In fact, the difference between the Harrier automatic's starting price and the other models' ending price isn't too big. So, the Harrier needs to match the build quality & refinement of the Creta (or Seltos) and the road presence of the Hector in order to justify its relatively higher price tag. What works in the Harrier's favour - it's the most powerful & torquiest of the lot and it certainly looks appealing.  

Models Price (Ex-showroom)
2020 Tata Harrier ₹16.25 lakh – ₹20.25 lakh 
New Hyundai Creta ₹14.94 lakh - ₹17.20 lakh
Kia Seltos ₹13.54 lakh – ₹17.34 lakh 
MG Hector ₹15.93 lakh – ₹17.43 lakh

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