The mid-size SUV segment is one of the hottest segments in the Indian market. Almost every manufacturer has a vehicle to compete in it. To make their vehicle more attractive, the manufacturers also offer different engines and gearboxes. Here, we have a drag race between the Hyundai Creta DCT and the MG Hector DCT.
The video is uploaded on YouTube by Yagya Sharma. The SUVs do compete with each other in the same segment. Both the SUVs are running on 215/60 R17 tyres. However, there is a substantial difference between the weight of the vehicles. The Hector weighs around 300 kgs more than the Creta.
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The Hector comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 141 bhp of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The Creta gets a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection. It puts out 138 bhp of max power and 242 Nm of peak torque. Both cars are equipped with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
On paper, it seems like Hector has the advantage. However, you must remember it also weighs significantly more. The owners of both vehicles think that the Creta will win because of less weight. In the first round, Creta easily takes the lead and stays ahead throughout the race. So, Creta is the winner of the first race. The driver of the Hector says that the SUV was in Eco mode and it launched late.
So, another drag race was done. In round two, Hector is shifted to Sports mode, the Creta stays in Comfort mode. In the second race, Hector does take the advantage for a millisecond but the Creta again gets ahead and keeps the lead. Creta again wins the race.
In round 3, the host climbs into the Hector and the traction control is also turned off of the Hector. The Creta again takes the lead by a huge margin. The host says that there is a significant amount of lag because of the gearbox. He feels that the SUV is accelerating very slowly as compared to the Hyundai Creta.
In round 4, the host says that they would have to launch the vehicle early to perfectly time the vehicle. There is a lag between pressing the accelerator and the car moving forward. The lag is enhanced because of the turbo-lag and the lag from the transmission. So, the driver shifts the car into sports/manual mode. But still, the Creta was ahead throughout the race.
The fifth race is quite unique because Hector is given a head start so it is positioned ahead of the Creta. Despite giving a headstart, Creta was able to overtake Hector. The owner also tries to perform the race with a headstart. But the results still stay the same. All the races were won by the Hyundai Creta that too, quite easily.
The Creta starts at Rs. 10.23 lakhs ex-showroom but the DCT variant starts at Rs. 17.94 lakhs ex-showroom. Hector’s DCT variant has now been discontinued. The gearbox has been replaced by a CVT unit. It starts at Rs. 16.19 lakhs ex-showroom.
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