Most of the times, people upgrade their vehicles or buy a vehicle from the same segment when changing the car. But this man from Rajasthan claims that he sold the MG Hector to buy a brand-new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. So what is happening here?
The video by Arun Pawar shows a newly-bought Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza with its new owner. The owner, who has not been identified by name claims that he owned an MG Hector petrol DCT and he sold it to buy a Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. He says that his father used to own the Hector 1.5-litre DCT while he was using the Kia Seltos GTX diesel. His father sold the Hector and is now using the Kia Seltos while he has bought the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
Why did they sell Hector?
The primary reason for selling the Hector is the fuel efficiency as he says on camera. He claims that Hector used to return a fuel efficiency of 3-5 km/l and that is why they decided to sell the vehicle. The Marut Suzuki Vitara Brezza, on the other hand, returns about 17 km/l and he is happy with it. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza owned by him is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine and gets a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission. It is not CVT as claimed by the owner in the video.
As per the ARAI certificate, the MG Hector 1.5 DCT returns a maximum fuel efficiency of 13.96 km/l. Now that figure is totally dependant on the driving style and driving conditions. While there are many who complained about the low fuel efficiency of the MG Hector DCT, there are many owners who claim otherwise and are really happy with the fuel efficiency and performance of the car.
One should know that the Hector DCT is only available with the high-performance 1.5-litre turbo-charged petrol engine. It produces a maximum power of 141 Bhp and a peak torque of 250 Nm. With the 7-speed DCT, one does get carried away to squeeze the extra bit of performance from the car. That’s when the mileage goes down drastically. As with all the other turbo-petrol cars, pushing the pedal to the metal all the time will cause a drop in fuel efficiency, there is no doubt in that. Generally, most owners have reported a fuel efficiency of 8-12 km/l on the city roads.
ARAI is a government organisation that certifies, homologates and tests cars for the Indian market. While doing fuel efficiency test, they do it under proper test conditions where they drive the car at a constant speed without using the air conditioner. Now that’s a scenario most of us cannot replicate on the Indian roads.
Vehicles from different segments
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the MG Hector belong to very different segments altogether. Both the vehicles cannot be compared in any way. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is a sub-4m compact SUV while the Hector is a mid-size SUV with a list of features that can make most other vehicles look stripped. If you have any experience with the Hector DCT, do share them with us.