Battle Of The Basics – Hyundai Alcazar vs MG Hector Plus vs Tata Safari

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The Hyundai Alcazar was recently launched in the 7 seater SUV segment and by the looks of it, it is quite promising. In typical Hyundai fashion, the Alcazar is loaded with all the bells and whistles. However, could the same be said about the base variant which is usually bare-bones for every car? And, how does it compare with its competitors in terms of equipment? Let’s take a look at what you get in every SUV as standard if you choose to go with the base Alcazar.

Hyundai Alcazar Prestige and Prestige(O) automatic

Safety 

The Hyundai Alcazar comes with standard safety equipment such as dual airbags, rear disc brakes, ABS and EBD, TPMS, ESC, VSM, HAC, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlamps, ISOFIX child mounts and a reverse parking camera with adaptive guidelines.

Exterior & Interior

The exterior comes with trio beam LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, LED fog lights, LED turn indicators, puddle lamps, chrome finish on the grille and tailgate, twin-tip exhaust, front and rear skid plate, roof rails, rear wiper and washer and 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.

The interior is packed with a whole host of features such as 64 colour ambient lighting, 7-inch multi-info display, voice-enabled panoramic sunroof, keyless entry with push-button start-stop, cruise control, automatic climate control, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVM, wireless charging for front and rear passengers( 6 seaters only), front row seatback table with cupholders and device holder, rear window curtains, AC vents for 2nd and 3rd row with speed control for the 3rd row, USB charger for all rows, power windows, cooled glovebox, electric tailgate release, height and adjustable driver seat, split seats for 2nd row with slide and recline function and 3rd row with recline function to name a few. The entry-level automatic Prestige(O) adds an air purifier with AQI display, electric parking brake with auto hold, paddle shifters, drive modes( eco, comfort, sport) and traction modes( snow, sand, mud).

Hyundai Alcazar (4)

Infotainment

The Alcazar gets a 10.25 inch HD touchscreen with Navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, steering mounted audio controls, Arkamys sound mood with 6 speakers and Hyundai Bluelink connected car system with over the air updates for the maps

Pricing

The Alcazar Prestige starts at Rs 16.30 lakhs for the petrol 7 seater variant and Rs 16.53 lakhs for the diesel 7 seater variant. The entry-level Alcazar automatic i.e. Prestige(O) costs Rs 17.93 lakhs for the petrol 6 seater variant and Rs 18.01 lakhs for the diesel 7 seater variant.

MG Hector Plus Super and Smart automatic

Safety

The Hector plus comes standard with dual airbags, ESP, TCS, HHC, ABS and EBD, rear disc brakes, reverse parking camera, front parking sensors, rear defogger and ISOFIX child mounts. The entry level automatic i.e. smart adds side airbags, electric parking brake and auto-dimming IRVM.

Exterior & Interior

The exterior features LED headlamps and tail lamps, LED DRLs, rear fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED turn indicators on ORVMS, rear wiper and washer, shark fin antenna and front and rear skid plates. The smart variant adds chrome treatment for the exterior such as the grille, door handles and window beltline, floating turn indicator and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The interior features a 3.5 inch MID for the instrument cluster, slide and recline function for the 2nd row, split seats for the third row, manual air conditioning, remote keyless entry, electrically adjustable ORVMs, cruise control, AC vents for 2nd and 3rd row with separate fan speed control, cooled glovebox, height-adjustable driver seat, USB charging for all rows and power windows. Smart variant adds wireless charger, power-adjustable driver seat, leather seats, push-button start-stop with keyless entry and power foldable ORVMs.

MG Hector Plus interior

Infotainment

The Hector gets a 10.4 inch HD touchscreen with navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, 6 speakers and steering mounted audio controls. The smart automatic variant gets a premium sound system with 8 speakers and smart connected car tech with over the air updates.

Pricing

The Super variant which comes close to the Alcazar Prestige starts at Rs 15.12 lakhs for the 1.5-litre petrol 7 seater variant and goes till Rs 16.37 lakhs for the diesel manual 6 seater variant. The Hector plus automatic comes mated only to the petrol engine which starts at Rs 17.49 lakhs for the 6 seater variant.

Tata Safari XM and XMA automatic

Safety

The safety features in the Safari include dual airbags, ESP, HHC, TCS, CSC, ABS and EBD, brake disc wiping, rollover mitigation, rear disc brakes and display for the rear parking sensors.

Exterior & Interior

The exterior comes with projector headlamps, LED DRLs, front fog lamps, rear wiper and washer, roof rails and 16-inch steel wheels.

The interior of the Safari gets power windows, 2nd row split seats with a recline function and 3rd-row split seats with AC vents with blower control, a boss mode for second-row passengers, selectable drive modes( eco, city, sport), height-adjustable driver seat, manual air conditioning, USB charging for 2nd and 3rd row and electrically adjustable ORVMs.

Tata safari unveiled (2)

Infotainment

It gets a 7-inch touchscreen that supports Bluetooth,  6 speakers and steering mounted audio controls.

Pricing

The Safari comes only with a diesel engine, unlike the others which get a petrol powerplant too. The XM variant which is equivalent to the Alcazar Prestige in terms of pricing costs Rs 16.36 lakhs for the 7 seater variant. The XMA automatic variant costs Rs. 17.61 lakhs.

With the above comparison, it is pretty clear that the Alcazar trumps the competition when it comes to standard equipment at the given price. The equivalent Safari and Hector variants are priced only a few thousands more or less than the Alcazar but fall short in terms of convenience features. The only department in which all the cars are similar is the standard safety features. Lastly, the only thing which might go against the Alcazar would be its 1.5-litre diesel engine which falls short in comparison to the 2.0 diesel units of the Hector and the Safari.

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