Tata Motors has unveiled the 2023 version of its renowned Harrier in India, and order bookings for this refreshed model are already underway. It’s pitted against the 2023 MG Hector in the competitive mid-size SUV segment. In this article, we’ll dissect the key aspects to help you determine the better choice between these two SUVs.
Why Does This Comparison Matter?
Since its debut in India in 2019, the Tata Harrier has made a significant mark in the mid-size SUV segment, largely thanks to its robust SUV aesthetics and commanding road presence. However, with new contenders such as the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and MG Hector hitting the market, Tata Motors has decided to give its popular model a substantial update.
Aesthetics: The Refreshed Tata Harrier
The 2023 MG Hector sports a large chrome-studded grille inspired by the Argyle design pattern, bumper-mounted LED headlights featuring split-type DRLs, connected LED taillights, a roof-mounted spoiler, and striking 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels.
On the other hand, the 2023 Tata Harrier showcases a clamshell hood, projector LED headlamps, connected-type LED taillamps, full-width DRLs with sequential indicators, blacked-out 18-inch wheels with aero inserts, and rugged black cladding, emphasizing its SUV DNA.
The cabin of the 2023 Hector boasts an all-black dashboard, ventilated front seats, multi-color ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, multi-zone climate control, and a vertical 14.0-inch HD infotainment panel.
In contrast, the 2023 Harrier offers a spacious interior with a voice-assisted panoramic sunroof, mood lighting elements on the roof, a dual-tone dashboard, a two-spoke steering wheel adorned with an illuminated logo, and dual-zone climate control featuring modern touch-based HVAC controls.
Diverse Engine Choices
The 2023 MG Hector provides an array of engine options, including a 2.0-liter diesel engine (168hp/350Nm), a 1.5-liter turbo-petrol unit (141hp/250Nm), and a 1.5-liter petrol-hybrid mill (141hp/250Nm). Transmission choices include a six-speed manual, DCT, or CVT gearbox.
On the other hand, the Tata Harrier is powered by a 2.0-liter “Kryotec” diesel engine (168hp/350Nm) paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
In India, the 2023 MG Hector is available within a price range of Rs. 14.73 lakh to Rs. 21.73 lakh. Tata Motors is yet to reveal the pricing details for the 2023 Harrier, but it’s expected to start at around Rs. 15 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).
Considering the modern styling and tech-centric cabin, we believe the 2023 Harrier is the more compelling choice. With its updated features and a fresh design, it’s poised to make a statement in the competitive mid-size SUV segment.