Tata launched Altroz and Nexon EV in January 2021. Both the segments were set on fire. And again, in 2021, Tata is all set to launch two cars in its stable, a turbo-petrol Altroz due for launch this week, and the 7-seater Tata Gravitas. In a very random decision, or maybe not, Tata has decided to name Gravitas, Safari, a moniker that has been known as the icon for SUVs. It will be competing against the newly launched MG Hector Plus 7-seater. So, from what we know, let us put the heavy machines against each other.

Powertrain Comparison | The Indian or the Chinese

1.5-litre Turbo Petrol
1.5-litre Turbo Petrol

Now, that is what I should have mentioned in the beginning. This is a battle of a car from a totally indigenous carmaker vs a car from the Chinese-owned British brand. Let us first compare what you will be getting on the performance side.

Powertrain Comparison | Safari vs Hector Plus

 

Tata Safari (GRAVITAS) MG Hector Plus 7-seater 
Engine  2.0-litre Turbo-Petrol 1.5-litre Turbo-Petrol 1.5-l Turbo-petrol Hybrid 2.0-litre Diesel
Power@rpm  170ps@3,750 143ps@5,000 143ps@5,000 170ps@3,750
Torque@rpm 350Nm@1,750-2,500 250Nm@1,600-3600 250Nm@1,600-3600 350Nm@1,750-2,500
Transmission Six speed MT / 6-speed AT 6-speed MT / DCT 6-speed MT
  • Safari or the Gravitas is surely powerful when it comes to the comparison with Hector.
  • It is the automatic transmission where Hector puts on a foot ahead of the Gravitas.
  • Also, Hector Plus is the first 7-seater SUV to have a 48V hybrid system, making it more efficient.
  • Hector also offers a diesel engine option, which Gravitas might miss on.

Features Comparison | Which of the two is more loaded?

Dual-tone Interiors of MG Hector 2021
Dual-tone Interiors of MG Hector 2021

We had a showcase of what the Gravitas will offer last year, at the Auto Expo. From what it looks like, Harrier is what we’ll be getting with an extra overhang of 60mm and 2 extra seats. That said, let’s see, is the Hector a better car to sit in?

Comfort and Convenience Comparison

Tata Safari (Gravitas) MG Hector Plus
Infotainment System 8.8-inch Floating Island 10.4-inch Vertically Oriented Touchscreen with iSmart
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Steering mounted Controls
Voice alerts and recognition
Instrument Cluster 7-inch part analogue, part digital 7-inch Fully Digital Coloured MID
Tilt and Telescopic Steering
Push Button Start-Stop
Auto-Dimming IRVM
Smart Swipe Tailgate
Wireless Charger Speculated
Heated ORVM
Auto Headlamps
Rain Sensing Wiper
Rear AC Vents
Panoramic Sunroof

Gravitas or Safari is a Harrier with no extra wheelbase but a 60mm of excess overhang. So, we can expect it to have similar features, if not less. MG Hector does look promising in this comparison. The final comparison can only be made once the Tata Safari is launched.

Safety Comparison | Tata Safari vs MG Hector Plus

2021 Tata Safari
2021 Tata Safari

Tata has been on the road of making Indian roads safer. We expect no less from the Tata Safari. That being said, MG Hector too offers a host of safety features. Let’s compare.

Safety Features Comparison (Base Variant)

Tata Safari / Gravitas MG Hector Plus
Dual-Front Airbags
ESP
TCS
Hill Hold Control
ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
Rear Parking Sensors
Speed Sensing Door Lock
Front Disc Brakes
Rear Disc Brakes

The Harrier does not offer rear disc brakes. Tata might offer them on the Gravitas, but that is still a yet. Rest, both of the SUVs offer a good package for safety.

And now, it comes to price. 

MG Hector 2021 Pricing
MG Hector 2021 Pricing

As per the reports, Tata Gravitas or the Safari might be priced starting from ₹14lakhs. The Hector Plus on the other hand starts at ₹13,34,800. Tata might price Safari similar or in the vicinity of Hector. Rest, we’ll get to know on 26th January, so stay tuned!

Verdict

MG Hector 2021 Seating Options
MG Hector 2021 Seating Options

It is a bit 14 days too early to give a verdict. Hector Plus does seem to be a better option by Tata might make a bang on this Republic Day. Let’s wait or you can go on to buy the Hector Plus if you are in a hurry.

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