Stepping inside, you’d be surprised to notice the ease of ingress thanks to large doors and seat height. What stands out the most in the Hector’s otherwise conventional cabin is the large 10.4-inch touchscreen laid out on the centre dash. Even the quality of materials used in the black-grey cabin is not tacky by any standard. There are softer materials too while the fit and finish feel premium to a good extent. The visibility is great too. In fact, the large windows and relatively thin pillars lend a commanding driving position.
There is an ample amount of head and knee room, and both front seats get electric adjust. Overall the ergonomics are good, but the buttons like engine start/stop, or mirror adjustment are hidden behind the steering wheel making them difficult to access. Meanwhile, the instrument cluster gives out ample information and is also easy to read and navigate.
Moving to the rear seats, there’re acres of headroom and knee room for my size (I am 5.6’) while the massive panoramic sunroof elevates the roomy feel of the cabin. The 60:40 split second-row seats reclines and fold flat to expand the sufficiently large boot space of 587 litres. In terms of storage, there are four cup holders, stowage space on door pads but no proper flat surface to keep your mobile phone or wallet on the centre console.
Then there’s the lack of air-con buttons in the centre console since all the controls are now integrated into the large touchscreen. This tablet-like screen could do with better touch response though, which would help its usability and interaction greatly, especially when driving. And the buttons placed below the screen feels odd as the circular knob appears a volume rocker but it’s only a power button. Otherwise, there’s a plethora of information and control integrated into the screen. It also includes the iSmart connected system which not only provides internet connectivity inside the vehicle, but also allows you to know and control various vehicle functions (like vehicle health, driving characteristic, location and range) remotely through a smartphone.
In terms of features, the Hector we have here comes with rain-sensing wipers, ambient lighting, fast charging ports, powered tailgate, and a nice sounding eight-speaker Infinity sound system. It also gets six-airbags, all-four disc brakes, 360-degree camera, electronic handbrake, cruise control, auto-hold, and all-LED headlamps. But it misses out on some features like auto-dimming ORVMs, adjustable lumbar support, or wireless charger.