Despite being huge and tall, ingress and egress in the Hector is easy. Visibility from inside is good due to the large windows and the six-way electrically adjustable seat means finding the perfect driving position is simple. The layout, although simple and ergonomic, boasts of a huge touch screen infotainment system and colourful MID. There are not many buttons on the dash, which makes the dash clutter-free, but then both the screens look overburdened with tons of information. Some controls, like the ones for ac, still feel best left to hardware switchgear. Sadly, automatic air-con is available only on the top-spec Sharp trim and is not even a dual-zone climate control unit. Also, it takes time to get used to so many buttons on the steering wheel and it would have been a delight to have one touch auto up-and-down on all the windows. Although there are more than four-bottle holders, the rest are only small storage and stowage places like in the door pad, centre console and arm-rest. These are merely good for keeping small and few things. That said, the fit and finish of the cabin is remarkable and the quality of materials give it an up-market feel, particularly the artificial leather with stitching and diffused chrome accents.
We don't think anyone will complain about space as it's there in spades. Our measurements also reveal that the Hector is as spacious as the Harrier and is, in fact, roomier than the Compass. Furthermore, the massive sunroof and off-white colour help in adding to the sense of space inside. This, paired with adequate support from the seats, makes the cabin a comfortable place for five. Despite a flat floorboard and an adjustable reclining backrest, the middle person in the second row wouldn’t be as comfortable as the others with enough space to stretch out their legs. The boot space at 587 litres is by far the largest in its segment. It adds to convenience too with 60:40 split and goes completely flat with seats folded.
Equipment-wise, Hector's top-spec Sharp trim comes with all the bells and whistles. It's generously packed with a big 10.4-inch HD touchscreen, 7.0-inch MID, keyless-go, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, mood lighting, cruise control, sun-roof, fast charging ports and eight speakers. Even, the safety suite boasts of six air-bags, ABS, ESP, all-round discs, hill-hold, cornering lamps and front parking sensors. Phew! Still, if that's not a lot, there are segment-first features like heated ORVMs, powered tailgate, fatigue-reminder, sub-woofer and amplifier paired to eight speakers. Even the passenger seat is four-way electrically adjustable. Heck, the SUV gets all-LED lamps and even the base trim gets halogen projectors.
Apart from these segment-leading features, the Hector's main highlight remains its first-in-class connectivity features enabled through their iSMART next-gen technology. After all they are calling it the internet car. It boasts of SIM connectivity (5G ready) with an aim to provide connectivity on the go. The carmaker has partnered with Gaana, TomTom, AccuWeather, Microsoft, Adobe and many others. The interface offers a seamless experience paired to an Airtel subscription valid for three years. What's more, say 'Hello MG' and the car will respond to audio commands (100-fed already). It can change audio source, search and play a song from the internet, adjust blower speed and even open/close the sunroof! Interestingly, it's not that gimmicky, adds practical value and is the one thing that still stands out from its peers.