The petrol CVT is now the only automatic option in the Hector lineup, with the hybrid and diesel remaining manual-only.
The MG Hector was once the only car in India to offer two automatic gearboxes for the same engine at the same time, but that is no longer the case. The 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine in the mid-size SUV was launched in 2019 with both a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed dual-clutch auto (DCT), but in early 2021, the British brand added an 8-step CVT automatic option for the same engine.
The DCT version has now been discontinued, both on the Hector and three-row Hector Plus, with its variants no longer available to order on MG Motor India’s website, almost exactly a year later.
- 2021 MG Hector petrol came with manual, DCT and CVT options
- Mild hybrid and diesel variants still manual only
- DCT discontinued on both Hector and Hector Plus models
The MG Hector was praised at the time for having a comprehensive powertrain lineup at launch, which included not only a turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel, but also a mild-hybrid petrol. As previously stated, the petrol version came with automatic transmissions, but the other two remained manual-only.
It’s not surprising, then, that MG has reduced the Hector petrol range to just one automatic version, with the CVT remaining the only transmission option. We found the DCT smooth but slow in our MG Hector review, and when combined with a small petrol engine in a large car, real-world fuel economy was in the single digits, even on the highway. Though we haven’t had the opportunity to test the CVT version, this type of transmission is known for its smoothness and fuel efficiency.
Interestingly, both the DCT and CVT versions of the Hector turbo petrol were offered at the same price, so it was purely a matter of personal preference for the buyer. Furthermore, in August of last year, MG recalled 14,000 BS6 MG Hector DCT vehicles due to an emissions issue that was resolved with a software update, signalling that the writing was on the wall.
Those looking for an automatic MG Hector will be satisfied with the CVT version. It is available in the Shine, Smart, and Sharp trim levels of the 5-seat Hector, as well as the Smart and Sharp versions of the 6-seat Hector Plus (it is not available with the 7-seat Hector Plus). However, a diesel automatic option would really put up a fight against the Tata Harrier and Safari, as well as the Mahindra XUV700.