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  • Q. I am planing to buy new suv vehicle. XUV 500, Harrier or MG HECTOR PLUS which one is better for smooth and long drive

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    Zigwheels
    Zigwheels | 4 months ago

    Hyundai Creta Diesel would be the best choice as per your requirements if number of seats doesn't matter. This 1.5 litre motor makes 115PS of power, which is 13PS down on the old engine, but while driving you hardly notice this fact. From the get-go, this engine impresses in terms of refinement and smoothness. There is very little turbo lag, which means gear shifts are kept to a minimum. This makes the Creta diesel-manual a stress-free car to drive in the city. Even out on the highway, the punchy nature of this engine makes overtaking easy and thanks to the tall gearring, it cruises in a relaxed manner too. The light clutch and slick gearbox makes your life even easier. In our performance tests, the Creta diesel registered decent times. In the 0-100kmph run, it took 12.24 seconds, which is a bit longer than the old car. But thanks to the good drivability, in-gear times were actually much better, with 30-80kmph in third taking 6.85s seconds. If we talk about MG Hector Plus, it is spacious, delivers better power performance and comes in 6-seater configuration. The 170PS, 350Nm diesel is a punchy motor and feels at home both in the city and on the highway. Sound and vibration levels are kept in check and while it is not the most refined version of the Fiat-sourced engine we have driven, it won’t leave you complaining either. Overtakes in the city are handled with ease and the motor proves to be plenty tractable as well. However, the gear shifts are a bit clunky and take a conscious effort to shift. Plus, the clutch is a bit heavy and will make you regret missing leg day in bumper to bumper traffic (if such a thing exists anymore). And then there is a tendency to stall while applying the throttle after overcoming a minor undulation. If we talk about XUV500, it offers good balance of power performance and driveabilit. As far as NVH levels are concerned, they are well controlled and the engine noise is only audible in the cabin when revved beyond 2,500 rpm. However, the same cannot be said for the Bridgestone Ecopia tyres which emit a lot of rolling noise with some of it making its way inside cabin. But that still isn’t bothersome and can be washed away with the audio system.Its clutch pedal is light, its long travel range will be irksome when driving in stop-and-go traffic. There is no hint of wobble or nervousness while taking curves at speeds north of 70kmph. It’s agile for its size, but while its steering is fairly accurate, it doesn’t provide great feel. The ride on the bigger wheels felt sporty but not stiff at any point. That said, the tendency of the XUV’s back end to feel bouncy over sharp bumps still remains. You may compare all these cars accordingly. Do take a test drive in order to get better clarity. Check out authorised dealership details.

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    Manish
    Manish | 1 month ago

    Harrier 7 seater ( safari) first option which looks bigger on road and Hector plus looks better in interiors with same performance as Harrier. No Xuv please.

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    Vivek
    Vivek | 2 months ago

    I don't know about others but don't buy XUV 500.. unreliable vehicle

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