7 Seater SUVs compared: Hyundai Alcazar vs Rivals

Manjul Sharma BUYING GUIDE, COMPARISONS Leave a Comment

Owning an SUV is about stamping your presence on the road while travelling in comfort. This is part of the reason why SUVs have slowly gained prominence across the globe. In India, the launch of the Hyundai Alcazar has ignited the competition in the 7 seater SUV segment. With challengers in the form of the new Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, there is plenty to compare between these 7 seater SUVs and find the overall best.

Dimensions, boot, and seating

The size of an SUV is one of its vital USPs, as the very idea of an SUV brings a beefy and big car into the mind. Let’s see how much all of these cars offer dimension-wise.

Dimensions

Hyundai Alcazar

Toyota Fortuner

Tata Safari

Ford Endeavour

MG Hector Plus

Length

4,500 mm

4,795 mm

4,661 mm

4,903 mm

4,720 mm

Width

1,790 mm

1,855 mm

1,894 mm

1,869 mm

1,835 mm

Height

1,675 mm

1,835 mm

1,786 mm

1,837 mm

1,760 mm

Wheelbase

2,760 mm

2,745 mm

2,741 mm

2,850 mm

2,750 mm

Ground Clearance

200 mm

225 mm

205 mm

225 mm

192 mm

Boot space

180 L

296 L

447 L

450 L

155 L

Seating Capacity

6- & 7-seater

7- Seater

6-&7-Seater

7-Seater

6&7 -Seater

If we examine the overall size, then Ford Endeavour is the champion as it’s the longest (4903 mm) and has the biggest wheelbase (2850 mm) which is utilizable space of any car. Both the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner also have the best ground clearance of 225 mm to keep the cabin amply elevated from the road level. Fortuner is the runner up, holding the second-best length of 4795 mm and impressive width and height. Safari is the second runner-up and its tallest height (1894 mm) compensates for its relatively shorter wheelbase (2,741 mm) which also helps its stability. MG Hector Plus is 4th in the competition. Apparently, the Hyundai Creta platform has been stretched lengthwise to make the Hyundai Alcazar platform (4,500 mm), but they haven’t altered the width (1,790 mm) at all. And that has translated to Alcazar being relatively less spacious than its rivals.

Note- Boot space of Alcazar and Fortuner can be expanded by folding the 3rd row. In Safari, the boot space with all 3 rows up is 73 L, without the 3rd row is 447 L, and without 2nd and 3rd rows is 910 L. In Endeavour, you expand the boot space up to 2010 L by folding the 2nd and 3rd rows. MG Hector provides the boot space of 530 L without 3rd row.

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Engine and performance

Along with the bigger size, a car needs to possess an impressive performance for it to become the pick of the litter. Let’s dig a little deeper and understand how technically sound these SUVs are.

Petrol Engine

Engine specifications

Hyundai Alcazar

Toyota Fortuner

MG Hector Plus

Type

2.0 L MPi

2.7 L TR-FE I4 Dual VVT-i

1.5 L Turbocharged intercooled

Power

156.9 bhp

164bhp

141 bhp

Torque

191 Nm

245 Nm

250 Nm

6 Speed

6 Speed

6-Speed

(With hybrid tech variants also)

Automatic Transmission

6 Speed Torque converter

6 Speed Torque converter

6-Speed

DCT and CVT

Mileage

14.2 kmpl

11.5 kmpl

16.6 kmpl

The absence of petrol engines excludes Tata Safari and Ford Endeavour from the competition. Since mileage is given much significance in India, MG Hector plus (16.6 kmpl) should be the first choice as it is not too far behind Alcazar and Fortuner in terms of power. Moreover, the 250 Nm of torque of MG Hector that too at the engine’s speed of 1600 rpm does make it stand out. Torque defines how well your car can accelerate and at what engine speed. Among the rest two, Toyota Fortuner delivers better power and Hyundai Alcazar provides comparably better mileage (14.2 kmpl) than Fortuner (11.5 kmpl).

Diesel Engine

Engine specifications

Hyundai Alcazar

Toyota Fortuner

Tata Safari

Ford Endeavour

MG Hector Plus

Type

1.5 L CRDi

2.8 L Turbocharged

2.0 L Kryotec

2.0 L EcoBlue

2.0 L Turbocharged intercooled

Power

113 bhp

201 bhp

168 bhp

167 bhp

168 bhp

Torque

250 Nm

420 Nm

350 Nm

450 Nm

350 Nm

Manual Transmission

6-Speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

NA

6-Speed

Automatic Transmission

6-Speed Torque converter

6-Speed

Torque converter

6-Speed Torque converter

10-Speed automatic

NA

Mileage

20.4 kmpl

14.22 kmpl

16.14 kmpl

13.9 kmpl

16.6 kmpl

Toyota Fortuner comes across as the most powerful (201 bhp) of the lot along with an excellent torque of 420 Nm. However, if torque is your preference then Ford Endeavour (450 Nm) should be your car. Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus have some mid-level figures overall, including the mileage, but what is notable is, the MG Hector Plus diesel isn’t available with automatic transmission. Hyundai Alcazar is available with automatic-transmission and has the best mileage (20.4 kmpl) as well.

Features

SUVs not only have the bigger size, they also promise you a comfortable and convenient ride experience. And for that, they are installed with a plethora of features that differ from car to car. Let’s see what kind of features these SUVs have.

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Features

Hyundai Alcazar

Toyota Fortuner

Tata Safari

Ford Endeavour

MG Hector Plus

All Wheel Drive

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Infotainment 

10.25-inch touchscreen

9-inch touchscreen  

8.8-inch touchscreen

8-inch touchscreen

10.4-inch touchscreen

Automatic Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dual Zone

Yes

Powered Boot

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Parking Sensors

Front and Rear

Front and Rear

Rear

Front and Rear

Front and Rear

Hands-free tailgate

No

Yes

No

No

No

Panoramic sunroof

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Powered Driver seat

8-Way

No

6-Way

8-Way (front passenger seat also)

No

The availability of the All-Wheel-Drive function has secured the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour a slightly leading position to the other rivals. While all five cars are feature-packed, only the Toyota Fortuner features a hands-free tailgate along with a powered boot. The Hyundai Alcazar and MG Hector Plus only get a powered boot while the Tata Safari and Ford Endeavour miss out on this feature. On the other hand, the Toyota Fortuner is the only 7 seater SUV that does not come with a panoramic sunroof. On the list of omissions, the Tata Safari misses out on front parking sensors while the others are equipped with both front and rear sensors. Overall, all five 7 seater SUVs are well-featured and the final decision will come down to what features are important to you.

Safety Features

Safety is one of the most important priorities when buying a car and SUVs are some of the most safe cars on the road. All of these SUVs sport some vital safety features to mitigate all the risks in your car ownership.

Safety features

Hyundai Alcazar

Toyota Fortuner

Tata Safari

Ford Endeavour

MG Hector Plus

Anti-lock braking System

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Number of airbags

6

7

6

7

6

Brake assist

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Traction Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tyre pressure monitor

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic headlights

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electronic Stability Control

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hill assist

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hill Decent control

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

In these measures, Toyota Fortuner does lag behind other cars due to the absence of a Tyre pressure monitor, ESC, and some other imperative safety features. Among the other four competitors, Tata Safari and Ford Endeavour feature hill descent control that enhances their safety on hill terrains.

Pricing

As your budget to purchase a car is the most vital of all the considerable factors, let’s look into the prices of all these SUVs.

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Variants

Hyundai Alcazar

Toyota Fortuner

Tata Safari

Ford Endeavour

MG Hector Plus

Entry level (Ex-Showroom)

16.30 Lakhs- 18.01 Lakhs

30.34 Lakhs- 31.93 Lakhs

14.99 Lakhs- 17.81 Lakhs

29.99 Lakhs- 33.80 Lakhs

13.62 Lakhs- 15.12 Lakhs

Mid-level (Ex-Showroom)

18.22 Lakhs- 19.55 Lakhs

32.84 Lakhs- 35.20 Lakhs

18.61 Lakhs- 20.20 Lakhs

35.60 Lakhs

16.13 Lakhs- 17.49 Lakhs

Top level (Ex-Showroom)

19.78 Lakhs- 20.14 Lakhs

35.50 Lakhs- 38.30 Lakhs

20.35 Lakhs- 21.81 Lakhs

36.25 Lakhs

17.99 Lakhs- 19.60 Lakhs

The MG Hector Plus is the most affordable of the five SUVs and also features electric-petrol hybrid variants. The Tata Safari and Hyundai Alcazar are close competitors to the Hector Plus while offering very similar premium features. The higher premium of the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner delivers a more powerful driving experience, which is a definite attraction for many.

Conclusion

Tata Safari offers impressive torque and power along with ample wealth of features for its price, thereby it seems to be the overall winner. However, the other competitors have something to offer. For mileage, Hyundai Alcazar will be the best choice, followed by the MG Hector Plus. The Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour are certainly heavily priced but they deliver remarkable power and torque.

FAQs

Does Toyota Fortuner have a sunroof?

No, Toyota Fortuner doesn’t feature Sunroof.

Does Alcazar come in 4X4?

No, Alcazar doesn’t sport a 4X4 powertrain, but it does come with 3 drive modes (Eco, City, Sport) and 3 Traction modes (snow, sand, mud).

What is the safety level in Tata Safari?

Although NCAP testing of Tata Safari isn’t done yet, the car is loaded with a wealth of safety features. It sports up to 6 airbags, traction control and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as well. Some other Safari safety features are Tyre pressure monitor, Hill assist, Hill descent control, and corner stability control.

Does Ford Endeavour come in petrol variant?

Ford Endeavour only comes in diesel variants as of now. Although it is expected to come with a petrol engine in future as Ford has introduced a petrol engine in Everest which is the overseas version of Endeavour.

Does MG Hector Plus come with automatic transmission?

MG Hector plus offers two types of automatic transmissions, CVT (Continuous Variable transmission) and DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission). However, the diesel variant of MG Hector plus doesn’t come with an automatic transmission.

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