Crossover clash: Spec-checking the Ford Territory vs. MG HS

Crossover clash: Spec-checking the Ford Territory vs. MG HS

Fresh from having a go with the Territory crossover SUV, we're now thinking "What other vehicle in the crossover segment can rival the Ford's contender"? 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How much is the Ford Territory?

    The Territory retails for P1.227 million and P1.31 million for its two variants, Trend and Titanium Plus, respectively.
  • How much is the MG HS?

    The prices for MG HS are P1,258,888 for the Alpha variant and P1,308,888 for the Trophy variant.
  • After all, there's plenty going for the Territory. The Territory catches the eyes by way of its trapezoidal grille that's flanked by slim LED headlights, muscular wheel arches on the sides, and a wraparound-style windows that appear to flow around the car. 

    The 2022 Territory also offers a wealth of convenience features. For starters, a 10-inch fully digital instrument panel can be redesigned in three selectable themes, the steering column can be adjusted for tilt and reach, while the power windows have a one-touch up and down function. Cabin pollen and PM (particulate matter) 2.5 filter with activated carbon cleans up the cabin air, ambient lighting with seven color options and panoramic sunroof jazz up the interior, heated and cooled front seats pamper passengers, and the driver can adjust their seat 10 ways. 

    You'd always be safe inside the 2022 Territory, too.  The vehicle features autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, enhanced active park assist with parallel and perpendicular parking assist, blind spot information system, front and rear parking sensors, and a high-definition 360-degree camera.

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    Then we get to the Territory's performance specs, which delivered a decent driving experience. Under the hood of the Territory is a turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which sends 141hp and 225Nm of torque through a continuously variable transmission (CVT), with Sport mode, straight to its two front wheels. 

    All of these could be matched by the HS, a promising crossover entry from MG

    "The new MG HS is the embodiment of the high standards in design, quality, technology, safety, and value that we at MG Philippines perpetually aim to uphold as a brand,” MG Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Alberto Arcilla boasted as the HS was launched. 

    In terms of design, the 2022 HS sets itself apart with swooping body lines and an athletic stance, while MG's signature Stardust Grille lends an elegant look. The Nine-Crystal Lighting units and bright LED headlights with sequential turn light capability,  which is also found on the taillights, serves both aesthetic and function. Eighteen-inch diamond cut alloy wheels round out the HS exterior. 

    Inside, the HS once again serves looks and comfort starting with the six-way power-adjustable MG Sport Bucket seats that hug the body in all the right places. The 12.3-inch Virtual Driver Information Center and large 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and multimedia functions are the centerpiece of the HS interior.  The 2022 HS' panoramic Stargazer Sunroof provides clear views of the sky, and the car's configurable ambient lighting system allows the occupants to customize the interior lighting color to fit their mood.

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    To assure drivers of worry-free driving, the 2022 HS comes with a five-year or 100,000-kilometer warranty and access to MG Hero Services that provides 24/7 roadside assistance through the MG Philippines hotline. Through My MG mobile app, the HS driver can book vehicle service appointments online. And if that isn't convenient enough, through the app one can schedule a visit from a Mobile Garage service caravan, which offers MG vehicle owners in-home service for major technical issues. 

    Behind the HS's stylish grille resides a 1.5-liter inline-four DOHC turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 169ps and 250Nm of torque to the front wheels. The engine is mated to a seven-speed twin-clutch Sportronic Transmission (TST). The 2022 HS' Sport driving mode not only sharpens engine response, but also enhances steering feel. 

    The spec sheets of the Territory Titanium Plus and HS 1.5 TST Trophy below make for an interesting comparison. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

     

    Ford Territory Titanium+

     

    MG HS 1.5 TST Trophy

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,580

    4,574

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,936

    1,876

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,674

    1,664

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,519

    2,720

    Engine

     

    1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged

     

    1.5-liter Inline-4 DOHC 16V, Turbocharged, Intercooled Direct Injection

    Displacement (cc)

     1,500

    1,500

    Power Output (hp)

     141

    169

    Torque (Nm / rpm)

     225

    250

    Transmission

     

    Continuously variable transmission (CVT) transmission with Sport mode

     

     

    Seven-speed Twin-clutch Sportronic Transmission (TST) with Manual Tiptronic Function

     

    Drive Wheel

     

    Front Wheel Drive (FWD)

     

    Front Wheel Drive (FWD)

    Suspension

     

    Front: McPherson Independent 

    Rear: Multi-link independent Suspension

     

    Front: MacPherson Strut

    Rear: Multi-link independent Suspension

    Brake

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Wheels

     

    17-inch Alloy

     

    18-inch Alloy 

    Tires

     

    235/50R18

     

    235/50R18

    Steering Type

     

    Electric Power Steering (EPS)

     

    Electric Power Steering (EPS)

    Steering Wheel Controls

     

    Multimedia, Call, and Audio Switches

     

    Multimedia, Call, and Audio Switches

    Steering Wheel Heater Function

     Without

    Without

    Headlamps

     LED

     

    LED with Snake Light and Follow-Me-Home Function

     

    Daytime Running Lights

     LED

    LED

    High Mount Stop Lamp

     With

    LED

    Side Mirrors

    Integrated Turn Signal, Power Adjust, 

    Integrated Turn Signal, Power Adjust

    Tail Lamps

     LED

    LED

    Fog Lamps

     Rear

    Rear

    Front Wipers

     Variable

    Frameless, Variable

    Interior Color

     Black 

    Black 

    Driver Information Center

     Trip, Fuel Range, Average Fuel Economy,

    Trip, Fuel Range, Average Fuel Economy

    Seats

     

    Driver: 10-way Power Adjust 

    Passenger: Four-way Manual 

    Rear: Bench Type, 60/40 Split Folding with Retractable Headrest

    Driver: Six-way Power Adjust, MG Sport Bucket Seats with Manual Lumbar

    Passenger: Four-way Power Control

    Rear: Bench Type, 60/40 Split Folding 

    Seat Material

     Leather

    Leather

    Seating Capacity

     Five

    Five

    Panoramic Sunroof

    With

    With

    Climate Control

     Automatic

    Automatic

    AC Cabin Pollen Filter

     With

    Without

    Rear View Mirror

    Day-Night

    Day-Night

    Power Windows

     

    Auto Up/Down with Anti-Pinch Feature

     

    Express Up/Down with Anti-Pinch Feature

    Infotainment System (Head Unit)

     10-inch touchscreen with adjustable quad view, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, four USB ports

    10-inch Touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

     

     

    Speakers

     Six

    Six

    Entry

     Smart Entry

    Smart Entry

    Push Start/Stop Ignition

     With

    With

    Hands-Free Power Liftgate

     Without 

    With

    Active Park Assist

    With

    Without

    Seatbelts

     

    Five with Force Limiter; Driver Pretensioner

     

    Five with Force Limiter; Driver Pretensioner

    SRS Airbags

     

    Driver, Front Passenger, and Sides

     

    Driver, Front Passenger, and Sides

    Isofix Child Seat Anchorage

     With

    With

    Side Door Impact Beams

     With

    With

    Parking Sensors

     With

    Rear

    Reversing Camera

     With (360-Degree)

    With

    Blind Spot Monitoring

    With

    With

    Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

     With

    With

    Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

     With

    With

    Brake Assist (BA)

     With

    With

    Traction Control System (TCS)

     With

    With

    Hill Start Assist (HSA)

     With

    With

    Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

     With

    With

    Anti-Theft Alarm System

     With

    With

    Engine Immobilizer

     With 

    With

    Lane Departure Warning       

     With

    With

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert

     Without

    With

    Panic Brake Assist

     Without

    Without

    Cornering Brake Control

     With

    Without

    Crumple Zones

     With

    With

    Forward Collision Alert

     With

    Without

    Following Distance Indicator

     With

    Without

    Automatic Emergency Braking

     With

    Without

    Front Pedestrian Braking

     Without

    Without

    Lane Change Alert

     With

    With

    Rear Park Assist Sensors

     With

    With

    Tire Pressure Monitoring

    With

    With

    Available Body Colors

    Crystal White Pearl, Diffused Silver, Moonstone Blue, Panther Black, Ruby Red 

     

     

    Brighton Blue, Extreme Speed Red, Pearl White, Meteorite Black, and Moon White

     

     

    PRICE

     P1,310,000 

    P1,308,888

     

     Photos from Ford Philippines, The Covenant Car Company, Inc.

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