Jeep made their entry last year in India but it is the Compass that was launched yesterday in India, that is their most exciting product. The other Jeep products like the Grand Cherokee and Wranglier Unlimited were brought in through the CBU route and were too expensive for the a majority of the population. However since Jeep’s mass numbers model, the Compass, has finally been launched in India, lets take a look at how it fares against its opposition.
|Jeep Compass||1.4-litre turbo petrol/2.0-litre turbo diesel||160bhp/170bhp||260Nm/350Nm|
|Hyundai Tucson||2.0-litre petrol/2.0-litre diesel||153bhp/182bhp||192Nm/400|
|Mahindra XUV500||2.2-litre diesel||140bhp||320Nm|
Out of the three, the Mahindra XUV500 is only offered with a diesel engine. The Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson are both available with petrol and diesel engines and while the Compass has a more powerful petrol engine, it is the Hyundai Tucson that has a more powerful diesel engine. The Mahindra, despite having the most displacement, has less power that the Jeep and Hyundai.
The Jeep Compass simply looks stunning. Styling cues have been borrowed from its elder sibling the Grand Cherokee and no wonder that you can mistake it for one. However when you look at the car in profile is when you get to know how much smaller the the Grand Cherokee, the Compass. The Hyundai Tucson uses the carmaker’s Fluidic design language and looks sophisticated. The design of the Mahindra XUV500 looks dated now as it has been in the market for some time now, even though Mahindra has constantly been updating the XUV500 since its launch. It is safe to say that the Compass is the winner here and even though the other two are bigger and have more space inside, the Compass is clearly the best looking car.
The Mahindra XUV500 is the least expensive option of the three and yet it still manages to pack in six airbags, ABS with EBD; ESP, Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control as well as disc brakes for all four tyres. It also a calling feature for emergency cases. The Hyundai Tucson gets all of this and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), brake assist, ISOFIX and electronic parking brake. The Jeep Compass is once again the clear winner here as according to Jeep, the car packs in 50 active and passive safety features. Other than what all is available on the XUV500 and Tucson, the Compass has features like Traction control and Panic brake assist.
|Jeep Compass||Rs 14.95 lakh to Rs 20.65 lakh|
|Hyundai Tucson||Rs 18.13 lakh to Rs 23.86|
|Mahindra XUV500||Rs 12.12 lakh to Rs 18.05 lakh|
The Jeep Compass steals the show with its pricing as it undercuts the Hyundai Tucson by more than Rs 3 lakh and the Tucson is not even offered with four-wheel drive, unlike the Compass. Although the Mahindra XUV500 is priced below the Compass, the Jeep will definitely eat into the Mahindra’s sales due to a better overall product. And even though in this comparison, the Jeep Compass manages to come out on top, follow this space for our actual road test review of these cars.