Jeep Compass is a heavily anticipated SUV in the Indian passenger car market. It has been marketed as the most affordable car from the American brand's stable, and also as the car which will enable more consumers to get a taste of Jeep's off-roading pedigree. Jeep so far has had two models in India, the Wrangler and the Cherokee. Even the cheapest option Jeep currently has in India is priced at about Rs 53 lakh, which means Jeeps have only been enjoyed by a small section of buyers in the country. Comes in the Compass, which is slated to change the market scenario for the brand that has not been making large sales numbers. The Internet is littered with reports on the Compass' arrival in India and that it is likely to be priced under Rs 20 lakh, which would make it comparable to the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta and Tata Hexa. Following is a comparison of specifications of the four.
The Compass retains the strong Jeep DNA, and in many ways resembles the Grand Cherokee. The Compass shows off square bold lines that throwback to its butch heritage. Chrome lining LED headlamps, tail-lamps and a visibly well-finished exterior with flared wheel arches grace the corners.
The styling of the Creta comes from Hyundai's fluidic sculpture 2.0 design language, which is accentuated by the headlamps, front grille, rising waistline and the taillights.
Mahindra XUV500 is quite distinct in terms of usual Mahindra design. The headlamps get a new layout and LED accents, the front bumper is new and there are new modern-looking alloys.
The Hexa follows what Tata calls the 'Impact' design language and is designed by Tata's three design studios in India, Italy and the UK. Up front is a muscular dual-coloured bumper with a large gloss black front grille with a chrome strip connecting the swept-back projector headlamps. The overall look of the Hexa is butch.
The Compass will be sold in India with two engine options - a 2.0-litre Multi-jet diesel which will make a pretty sizable 170 hp and 350 Nm of torque. This engine will be sold with a six-speed manual and will be available in both RWD and 4WD formats. There is also a 1.4-litre Muti-air petrol which makes a more than satisfactory 160 hp, it will also come with an RWD/4WD setup and will be available with a six-speed manual and a seven speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Creta's 1.6-litre CRDi engine is sourced from the Verna, and develops 126.2 bhp and 265 Nm of torque. The engine has been tuned as such that the Creta's diesel engine is the most suited for city driving, while also being quiet. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.
Tata Hexa uses the latest ‘Varicor 400’ 2.2-litre diesel engine that punches out 156 hp and 400 Nm of torque and has a rear-biased 4x4 system. The engine is paired to a six-speed gearbox.
The XUV500 is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 140 hp and 330 Nm of torque, and has a front-biased AWD. The engine is paired to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Safety and features
The Compass will be offered in three variant trims - Sport, Latitude and Limited. The top trims will come with a 7 inch UConnect infotainment screen with connected Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Jeep will offer the Compass with a four-channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) as a standard kit. Optional safety features would include Panic Brake Assist, Brake Booster Failure Compensation, Roll Mitigation, Brake Pre-Fill as well as six airbags. While some of the optional features are available in its competitors, what stands out as a subtle feature is that the electric parking brake turns off only when the driver seat belt is engaged.
The Creta also has six airbags and rear AC vents. The Hyundai Creta SX+ dual tone variants include integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the 7-inch infotainment system. Other changes on the inside include a dual tone red and grey coloured fabric seats.
The Mahindra XUV500 is equipped with features such as an infotainment system with Android Auto, Connected Apps, Ecosense & Emergency Call. The Connected Apps provides a host of essential and exciting Apps like Gaana, Cricket Live, Zomato, Book My Show, etc on the infotainment system. The user can access these apps through the infotainment system even if these are not available on the mobile device. The Apps will also provide India-specific entertainment, music, live cricket updates, flash news, and information on the best restaurants.
All variants of the Tata Hexa feature projector headlamps, electrically adjustable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors), second row and third row AC vents, however, the automatic climate control is limited to the higher versions. In addition, the XT, XTA and XT 4X4 variants also get LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps). The higher trims also feature side body cladding, front fog lamps and split front grille, while the rear gets wraparound tail lamps roof rails, rear spoiler, fog lamps and 19-inch machine cut alloy wheels. The lower versions are offered with 16-inch steel rims.
The XUV500 is priced in a range of Rs 12.2 lakh to Rs 18.17 lakh depending upon the engine option and variant. Tata Hexa's base variant is priced at Rs 10.96 lakh and the top trim comes with a price tag Rs 16.24 lakh. The base trim of the Creta is priced at Rs 8.9 lakh and top variant comes at Rs 14 lakh, making it the most affordable out of the four. Coming ot the Compass, if Jeep manages to keep the prices at what is being speculated, it will be quite a complete package at an attractive price of about Rs 18-22 lakh.