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Spec Comparo: Jeep Compass vs Mahindra XUV500 vs Tata Hexa

Spec Comparo: Jeep Compass vs Mahindra XUV500 vs Tata Hexa
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Tuesday 01 August 2017, 15:47 PM

Jeep Compass has finally been launched in the country with a price tag of Rs 14.95 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The top-spec of the American SUV will retail at Rs 20.65 lakhs. FCA has launched the Compass in an odd price bracket. For the price of the mid-level Compass there are two Indian-bred SUVs namely Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Hexa. Here is a spec comparison to see how the new Compass fares against these well-established seven seaters.

Exterior and Styling   

The new entrant, the Compass, is a handsome looking SUV. At 4395mmx1818mmx1640mm, the Compass is a lot more compact than the other two cars here, but is more SUV looking given its allegiance to its bigger sibling the Grand Cherokee. The Hexa looks large and much like an MPV, and stands a step higher than the older Aria. The new XUV500, on the other hand, is very macho and in-your-face with its large proportions.

The Compass wears a seven-slat grille up front. The squared-off wheel arches, roof-floating D-Pillar and roof-rails complete the appearance of this puny American off-roader. The flagship XUV gets an LED strip in headlamps, dash of chrome on the fascia and a bulbous posterior with body cladding all around. Meanwhile, the Hexa brings in the new design philosophy of Tata with its honeycomb grille, modern headlamps, square-ish tail lights faux skid plates and body cladding for the rugged SUV appeal.

Interior and Features

As mentioned earlier, both the Indian SUV, unlike the Compass, comes with a three-row configuration. The Hexa feels big on the inside, while XUV isn’t too small either, but both the cars look bit outdated compared to the modern looking Compass’ cabin. The Grand Cherokee influence is evident, with soft touch plastics and gloss elements. The Compass gets a seven-inch infotainment system with smartphone integration. Dual stage airbags come as a standard, apart from six airbags, ESP and ABS. However, it misses out on powered driver seat, sunroof and a powered tailgate.

The Hexa gets an all-black interior, automatic climate control with a separate zone, AC for the rear and third-row passengers, leather upholstery, steering mounted controls, electrically mirrors touchscreen display with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity.

Mahindra isn’t far behind in terms of features. There’s a multifunction steering wheel and a dual-tone dashboard housing a seven-inch touchscreen with Mahindra’s BlueSense App. The new XUV500 also comes with leather upholstery and a smart key

Engine and Gearbox

The XUV500 is powered by the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine with 140bhp and 330Nm mated to a six-speed transmission. It does get a four-wheel drive layout as well. The Hexa comes powered by a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine developing 154bhp and 400Nm mated to six-speed manual gearbox whereas a six-speed torque converter automatic is also available. It also gets all-wheel drive system but it is only restricted to the manual gearbox.

The Compass gets two engine options – the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and the 2.0-litre turbodiesel. The former is Multi-air petrol engine developing 160bhp/250Nm. The 2.0-litre turbodiesel, on the other hand, develops over 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. The petrol engine gets an optional DCT transmission while the diesel only comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The all-wheel-drive is offered only on the top-spec Limited trim.

Conclusion

The Compass comes into a niche pricing segment which has been dominated by the D-segment sedans all these years. The SUVs like the Tuscon and Honda CR-V are priced higher, while the Hyundai Creta are much lower. So the Compass is an excellent choice for someone who wants a potent, feature loaded, high-riding vehicle under Rs 20 lakhs.

 

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