Comparison between XUV 5OO, Tata Hexa and Jeep Compass : SUV trend started in India when Tata launched Safari in 1998 followed by M&M Scorpio in 2002. These two home brands were firsts to launch affordable SUV for Indians. In a country where car is seen as part of social status rather than purchased for need, SUV were initially meant for armed forces. But when made available to common people, it made a huge hit among masses. Mainly due to its ground clearance which provided go anywhere ability in Indian road condition, secondly huge road presence. We have lot of option to go through while getting ourselves gifted with a SUV. However, today we have pen down the three most recent and considerable SUV in current Indian Market. We would do a Comparison between the Mahindra XUV 5OO, Tata Hexa and Jeep Compass.
Fast forwarding to where it all improved ….
Tata introduced Hexa as crossover between SUV and sedan, meant to give ability of SUV while comfort of sedan. Provided it with a proven power house of 2.2 liter VARICOR 400 engine which gave 400NM of torque, more than most SUV available in India. M&M did good job providing FWD option as mostly they are used on roads thus no need for AWD which is bulky and makes car costlier. But masterstroke was played by JEEP when launching Compass. It is a well-priced well equipped premium SUV. Available at price of 21 lac ex showroom Delhi, packed with reliable but more powerful 2 litre engine, it ticks all the boxes right. It has 170 hp while lightest of the three, giving advantage on road. M&M and Jeep provides 17” alloys while Tata Hexa gets 19” alloys, first in an Indian made car, giving better control on road and better available power where it matters, at wheel. Yet XUV is available with most needed features, like only one car of the three to get sunroof, and tyre pressure monitoring system which is boon when driving on daily basis or bad roads.
Good news is all three car comes with ABS, EBD and ESP installed. That makes safe to drive. While Jeep Compass has obvious more techs fitted in entertainment unit as Android Auto and Apple car play, Tata Hexa and M&M XUV 5OO provides touch screen with all the necessary inputs. Moving on to comfort, XUV has the space for 7 people, while Hexa has capacity of 7 with more space, Compass being smallest of three, can seat 5 people comfortably. In driver seat, all three car gets adjustable seats, window control, steering controls for entertainment. Moving on to driving comfort, Tata Hexa provides best automatic gearbox in diesel variant which is smooth to drive compared to XUV automatic gearbox. Compass is yet to launch with automatic variant as of now.
Power , It matters…
In terms of power and torque, Hexa beats all worth 153hp and massive 400NM torque available, while Compass has 170hp and 350 Nm torque yet it has advantage of low weight, while XUV gets 140hp with 330NM torque provided by m-hawk engine, putting it last when it comes to power figures.
Love at first sight
Jeep Compass has the best looks, while XUV provides aggressive looks which is styling of all M&M SUV’s, Hexa goes with not so aggressive but simple car looks which is provided to appeal family buyers. In off road capability Compass and Hexa both gets all terrain system, with 4 modes, while XUV 5OO is little behind them due to fact that only top variant is available in 4×4, while rest versions are front wheel drives.
Coming to price, Hexa beats all again, starting at 11.85 lac ex-showroom, XUV 5OO is nearest by 12.78 lac ex-showroom. Jeep Compass has starting price of 15.16 lac ex-showroom, diesel variants will be costly, which makes it higher priced of all the three. But then again it proves its worth due to brand name and capability of car, while Tata Hexa is best value for money, as biggest of the three in size while cheapest of the three in price. M&M XUV 5OO is a little costlier than Hexa but it do provides good features, but then missing out on RWD on base models making base models not well fit for off road duty.
All the three SUV’s are best in their part and have different profile outline. The Hexa is something worth buying considering its tried and tested Varicor engine and the features it provides at this price tag. Coming to the XUV 5OO, this particular SUV has been best seller since it was launched and grown up a lot since then. The XUV 5OO handling and performance has been always appreciated by its own buyers. However, the SUV needs a update after the well packed Hexa and Compass came out. However, the Compass is wel-equipped but the pricing is bit higher then Hexa and XUV 5OO.
If you are looking out there for premium SUV but has small family, and ready to shell out little more money, then Jeep Compass is best premium SUV available in its price, sentence is backed by its sales figures. If you have bigger family then XUV 5OO has most seats available with sunroof and extra features. For a family person, Tata Hexa looks premium and not so angry, gives bigger boot storage, and go anywhere ability in all models. Look for yourself in below images and decide then.
A detailed specification comparison is here.
|Car||Jeep Compass||Mahindra XUV 500||TATA Hexa|
|Engine||1956 cc||2179 cc/1999 cc||2179 cc|
|Power||[email protected]||[email protected]||[email protected]|
|Torque||[email protected]||[email protected]||
|Gears||6 Speed||6 Speed||6 Speed|
|Fuel efficiency||16.3 kmpl||16 kmpl||17.6 kmpl|
|Kerb weight||1641 kg||2510 kg||2280 kg
|Length Width Height||4395*1818*1640||4585*1890*1785||4788*1903*1791|
|Fuel Capacity||60 Liters||70 Liters||60 Liters|
|In Car Entertainment (Audio)||Uconnect With 7.0 Touchscreen Display, In-built Compass, Integrated Voice Command, Bluetooth Audio Streaming, Media Hub USB Port,Rear USB Port, Auxiliary Input Jack, 12V Power Outlet, Android Auto and Apple Car Play, Speakers (6)||18cm (7″) colour touch screen infotainment display with GPS, USB (audio / video), Bluetooth audio, hands free call, ipod connectivity & picture viewer, configurable wall paper, Android Auto*, Connected Apps, Tweeters on Dashboard, DIS in-built in infotainment system, E-Manual||ConnectNext Touchscreen Infotainment System, USB/SD Card Video Playback & Image Viewer, Voice Command Recognition & SMS Read-Out|
|Folding Rear Seat||60:40 Split||60:40 Split||Bench Folding|
|Airbags||Driver, Passenger, Side Front and Side Rear||Driver, Passenger, Side Front and Side Rear||Driver, Passenger, Side Front and Side Rear|
|Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)||YES||YES||YES|
|Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)||YES||YES||YES|
|Brake Assist (BA)||NO||YES||YES|
|Electronic Stability Program (ESP)||YES||YES||NO|
|Traction Control System (TCS)||YES||YES||YES|