5 things the Jeep Compass can do that the Tata Harrier CAN’T

Jeep officially entered the Indian market in 2016 but the brand took off only after the launch of the Compass. The Compass became extremely popular in the Indian market and even took over the sales of the Mahindra XUV500 initially. Currently, the all-new Tata Harrier challenges the Jeep Compass and even the diesel engine of both the vehicles are exactly the same. However, there are a few things that you can only enjoy with the Jeep Compass! Here are five such things you can only get with the Compass and not the Tata Harrier.

Ability to do serious off-roading

Even though Tata Harrier gets a specifically developed terrain response system, it only offers a 2WD mode, which is far less capable than the 4X4 Jeep Compass. The Compass in its current form does not get a low-ratio transfer case but it gets a similar terrain management system that can change the way the SUV behaves on the bad surface of the roads. Here is a video that shows how exactly the Jeep Compass can take on serious off-roading challenges like tyre trapper, chicken holes and axle breaker and come out of it as a winner. The Tata Harrier is a 2WD SUV will find it extremely difficult to take on such serious challenges.

Feel the wind in the hair

As much as sunroofs are redundant in India due to the extreme climate conditions and high pollution levels, customers do give preference to the vehicles with a sunroof. Tata Harrier sadly does not offer a factory-fitted sunroof yet. The Jeep Compass also did not offer a sunroof initially but due to the demand of the feature in the market, Jeep launched a new variant with a panoramic sunroof. It gets full glass roof and a retractable blind that exposes the whole roof. It sure looks extremely premium.

Can keep one leg free while driving!

Well, the automatic transmission has gained a lot of popularity in India but there are still a few vehicles that are yet to offer a more relaxed driving option. The Harrier is one of such vehicles that only offer a manual transmission. The Tata Harrier only gets a 6-speed manual transmission mated to the 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine option. The Jeep Compass offers a dual-clutch automatic transmission with the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol model. Soon, Jeep will also launch a 9-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with the diesel engine option when the brand launches the Jeep Trailhawk.

Fun in the snow!

Only the northern part of the country gets heavy snowfall every year. It is the place where almost every enthusiast rushes to in the summers. However, 2WD vehicles like Tata Harrier can sure take you to a point in the snow but a proper 4X4 like Jeep Compass can allow you to enjoy the snowy terrains the most. The Jeep Compass currently available in India do not get the low-ratio transfer case but soon the Jeep Compass Trailhawk will offer that. However, even without the low-ratio transfer case, the Jeep Compass is much more capable than the Tata Harrier.

Follow the trails

The Jeep Compass with 4WD option can take you some unreachable places. The Tata Harrier with 2WD can take you through rough patches but it is never enough for the car to take on extreme surfaces like the Jeep Compass is doing here.

Shantonil Nag

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