The new Mahindra XUV500 looks fresher, is more powerful, and even comes at a lower price point than the outgoing version. So, basically, what this means is that the new XUV500 is a better package than before. We have pitted the 2018 XUV500 against the Jeep Compass to check if the latest facelift actually makes the hot-selling SUV really better. Our new Mahindra XUV500 vs Jeep Compass comparison will focus mainly on – price/VFM, Specs/Performance, and Design/Road Presence.
New Mahindra XUV500 vs Jeep Compass – Price/VFM
Buy the XUV if you want great value-for-money!
The Mahindra XUV500 has always been cheaper than the Jeep Compass. However, the latest facelift is up to Rs 50,000 cheaper than the outgoing version. Hence, the XUV500 now holds a huge price advantage over the Compass. The XUV500 range now starts at Rs 12.32 lakh. In comparison, the Compass starts at Rs 15.07 lakh for petrol and Rs 16.22 lakh for the diesel model. The XUV500 is not only cheaper than the Compass but also offers more seats (seven seats on XUV500 vs five seats on Compass).
The new Mahindra XU500 also offers more features than similarly priced variants of the Compass. For example, the top-end W11(O) variant of the XUV500 costs Rs 17.88 lakhs. The Longitude diesel variant of the Compass costs Rs 17.45 lakh and misses out on an automatic transmission, and even automatic climate control. Hence, feature-to-feature, the XUV500 is the clear winner of all the price wars. Thanks to all these attributes, the XUV500 enjoys a definite upper hand over the Compass when it comes to value for money. The only thing going in favour of the Compass is that it’s from Jeep, a much-revered brand across the globe.
New Mahindra XUV500 vs Jeep Compass – Specifications/Performance
The Compass is the lighter, peppier one!
The Mahindra XUV500 is now available with an updated 2.2-litre diesel engine, which produces 155 bhp and 360 Nm. In comparison, the diesel engine of the Compass offers 170 bhp and 350 Nm. Hence, the Compass holds a considerable power advantage over the XUV500. Moreover, the Compass is much lighter than the Mahindra flagship. Hence, in terms of outright performance, the Jeep Compass outclasses the 2018 XUV500. However, the XUV500 offers a 6-speed automatic transmission on four out of the five diesel variants. This helps the XUV earn some brownie points due to the added convenience it offers.
The XUV500 facelift is also available with the 2.2-litre petrol engine that powered the pre-facelift model. This engine outputs a max. power of 140 bhp, which is, again, lower than the 160 bhp that the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine of the Compass offers. Also, the 1.4-litre MultiAir unit of the Compass is much more refined than the 2.2-litre mHawk petrol engine of the XUV500. Hence, those looking for a petrol SUV should choose the Compass over the Mahindra flagship. Both the SUVs offer 4×4 hardware but none of them offers a low ratio gearbox. The Compass, however, offers multiple driving modes and features like brake lock to enhance the SUV’s off-roading capabilities. The Compass even offers car-like dynamics and helps you confidently drive fast around corners. Hence, in terms of performance, the Compass still holds a few advantages over the Mahindra XUV500.
New Mahindra XUV500 vs Jeep Compass – Design/Road Presence
The XUV500 has better street presence!
Thanks mainly to the larger dimensions and a butch design, the XUV500 has always enjoyed a better road presence than the Compass. With a length, width, and height of 4,585 mm, 1,890 mm, and 1,785 mm respectively, the XUV500 pretty much dwarfs the Compass (LWH = 4,395 mm x 1,818 mm x 1,640 mm). Also, the latest facelift makes the XUV500 a lot fresher, thereby helping it enjoy a slightly more impressive street presence than before. The Compass, on the other hand, has a much cleaner design and will probably appeal to all those looking for a small SUV with mini-me Grand Cherokee looks.
As you must have figured out by now, there’s no clear winner of our new Mahindra XUV500 vs Jeep Compass comparison. However, the various new updates the XUV500 carries, along with the lower price, help it become a stronger rival to the Compass. While the XUV500 improves on most of its strengths, the Compass continues to impress all those looking for a world-class small SUV that offers great dynamics, sufficient off-roading prowess, potent engines, and the renowned Jeep badge. Hence, we suggest you to have a clear idea about your requirements and choose accordingly.