The Jeep Compass is inching ahead of the Mahindra XUV500, and for the second consecutive month, has managed to beat the Mahindra SUV. In December 2018, Jeep sold 1,150 units of the Compass while Mahindra sold 1,141 units of the XUV500.
Even last month, the Compass was marginally ahead of the XUV500, which is not just cheaper but that also got a major makeover last year. The Tata Hexa is maintaining its third place, with 683 units sold in December.
What these sales figures indicate is that the Mahindra XUV500 is getting older despite the automaker’s best efforts to keep it fresh. Launched in 2011, the XUV500 is 7 years old, quite in contrast with the Jeep Compass, which is just 2 years old. This explains why the Compass has managed to outsell the XUV500 despite being much costlier, and smaller. The XUV500 starts from Rs. 12.5 lakhs whereas the Jeep Compass starts from Rs. 15.44 lakhs.
The Jeep Compass sold in India is offered with two engine options – a 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol motor making 160 Bhp-250 Nm, and a 2 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharge diesel motor with 170 Bhp-350 Nm on tap. Both engines get 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard, driving the front wheels of the SUV. The petrol engine also gets a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox option while the diesel engine will get a 9 speed automatic option sometime in the middle of this year. While the diesel variants of the Compass get an all wheel drive layout option, the petrol variants are front wheel driven.
The Jeep Compass is a 5 seat SUV, and is much smaller dimensionally when compared to the Mahindra XUV500. It has good street presence though, and the sheer freshness of the design ensures that the Compass does manage to grab a lot of eyeballs on the road.
The XUV500, on the other hand, has much higher street presence than the Jeep Compass, but the design is now too common on Indian roads. This means that the eyeball grabbing ability of the XUV500 is rapidly fading, and a brand new design is what Mahindra needs in order to get people to begin looking at the XUV500 yet again.
The XUV500 is sold with two engine options, both of them turbocharged. The petrol is a 2.2 liter unit with 140 Bhp- 320 Nm while the diesel is a 2.2 liter with 154 Bhp-360 Nm. While the petrol engine is sold with a six speed automatic gearbox and a front wheel drive layout as standard, the diesel gets 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox options, and also an optional all wheel drive layout. The XUV500 is feature-rich, and offers more than the Jeep Compass, at a much lower price tag. Moreover, it gets an additional row of seats, making it a more practical choice. In 2020, Mahindra is expected to launch an all-new variant of the XUV500, along with all-electric option.