Mahindra XUV 500 has remained the undisputed king of the D-Segment until recently. Last year, Jeep launched their most affordable product, the Compass and the tide has turned its way. The Compass has become the best selling vehicle in the segment. However, there are a few differences between the two SUVs and if you’re looking to buy a car in this segment and cannot settle down on a choice, here is something that may help you.
Want a petrol SUV – Jeep Compass
Mahindra recently launched the much-awaited petrol version of the XUV 500. However, the 2.2-litre petrol engine that powers is derived from the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The engine is not built from the grounds up and that does not make it as refined as a petrol-powered vehicle should be.
The Jeep Compass, on the other hand, is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum of 161 Bhp – 250 Nm. It is also very smooth and is much better engine than what Mahindra has to offer with the XUV 500.
Diesel Automatic – Mahindra XUV 500
Between the two models, only the Mahindra XUV 500 offers an automatic option. The XUV500 is offered with both 4X2 automatic and 4X4 automatic capturing a wide audience. The SUV’s six-speed automatic is very smooth and is tuned to the 2.2-litre diesel engine quite well.
7-seats – Mahindra XUV 500
The Indian families do look for more seats in a vehicle and between the two, only XUV 500 offers a 7-seat option. Even though the last row seats of the XUV can be comfortable only for children, the car does offer two extra seats than the Compass. This is one of the main difference between both the vehicles.
Value for money – Mahindra XUV 500
Being a bigger vehicle, Mahindra XUV 500 price starts at Rs. 12.78 lakh, which is a good two lakh lower than the entry-level variant price of the Compass. The stark difference in the price makes the Mahindra XUV 500 a much more value for money product. You get a bigger car with two extra seats at a lower price highlighting the value for money the Mahindra flagship offers.
Want a good road presence – Mahindra XUV 500
The Mahindra XUV offers you a lot of metal and presence on the road. The toothy front grille of the vehicle with two big headlamps on each side adds an intimidating look to the vehicle. The XUV’s sheer size will make people make way for it just after getting a glance of the vehicle in the rearview mirror. The Compass, on the other hand, does not have a loud road presence, making it something that you can easily miss in the sea of vehicles.
Want a feature-rich SUV – Mahindra XUV 500
The Mahindra XUV 500 offers a long list of features that the Compass cannot match. It comes with many unique features. The Mahindra flagship offers various features like projector headlamps with LED DRLs, 17-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof.
The car also gets a touchscreen infotainment system with Mahindra Sense that shows various reading like driving patterns, fuel consumption, tyre pressure and more. It also gets hill hold and cruise control. The XUV 500 also offers ambient lighting and features like puddle lamps as standard. The top variant gets 4WD, ABS, ESC and 6 airbags.
Want a vehicle with better capability – Jeep Compass
Even though both the vehicles offer 4X4, none of the vehicles offers low ratio gearbox. However, Jeep offers different driving modes (Auto, Snow, Mud, Sand) that make the Compass an SUV with better capabilities. The Compass uses smart features like brake lock, which acts similarly to the differential lock. Whenever the car detects wheel slippage and automatically applies the brake on that wheel while transferring the power to the others. The feature coupled with the lighter weight of the Compass means that it can take on the roads less travelled with much more confidence than the XUV 500.
Brand value – Jeep Compass
If you’re someone who holds high regard for the brand then the Jeep Compass fits the choice. The Jeep is an internationally acclaimed brand and has a cult following. Mahindra is still marking its presence in the international market. The Jeep brand has a lot of heritage attached to it and will put you in a group of high standard car owners if you have one parked in your garage.
Want outright performance – Jeep Compass
Jeep Compass is quite lighter than the XUV 500 and has much more powerful engine choices. The diesel engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor that produces a maximum of 171 Bhp – 350 Nm. Mahindra’s 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine produces a maximum of 140 Bhp – 330 Nm. Even Jeep Compass petrol has a power of 161 Bhp – 250 Nm which is significantly higher than Mahindra’s 140 Bhp – 320 Nm producing petrol engine.
Deal hunters – Mahindra XUV 500
Mahindra XUV 500 will soon get a facelift version with more power. The current version is being offered with heavy discount in the market. If you want to catch a good deal and want to buy a vehicle from the segment right now, the Mahindra XUV 500 should be the choice.