Mahindra XUV500 was the best selling SUV in the segment until the arrival of the Jeep Compass in the Indian market. The fresher looks and the brand value of the Compass ensured that most of the prospective buyers in the segment flocked towards the American brand and it caused the XUV500 to lose numbers on the sales chart. However, Mahindra introduced the XUV500 facelift in April and the market shifted towards the Indian SUV again! Mahindra sold 2,995 units of the XUV500 while only 1,908 customers picked up the Compass. That’s a difference of more than a 1,000 units. What are the reasons that make the XUV500 more popular than the Compass? Let’s find out.
A fresher face
Even though the Jeep Compass is not very old in the market, the Mahindra XUV500 gets a newer face, which makes people more intrigued. The new XUV scores an intimidating look on the road and has a very aggressive stance. With the new large chrome grille and headlamps, the XUV500 sure looks noticeable on the road. The XUV500 also gets 18-inch wheels that add to the good looking stance of the vehicle.
The Compass is the most affordable vehicle for the American brand in India. However, when compared with the XUV500, it feels a bit too expensive. The XUV base model, which is powered by a diesel engine option is priced at Rs. 12.32 ex-showroom, Mumbai. The base version of the Jeep Compass is powered by a petrol engine and is priced at Rs. 15.2 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai. Now, it is a huge price difference between the two and people who are looking for value-for-money products choose the XUV500 over the Compass.
More automatic options
The Jeep Compass offers the automatic transmission only with the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The XUV500, on the other hand, offers automatic transmission with the petrol variant, diesel 4X2 variant and diesel 4X4 variant. With the growing popularity of automatic cars in India and people preferring diesel cars in this segment, the XUV500 gets an edge over the Jeep Compass. The Compass is expected to get an automatic diesel variant soon but it would not be as affordable as the XUV500.
Feature-laden and luxurious
The XUV500 has always been a feature-rich vehicle. The Mahindra XUV500 gets extras like tyre-pressure monitoring system, automatic ORVM closing, sunroof, and Mahindra Sense that gives data on various things like fuel economy, driving statistics and more. Mahindra also offers a smartphone app that connects to the infotainment system and acts like a remote and shows the driving statistics on the phone itself. Mahindra has also introduced a new top-end trim W11 that offers premium features like a leather-covered dashboard and door trims, power adjustable seats, puddle lamps, chrome lines on the window, illuminated scuff plates and much more. The Compass does not get any of these luxury features.
Loaded base variant
Mahindra offers a wider range of variants than the Compass. The XUV500 offers 11 variants out of which 10 are diesel variants and the remaining one is a petrol variant. The Compass offers 10 variants with 7 diesel variants and 3 petrol ones. People often choose the diesel variants in this segment and the XUV offers many more options than the Compass. Even the base variant of the Mahindra XUV500 is quite loaded, making the SUV edge ahead of the Compass among price sensitive buyers. Even the base variant of the XUV offers electrically adjustable ORVMs, split tailgate, twin exhaust, roof rails, 6-way adjustable driver seat, dual HVAC, reading lamps, power windows, remote tailgate opening, glove box with laptop holder, flat foldable 2nd and 3rd-row seats and follow me headlamps.