Jeep just launched the Compass at a very sharp starting price of Rs. 14.95 lakh. The much-awaited SUV has created a ripple in the market and everyone who is looking to buy a vehicle in the segment is flocking to the Jeep showroom for a test drive. The starting price of the Jeep Compass is well below that of the top-end version of the Mahindra XUV 500, which is priced at Rs. 18.17 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. This means that there could be a lot of cross shopping. Here’s what XUV 500 owners think about the Compass.
I own a 2013 XUV W8 AWD and have clocked close to 94,000 km. This includes two trips to Ladakh and countless runs to Manali and back. I picked this up as it suited my requirement of a 7 seater SUV with 4×4 or AWD. To be frank, my experience has been very positive given the amount of driving I do. Space is unmatched and I have slept in the XUV with the 2nd and 3rd rows folded.I wouldn’t really look at the Compass as an alternative mainly due to the lack of space and a 3rd row. Further, lack of technical support in smaller towns and a high sticker price (vis a vis XUV in terms of features also) will keep me away.
Jeep Compass is very tempting to buy because of its looks, design, pricing, brand and mileage (16-17 for a 2.0L engine is awesome). Considering the same budget, I will still go with Mahindra XUV 500. Why? Because it gives me extra seating capacity. The service network is also much better. I also think (it can be a misconception) that Compass auto parts will be expensive along with the service cost because it’s a luxury brand.
Initially, when I heard about Jeep launching another product in India, I wasn’t really excited since the previous launches indicated that Jeep intends to position itself as a high-end car manufacturer. However, when Jeep disclosed the variant wise prices of the Compass I was pleasantly surprised.With the launch of the Compass, Fiat sure has potential XUV and Tucson customers in its target and given its off-road potential (it’s a Jeep after all) and muscular presence it could finally set the ball rolling for Fiat which has otherwise seen little success over the years. What remains to be seen is if the Compass truly delivers what it promises. I will definitely consider the Compass if I am out in the market today.
After using the XUV 500 since 2012, I have only one complaint about it. The after sales service and maintenance is quite expensive. Compass seems to be a good car but the after sales network is a major issue. So I will think twice before upgrading to it. The Compass has higher engine power but feature-wise, I find the XUV similar to the Compass and at a cheaper price. I would rather wait and see how Compass sales and service goes and will give time to the company before considering it.
Lovely engine. Looks beautiful. Amazing car, especially the engine. The Compass pricing is phenomenal if you see it individually but when you compare it with the XUV, it turns out to be a little overpriced, in my opinion. Will buy it if out in the market at this time because of the brand name.
Most XUV 500 owners will consider the Jeep Compass if they were in the market for an SUV today. We suspect that future XUV 500 buyers will at least consider the Jeep Compass or take a test drive of the vehicle. With the attractive price, prospective XUV 500 customers should give Compass a try.
However, it also must be said that the XUV 500 has a different customer profile than the Jeep Compass. Even with the attractive price tag, the Compass may fail to divert most of the Mahindra XUV 500 customers. There are many fundamental differences between the vehicles, one of which is that the XUV 500 has two extra seats. Additionally, FCA will have to work extensively to increase the service network and cover most of the Indian market before buyers consider the vehicle seriously.
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