The Mahindra XUV500 used to be the highest selling SUV in its segment until the advent of the Jeep Compass. In spite of being smaller in size and having only five seats, the Compass was quick to attract many SUV buyers with its modern design and really high brand value. Soon, sales of the XUV500 started dipping. The launch of the facelifted Mahindra XUV500 in April, however, turned the tables and the XUV500 is in the lead again. In fact, the updated XUV500 has become so popular that it sold more than double the Jeep Compass in the month of July 2018. A quick look at the figures reveals that in comparison to the 2,766 units of the XUV500 that Mahindra sold last month, Jeep could sell only 1,201 units of the Compass. We explain the reason behind the success of the updated XUV500.
Looks fresher than ever
The Mahindra XUV500 was first launched in 2011, which makes the popular SUV seven years old. In Comparison, the Jeep Compass is only a couple of years old. However, the recent facelift has managed to inject quite a lot of botox into the ageing Mahindra SUV. The XUV500 looks bolder, which, combined with its intimidating stance, gives it a much higher road presence than the Compass.
Maximum bang for the buck
While the Compass is the least-priced offering from Jeep India, the XUV500 is currently the most expensive SUV to carry the Mahindra badge. In spite of this, the refreshed XUV500 holds a pricing edge over the Compass. The base model of the XUV500, which is powered by a diesel engine, has an ex-showroom price of Rs. 12.39 lakh. The top-end model costs Rs. 19.05 lakh. On the other hand, the Jeep Compass comes across as an expensive proposition. It has a starting price of Rs. 15.16 lakh for the petrol engine variant and Rs. 16.29 lakh for the diesel model. The fully loaded diesel version costs Rs. 19.41 lakh. Hence, it’s clear that the XUV500 has a clear pricing advantage over the Compass.
More automatic options
While the upcoming Trailhawk version might debut with a 9-speed automatic transmission, one can’t purchase a diesel-sipping Compass with an auto ‘box at the moment. Currently, the Jeep Compass is available with an automatic transmission only with the 1.4-litre, turbocharged petrol engine. On the other hand, the XUV500 offers an automatic transmission option with a petrol engine variant, 4×2 diesel engine variant, and even 4×4 diesel engine variant. Hence, the XUV500 has an edge over the Jeep Compass. Also, let’s not forget that the upcoming Trailhawk variant will be considerably pricier than the current top-end Compass diesel, which means the XUV500 will continue to remain an affordable option for all those looking for a sufficiently premium, diesel-sipping automatic SUV.
The Mahindra XUV500 has always been a feature-laden offering and the refreshed XUV500 takes things to a different level with the introduction of a leather-covered dashboard, electric seats, et al. The XUV500 also offers features, such as a tyre-pressure monitoring system, automatic ORVM closing, sunroof and Mahindra Sense that provides the user with data on various aspects like fuel economy, driving statistics and more. Mahindra also offers a smartphone app that lets you connect to the XUV500’s infotainment system using your smartphone. The Compass, on the other hand, doesn’t offer any of these features.
Many features even in the base variant
As we just said, the XUV500 offers a lot more features than the Compass. The Mahindra XUV500 is on sale in as many as 11 variants and 10 out of these are diesel-powered. On the other hand, the Compass offers 10 variants, out of which 7 are diesel-powered and 3 are petrol-powered. Most SUV buyers prefer to go for the diesel engine option and the XUV500 clearly offers a wider range of options than the Compass. What really tilts a purchase decision in the XUV500’s favour is the fact that even the entry-level diesel variant is quite loaded. And let’s not forget the pricing edge it enjoys over the Compass. Even the base diesel model of the XUV500 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.