The SUV segment in India has just got a lot more hotter past the launch of the Tata Harrier. The big SUV has taken the market by a storm and left most of its rivals huffing and panting. Among other, the most challenging competitors for the Tata Harrier are the Jeep Compass and the Mahindra XUV500.
At first glance, it seems like they are not a competition to the Harrier, but on a closer look, it seems that the other two SUV still have some game left in them. Therefore, we have brought this guide to help you find a SUV that suits you the best among these three.
Want a Powerful and Sporty SUV – Jeep Compass
If performance is all what you want, look no further than the Jeep Compass. Among the trio here, it is the most powerful SUV and comes with an AWD option too. The top of the line 2.0 Limited Plus 4X4 variant, though quite expensive at Rs. 22.9 lakhs, gets powered by a 2.0 litre Multijet engine and produces 170 Bhp of power along with 350 Nm of torque. This is the same engine that does duty on the Harrier too, albeit in a different state of tune. None of the SUVs featured here offer a proper 4X4 system and so if performance is your pick, the Compass is the best you can get.
Diesel SUV with Auto box – Mahindra XUV500
A diesel SUV with an automatic transmission seems to be among the most popular choice these days. The diesel engines provides better fuel efficiency while the automatic gearbox offers easy driving experience. However, among the three SUVs here, only the XUV500 comes with a diesel automatic option. It is powered by a 2.2 litre engine that churns out 155 Bhp of power along with 360 Nm of torque. The diesel automatic variant of the XUV500 has a ARAI certified fuel efficiency rating of 14 km/l.
Best Value for money – Tata Harrier
We Indians have a thing for value for money cars and the Tata Harrier is the best option in that criteria. With a starting price of just Rs. 12.69 lakhs, the Harrier is one hell of a value product. Even the top variant comes for Rs. 16.25 lakhs and it is equipped with all the bells and whistles expected of a top variant. Among the four trim levels available for the Harrier, the most value for money one is the XM trim which retails for Rs. 13.75 lakhs. It is fairly well equipped and does not miss on anything important.
Best Petrol powered option – Jeep Compass
Now if you want an SUV but still diesel engines are not something that you approve of, the Jeep Compass is the better option here among the trio. The Harrier does not have a petrol engine and the one on the XUV is not a very refined unit. The petrol engine on the Compass, however, is a pretty good 1.4 litre unit that provides ample of power along with being a very responsive engine. It churns out 160 Bhp of power along with 250 Nm of torque. It also comes with both manual and automatic transmission options to choose from.
Big Family? Need a seven seater SUV – Mahindra XUV500
One of the major reason why people buy an SUV is because they want a big vehicle that can move the whole family in one go. This translates into a 7 seater SUV, which is something that only the Mahindra XUV500 features among the three SUVs here. While 7 seats means that you will have to sacrifice a bit in terms of boot space, it can carry two extra people when the need arises. However the last bench on the XUV500 is best suited for children rather than full grown adults.
More focus on Interiors and features – Tata Harrier
Tata has made sure that the Harrier conquers the market right after the launch and for the same, has equipped it with a lot of equipment and goodies. This includes a 14 function ESP, 9 speaker JBL audio system, 7 inch MID along with a 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, and fast charging USB port. The seats are quite comfortable and spacious enough with oak brown colour theme. The interior feels quite well put together with wood and brushed metal detailing splashed across the dashboard.
Fuel efficient diesel – Jeep Compass
The infamous ‘Kitna deti hai’ question is one of the most important query in the mind of the buyers. If you are among those people who are constantly looking at the fuel gauge of the car, the Jeep Compass is the best option for you. The diesel variants of the Compass deliver a ARAI certified fuel economy of 17.1 km/l, which is very good when compared to the competition.