Tata recently launched the much-awaited Harrier in the market. The new launch got a lot of appreciation from the market for its Rs 12.69 lakh price tag for the base variant. The Tata price tag puts the Harrier in direct competition with a lot of rivals in the market, especially the Jeep Compass, which shares the same engine with the Harrier. Even though the Harrier has gained instant popularity in the market and the waiting period for the vehicle is through the roof, the sight of Harrier on the roads is rare. Tata is still dispatching units to the dealerships across India. How would it look against the Jeep Compass on the road? Well, here is a picture that shows just that.
The side-by-side picture of the Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass taken by Nithin shows the Indian SUV towering over the American SUV. It is not only about the dimensions, but the Tata Harrier also has a loud design, which overshadows the good old iconic design of the Compass. The Tata Hexa gets new-age design language, which Tata calls IMPACT 2.0 design. The DRLs of the Harrier form the extended part of the grille of the SUV and they are really bright even during the day. The Jeep Compass, on the other hand, gets the iconic seven-slat grille in the front while the halogen DRLs are located in the foglamp housing of the vehicle. The Compass follows the standard design layout while the Harrier goes all out with the design.
Now comparing the dimensions, the Tata Harrier is much longer, wider and higher than the Jeep Compass. The Harrier gets 4,598mm of length, 1,894mm of width and 1,714mm of height. The Compass dwarfs at 4,395mm length, 1,818mm width and 1,640mm height. The Harrier’s wheelbase stands at mighty 2,741mm while the Compass offers 2,636mm of wheelbase. The Harrier also uses a wider profile 235/65 tyres while the Compass gets 225/55 profile. All these factors make the Harrier look much more intimidating on the roads.
The base Harrier is priced at Rs. 12.69 lakh and the top-end version is priced at Rs. 16.25 lakh. The Jeep Compass base model starts at Rs. 15.35 lakh, and it gets powered by a petrol engine while the Harrier only offers a diesel engine. The Harrier does miss out a few critical features like 4X4 and an automatic transmission, which the Jeep Compass offers but for average SUV buyers, such features would not make much of a difference. Also, Tata plans to launch the Harrier with automatic transmission soon.
The Jeep Compass gets both petrol and diesel engine options in the Indian market. The 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine is shared by both the vehicles, but the power output is different in both the vehicles. In the Compass, the 2.0-litre diesel engine produces a maximum power of 170 Bhp and a peak torque of 350 Nm. The Harrier produces a maximum of 140 Bhp and 350 Nm from the engine unit. The Compass has a lot of advantage over the Harrier when it comes to features. It offers a petrol engine, offers a sunroof, gets automatic versions and also 4X4 versions.