The arrival of Jeep Compass has taken the competition to another level in that segment. Now with four heavyweights in the segment, people have much more choice than ever before and that is a bit confusing. Who should buy which car from the Tata Hexa, Mahindra XUV 500, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson? We tell you exactly that!
Want 7 seats that can intimidate others on the road?
Mahindra XUV 500
The Mahindra XUV 500 has become quite common on the Indian roads now and still, its toothy grille gives an intimidating image on the rearview mirrors of other vehicles. Even though Tata Hexa is bigger and wider than the XUV 500, it looks more classy. The XUV 500 can sure get people out of the way with its menacing face.
Want reliability with good service network?
If you are looking for an SUV with reliability and something that will not fail you mid-way through your journey, the Tucson is the best car you can pick. Tucson also gets Hyundai’s service network backup, which is well-spread across the nation. So if you’re someone who loves to be adventurous and goes to remote places, the Tucson can be your best choice.
Want a fast SUV?
While Jeep Compass is quite quick, the Tucson is seriously fast! The Tucson diesel is a true acceleration king and can do 0-100 km/h in just 9.48 seconds. The Tucson diesel is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 182 Bhp – 400 Nm. It is available with both 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options. The Compass petrol automatic is approximately 1 second slower than the Tucson.
Want a good brand value?
If you’re someone who holds high regard for the brand then the Jeep Compass fits the choice. The Jeep is an internationally acclaimed brand and has a cult following. Mahindra is still marking its presence in the international market. The Jeep brand has a lot of heritage attached to it and will put you in a group of high standard car owners if you have one parked in your garage.
Want petrol power?
Well, only three SUVs among the four offer petrol options. The Tucson is powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine that generates a maximum of 153 Bhp – 192 Nm. Hyundai offers 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission with this petrol engine. The Jeep Compass is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that generates a maximum power of 160 Bhp and 250 Nm.
Compass petrol comes with either 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 7-speed DCT is seriously quick and much more fun to drive too. Mahindra uses a 2.2-litre petrol engine that is derived from the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The engine is not built from the grounds up and that does not make it as refined as a petrol-powered vehicle should be.
Want the diesel automatic?
Jeep is yet to offer an automatic version of the Compass diesel. The Tucson, Hexa and the XUV 500 offer the automatic transmission with the diesel engine option. Among the three, the Hexa diesel is the best one to choose. It gets a highly sophisticated 6-speed transmission that has been sourced from France based brand called Punch Powertrain while shifters have been sourced from ZF. The completely sealed transmission gets Sports mode and is very quick and smooth.
Want a city slicker?
While all the four vehicles are quite sorted out on the highways and inside the city limits, the smaller dimensions of the Jeep Compass makes it the best among all to be a city roamer. Most cities are generally overcrowded by traffic and having a small vehicle turns out to be a big advantage. Yes, the Compass is a five-seater but has compact dimensions.
Want a capable SUV?
Tata Hexa and Jeep Compass
None of the vehicles that are being compared gets low ratio transfer case but two of them get various modes that make them more capable than the others. The Jeep Compass gets driving modes (Auto, Snow, Mud, Sand) that make the Compass quite capable. The Compass uses smart features like brake lock, which acts similarly to the differential lock. Whenever the car detects wheel slippage and automatically applies the brake on that wheel while transferring the power to the others.
The Hexa also gets similar Terrain response system that can be cycled between auto, comfort, dynamic or rough road. While the Compass will be more successful than the Hexa on off-road due to its lightweight, the Hexa is more capable than the XUV 500 and the Tucson when it comes to the rough road capability.
Want a good value for money?
Tata Hexa is a lot of car for little money. The car offers 10 JBL speaker system, powerful engine, a good automatic transmission, comfortable seats and a long list of safety features like 6-airbags, traction control, ABS with EBD and more. The Hexa is the most affordable choice among the four. The Hexa starts at Rs. 11.85 lakh while the XUV 500 starts at Rs. 12.78 lakh. The base variant of the Compass is priced at Rs. 15.16 lakh while the Tucson comes at a base price of Rs. 18 lakh.
Want a feature rich SUV?
Mahindra XUV 500
The Mahindra XUV 500 gets a very long feature list. To start with, it is the only vehicle among four to get a sunroof. The infotainment system of the XUV 500 gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It can also get connected to a phone through Mahindra BlueSense app and can send driving habits and various other data to the phone directly. The XUV also gets features like Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and many other unique features.