With just a few days to go before the Jeep Compass is officially launched in India, the anticipation level is on an all-time high. The Compass will be the one in the premium passenger SUV segment and will be powerful to its core. But little does it know that it will have to break the mountain of many valued SUV to gain to the ultimate top slot.
And then, when we talk about the present, we all know that undeniable fact about Hyundai Creta, which is considered to be the present day great in the 5-seater SUV segment. In fact, you will find umpteen number of automobile enthusiasts who will vote the Creta higher than any of the Maruti Suzuki crossover SUV or Honda’s crossovers. This is the kind of reputation that the car has earned for itself in India.
Hence, it will be utmost interesting to get a premium SUV (like the Jeep Compass) and a modest yet popular SUV (Hyundai Creta) down together to lock horns. The results are full of uncertainties and we are here to watch as the competition unfolds.
The better one in terms of styling
On the outside, the Jeep Compass is subtly wonderful. The small headlamp clusters on the big bonnet area perfect combination of aggression. The black cladded skirting on the lower profile all around is just the evidence to that. Roof rails, blacked out A-pillar and B-pillar are some of the factors that contribute to the design. However, once you get to the rear section of the car, you will see a change in fortune, big time. Despite being well designed, the taste of aggression starts to fade away towards the rear portion. It’s just the rear spoiler and split tail lights that will make you feel that the SUV has some genes of aggression left in it.
On the other hand, the Hyundai Creta, despite being small in size, is more like a solid aggressor all way around. In fact, when you see the projector headlamps and horizontally chrome slatted grille on the big bumper, you will feel that it’s a tamed wildness of a kind. It has the same black cladding on the lower profile, including the wheel arches. However, the wheel arches in the Creta are more prominent despite being roundish in shape. Getting to the rear section, the Creta too has an edgy yet round back. But you will like the rear designing more than you will like the Compass’. May bethe sleeker split tail lights play a bigger role.
The interior delight
At the first impression about the interior of the Jeep Compass is just “wow”. But as you get close, you will feel a little glitch. The infotainment system, though designed with utmost preciseness, holds a touchscreen display which would feel like it is slightly small to be hosting Apple CarPlay. However, leaving that aside, there isn’t anything else that you can complain about. The colour combination on the inside is attractive. The seats are spacious and comfortable as well. The presence of dedicated AC vents for the rear row will only make the journey more comfortable.
On the other hand, there is a touch of elegance on the inside of the Hyundai Creta. The button bits on the dashboard and the multi-function steering wheel has been kept to a minimum. The vertically slatted AC vents appear to be winged to the infotainment display. The seats are spaciously placed and are soft, making the comfort level go higher. The rear centre armrest has cupholders on them. The quality of the upholstery is a little on the inferior side compared to the Compass. But with the price almost half, it turns out to be agreat buy at that price.
The powerful mechanism
The Jeep Compass is powered by a 2.0-litre, four cylinder engine which can make a maximum power of 171 bhp and a peak torque of 350 Nm. The power is sent down to the wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox. With this power, it can easily compete with the premium Toyota Fortuner and the Isuzu MU-X. However, the engine feels a little laggy under 1,500 revs per minute. Hence, if you can get over this line, the SUV will be smooth and furiously fast.
On the other hand, the Hyundai Creta comes in a variety of engine options to choose from. There are a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel engine along with a smaller 1.4-litre diesel engine. The sole petrol variant can be driven at a highest power of 122 bhp and a peak torque of 154 Nm. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is more powerful and can produce a maximum power of 126 bhp and a peak torque of 265 Nm. Lastly, the smaller 1.4-litre diesel engine makes the lowest power of 89 bhp and a peak torque of 224 Nm.
As for the transmission, the engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox in all of the trims along with an option of 6-speed automatic gearbox in the top end models. However, the smaller diesel engine does not have an automatic option.
The Hyundai Creta might not be as powerful as the Jeep Compass, but with the variations coming into the picture, the competition seems to be sorted. However, even with these small engines, the Creta can pack a punch on any SUV while in the open highways. The automatic transmission comes into the picture here.
So which one is better?
As we all know, the Hyundai Creta is almost a household name in the field on passenger SUVs. The demand of the car is on a constant rise and given its price, the features added are immense.
However, get to a little more premium segment and you will see the Jeep Compass lurking, ready to pounce with its ever-so-powerful heart. But is power everything in the Indian road conditions? If your answer is no, the Hyundai car is what will amuse you more, plus its affordable price tag.
But if you still need high power at your disposal, and can pay a hefty sum for it, the Jeep Compass is definitely your toy.