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    Jeep Compass Vs Tata Hexa: A detailed look

    by Mahesh Yadav on Wednesday, Sep 27 2017

    The crossover/SUV segment of India has been a rage which is in line with the global trend. In this highly competitive market, the Tata Hexa flagship crossover model has received a lot of praises. However, the market is getting more cutthroat, and the recently launched Jeep Compass is the new threat to many premium models including the Hexa.

    The crossover/SUV segment of India has been a rage which is in line with the global trend. In this highly competitive market, the Tata Hexa flagship crossover model has received a lot of praises. However, the market is getting more cutthroat, and the recently launched Jeep Compass is the new threat to many premium models including the Hexa.

    Here, we are comparing the Indian Tata Hexa 7-seater crossover with the American Jeep Compass 5-seater SUV. Although these two are not direct competitors, they are certainly comparable buying choices. Take a look:

     

    Exterior

    Tata Hexa is a full-sized crossover which is certainly larger than the Compass. It looks highly impressive with its butch and imposing appeal and yet manages to look sophisticated at the same time. It flaunts a sporty blacked out face, beefy bumper and massive wheel arches and highly premium styling elements. Nevertheless, the Hexa’s crossover DNA is visible, while also being reminiscent of the Aria.

    The Jeep Compass is also a stunner and is known as the baby Grand Cherokee owing to the similar styling. It flaunts the signature seven-slat toothy grille, muscular bumper and squared wheel arches that shouts that it is from the famous 'Jeep' family. Though smaller, it also offers an imposing road presence.

     

    Interior

    The Compass gets impressive and well-appointed interiors. However, there is room for improvement. Its stout steering wheel is great, but the dummy buttons look out of place. Its instrument cluster with large dials and display unit are great, but the infotainment system is not so responsive. The cabin looks quite luxurious and is comfortable.

    The Hexa is certainly a winner when interior quality and looks are concerned. Everything looks and feels very premium and charming. The dashboard is very neat, stylish and user friendly. However, there are a few flimsy plastics which are inferior to the Compass.

    Both are highly spacious, but then the Hexa wins with its 7-seater comfortable layout.

     

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    Engine & Performance

    Under its hood, the Compass gets a 2.0L diesel engine delivering 171 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. The Jeep is more compact car and feels like it and offers good ride and handling with Jeep patented off-road abilities. Its petrol version gets a 1.4L Multiair turbocharged mill mated to a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed dual-clutch transmission. Both the engines get 4x4 and 4x2 variant options. The 4x4 offers four drive modes.

    The Hexa gets a 140 bhp 2.2L VARICOR 320 and a 154.2 bhp 2.2L VARICOR 400 diesel mills with standard 5 speed and 6 speed manuals and a 6 speed automatic transmission option. Thus, the Hexa is not powerful like the Compass and a bit of lag is also noticeable. Although it is a large model, it feels like a compact car to drive. Its downside is its 6-speed manual transmission which is not smooth and refuses to be changed. The crossover offers great ride and handling. It also offers good off-road capabilities and four modes.

     

    Safety & Features

    The Jeep Compass wins hands down when it comes to safety with airbags, ABS, electronic stability control and hill-start assist as standard across all variants. The top-end model gets 8 airbags, traction control, cornering lights, adaptive brake lights and much more. When other features are concerned, it gets Apple Carplay and Android Auto support, but lacks some expected features like automatic headlights and cruise control.

    The Hexa offers dual front airbags and ABS standard safety equipments. It is pretty laden with other convenience features including cruise control, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, fantastic 10-speaker JBL music system, heated ORVMs, Harman touchscreen infotainment system and more.

    Price & Conclusion

    The range topping Tata Hexa 4x4 is priced at Rs. 17.19 lakhs, while the range topping Jeep Compass is tagged at Rs. 21.37 lakhs (prices ex-showroom Delhi). Even the fully loaded petrol Compass is about three lakhs dearer than the top Hexa.

    On the whole, the Jeep Compass is a better vehicle to go for. However, the Tata Hexa is certainly more value for money.

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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