SUVs have increasingly become popular among the buyers in recent times. 2021 has seen two impressive SUVs on the battlefield: Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier.
Both the SUVs in today’s comparison have met on the battlefield before but since then things have been updated. Both the SUVs are powered with BS6 engines, having the same engine sharing the same amount of power. They both come with automatic transmissions and additional equipment and that has changed the game. Scroll down below to find out more about 2021 Jeep Compass Vs Tata Harrier
2021 Jeep Compass Vs Tata Harrier
At the outset, we have to mention that in terms of price, direct competition is not seen. Tata Harrier is priced between Rs. 13.84 lakhs to 20.30 lakhs (ex-showroom). Jeep Compass on the other hand lies in the price range of Rs. 16.49 lakhs and Rs. 24.99 lakhs (ex-showroom).
The 2021 Jeep Compass will be launched on January 27, 2021 and we expect a slight bump in the prices.
Engine-wise, both the SUVs use the same Fiat sourced 2-litre BS6 diesel engine which churns out 350 Nm of torque @1750-2500 rpm. The Jeep Compass produces a higher 173 PS of max power while the Harrier produces a slightly lower 170 PS. In terms of the gearbox, Jeep Compass features a 9-speed automatic gearbox while Tata Harrier gets a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Both these vehicles are also available with a manual transmission.
Additionally, the Jeep Compass is also offered with a 1.4 litre turbo petrol engine generating 160 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. The Tata Harrier is currently not available with a petrol engine.
Both Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier are comparatively larger of the midsize SUVs in a similar-sized segment with the Harrier being the one that’s longer, wider and taller. The Compass, on the other hand, has better ground clearance by a hair’s breadth and it also has more boot space.
Coming to the experience behind the wheel and in the backseat, Compass gives a lot of comfort behind the wheel. The steering of Compass is superbly light and thus provides sheer comfort while driving. As you pick up the pace, Compass weighs so well giving a nice heft to the steering.
The Harrier gives the feel of a larger SUV behind the wheel especially while cutting through city traffic. The hydraulic steering feels the heavier of the two. The heft in the steering of Harrier does make you feel more confident but it’s not the most consistent steering.
Performance & Safety
On the performance front, the Harrier feels more sprightly on an open road. As far as performance is concerned, both Harrier and Compass are evenly matched but Harrier has a slight edge in the auto gearbox aspect. The 9 speed unit of the Jeep will let you trundle around in traffic but that is not as quick to serve up power as the Harrier’s gearbox.
The refinement levels are close with the Compass being the one that’s marginally quieter at idle. The backseat in the Harrier is more spacious than the Compass. There is more legroom, more width on the seat and feels extra open and airy. Jeep offers better ride quality which banishes the bumps and potholes much better, giving more pliancy to the ride.
The Compass has always been renowned for its safety and off-road capability. The 2021 Jeep Compass comes with active and passive safety features such as panic brake assist, hill hold and descent assist, electronic roll mitigation, differential brake lock, and six airbags. The Harrier also comes with six airbags and is based on the OMEGA-arc design derived from the Land Rover.
Tata Harrier is stylish while the Compass has a more traditional appeal on the inside part. The Harrier`s interior has a wow factor with the fit and its finish being improved a lot. However, the touchscreen of Harrier is not as smooth as one would want to expect.
Both SUVs are evenly matched in features and get panoramic sunroof and electrically adjustable driver`s seats. While Harrier has a larger instrument cluster and touchscreen, the Compass gets an electronic parking brake and offers the flexibility of dual-zone climate control.
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