Which is a more value for money SUV in the sub-20 lakh bracket? We try to answer.
The Compass is the most expensive SUV among the three and was a rare consideration for the Creta buyers until the launch of the Harrier. The introduction of the Tata Harrier made things interesting as it happens to strike the middle ground between both the sports utility vehicles. All three carry their charm and offer distinct looks.
The Creta with its generation update now carries an overly-done sci-fi design whereas the Harrier appears pleasing to the eye. The Compass, on the other hand, continues to feature a no-nonsense sturdy design language. However, it’s not only the design which decides the fate of an SUV, it’s the performance and comfort which affirm the name on the cheque.
Let’s delve into details to know more about these machines and answer the price question of which one is the best buy for you.
Talking about the design, the Harrier has a prominent road presence with massive proportions. Despite the bulging body, Tata has a tasteful style element which is sure to turn heads wherever it goes. The slim DRLs, short bonnet, connected tail lamps, pronounced wheel arches and adorable rear make the Harrier the best looking SUV in the Indian market.
For folks who like the old school SUVs, the Jeep Compass design is sure to mesmerise them as it carries all the sophistication of yesteryears along with contemporary elements. It is well-balanced and nothing looks odd. Taking cues from the Grand Cherokee, the Compass gets Jeep’s iconic rectangular-slat grille flanked by perfectly sized headlamps. LED DRLs sit above the fog lamp housing. The tasteful use of lines and creases elevate the style quotient of the Compass. It not only looks sturdy but premium too.
Among the three, the Creta looks the smallest and it is, indeed. With the latest generation, the South Korean automaker has tried to give it a more futuristic look which happens to polarise opinions about its design. The front gets the Harrier-like slim DRLs, hexagonal grille and LED headlamps while the rear styling appears very noisy. You get enough of creases, bulges and distinct tail lamps making it quite dramatic. The only angle from which your eyes can relax is the side profile – very clean.
|SUVs||Tata Harrier||Jeep Compass||Hyundai Creta|
|Length||4598 mm||4395 mm||4300 mm|
|Width||1894 mm||1818 mm||1790 mm|
|Height||1706 mm||1640 mm||1635 mm|
|Wheelbase||2741 mm||2636 mm||2610 mm|
|Tyre||235/65 R17||225/55 R18||215/60 R17|
The Harrier pins the other two in the dimensions department by being the longest, widest and tallest SUV here.
The Harrier looks equally pleasing inside too. The massive space is evident once you get in. The use of faux wood on the dash makes the cabin feel plush. The air vent positioning, centre console, door pads, upholstery all look in sync with the uber character of the Harrier. You get oodles of space and with the low floor tunnel, seating three adult-size passengers isn’t a problem at all in the rear row. It has the best-in-class seating space.
Opening the door and stepping in will make you realise that, the Compass is a tough vehicle. The doors shut with a solid thunk. However, you need to effort to get into it – higher door sills. The light coloured seats feel premium and use of soft-touch materials on door pads, buttons, etc further accentuate its premium lineage. However, the dashboard design is a bit cluttered on the driver side with too many controls in too little space.
Surprisingly, the space inside the Compass is the least among the three. Moreover, the big floor hump (4×4 drive type) also makes the life of the middle passenger, if any, miserable. It is best suited for two occupants at the rear.
Despite being the smallest, the Creta stands at no. 2 when it comes to managing space. The well-tuned cabin gets dual-tone and all-black (Only DCT variants) upholstery options. Unlike the busy exterior, the interior is more mature and sorted. The V-shaped central console is ideally arranged with AC vents taking the top-most position. The other SUVs here have touchscreen units at the top spot though. The rear seats are comfortable and offer adequate room for three average-size adults.
Engine and Specifications
Since Tata Harrier is only available with a diesel engine we are considering only the diesel variants of these SUVs. For your reference, here’s how the petrol engines’ figures of the Compass stack up against the Creta.
|Jeep Compass||Hyundai Creta|
|Engines||1.4-litre turbo||1.5-litre||1.4-litre turbo|
|Power||163 PS||115 PS||140 PS|
|Transmission||6-speed manual/7-speed DCT||6-speed manual/CVT||7-speed DCT|
|Tata Harrier||Jeep Compass||Hyundai Creta|
|Power||170 PS||173 PS||115 PS|
|Transmission||6-speed manual/automatic||6-speed manual/9-speed automatic||6-speed manual/automatic|
With bigger capacity motors, the Harrier and Compass offer incredible power in access of 170PS along with 350Nm of impressive torque. The Harrier and Creta get 6-speed torque converter in the name of an automatic gearbox, the Compass gets a 9-speed AT transmission. The Compass not only carries the looks of a true SUV, but its 4×4 drive system with diesel underlines its off-road character too.
The Tata Harrier gets a large panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, multi-drive modes, 9 JBL speakers, terrain response modes, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, rear wiper washer, cruise control, electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs, foldable 60:40 rear split seat, auto-dimming IRVM, push-button start and auto AC among others. It also gets an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Jeep Compass, on the other hand, is loaded with 8-way power-adjustable driver seat, 60:40 split rear seat, auto-dimming rear view mirror, memory seat, 6 speakers, remote keyless entry, dual-zone auto AC, push-button start, cruise control, integrated voice command, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, power-folding side mirrors and several more.
The Creta appears to be the most feature-loaded but, that’s restricted only to the top-end trim. It gets LED headlamps and tail lamps, panoramic sunroof, electric parking brake with auto hold, drive mode select, air purifier, ventilated front seats, wireless charging, 8-way powered driver seat, paddle shifters, cruise control, electric tailgate release, rear AC vents, cooled glove box, 60:40 split, 2-step reclining rear seat and 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connected car tech.
The highlights of the safety features in all three include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, ESP, and ISOFIX child seat as standard.
Hill hold control, rollover mitigation, corner stability control, brake disc wiping, reverse parking camera and 6-airbags are offered in the Harrier.
The Creta gets 6 airbags, hill start assist, vehicle stability management (VSM), rear parking sensors with camera, rear defogger, rear disc brakes and electrochromic mirror.
The Compass gets side curtain airbags, reverse parking sensors with cameras, all-four disc brakes and many more.
|SUVs||Tata Harrier||Jeep Compass||Hyundai Creta|
|Price (ex-showroom Delhi)||Rs 13.84 – 20.30 lakh||Rs 16.49 – 24.99 lakh||Rs 9.81 – 17.31 lakh|
Among the three, Compass is more suitable for someone looking for an occasional off-roader with ‘Jeep’ pedigree. It gets an adequate amount of features but gets limited cabin space. The cost it commands is also way higher than the Harrier and the Creta. The Hyundai, contrarily, is apt for someone looking for a feature-loaded car with sophistication. It rounds off the package well, but performance-oriented folks might get disappointed with its mediocre engines. What works in its favour is the aggressive pricing. Now comes the winner of this comparison, the Tata Harrier. It gets best of both worlds with impeccable road presence, pleasing design, cavernous cabin, comfortable seats and a plethora of features. The affordable pricing vis-a-vis features on offer makes the Harrier our numero uno choice.