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Tata Motors is all set to launch the new Harrier in India and the market seems to be very excited about it. We will be sharing our detailed test drive report of the Tata Harrier soon, and in the meantime, let us explain how it competes with the proven Jeep Compass; one of the best-selling premium five-seater SUVs on the market.
UPDATE: Tata Harrier has been launched at a starting price of Rs 12.69 lakh — know more details here.
The Jeep Compass was launched back in 2017 at a starting price of Rs 14.95 lakh ex-showroom. The Compass became an instant market success as it was the most affordable model from the iconic American brand. As per reports, the new Tata Harrier competes with the higher variants of the Hyundai Creta and the lower variants of the Jeep Compass. The Tata Harrier comes with four variants — check what all are offered in each variant.
That being said, here is a general yet detailed comparison between the Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass!
Design And Styling
The Tata Harrier showcases the brand's latest design philosophy, dubbed as Impact 2.0. Overall, the Harrier has got mixed opinions on the aesthetic front with its unusual headlamp arrangement and bulky proportions complete with sharp design details. All future Tata models will follow a design trend similar to that seen with the Harrier.
The Jeep Compass is a really good-looking SUV with some of the signature design details of a Jeep product. This includes the iconic seven-slot grille which gives it both a unique presence and character. Compared to models such as a Wrangler or a Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Compass follows a rather subtle aesthetic approach.
Overall Design Rating
Jeep Compass: 8/10
Engine, Power And Specifications
Powering the Tata Harrier is a new 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine tuned specially to match the driving characteristics of an Indian SUV. The Tata Harrier is available only in a diesel-manual format; at least as of now, and you can check out all the facts and figures of the latest Tata product here.
The Jeep Compass comes in both petrol and diesel formats: 1.4-litre Multiair and 2.0-litre Multijet engines, respectively. Currently, the automatic variant comes only in the petrol format. But what makes it stand apart is the all-wheel-drive powertrain; something which the Tata Harrier desperately needs to have.
Here is a brief specifications-comparison between the Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass:
|Data||Tata Harrier||Jeep Compass|
|Engine||2.0-litre diesel||2.0-litre diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
Overall Engine Specification Rating
Jeep Compass: 8/10
Mileage And Fuel Tank Capacity
The official mileage figures of the Tata Harrier have not been revealed yet. However, taking account its output, the Tata Harrier should return a mileage between 14-16km/l. Meanwhile, the Jeep Compass has a mileage of close to 15km/l or lesser, in real-world conditions.
Fuel tank capacity of the Harrier stands at 50 litres while it is higher for the Jeep Compass at 60 litres. The Tata Harrier might make up for its lower fuel tank capacity with its better fuel economy.
Overall Mileage Rating
Features And Equipment
The Tata Harrier comes with a lot of features for its segment and offers quite a good value for money. Multiple driving modes, projector headlamps, 8.8-inch touchscreen, nine-speaker JBL audio system and various safety features add to the equipment list of the Harrier.
The Jeep Compass, on the other hand, features more or less similar to the Harrier. The touchscreen unit spans only 7.0-inches, but the overall fit and finish seemto be a bit on the higher side. Other equipment includes dual-zone climate control, sunroof (on the Limited Plus variant) and a host of driving assists associated with the all-wheel-drive system.
Overall Features Rating
Practicality (Boot Space And Seating)
The Tata Harrier has been given ample importance to practicality, being an Indian product. The flagship Tata SUV has a boot space of 425 litres and it extends to 810 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seat fully down. The rear seat also offers plenty of space for three adults.
The Jeep Compass gets a slightly-higher 438 litres of boot space while this can be further extended by folding the rear seats. However, the interiors of the Jeep Compass are a bit low on space for passengers, although not critical.
Overall Practicality Rating
Overall Dimensions (Length, Ground Clearance And Tyre Size)
Even though both the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier competes in the five-seater SUV segment, they are not dimensionally similar. The Tata Harrier is much bigger than the Jeep Compass as you can see below:
|Data||Tata Harrier||Jeep Compass|
|Tyre Size||235/65 R17||225/60 R17|
Overall Dimensions Rating
As mentioned at the beginning, the Jeep Compass is available from a starting price of Rs 14.95 lakh ex-showroom, and this ranges up to Rs 21.07 lakh for the newly-launched Limited Plus variant. Interestingly, Tata Motors has officially confirmed that the prices for the Harrier will be in the range of Rs 16 – 21 lakh ‘on-road'.
Overall Price Rating
The Tata Harrier has been one of the most awaited SUVs in India ever since it was showcased as the H5X concept at Auto Expo 2018. The Harrier cannot be regarded as a direct competitor to the Jeep Compass or even the other market leaders such as the Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV 500, but it is an SUV which does a bit of everything.