As Jeep Compass is priced aggressively, Tata Hexa is one of the toughest rivals it has to deal with. But which has the best package? Find out below!
Indian customers are known for their affection towards SUVs and crossovers and the trend is clearly visible in recent sales charts from every automaker present in the country. Realizing this, FCA launched the Jeep brand last year with two high priced premium models, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler. The iconic American SUV manufacturer has now launched its third and latest offering, the Jeep Compass, which has already garnered plenty of attention from the buyers.
Being in a highly competitive segment, the Jeep Compass draws rivalry from several tough models in the UV segment that include Tata Hexa, Hyundai Tucson, Mahindra XUV500, etc. Speaking about the Tata Hexa, this is currently the flagship offering from the homegrown auto major. Within very short span after launch, Tata Hexa has been able to garner positive response from customers.
Replacing Tata Aria, the Hexa MPV appears with a contemporary global design, premium features and several technologies in an attempt to make it very attractive with good amount of success. Now, with the arrival of Jeep Compass the question arises on who is the best? Here we take a look at the spec-sheet based comparison between these two models and find the answer.
Jeep Compass vs Tata Hexa – Exterior
The Compass SUV bears typical Jeep styling and it takes inspiration from the smaller sibling Jeep Renegade. Up front, it boasts the American SUV manufacturer’s signature vertically slated aggressive radiator grille design with chrome detailing. The sharp headlamps come with projector lamps and integrated LED daytime running lights. It boasts a chunky front bumper enhancing the SUV’s macho look. There is a large central air intake with a horizontal chrome trim and the blackened fog lamp housings sport LED fog lamps along with horizontal LED strips sitting above them. The black cladding increases the SUV’s bold feel further.
Moving to the side profile of Jeep Compass, it gets squarish wheel arches with black cladding covering the entire lower side profile. Apart from that, it also features turn indicator integrated ORVMs, dual-tone paint scheme with a blackened roof, slim roof rails, blackened glass area and a sleek chrome trim is also there. This SUV comes in both 16-inch steel wheel and 17-inch alloy wheel options.
Rear profile of Jeep Compass sports wraparound LED taillights, roof spoiler, chrome trim highlighting the rear windshield and a chunky black bumper as well. The registration enclosure appears with a sculpted look.
On the other hand, Tata Hexa comes with a pretty muscular appearance and it dons the homegrown auto major’s latest IMPACT design language. It gets a muscular and aggressive front grille with black bold mesh design and the grille is flanked by sharp headlamps with projector units. The front grille features a sleek horizontal chrome strip at the bottom that blends perfectly to the headlamps.
Hexa’s front bumper appears very muscular with a large central air intake sporting honeycomb mesh highlighted with chrome trim around it and there is a skid plate as well. At both sides the fog lamp housing sport blackened look and they also get horizontally positioned LED daytime running lights along with unusual shaped large fog lamps below that. The black cladding enhances its tough look further and the sharp creases on the hood give it a sculpted appearance.
Speaking about the side profile, the Tata Hexa sports thick black cladding at lower area. Apart from that, it also gets flared wheel arches, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area with a chrome trim at the bottom of it, sleek roof rails and a floating roof pattern thanks to the blackened rear pillar. This MPV gets both 16-inch steel and 19-inch alloy wheel options.
Moving to the rear profile, Tata Hexa gets a thick horizontal chrome bar connecting the two wraparound LED taillights, integrated roof spoiler, a chunky rear bumper with skid plate and twin exhausts. The entire package of Tata Hexa is visually pretty attractive and draws attention very easily.
Overall, in terms of design and style both the Tata Hexa and the Jeep Compass come with attractive appearance. Both of them wear new age design language and are down to the buyers which to choose. But we kind of have a soft spot for the Compass though in this aspect.
Jeep Compass vs Tata Hexa – Dimension
Speaking about dimensional figures, Jeep Compass measures 4,395 mm in length, 1,818 mm in width, 1,640 mm in height and it also has a wheelbase of 2,636 mm. This SUV has a ground clearance of 178 mm and it comes with a 60-litre capacity fuel tank and a boot storage capacity of 410-litre. Jeep Compass gets 16-inch steel and 17-inch alloy wheel options.
|Jeep Compass Turning Radius||Tata Hexa Turning Radius|
On the other hand, Tata Hexa measures 4,788 mm in length, 1,903 mm in width, 1,791 mm in height and it has a wheelbase of 2,850 mm. As we have already mentioned, Hexa is available with both 16-inch and 19-inch alloy wheel options and this car has a ground clearance of 200 mm. It comes available in six-seater and seven-seater options and has a fuel tank capacity of 60-litre. Hexa sports 128-litre of boot storage capacity that can be expanded up to 671-litre with the second and third row seats folded.
|Jeep Compass||Tata Hexa|
|Length – 4,395 mm||4,788 mm|
|Width – 1,818 mm||1,903 mm|
|Height – 1,640 mm||1,791 mm|
|Wheelbase – 2,636 mm||2,850 mm|
|Ground Clearance – 178 mm||200 mm|
|Boot Space – 410-litre||128-litre (671-litre)|
|Wheel Size – 16-inch / 19-inch||16-inch / 17-inch|
|Fuel Tank Capacity – 60-litre||60-litre|
Therefore Tata Hexa is 393 mm longer and 85 mm wider compared to the Jeep Compass. Also, Hexa comes 151 mm taller than Compass and it has a 214 mm of extra wheelbase as well. It is very much clear that the Tata Hexa offers a spacious cabin thanks its dimensional superiority over the Jeep Compass. The 22 mm of extra ground clearance ensures Hexa is better capable in handling the rough roads compared to the Jeep Compass.
Though the Tata Hexa has only 128-litre boot storage capacity, but with the second and third row seats folded the capacity expands to 671-litre, which is much higher than Jeep Compass’ 410-litre capacity. The XE and XM trims of Hexa gets 16-inch steel wheels, while the Hexa XT gets 19-inch alloy wheels. On the other hand Jeep Compass is available with 16-inch steel wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels options. The Compass Sport gets 16-inch steel wheels, while the Longitude and Limited trims come with 17-inch alloy wheels.
Jeep Compass vs Tata Hexa – Interior
Jeep Compass comes with a premium interior. It sports multifunction steering wheel, analog dials and digital MID consisting instrument cluster. The silver accents on the steering wheel, instrument cluster, centre console and around AC vents certainly increase the style further. This SUV boasts a dual-tone theme inside the cabin and the dashboard appears with a layered look.
Centre console of Jeep Compass features a 7-inch U-Connect touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and it is connected to a 6-speaker audio system. It gets automatic climate control, engine start/stop button, upmarket quality seat and upholstery materials, front armrest with storage.
Speaking about the Hexa, as Tata Motors is introducing premiumness to its products and the MPV is the flagship model from the brand, this car gets an upmarket vibe inside the cabin. The Hexa sports clever designing utilizing the maximum space available inside the cabin. It dons a black sporty theme and features multifunction steering wheel, dual-pod instrument cluster with analog dials and a digital MID at the centre.
The centre console features a Harman developed ConnectNext touchscreen infotainment system with silver accent around it. The 10 JBL speaker equipped sound system delivers a rich audio experience to the occupants. Other features include ambient mood lighting with 8 colour options, rear AC vents on floor console, captain seats with individual armrests, front seat armrest, height adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control, power assisted ORVMs, rain sensing wipers, rear defogger, several storage spaces etc. Overall, Tata Motors has left no stones unturned while designing the Hexa MPV.
In terms of spaciousness, Jeep Compass is 5 seater while it is not as spacious as the Tata Hexa’s 6 or 7 seater options as it offers more legroom in middle along with required leg room to the 3rd row. Apart from that, the Hexa offers better cabin insulation as well. Thanks to the captain seats with individual armrests and six or seven seater options, Tata Hexa delivers better comfort for the occupants, while the Jeep Compass being a five-seater SUV ensures comfortable seating for four adults. Overall, despite both the utility vehicles being attractive inside the cabin, Tata Hexa appears more stylish and offers more comfort to the occupants.
Jeep Compass vs Tata Hexa – Powertrain
On the powertrain front, Jeep Compass is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol model draws energy from a 1.4-litre Multiair petrol that is capable of churning out 160 bhp of peak power at 3,750 rpm and 250 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed automatic unit is there as well. The petrol engine offers 17.1 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
|Jeep Compass Engine||Tata Hexa Engine|
|1.4-litre Multiair Petrol
2.0-litre Multijet II Diesel
|2.2-litre Varicor320 Diesel
2.2-litre Varicor400 Diesel
On the other hand, the diesel powered Jeep Compass gets a 2.0-litre Multijet II fuel burner under the hood that is capable of pumping out 171 bhp of peak power at 3,750 rpm and 350 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm. Transmission duty is done by a 6-aspeed manual gearbox and this car delivers fuel efficiency between 16.3 kmpl and 17.1 kmpl.
|Jeep Compass Transmission||Tata Hexa Transmission|
7-speed AT (Petrol only)
Speaking about the Tata Hexa, it is available with a single diesel engine. The Varicor diesel engine under the hood of Tata Hexa comes kicking out power and torque output in two different state of tune. The 2.2-litre Varicor320 diesel engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and it churns out 154.2 bhp of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm of peak torque between 1,700 rpm and 2,700 rpm.
|Jeep Compass Maximum Power||Tata Hexa Maximum Power|
|160 bhp @ 3,750 rpm
171 bhp @ 3,750 rpm
|154.2 bhp @ 4,000 rpm
148 bhp @ 4,000 rpm
On the other hand, the more powerful 2.2-litre Varicor400 fuel burner is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic unit is available as option. This engine kicks out 148 bhp of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque between 1,700 rpm and 2,700 rpm. The Tata Hexa delivers fuel efficiency between 13 kmpl and 17 kmpl depending on city and highway driving conditions.
|Jeep Compass Maximum Torque||Tata Hexa Maximum Torque|
|250 Nm @ 1,750 rpm
350 Nm @ 1,750 rpm
|320 Nm @ 1,700 rpm – 2,700 rpm
400 Nm @ 1,700 rpm – 2,700 rpm
Hexa’s charm doesn’t end here as this MPV comes offering AWD system, Multidrive mode and an automatic gearbox paired with diesel engine that is unavailable in the Jeep Compass, as the newly launched SUV offers automatic gearbox with petrol engine only. Considering the fact that premium utility vehicle buyers love to purchase diesel models, the Hexa certainly gets an edge over its rival.
|Jeep Compass Fuel Efficiency||Tata Hexa Fuel Efficiency|
|16.3 kmpl – 17.1 kmpl||13 kmpl – 17 kmpl|
The Jeep Compass too comes with 4X4 drivetrain layout, but that is available in the top end trims. Apart from the diesel AT, Hexa impresses us with the better driving satisfaction compared to the Jeep Compass. Cornering ability of the MPV is much better than the jeep SUV. Thanks to the Multidrive function, Hexa’s driver can choose between different driving modes according to his or her preference. If we compare all the facts between these two models, Tata Hexa appears as a more attractive option compared to the Jeep Compass. The signature Jeep Selec-Trac will come handy if you’re an off-roading fanatic.
Jeep Compass vs Tata Hexa – Safety
The Jeep Compass too appears with impressive safety features. It also gets six airbags on the top trim with dual-stage function. ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control, Traction Control, reverse parking camera, reverse parking sensor, engine immobilizer, speed sensing door lock etc. However, the Jeep Compass misses out on the Hill Descent Control that is available in Tata Hexa.
The Tata Hexa gets automatic headlamp, six airbags on the top trim, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control, Traction Control System, Hill Descent Control, cruise control, seatbelt warning, speed sensing door lock, reverse parking camera, reverse parking sensor etc. Overall, both these utility vehicles come with several protective measures.
Jeep Compass vs Tata Hexa – Price
If we compare pricing of both the cars, Tata Hexa is certainly the winner here as the MPV is priced between Rs. 10.96 lakh and Rs. 16.24 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). On the other hand the Jeep Compass is available between Rs. 14.95 lakh and Rs. 20.65 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Therefore Tata Hexa appears much cheaper compared to the Jeep SUV. Considering all the features and technologies the Hexa is offering, it appears a very lucrative option compared to the Compass.
|Jeep Compass Price||Tata Hexa Price|
|Rs. 14.95 lakh – Rs. 20.65 lakh||Rs. 10.96 lakh – Rs. 16.24 lakh|
* All prices, ex-showroom, New Delhi
Jeep Compass vs Tata Hexa – Comparison Verdict
As we have discussed the spec-sheet based features, technologies, power and torque output of both the cars and also the pricing of both the models, it looks clear that Tata Hexa gets an edge over the Jeep Compass. But, there are other advantages as well that the Hexa gets. Tata Motors has a wide spread network across the country. It has more than 550 service centres in over 350 cities across the country.
On the other hand Jeep has only 50 dealerships across the country in select cities. This means Tata Hexa buyers can avail the servicing of their cars more easily and compared to the Jeep Compass buyers. The availability of spare parts too is a factor giving advantage to the Tata Hexa. While the Hexa customers can avail the spare parts quicker and easily, Jeep Compass buyers would face longer time and difficulty.
Therefore considering all the aspects of both the vehicles, it is clear that Tata Hexa is a pretty good option if you are looking for a utility vehicle with attractive styling, premium features and high end technologies along with power packed performance and that too below Rs. 20 lakh slab however Compass carries the Jeep badge and that’s enough for many prospective buyers.