Jeep came to India in 2016. For now, they offer Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee SRT and Wrangler Unlimited. All these cars are out of the reach of the majority of car buyers in India. Hence, the company has decided to bring the Compass SUV to India. The Compass will be the most affordable Jeep product till date. However, upon launch it will have to indirectly compete against the Hyundai Creta. Why? To know that, we have this Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Creta comparison for you today. Compare the two cars and find out exactly why Creta needs to be bothered by Compass’ presence in India.
Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Creta – Price Comparison
|Jeep Compass Price (estimated*||₹ 20.00 lakh – 26.00 lakh|
|Hyundai Creta Price*||₹ 8.90 lakh – 14.00 lakh|
*all prices ex-showroom Delhi
Granted, both cars are priced too far apart. However, the Compass prices are not out yet. So, we expect the above to be the Compass’ price range. Though Jeep may surprise us by pricing it even lower. Also, the ones who can readily afford the Creta are likely to give the Compass a long, hard look.
Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Creta – Specifications Comparison
|Specifications||Jeep Compass||Hyundai Creta|
|Engine||1.4-litre petrol/2.0-litre turbo diesel||1.6-litre petrol/1.4-litre turbo diesel/1.6-litre turbo diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed MT or 7-speed AT/6-speed MT or 9-speed AT||6-speed MT or 6-speed AT/6-speed MT/6-speed MT or 6-speed AT|
Both cars come equipped with petrol and diesel engines. While the Compass is limited to one petrol and diesel each, the Creta has one petrol and two diesel engines on offer. Of these, the 1.4-litre turbo diesel can be had with only a 6-speed manual gearbox. The rest of the engines can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Compass offers the option of a nine-speed automatic with its diesel which should help it in the area of mileage.
Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Creta – Mileage Comparison
|Car||Mileage (petrol)||Mileage (diesel)|
|Jeep Compass||13-14 KMPL (MT)/12-13 KMPL (AT) (estimated)||15-16 KMPL (MT)/14-15 KMPL (AT) (estimated)|
|Hyundai Creta||15.29 KMPL (ARAI)||21.38 KMPL/19.67 KMPL (ARAI)|
The reason why the Compass offers less mileage than Creta, in this comparison, is simple. The Compass’ engines have more power and torque output than the Creta’s. Also, while the nine-speed automatic gearbox helps Compass deliver decent mileage, its power and torque outputs ensure the Creta to deliver better numbers in this regard. However, the Jeep’s mileage figures are estiamted and not ARAI-certified. So, a final call on this will be taken when we drive the Compass.
Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Creta – Dimensions
|Dimensions||Jeep Compass||Hyundai Creta|
Dimensionally (and unsurprisingly), the Compass is a bigger car than Creta. Right from its length to width, wheelbase and even height, it offers more space than Creta. However, the difference between the two isn’t all that big. The Compass is 150mm longer than Creta but offers only 50mm more wheelbase. It is wider than Creta by 40mm. When it comes to height, the Jeep is 20mm taller than the Creta.
Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Creta – Features
|Jeep Compass||Hyundai Creta|
|7-inch touchscreen Infotainment unit||7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit|
|Apple CarPlay and Android Auto||MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto|
|AWD||Front Wheel Drive|
|Dual Tone Interior||Auto A/c|
|Front, Side and Curtain Airbags||17-inch wheels|
|Dual-zone Auto A/c||Rear Parking Camera|
|Disc brakes at all wheels||Speed-sensing auto door lock|
|Traction Control System||Dual-tone interior|
Among the two cars, the Jeep Compass is the only one to offer all-wheel drive, which is crucial when we compare two SUVs. Another difference between the two that favours the Compass is its dual-zone Auto A/c. It also comes Selec-Terrain drive mode selector to tweak the car’s responses on various terrains, something Creta lacks. Also, all four wheels on the Compass have disc brakes. However, in comparison, the Creta is quite well-equipped too. Just that it is competing with a car that sits in a higher segment, which is why there are such differences between the two.
Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Creta – Exterior Design Comparison
The Jeep Compass has a masculine design. It is like looking at a wrestler who looks classy in a suit but is ready to go a few rounds at a moment’s notice in the said suit. The styling elements give a touch of sleekness to the car. The headlamps and the wide, narrow grille give the car a sense of minimalism while giving it a butch feel. The wheel arches have not been rounded off completely, lending this car a butch stance. The wraparound taillamps at the back hint at the sleekness of the design and also the modernity in its design. The whole car comes together rather nicely.
The Hyundai Creta is another great design from Hyundai. Its stance gives it a feel of leanness. In comparison to the Compass, it looks like a lean, athletic guy wearing a tailored suit. The car’s stance is quite upright, as you can see by looking at its front end. However, the wheel arches of the car are rounded off, hinting more at this car’s on-road credentials than off-road ones. The rear sports wraparound taillamps which look quite sleek. Overall, this car looks quite good, but in the presence of something like a Compass, it does not look as SUV-like as it should.
Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Creta – Interior Design Comparison
The interior of the Compass feels special right until you look at the centre console below the 7-inch UConnect system. That area has a number of buttons and feels quite dated. However, the rest of the dashboard is quite good looking. The three-spoke steering wheel looks quite good. It looks like it has a thick rim, which should make it good for use at all times. The star of the car is that Selec-Terrain drive mode selector which occupies a good amount of space ahead of the gear shifter. All in all, it looks quite good but does not feel like a well-rounded package.
The Creta’s interior is just a nice place to be in. The dual-tone beige-black dashboard give it a sense of roominess. The A/c vents get brushed aluminium inserts. The three-spoke steering wheel also has a brushed aluminium insert. The centre console is clutter-free with less buttons surrounding the infotainment unit and the A/c unit. All in all, once you step inside the Creta, it is hard to not be pleased by its interior.
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Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Creta – Conclusion
Price – There is no word on what the Compass’ final pricing will be. However, expect it to still cost more than the Creta, even if Jeep opts to price it aggressively. That said, it will be a delight for car buyers as they will get the option of going for a Jeep for Creta money.
Specifications – The Compass’ engines have more power and torque outputs than Creta. Coupled to a manual and automatic transmission, both engines offer quite a bit of options to both fans of stick shift and self-shifting gearboxes. The Creta offers offers three engines but then offers only two with an automatic gearbox as an option.
Mileage – The big output of the Compass’ engines hurt their fuel efficiency. In the case of the 2.0-litre turbo diesel, even a nine-speed automatic gearbox does not help it deliver close to as much mileage as the Creta.
Dimensions – Since the Compass sits a segment above the Creta, it is bigger than the Hyundai SUV in every dimension. However, the difference is not as huge as you may think. In the end, it is a tossup between the two cars and comes down to how you feel when sitting inside either.
Features – Since the Compass sits a segment above Creta, it does some features that Creta does not. However, for its segment, the Creta offers almost every feature you can ask for. If the two are priced closely, the only question you will have to ask is whether to opt for to-trim Creta or low/mid-trim Compass.
Design – The two cars are designed with different purposes in mind. The Compass looks like it is ready for off-road action at a moment’s notice. The Creta does not feel as ready for off-road adventure as its competitor here. Moving to the inside, it is the Creta that feels more pleasant and clutter-free than the Compass. Again, it is a toss-up between the two cars. If you like a sense of premiumness to your car’s cabin, the Creta is what you will like. If you like a sense of purpose to your cabin, you are likely to gravitate towards the Compass.
So, do you like our Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Creta Comparison? We will update this story when the Compass is launched to reflect its price and verdict. Do tell us how how you feel about this comparison in the comments below. For more such stories, stay tuned to Car Blog India.
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