Tata Harrier vs Hyundai creta vs Jeep compass vs Mahindra XUV 500##whose best?

Tata Harrier vs Hyundai Creta vs Jeep Compass vs Mahindra XUV500 – Best SUV?
With all details of the new Tata Harrier SUV now revealed, here is a detailed comparison of the Harrier with rival SUVs.
By Staff Writer On Dec 5, 2018
After creating a lot of buzz and excitement with its teaser videos, Tata Motors has finally revealed all details about the new Harrier SUV. Slated to be launched in early 2019, Tata Harrier boasts of a legendary pedigree and is set to create new benchmarks for SUVs.

Looking at Harrier’s specs, it’s clear that Tata Motors has worked hard to create a world-class SUV with significant potential to take on rivals. Here’s a quick comparison between Tata Harrier vs Hyundai Creta vs Jeep Compass vs Mahindra XUV500 to understand which SUV would be the best SUV for you.

Design and styling – Harrier utilizes Tata Motors new Impact Design 2.0 language that translates into stunning exteriors and plush interiors designed for practicality and comfort. Harrier makes a dominating stance with its HID projector headlamps, LED DRLs with turn indicators, muscular bodywork, flared wheel arches, dual-tone front bumper, 3D LED tail lamps and striking piano black finisher.

Hyundai Creta utilizes Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language that creates the perfect blend of beauty and confidence. Creta has modernistic bodywork with refined details and graphics. It’s designed to turn heads with its bold cascade design front grille, stylish fog lamps, projector headlamps, stylish outside mirror, bold front and rear skid plates, shark fin antenna and premium split-type tail lamps.

Jeep Compass utilizes sculpted design aesthetics that create a perfect fusion of athletic styling and sweeping curves. It makes a stunning stance with its sloping roofline and powerful wings. It’s a treat to view Compass’ key features such as headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, signature seven-slot grille, and body-coloured exterior mirrors with chrome accents.

Mahindra XUV500 makes a majestic stance, having derived inspiration from the body lines of a pouncing cheetah. The cheetah elements are evident in the raised bonnet depicting cheetah’s slender yet strong shoulders; paw-shaped vertical door handles; and tear duct shaped black accents. Key features include bold front grille with chrome inserts, LED DRLs, stylish fog lamp bezels, classy tailgate and split tail lamps, sporty diamond cut alloy wheels, prominent wheel arches, and chrome lined windows.

Interiors and technology – Tata Harrier features signature oak brown interior colour scheme that comes with premium oak wood finish dashboard. Other key features include oak brown perforated leather seat upholstery and door pad inserts, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, 8.8-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system, JBL audio system with 9 speakers, 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, ConnectNext App Suite, voice recognition & SMS readout.

Hyundai Creta has dual tone colour scheme and luxurious interiors designed for utmost comfort and convenience. Key features include 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment system, full automatic temperature control (FATC), rear AC vents, advanced supervision cluster, front and rear armrest, 6-way adjustable driver seat, cruise control, black seat fabric with tangerine orange inserts, and smart electric sunroof.

Jeep Compass has dual tone black and sky grey interiors, offering both luxury and comfort and the right environment for off-road adventures. Key features include 21.3 cm touchscreen infotainment system, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, 8-way power adjustable driver seat, auto dimming interior rear view mirror, customizable 8.89 cm graphic information cluster, and 6-speaker sound system.

Mahindra XUV500 features dual-tone black and tan colour scheme that emanates the feel of luxury and sophistication. Key features include soft touch dashboard and door trims, quilted tan leather seats, icy blue lounge lighting, 6-way power adjustable driver seat, fully automatic temperature control, cruise control, electric sunroof, and 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Dimensions – Tata Harrier measures 4598 mm in length, 1894 mm in width, and 1706 mm in height. It has wheelbase of 2741 mm and ground clearance of 205 mm. Hyundai Creta measures 4270 mm in length, 1780 mm in width and 1665 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2590 mm. Jeep Compass is 4395 mm long, 1818 mm wide and 1640 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2636 mm. Mahindra XUV500 measures 4585 mm in length, 1890 mm in width, and 1785 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2700 mm.

Engine and transmission – Tata Harrier is powered by Kryotec, 1956 cc, 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine that delivers max power of 140 PS @ 3750 RPM and max torque of 350 Nm @ 1750-2500 RPM. Engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.Hyundai Creta is available in two diesel options. The 1396cc, 1.4-litre diesel engine makes 90 PS power and is mated to 6-speed manual transmission. The 1582cc, 1.6-litre diesel engine makes 128 PS power and is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep Compass diesel variant utilizes the same engine as that of Harrier, but it has been configured to deliver 173 PS power. Torque output is the same as Harrier at 350 Nm. Engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Mahindra XUV500 diesel variant is powered by 2179cc mHawk155 diesel engine that makes 155 HP @ 3750 rpm and 360 Nm @ 1750-2800 rpm. Engine is mated to 6-speed Synchromesh manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Safety & security – Tata Harrier comes with high-end safety features such as 6 airbags, advanced Electronic Stability Program (ESP), ABS with EBD, corner stability control, electronic stability control, electronic traction control, hill hold control, roll over mitigation, hydraulic brake assist, hill descent control, ISOFIX child mounts, and reverse parking camera. Rivals Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500 offer more or less the same set of safety and security features.

Price – Tata Harrier is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 14-19 lakh. Hyundai Creta diesel, manual variant is priced in the range of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15.17 lakh. Jeep Compass diesel, manual variant is priced between Rs 16.64 lakh and Rs 22.94 lakh. Mahindra XUV500 diesel, manual variant is priced in the range of Rs 12.62 lakh to Rs 18.12 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.

Verdict – Is Harrier for you? Tata Harrier comes across as a viable option in terms of design and styling, engine specs, performance and safety & security. Harrier is based on Omega Arc platform derived from Land Rover’s D8 architecture, which makes it truly world class. It has been tested for over 2.2 million km, something that is evidence to its tough and durable nature. It is loaded with features and has the most spacious cabin. However, there is no petrol option, no automatic variant on diesel, no AWD / 4×4, no sunroof, alloys look a bit outdated, etc. For now, it attracts a limited set of buyers. Tata plans to launch launch more variants of the Harrier in the future, which will allow it to compete even better

Ford EcoSport, Figo, Aspire being sold by Mahindra dealers in 15 towns
This is part of Mahindra and Ford alliance, which was formed in 2017.
By Rishab On Dec 5, 2018
In 2017, Mahindra and Ford signed a MoU to announce plans for the future, which involve working together. In October this year the companies announced agreements to strengthen the ongoing strategic collaboration. Future developments include Mahindra supplying Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) compliant gasoline engines to Ford. Both companies will also work together to develop connected vehicle solutions.

In building on this association, Livemint reports, Mahindra is selling Ford cars through its dealerships in areas where Ford doesn’t operate a dealership or an existing dealer hasn’t raked in sales in plenty.

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This next step also sees Mahindra dealers operating service centres for Ford cars at their dealerships. The development lets Ford leverage Mahindra’s wide reach, especially in small towns and rural areas, and as a consequence, Mahindra dealers would earn additional revenue through sales and service of Ford cars. A Ford India spokesperson says the pilot project sees select Mahindra dealers in Tier 4+ towns coming on board to sell and/or service Ford cars across 15 towns.

Ford and Mahindra will also develop a new SUV on a Mahindra platform, and a small electric vehicle. As time goes, Mahindra dealers will sell some of Ford’s future cars that are developed jointly by both automakers through their new Ford showrooms. The report mentions the collaborative sales and service pilot initiative was initiated six months ago and is planned to benefit both companies.

Ford and Mahindra cars will be sold side by side at the select 15 dealerships.
In recent months, Mahindra has introduced the new Marazzo and Alturas, and will soon launch S201 aka XUV300. For November 2018, Mahindra reports 16188 units sold, over 16030 units sold in November 2017 at 1 percent sales growth for passenger vehicles. Ford India’s combined domestic wholesales and exports in November registered 19,905 vehicles, compared to 27,019 vehicles in November 2017.

Ford India reported 26.32 percent cumulative sales decline at 19,905 units in November ’18, down from 27,019 units sold in November ’17. Domestic sales are down 18 percent at 6,375 units, down from 7,777 units sold in November ’17. Exports sales decline is reported at 29.38 percent at 13,530 units, down from 19,242 units exported in November 2017.

Volkswagen Group will not launch petrol, diesel powered cars from 2026
Volkswagen Group has stated that this will be its last generation of gasoline and diesel cars in 2026 after which it will focus attention on electric offerings.
By Pearl Daniels On Dec 5, 2018 development of petrol and diesel powered cars to an end after 2026. This has been announced by VW Strategy Chief Michael Jost during a speech at an Automotive Conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. All brands under VW Group will follow this, including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, VW, Porsche, Seat, Lamborghini, Seat, etc.

This decision of Volkswagen is making a strategy shift towards battery driven vehicles comes at a time when the company has admitted to diesel emission cheating scandal in 2015 which forced the automaker to shell out over 27 billion Euros in fines.

Jost also confirmed that while Volkswagen will continue to adapt its petrol and diesel engine vehicles to comply with environmental standards during the lifetime of those vehicles, the automaker is now set to adopt steps to slow down global warming by fading out combustion engines to a minimum.

The first such electric vehicle will be the Porsche Taycan which will be introduced next year and will be followed by more such offerings as the company has set apart $50 billion (Rs 3.5 lakh crore) over the next five years towards transformation to self driving electric cars. This decision comes at a time when other brands are pushing electric models such as the Audi e-tron and e-tron GT besides the Porsche Taycan and CrossTurismo already confirmed for launch.

The latest electric car concept from VW Group – Audi e-tron GT was revealed a few days ago.
Jost has also stated that his colleagues are already working on the last platform for vehicles that are not CO2 neutral. The e-Golf and the e-Up are on sale in Europe in the first of Volkswagen’s battery electric cars like the new Neo hatchback will also enter production in Germany and will be followed by more such models from the I.D line assembly at two sites in China from 2020.

The Volkswagen lineup will include fully or partially electric versions of its entire lineup of over 300 cars, vans and trucks and also its motorcycle range by 2030. The I.D. Neo will be followed by the I.D. Buzz van, a crossover/SUV and a larger limousine based on the I.D. Vizzion. The company has also confirmed that they are planning a liaison with SK Innovation for the production of battery cells prior to its full fledged entry into this segment.

Volkswagen is not alone in looking towards an electric future. In India, Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest car maker has announced aggressive strategy to make sure they are not left behind in the electric car race. Maruti will launch 4 electric cars in India by 2020. These are expected to be electrified variants of WagonR, Brezza, Swift, Dzire. Maruti expects 33% of their sales in India by 2030 from electric cars.
Toyota Innova Crysta, Fortuner, Corolla, Etios Dec discounts – Up to Rs 1.25 L
Toyota has once again announced its year end discounts which can be availed all this month of December

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