Exclusive! Mahindra XUV 700 Vs Jeep Compass Comparison

New Delhi: People buy SUVs for their toughness along with a certain degree of comfort. If you spend up to 20 lakh Rs on a premium SUV, chances are you would like to make road trips while using it for daily work. In that sense, a 4WD or AWD SUV with pretty much all the boxes crossed represents a good deal. For us, these two fulfill that task the most. We are of course talking about Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV700. We recently saw that the XUV700 was launched with great fanfare. Some time ago, Jeep had completely changed the compass with a more luxurious interior while keeping its benchmark for driving / handling focus intact. We just had to bring them together.

In many ways, there are similarities between the two with their FSD suspension, options for 4WD / AWD, range of petrol / diesel engines along with a feature-packed interior. Both occupy the same price point between 20-30 lakh with the compass in the top trim here which costs about Rs 29 lakh plus, while the diesel XUV700 fully loaded spec reaches Rs 23 lakh. Among all this, we also think that these two are the toughest and most functional SUVs in their class!

But first a little about the look. Both have a proper SUV position with lots of presence. After its facelift, Compass is now slimmer, sleeker and sportier with chrome that is removed along with gray alloys. It also feels as well-built as a tank with how the doors close. The XUV700 is obviously larger and has a lot of presence on its own with the massive C-shaped DRLs, the large size and the pure style. They are both stylish and tough SUVs, so you have to choose!

The same story is on the inside. Both ultimately have more features than much more expensive luxury SUVs. We will say that the Compass and XUV700 feel expensive inside with a different way of showing it off. The top compass we have here had a complete interior design that honestly is simply brilliant. Soft materials, leather inserts over and over again, a solid construction of the switches without cheap plastic anywhere makes this a brilliant cab. Where Compass also scores is its feature list with a massive touch screen along with dual electric seats with ventilation, a panoramic sunroof, wireless smartphone connection, a 360 degree camera, connected technology, etc. It is fully charged.

The same can be said about the XUV700. The cabin uses a light double-colored upholstery with a set of two HD screens joined together. It feels premium okay and I also like the seat controls on the doors plus the lack of complexity. The quality is also very good with a healthy amount of soft materials all over the dashboard. The function list is long here too with all the usual goodies such as climate control with dual zones, a panoramic sunroof, electric driver’s seat, built-in Alexa, connected technology, blind-sighted monitor, 360-degree camera, etc. The XUV700 also has ADAS functions that are also useful! The larger XUV700 can be chosen as a 3-row SUV and it has plenty of space in the second row as well!

Let’s get to the driving part. The compass first and here while you can get it with a turbo petrol together with a DCT gearbox, the strong diesel 2.0l with the 9-speed car is our choice. After BS6, the refinement has improved and it still retains more or less the punch that a diesel gives. There is plenty of torque / power with 173bhp / 350Nm while you have to remember that the compass is not very big, therefore the acceleration is quite strong with a very good power / weight ratio. The 9-speed automatic also works well and responds with a decent sense of urgency. You can drive it hard if you want while you can cruise effortlessly – it is an SUV that fits both times. When the Compass was first launched, its driving and handling were a benchmark due to the FSD suspension and how it easily climbs all over. With the new one, that quality has been maintained with a brilliant suspension including a smooth ride quality, but it also swings quite well with the body roll that is kept in control. The steering is also heavy, but you have a clear idea of ​​what the SUV does – which gives confidence at high speeds or at very low speeds for off-road driving. Speaking of which, the compass shows its Jeep DNA with the configurable settings for each environment such as mud or sand. It helps it get out of sticky situations and its 4WD allows it to be one of the few premium SUVs that also works off-road.

What about the XUV700? You also get an alternative to either a 2.0 l turbo petrol with 200 hp and a 2.2 l diesel with 185 hp and 450 Nm in this fully loaded AX7L specification. The XUV700 feels a world away from the previous XUV500 – something that now makes it count as a premium SUV. The new platform plus FSD suspension transforms driving / handling plus performance. The XUV700 diesel also comes with driving modes and the performance is strong as you can expect. It is also very refined together with a linear power supply, but in the faster modes it has the typical diesel rush. Mahindra has clearly worked a lot on this car. We also like the 6-speed automatic torque converter with its relaxed nature that fits well. You can easily cross at high speeds and cover long distances – things that a premium SUV should do. The shock comes in the form of the light steering that weighs up quite well. This makes the XUV700 feel like a much smaller SUV in the city but still provides enough confidence at high speeds. The same story is when you push hard – there is a roller but it is enclosed and you actually like driving this big SUV.

That’s why the XUV700 has moved many places over when it comes to being a premium SUV. Maybe that’s why the pricing is now over 20 lakhs for the fully loaded AT variant. That said, it’s worth it when it comes to the product in what it offers, while the AWD also helps in tricky conditions – something owners will do when taking their SUVs on road trips.

So, in the end, which one should you buy? It’s actually simple because the Compass is all about its compact size, tough construction, first-class image and of course its excellent interior along with the right 4wd capability. An SUV for those who need to travel everywhere in luxury together with a tank that builds quality while at the same time being focused on self-driving owners – the size makes it easier to use on a daily basis. The XUV700 bases its case on being a traditional large premium SUV but one that is crammed with equipment and offers a mix of rear seat space / practice (ideal for driving as a driver as well) while being entertaining to drive. Both SUVs are very different from their previous avatars without forgetting their roots. So if you want a “real” SUV at a premium price, look closely at these two based on the parameters mentioned above!

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