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Jeep Compass 341 49.56%
Hyundai Tucson 45 6.54%
Hyundai Creta 32 4.65%
Mahindra XUV500 65 9.45%
Tata Hexa 141 20.49%
Volkswagen Tiguan 40 5.81%
Other (please specify in your post) 24 3.49%
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Old 10th September 2017, 22:58   #76
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The Compass for me. If nothing else, the excellent diesel engine and fairly compact dimensions for city traffic should make it the choice for today's nuclear families. Add to it, the good safety rating. Except for the airbags and maybe, the cruise control, most of the other missing features are gimmicks at best, nothing else. Can the absence of rain sensing wipers, auto dimming IRVM, etc. really be deal breakers ?

The only question mark I foresee is the " after sales and service. "

Having said that, have booked the Compass limited and expecting delivery in the next few days. So, consider this a biased view !
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Isuzu MU X is missing here which has the capability to beat each and every vehicle listed here at this price point. Its an SUV of a segment higher with price tag competing with the above listed SUVs.
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Are such polls ever correct? Whenever a new launch takes place, we tend to vote for that. The compass is the flavour of the season in the SUV segment and hence I am not surprised that it is easily winning in this poll. A few months back the Hexa might have enjoyed the same success and Creta before that and so on. Honestly we should wait atleast a year before voting on such matters.

Lastly why not also add Innova into this mix. It can do everything that most of the cars listed above can, has equal or more features than the cars listed above, more space, brand loyalty and now also comes with AT options. It might just change the results quite a bit.
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Old 11th September 2017, 13:19   #79
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I feel XUV and Hexa should not be included in this poll. The are 7 seaters while the others are 5 seaters. The target audience is different even though cross-shopping will happen for sure.
I might be more interested in Hexa as I have 8 people in the family who like to travel together. But someone looking for a daily driver will look for a more compact option.
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I voted for XUV500. Not just cause I own one but cause in the 2.5 years I have it, it has not disappointed in any way. Its my daily ride on bangalore's choked roads and I pretty much take it into every nook and corner of the city. Size has never been a disadvantage and as a 5 seater which is my regular weekend use, the car is the most spacious. I recently sat in hexa which was pretty good as well but felt short on space on middle row compared to XUV. Compass is certainly most desirable of the lot but off my list due to smaller size.

My order would be XUV -> Compass -> Hexa -> Tuscon ->Creta -> Tiguan
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Lastly why not also add Innova into this mix. It can do everything that most of the cars listed above can, has equal or more features than the cars listed above, more space, brand loyalty and now also comes with AT options. It might just change the results quite a bit.
I second this . If XuV & Hexa are in the contest then We should add the Innova as well . At that price point it can change the equation .

Took a short test drive of Compass , Though it drives well and has a very good ride & build quality , it may not be able to manage the volume as others.

My Vote is towards the Innova Crysta.
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I was a little surprised that the Duster was not mentioned in the contender List. Hence voted "Other".
Own a Compass 4x4 Limited. Owned a Duster 110 FWD.
Am in the process of deciding between the Hexa XTA and the Xuv 500 W9, as a replcement for our Ford Ecosport.

Surprisingly, I find that the Duster AWD 110 still is the best value for money. Drab interiors, yes. But still feels more premium than the more expensive XUV500. The ceapest to buy in the 100bhp+ category, adequate space, strong perfomance, AWD, adequate features for it's price, butch looks, and that awesome ride.For the city, the Duster is the car.

The Hexa would come second for me. It lacks the feature list of the XUV 500. But still has a premiumness that the XUV cannot match. Add to that, class leading space and class trumping ride quality. For the highway, look no furthur if you can ignore the bad reputation that Tata has earned. But with my recent interaction with the Tata dealership, I am convinced that they are doing all they can to wash off their bad image.

The Jeep and the Creta come 3rd. With the Jeep, you do feel a little shortchanged due to the lack of creature comforts and the lack of space. But a driver's car it is, through and through and the brand name too puts a smile on your face. As for the Creta, this is the best all rounder with the right mix of features, price, premiumness, performance, ride and space. It's just that the car is too ubiquitous

The Xuv 500 is an excellent car, in that you get more and even more for what you pay. But when you are done fiddling with the bountiful features that the car has to offer ( the sunroof, power seats and the like), there is nothing strikingly special about the car.

The Tiguan, Tuscon and the Crysta, I would relegate to the Horizon. They just do not justify the price that you pay. Among these three, the Tiguan is the most justified for the asking price.

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any news about timings around automatic diesel launch?
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I don't understand how come a product like Jeep compass is getting this much response in India. I am telling this after driving a rental Jeep compass here in US which is brand new and it was one awful car. It is neither spacious not enjoyable to drive. My colleague who is owning this also faces lot of issues with the car and it is not reliable. Only thing I like from Jeep stable is the Wrangler with a manual tranny.

With that said, I would take Hexa or XUV 5OO from current stable if I am looking for one in that budget for 8 seater or wait for Harrier or take Creta in 5 seater version.
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I don't understand how come a product like Jeep compass is getting this much response in India. I am telling this after driving a rental Jeep compass here in US which is brand new and it was one awful car. It is neither spacious not enjoyable to drive. My colleague who is owning this also faces lot of issues with the car and it is not reliable. Only thing I like from Jeep stable is the Wrangler with a manual tranny.

Maybe in the USA there are better options available in form of other worthy competitors but when we talk about India, the Compass has created a segment for itself. Hope you have driven the Indian Compass. For me the Compass is the most fun to drive compact SUV with proper car like handling, brilliant ride, one of the best EPS, swift gearbox, powerful engine and excellent built quality. Yes it might not be as big as its true competitors (Tiguan / Tuscon) but then it undercuts them on price and excels on other attributes.
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Maybe in the USA there are better options available in form of other worthy competitors but when we talk about India, the Compass has created a segment for itself. Hope you have driven the Indian Compass. For me the Compass is the most fun to drive compact SUV with proper car like handling, brilliant ride, one of the best EPS, swift gearbox, powerful engine and excellent built quality. Yes it might not be as big as its true competitors (Tiguan / Tuscon) but then it undercuts them on price and excels on other attributes.
I agree this to some extent. I didn't drive the Indian Compass yet. But the price it was launched is exactly to US equivalent price which is one major differentiating factor from other competitors. Tucson/CRV/Tiguan are more expensive in India even though they all fall under same category here in US. Hope Kia creates a segment for itself when they launch their models next year like Jeep.
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Absolutely in love with the Compass since buying it last year. Super fun to drive, great engine (diesel), fun manual (overtakes are so easy), stunning looks, headlamps saved me more than once in rural (those HIDs), AWD works quite well in mild off-road terrain, and the build is like an iPhone.
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I don't understand how come a product like Jeep compass is getting this much response in India. I am telling this after driving a rental Jeep compass here in US which is brand new and it was one awful car. It is neither spacious not enjoyable to drive. My colleague who is owning this also faces lot of issues with the car and it is not reliable. Only thing I like from Jeep stable is the Wrangler with a manual tranny.

With that said, I would take Hexa or XUV 5OO from current stable if I am looking for one in that budget for 8 seater or wait for Harrier or take Creta in 5 seater version.
I totally agree with this assessment. Many years back, I had the same experience when I had rented the Jeep (Grand Cherokee) for a longish road trip in the Carolinas. It was so under powered and sluggish that I never rented one ever again.
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I voted for the Tiguan. Got to put my mouth where my money went.

When we were picking up a new car a few months back, keeping in mind compact size for city traffic, practicality for highway trips, parking woes, as well as good clearance for our monsoon/metro ravaged roads - All our premium sedans struggle on some roads and speed breakers.

XUV / Hexa: A little too big for city driving and parking, though my heart itches for a Hexa. Third row of seats weren't a requirement. Plus Mahindra and Tata will give small niggling issues and lack the finesse of smaller competitors.
Maybe if it was used by me, I'd consider the Hexa but as a family car where my wife and sister will also drive it + Mom and Dad will use for outstation trips - it was a no-no.
What really sealed the deal though was ingress and egress wasn't great for someone like Mom (60+ years old), or for my dogs.

Innova: Surprised this wasn't mentioned. It is ideal for chauffeur driven usage however the high pricing kills it unless you're specifically looking for a third row of seats.
Why we didn't end up shortlisting it: Size, ideally a 4 seater because every day comfort of the captain chairs made sense over odd fifth passenger, and lastly ingress & egress.
However, this was a top contender on my list for peace of mind, comfort, safety. Third on the short-list.

Creta: The diesel was just too overpriced for what it offers. 19L OTR for the top end diesel AT OTR Mumbai Corporate, and I still lose out on a few small but convenient features! Lastly, the rear seat feels a little hemmed in if you aren't a tall person.
However, as a product it is one of the few Hyundai's I recommend to people.

Compass: Out - no diesel automatic, ridiculous pricing for the top end that puts it close enough to bigger cars like the Tucson and Tiguan post discounts. Didn't even end up going to the showroom to see it.

Tucson: Ideally, this would have been perfect. Reliable, spacious, comfortable, stunning to look at, practical, and what not! However interiors were a big let down, the curvy exterior wasn't great at tackling traffic (my office is located near Saat Rasta / Jacob Circle - people familiar with this area will know how much of a pain navigating this area can be). Was second on the short list.

Tiguan: the only reason this made it into our garage was thanks to the brilliant deal VW was offering. The dimensions are perfect - around 10-12cm longer than the S-Cross which makes parking it in the toughest spot at home a breeze. Interiors are among the best compared to it's competitors. Feature loaded, AWD, and tough enough to handle mild off-road courses (something I want to try out) was a big plus. Ingress and Egress are easy enough for seniors. Ample space, great practicality. Plus, the solidity of the car is something else, as is the driving experience compared to it's peers.
What were let downs are: resale value (because not many people buy pre-owned Germans due to maintenance costs - however we have a 5 year warranty and if the car performs well, will keep her for a while), fear of maintenance (DSG and electronics primarily), average performance (compared to Tucson), harsh ride in the city if you compare it to the Tucson, but otherwise fairly compliant over smaller bumps. For a little bit more than the Tucson, it was worth it for the way it met our requirements.
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I totally agree with this assessment. Many years back, I had the same experience when I had rented the Jeep (Grand Cherokee) for a longish road trip in the Carolinas. It was so under powered and sluggish that I never rented one ever again.
My experiences with Jeep have been radically the opposite between 2014 and 2018...

I ve rented a Renegade in America and drove it around quite a bit in Texas, Florida and Georgia.
Then we had rented a Patriot 4x4 and drove it from Wash DC through the Allegheny Mountains to Pittsburgh and so on in the nice snowy wintry weather with plenty black ice on the roads.
Great fun.

And we rented a Grand Cherokee 4WD Latitude variant and drove that one all the way up through Tennessee, the Smoky Mountains and along bits of the Appalachian Trail through the Cumberland Gap and Kentucky Horse Country, Cincinnati, Dayton and stuff all the way through to Chicago where we gave it back...

Ive even driven an old Wrangler TJ and newer JK on a dude ranch somewhere near Fredericksburg in Texas.

Last month, I had a 10-12 day rental of a Jeep Renegade 2WD top spec which we drove around a great deal in the South of France along rural and semi rural roads and such. That was also a very nice vehicle.

I thoroughly enjoyed all those drives in those Jeeps.
I like Jeeps. They are solid, they are tough and they are pretty good fun.


But I wont be buying a Compass in India though I voted for it. This is because I believe it is a bit too large for my personal needs and I need something more around the size of the Yeti which I presently own.
However, if FCA India in their collective wisdom, decide ever, to bring in the Renegade TrailHawk, I will consider that as my next vehicle.

But hey. I have the Yeti for daily use and an Old Gypsy beater for fun use. So why bother?

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