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Tata Harrier vs Jeep Compass: Real-world performance, mileage comparison

CARDEKHO
Published Apr 11, 2019, 1:03 pm IST
Updated Apr 11, 2019, 1:03 pm IST
Under the bonnet, the Harrier has the same engine as the Compass, but in a different state of tune.
The Compass is also rated to deliver better mileage than the Harrier.
 The Compass is also rated to deliver better mileage than the Harrier.

Tata’s Harrier makes a strong case for itself against similarly sized SUVs like the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson because it’s priced aggressively. It has the same engine as the Compass, albeit in a less powerful state of tune, and is heavier too, leading one to believe that the Compass should naturally be the quicker SUV. The Compass is also rated to deliver better mileage than the Harrier. But do the real-world tests reaffirm this or is it a different story altogether? We took both out for a thorough road test and here's what we found.

Before we dive into real-world test figures, let’s take a look at the engine specs of both the SUVs.

 

 

Tata Harrier

Jeep Compass

Displacement

2.0-litre

2.0-litre

Max Power

140PS

173PS

Peak Torque

350Nm

350Nm

Transmission

6-speed MT

6-speed MT

Claimed fuel efficiency

16.79kmpl

17.1kmpl

Kerb weight

1675kg

Up to 1654kg

Performance Comparison

Acceleration and Roll-on Tests:

 

0-100kmph

30-80kmph

40-100kmph

Tata Harrier

12.11s

7.20s

11.38s

Jeep Compass

10.03s

7.32s

11.56s

Jeep’s Compass is not only more powerful than the Harrier, but also has a better power to weight ratio, and that is clearly evident in the 0-100kmph times of the two. The Jeep is more than 2 seconds faster than the Tata.

But the Harrier edges past the Compass in both, 30-80kmph and 40-100kmph times. What this means, is despite the Harrier being heavier and less powerful than the Compass, overtaking in the city will be easier.

Braking Distance:

 

100-0kmph

80-0kmph

Tata Harrier

45.70m

28.49m

Jeep Compass

45.09m

27.56m

Of the two, the Compass is the quicker one to come to a halt, be it from 100kmph or 80kmph. This can be easily attributed to the lower kerb weight of the Compass. While the difference is less than a metre between the two cars in both cases, the Compass should be more composed in extreme braking scenarios, thanks to four disc brakes, unlike the Harrier's disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear.

Fuel Economy

 

City

Highway

Tata Harrier

11.29kmpl

15.39kmpl

Jeep Compass

11.07kmpl

16.02kmpl

In the city, the Harrier will be slightly easier on your pocket than the Compass. On the highway though, the Compass will return a better fuel efficiency than the Harrier.

Let us now calculate fuel expenses when you use the Harrier or Compass on a monthly basis, depending upon your route. As an example, we are taking your total monthly commute to be 1000km and the price of diesel has been fixed at Rs 70.

 

25% city, 75% highway

50% city, 50% highway

75% city, 25% highway

Tata Harrier

Rs 4960.90

Rs 5373.90

Rs 5786.90

Jeep Compass

Rs 4857.74

Rs 5347.60

Rs 5838.20

From the above table, the difference between the Harrier and the Compass is not more than Rs 105 in any situation and thus, it is fair to assume that both cars will have similar fuel bills when driven in similar environments.

Verdict

The Compass is more powerful and frugal(on the highway) than the Harrier, making it a better highway cruiser. If these are among your top two criteria for buying a car, the Compass is the safe bet. The Harrier performs better in the city and will return a slightly better efficiency too in the urban jungle. So, if efficiency and city usage are high on your list, the Harrier is the more sensible pick.

Disclaimer: This article has not been edited by Deccan Chronicle and is taken from a syndicated feed. Photos: CarDekho.

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