As apparent as it is, the compact SUV segment in India has evolved at an absolutely rapid rate. Once upon a time, the idea of a small SUV would sound almost ridiculous. But as time progressed, people realized that a compact SUV makes a lot of sense. Our country was recently introduced to the legendary American marquee, Jeep. With a 65% localization level, they launched the Jeep Compass in late 2017 which ran off to an immediate success. On the other hand, you have the current segment leader from the Hyundai, the Creta. The Creta is the most successful car in this segment that is averaging a sales figure of around 10000 cars a month. Today, we will compare both these cars on their different attributes and find out which one reigns superior. So let’s start with our Jeep Compass vs Creta face-off.
For round 1 we’ll start off with the dimension comparison as usual. Despite being made for different primary purposes, both cars are quite close in terms of size. In length and width, the Compass has a clear advantage, implying it has more leg room and can seat 3 passengers at the rear more comfortably. The Creta however, takes the advantage in height with 15mm which is a decent amount of extra headroom.
In terms of wheelbase, the Compass is ahead but for a compact SUVs, that’s a negative point. This added wheelbase gives the Compass a large turning radius making it less maneuverable than the Creta. Moving on to tyre size, the Compass wins again with a 10mm wider tyre through both options. Shockingly enough, the Compass loses out to the Creta in ground clearance! It takes back the boot space round but again loses out in terms of kerb weight with at least 199 kilograms more weight than the Creta.
Jeep Compass vs Creta: Engine Performance and Mileage
Engine Specifications (Petrol):
6-Speed Manual/7-Speed Auto
6-Speed Manual/6-Speed Auto
Engine Specifications (Diesel):
6-Speed Manual/6-Speed Auto (6-Speed Manual)
18 kmpl (20 kmpl)
Jeep Compass vs Creta: Engine Variants and Options
Coming to the performance round, both cars come in diesel and petrol variants and different permutations of transmission options. The Compass gets two different primary engines, a 1.4-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel. Only the petrol variant gets an option of a 7-speed DDCT automatic. The diesel only comes with a 6-speed manual. The Creta, on the other hand, gets a total of 3 engine choices, a 1.6-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.6-litre petrol and diesel options get a torque converter 6-speed automatic variant but the 1.4 only gets a manual 6-speed option. The Jeep Compass gets a major advantage with its 4×4 option. The Creta only comes in 4×2 which means off-road enthusiasts will have to look elsewhere.
Jeep Compass vs Creta: Engine Performance
Seeing the numbers, it’s not too hard to decipher which car has the upper hand. The Compass is a clear-cut winner. Despite the excess weight it carries, it puts out some really impressive power and torque figures. The Creta does put out a generous amount of both for its engine. However, the Compass still remains a clear victor by a very good margin. The Creta is no doubt a very capable vehicle in both the city as well as the highway. The turbo lag on the diesel is also very well managed. However, the Compass feels a notch superior in every aspect. The mild turbo lag that the Creta suffers from is almost completely absent here. The Compass with its abundance of power and torque simply tears through every road with barely any effort. The excess wheelbase works wonderfully here in giving the car on-road stability.
Jeep Compass vs Creta: Gearbox Comparison
Both cars get 6-speed manuals but the automatic mechanisms are starkly different. The Compass gets a DDCT (Dual Dry Clutch Transmission) while the Creta relies on the good ol’ torque converter mechanism. In another surprising turn of events, the 7-Speed DDCT on the Compass falls short of the Creta’s 6-Speed torque converter. It is a well-known fact that Dual Clutch transmissions are the best in the industry. Sadly the Compass’ auto is just not up to the mark of a Volkswagen DSG. It hesitates a lot while shifting and makes the car’s otherwise concealed turbo lag very apparent. In comparison, the Creta’s torque converter sure asks for more throttle input but the shifts are perfect and on point. The gearbox has a really good understanding of how you intend to drive. In the manual option, both cars are equally competent with a light clutch effort and slick sure-slotting shifts.
Jeep Compass vs Creta: Features and Looks
Jeep Compass Equipment and Appearance:
The latest generation Jeep Compass was launched in India in July 2017. In top trim, it boasts of the following equipment:
Trademark 7-Slot Grille with Chrome Rings
Body Coloured Mirrors with Indicators and Door Handles
Integrated Rear Spoiler
Integrated Roof Rails
Bi-Xenon HID Projector Headlamps with LED DRLs
LED Tail Lamp and LED Position Lamps
Front Fog Lamps with Cornering Function
Customizable 3.5-inch Driver Information Display
Full-Length Front Console with Sliding Armrest
Rear Armrest with Integrated Cup Holders
UConnect 7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment Display with Navigation Controls, Integrated Voice Command, Bluetooth Audio and an In-Built Compass (Pun not intended).
Frequency Selective Damping Suspension
Dynamic Steering Torque
Keyless Entry and Push-Button Start
Capless Fuel Filler
Jeep Active Drive with Selec-Terrain Management System
Reverse Parking Camera with Sensors
Safety Net comprising of Electronic Parking Brake, Active Turn Signals, All-Speed Traction Control System, ABS with ESC and EBD, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill Start Assist, Front and Rear Fog Lamps, Double Crank Prevention System and 6-Airbags
As far as appearance goes, the Compass has loads of character. It looks really striking with its Grand Cherokee inspired front. Despite being slightly down on height, it looks very muscular and has a good street presence. There are numerous bulges and creases running across the car with a sloping roofline which give it a somewhat sporty appearance as well. The rear section of the Compass also looks very neatly executed with the bold Jeep logo standing out in the middle. Jump inside the Compass and you are greeted to a very plush interior. There are a few niggles like the button blanks which are quite an eyesore, but the car looks really good overall from the inside as well. Two things it’s sorely missing is a sunroof and cruise control which we hope do get added in the future.
Hyundai Creta Equipment and Appearance:
The Hyundai Creta was launched in 2015 and recently received a majorly cosmetic facelift earlier this year. The top model of the Creta consists of the following equipment:
Redesigned Grille with Chrome Inserts
Silvered Front and Rear Skid Plates
Bi-Functional Projector Headlamps
LED DRL with LED Position Lamps
Integrated Roof Rails
17-inch Diamond Cut Alloy Rims
Body Coloured ORVM’s and Side Moulding
Chrome Finished Door Handles
Shark Fin Antenna
Metal Finished Inner Door Handles
6-Way Power Driver Seat
Front and Rear Door Map Pockets
Keyless Entry with Push Button Start
Sliding Front Armrest
Electric Tailgate Release
7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System with Audio Control and Bluetooth Mode
Wireless Charger Port
4-Speaker Arkamys Mood Sound
Safety Net Comprising of 6-Airbags Vehicle Stability Management Control (VSM), Hill Start Assist, Electro-Chromic Mirrors, Lane Change Indicator, Impact Sensing Door Lock, ABS with EBD and ESC
The Creta already has a well-established prowess in the market despite being just 3 years old. The Creta doesn’t have the brawny muscle of the Jeep but does have a very elegant appearance. It isn’t anything eye-catchy but looks really good on the road. With the facelift it received earlier this year, the car now looks a lot more pleasing, especially with those gorgeous rims. The interior is the same as the previous car with a welcoming Fluidic 2.0 design structure. All the luxury equipment bits that the Jeep is devoid of are present here. However, the Creta doesn’t have any off-road aids like the Compass and is strictly only for the road. That said, it’s quite a good-looking car and packs in a lot of equipment as most of the other Hyundais.
Jeep Compass vs Creta: Pricing
Jeep Compass Variants and Price:
Sport 1.4 Petrol
Sport 2.0 Diesel
Longitude 2.0 Diesel
Longitude 2.0 Diesel (O)
Limited 1.4 Petrol
Limited 2.0 Diesel
Limited 2.0 Diesel (O)
Limited 1.4 Petrol AT (O)
Limited Plus 2.0 Diesel
Limited 2.0 Diesel 4×4
Limited Plus 1.4 Petrol AT
Limited 2.0 Diesel 4×4 (O)
Limited Plus Diesel 4×4
Hyundai Creta Variants and Price:
E 1.6 Petrol
E Plus 1.6 Petrol
E Plus 1.4 CRDi Diesel
S 1.4 CRDi Diesel
SX 1.6 Petrol
SX 1.6 Dual Tone Petrol
S 1.6 AT CRDi Diesel
RS. 13.26 Lakhs
SX 1.6 CRDi Diesel
SX 1.6 Petrol (O)
SX 1.6 CRDi Dual Tone
SX 1.6 AT Petrol
SX 1.6 AT CRDi Diesel
SX 1.6 CRDi Diesel
Jeep Compass vs Creta: Conclusion
Dimensions: Very very close match-up despite the vast differences in which the cars are built. Both cars get the upper hand in 3 different aspects. This round is a draw.
Performance: No comparison whatsoever, the Compass has a dominating performance output straight up. While the Creta does have a better Automatic Transmission, the Compass wins in everything else. As an added plus it has tremendous off-road capability where the Creta isn’t even remotely close.
Mileage and Range: The Creta has a more fuel-efficient engine owing to its smaller engine. However, the Compass’ petrol variant reigns better marginally in terms of range. But in the diesel variants, both engine options on the Creta have the superior range. This round goes to the Creta.
Features and Equipment: The Jeep Compass is sorely missing out on certain key creature comfort elements like a sunroof, cruise control and automatic wipers which are present on the Creta. On the other hand, the Compass gets a load of terrain management and driver aids which massively boost its off-road capabilities. On top of that, it gets a 4×4 system which is not even available as an option on the Creta. This round is again a draw.
Price: Even the topmost variant of the Creta is more affordable than the lowest variant of the Jeep. Hands down, the winner is the Hyundai Creta
Final Verdict: Before commencing with this article, you may feel that the Jeep is going to be the victor without any difficulty whatsoever. But after comparing the intricate aspects of both, the verdict comes out to be starkly different. In this Jeep Compass vs Creta comparison, the Compass emerges victorious in only one aspect which is the performance. The Creta comes out superior in 2 and the rest two are a draw. There is no denying that the Compass probably has better off-road capabilities than some bigger SUVs. However, unless you are a very hardcore enthusiast, you will be spending more than 90% of your driving time on the road only. Hence, taking the holistic overview into consideration, the winner of our Jeep Compass vs Creta comparison is the Hyundai Creta.