As Tiguan launched in India, we pit it against one of the highly-anticipated launches in the segment, Jeep Compass.
German conglomerate Volkswagen has finally launched the much-awaited Volkswagen Tiguan SUV in the Indian market. Launched as a five-seater premium SUV, the Tiguan certainly has a tough competition in the way up to the pinnacle. Priced at Rs 27.68 lakh, the SUV will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Endeavour and others in its league.
Aside from the on-sale models in the segment, Tiguan will face-off with Jeep’s upcoming Compass model slated for launch in Q3, 2017. Considering that Compass will be available with a CKD kit, it is already creating hype for its competitive pricing. As Tiguan already launched in the country, we pit it against one of the highly-anticipated launches in the segment, Jeep Compass. Here is our spec-based comparison.
|Rs 20 lakh||Rs 27.68 lakh|
|Rs 25 lakh||Rs 31.04 lakh|
Volkswagen had showcased Tiguan in India last year at the 2016 Auto Expo. Almost a year after its official unveiling in the country, the German carmaker has officially launched the SUV in the Indian market. The production of the car has already been started at the company’s manufacturing unit at Aurangabad, Maharashtra. This premium SUV is available in two variants – Comfortline and Highline – in diesel automatic versions only. While the former is priced at Rs 27.68 lakh, the range-topping model is tagged at Rs 31.04 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is to be noted that VW has initially launched the five-seat version of the SUV, whereas the seven-seat variant will be introduced on later stage.
On the other hand, Jeep’s already hyped model, Compass will be launched in India in Q3, 2017. The SUV will be assembled at Fiat’s Ranjangaon production unit starting June 2017. With a high-level of localisation, the SUV is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh. However, some media reports also claim that Jeep is aiming to price the base model as low as Rs 16 lakh.
The new Volkswagen Tiguan is available with a 2.0-litre, TDI diesel engine that also powers the Skoda Octavia and the upcoming Skoda Karoq. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 143bhp and a peak torque of 340Nm. The diesel unit will be paired to a 7-speed DSG transmission for transmitting power to front wheels in base trims with an optional 4Motion AWD (all-wheel-drive) layout.
Contrary to Tiguan, Jeep Compass will be offered with diesel and petrol engines. The diesel engine on the carline will be a high capacity 2.0-litre Multijet II unit good for 168bhp of maximum power and 200Nm of torque. The petrol version will use Fiat’s 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir engine making 160bhp and 200Nm of torque. Transmission duties will be taken care of by a standard 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed dual-clutch AT with select petrol trims. Additionally, there will be a choice between 2WD and 4WD drivetrains.
Underpinning VW’s MQB platform, Tiguan measures 4,485mm in length, 1,839mm in width and 1,632mm in height. Wheelbase stands at 2,681mm and luggage compartment offers 615-litres of space which could further be expanded to 1,665-litres by folding the rear seats.
With almost similar dimensions, the Jeep Compass measures 4,447mm in length, 1,813mm in width and 1,651mm in height. The wheelbase at 2,634mm is slightly shorter than Tiguan and the ground clearance will be around 178mm.
In terms of features both the SUVs will be armed to the teeth. Starting with VW Tiguan, it will equip a 5-inch colour display with an optional 8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink etc. In addition, there is a raft of comfort goodies such as Pure Air Climatronic triple-zone automatic climate control, ergoActive seat with 4-way lumbar support and massage function, heated steering wheel panoramic sunroof and several others. While on the safety front Tiguan receives seven airbags, front assist with city emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, automatic post-collision braking system, lane assist, pre-crash proactive occupant protection and adaptive cruise control.
At the official unveiling of Compass, Jeep claimed that the SUV will offer 50 active and passive safety features and other comfort goodies that will be offered for the first time in India. Among the various features, here are some vital ones-8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen system, keyless entry with start/stop button, Beats 9-speaker audio system with subwoofer, Jeep’s 4WD Active Drive Low system, Automatic Climate Control and leather seats. Safety provisions will include a host of equipment like six airbags on 4×4 trim, stability electronic control, all disc brakes, cornering fog lamps, ABS, EBD, PBA, HBFC and EBP, speed traction control, hill start assist to name a few.