In the recent years, the modern SUV segment has witnessed a tremendous growth. Earlier, the popularity and market share of SUVs on a whole were low, almost negligible compared to what the other segments had, but that is not the case anymore. There are a lot of manufacturers with a variety of SUVs in their portfolio, and we are seeing this segment bulging at a fast rate.
Renault launched various cars in the Indian market in almost all the major segments, but none of them, except the Duster SUV, proved to be a blockbuster. Renault is taking another attempt at the flourishing D-segment SUV with the introduction of yet another SUV. The company is now hoping to capitalize on the success of the Duster with the new Captur crossover.
On the other hand, the American entry-level SUV, the Jeep Compass, was launched in India at the end of July 2017. Surprisingly, the company managed to price it right, so as to give the other D-segment SUVs a tough competition.
Let’s get into a deeper conversation and find out how the Renault Captur and Jeep Compass would perform if ever there was a comparison between them.
Some features of the Renault Captur and Jeep Compass are at par with each other. Standard stuff across both cars include a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, instrument cluster with a digital display, leather upholstery along with an electrically adjustable driver’s seat and cruise control.
The Captur introduces a new top-of-the-line Platine variant that gets gold and white interior in order to increase the premium appeal. On the other hand, the Compass gets a white and black interior combination. Both the Renault Captur and Jeep Compass have a lot of accessories and features and customizable options. For example, the Renault Captur features seven customization packs that upgrade the look and the feel of the vehicle by allowing the owner to personalize their car.
By the first impression of the car, the Renault Captur looks more sculpted and sharp at every corner. The bumpers and wheel arches are butch and much more prominent than the Jeep Compass. Though the two SUVs look a lot different aesthetically, there isn’t much of a difference in their dimensions, that is, they have a similar wheelbase and overall length.
The Renault Captur will be the only SUV in the segment to feature an all-LED headlight cluster. The bold Renault logo is set against a gloss black background, thereby, completing the front view of the Captur and making it aggressive in its stance. The brushed aluminum split-shaped alloys too look classy. At the rear end, the car holds a C-shaped LED taillights cluster that entices the overall designing.
The new Compass has a strong similarity to the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee. This SUV comes with the iconic seven-slot grille and a boxy, sculpted exterior. It isn’t much sculpted and is all about pure aggression. The brand has made this budget-friendly SUV look special with a dual-tone paint scheme and a few quirky design details. The Compass may not look fascinating but looks grand. However, it sits marginally lower than the Captur in terms of ground clearance.
The Renault Captur is available with both fuel variants. Both the petrol and the diesel variant comes with a 1.5-litre unit power plant. The petrol engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 104 bhp along with a peak torque of 142 Nm. On the other hand, the diesel engine will be producing a highest power of 108 bhp and a peak torque of 240 Nm. The former is offered with a five-speed MT while the latter gets a six-speed unit. For petrol engine, an option of Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is also offered, while on the other hand, automated manual transmission (AMT) option is featured as an option in the diesel.
The Compass also comes with two different engine variants. The 1.4-litre petrol unit produces out 160 bhp power and 250 Nm torque while a 2.0-litre diesel gives out 171 bhp and 350 Nm torque. The former can be purchased with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission while the diesel at present gets a six-speed manual transmission only. The top-spec diesel variant also gets torque-on-demand AWD system as a part of the package.
India will be the first country to get the right-hand-drive version of the Renault Captur and the same will be manufactured at the Renault-Nissan plant in Oragadam, Chennai. Hence, the localization helps the SUV to have the lowest price tag of around Rs. 8 lakh, which is lesser than most of the other available SUVs in India.
The Jeep Compass, on the other hand, is priced at Rs. 15.15 lakh onwards. So, on the price parameter, Renault Captur is much more affordable than the Jeep Compass. Hence, it might be troublesome for the American automaker to keep up its reputation in a country where affordable cars are widely accepted.
However, keeping aside the price factor, the Jeep Compass seems superior among the two in almost every field. While the Captur has a modestly powered engine, the Compass is a power machine. It looks grand and premium and can beat the Captur with its looks and power, any day.