The Hyundai Creta has been a runaway success for the Korean carmaker right from the start and has been India’s bestselling compact SUV for long. The benchmark it has set in the segment has always been a challenge to comprehend for the competition including India’s largest carmaker- Maruti Suzuki which struggles to make volume with its S-Cross. However, January 2019 is going to be rather interesting as the compact SUV segment will see not one but two new SUVs coming- the highly anticipated Tata Harrier and Nissan Kicks. carandbike team has driven both the SUVs and they not only stood on our expectations but surpassed them by a margin. While it is not possible to justify the package as the prices are still awaited, in the meantime, we are comparing their specifications to assert how well they will stand against the competition on paper.
Exterior And Platform
|Model||Tata Harrier||Nissan Kicks||Hyundai Creta||Jeep Compass||Renault Captur|
|Length||4598 mm||4384 mm||4270 mm||4395 mm||4329 mm|
|Width||1894 mm||1813 mm||1780 mm||1818 mm||1813 mm|
|Height||1706 mm||1656 mm||1630 mm||1640 mm||1619 mm|
|Wheelbase||2741 mm||2673 mm||2590 mm||2636 mm||2673 mm|
A huge edge for the Tata Harrier comes from the OMEGA Platform it is based on. The OMEGA platform is a derivative of Land Rover’s D8 platform which underpinned the Freelander 2 and was modified for the Discovery Sport. The Harrier also debuts Tata’s new IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy and stands true to the H5X concept which was unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Harrier is not only larger in dimensions than the Nissan Kicks and Hyundai Creta, but also has the largest footprint in its segment.
Also Read: Tata Harrier SUV Review
The India-spec Nissan Kicks is underpinned by the MO platform which is also shared by the Renault Captur, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano. The MO platform is more robust than the one on which the global model is based on and has a bigger footprint which translates into a better cabin space. It is also marginally bigger than the Renault Captur. Though the Nissan Kicks looks more of a crossover with its angular proportions, treatments like a floating roof, bold body claddings, slightly exaggerated wheel arches and a hunkered down front housing the wide Nissan ‘V’ grille give it a nicer and butch looking stance.
Also Read: Nissan Kicks First Drive Review
The Hyundai Creta has been the benchmark in the compact SUV segment for long. It is underpinned by Hyundai’s PB platform which is also the basis for many other Hyundai and KIA models. The Hyundai Creta had received a facelift earlier this year which has made its much-admired urban SUV look even better with a newly profiled bumper and the three-slat cascade grille which has made it look wider up-front. There hasn’t been any manor change in the side profile and the rear bumper has just been slightly tweaked to fit the skid plate.
The Jeep Compass is based on the MK platform which is a modified version of the Jeep Renegade’s platform. The MK platform has also been widely acknowledged for its robust characteristics and has been the key factor in getting the Compass a five-star rating in the GNCAP. The Compass is one of the most proportionate compact SUVs around and its on the face front housing the prominent seven-slat grille looks butch. The sides and rear of Compass have been kept simple, though the wheel arches and haunches are a bit flown out in a bid to add some SUV appeal.
Also Read: Jeep Compass Diesel SUV Review
The Renault Captur is based on the same MO platform as the Kicks which is its counterpart from Renault. However, it is not nearly identical in dimensions as is the case with the Duster and Terrano and there is a marginal difference between the Captur and Kicks. The Captur in fact is shorter and lesser in height than the Kicks; however, has the same wheelbase and width. They both are exactly not the same even it looks like the Duster and Terrano and has their own builds and appearances. The front of the Captur is more upright than the Kicks and though it also has a floating roof, its flanks are more curved inwards and the window line rises towards the end giving it more of a spherical look from the side.
Also Read: Renault Captur Petrol Review
|Model||Tata Harrier||Nissan Kicks||Hyundai Creta||Jeep Compass||Renault Captur|
|Boot Space||425 litres||400 litres||405 litres||408 litres||392 litres|
The Tata Harrier has the largest footprint in all and of course, has the most spacious cabin. Now what adds to the package is the quality of materials and finish of the cabin. Everything from the oak wood palette used on the dash and grab handles to the soft touch upholstery feel plush and better than its class. Aesthetically the cabin of the Harrier too looks alluring and uncluttered, be it the wraparound dash with a binnacle line running the width of the cabin or the 8.8-inch floating touchscreen which is high on functionality and eliminates many buttons. The Tata Harrier at 425 litres has the biggest boot space too of them all with all the seats up which can be expanded to 800 litres.
The cabin of the India-Spec Nissan Kicks has also been applauded and is better finished and equipped than the global model. It also gets soft touch treatments on the dash and doors; however, not on the upholstery. The design even here is neat and the 8.0-inch floating display integrates all the controls for the infotainment and ambient sparing just the climate control which has physical switches on the central console. The Nissan Kicks has a boot space of 400 litres.
One of the strongest selling points of the Hyundai Creta is its interiors which is both up on material quality and fit & finish. However, it’s been almost four years that we have had the Creta in our market and the design has started looking dated now specially when you put it aside the Harrier. Having said that, the cabin still feels airy, thanks to the not so high window line and high positioning of the seats. The Creta gets a 405 litres boot.
The Compass gets the best in class materials and a really well finished cabin.
The Jeep Compass also has one of the most well-finished cabins in its class and the quality of and materials used for the switch knobs (plastic and chrome) and on the upholstery (which are soft touch) feel premium. The cabin itself is well appointed and one cannot really complain about the ergonomics spare the ingress and egress for the rear passenger as the door wells don’t open wide enough for aa climb given the tall height. The legroom at the rear also isn’t the best in its class which could be because its wheelbase is comparatively shorter considering its length. That said, it stands second in terms of boot space with 408 litres which can be further expanded to a whopping 1191 litres.
The materials used in the Captur are good just that there is no soft touch surface. The space inside the cabin is almost similar to that in the Kicks, given the fact that the wheelbase and width are similar. However, the boot of the Renault Captur at 392 litres is comparatively less spacious (8 litres) than the Kicks.
The upcoming Tata Harrier is well equipped with all the segment standard features on the outside as well as on the inside. Features like LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) and HID Xenon headlamps are the first ones to sight as you see the SUV while the cabin is equipped with terrain drive modes, auto climate control, keyless entry and go, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and is linked to a JBL sourced surround sound system, logo projection on the outer mirrors and more. However, there is no sunroof on offer.
The Hyundai Creta still remains the leader of the board as it packs in a bit extra. The top-end Hyundai Creta also gets a sunroof, wireless charging dock and wrist band entry along with all the features that other two are offering such as touchscreen unit which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, engine start-stop button and more.
The Jeep Compass too gets a fair amount dose and offers features like an 8.4-inch touchscreen connected to Fiat’s U-Connect interface which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Features like LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) and HID Xenon headlamps are also on-board and the cabin is equipped with terrain drive modes, auto climate control, keyless entry and go and more.
The Renault Captur will also offer all the quintessential features like Projector headlamps, DRLs, auto climate control, Engine Start-Stop button and more. Moreover, it gets a touchscreen which only supports Android Auto as of now.
|Model (Diesel)||Tata Harrier||Nissan Kicks||Hyundai Creta||Jeep Compass||Renault Captur|
|Engine||1956 cc||1461 cc||1582 cc||1956 cc||1461 cc|
|Power||138 bhp||108 bhp||125 bhp||170 bhp||108 bhp|
|Torque||350 Nm||248 Nm||260 Nm||350 Nm||248 Nm|
|Transmission||6 M/T||6 M/T||6 M/T 6 A/T||6 M/T||6 M/T|
|Model (Petrol)||Tata Harrier||Nissan Kicks||Hyundai Creta||Jeep Compass||Renault Captur|
|Engine||Only Diesel||1498 cc||1591 cc||1368 cc||1498 cc|
|Power||104 bhp||121 bhp||160 bhp||104 bhp|
|Torque||145 Nm||151 Nm||250 Nm||145 Nm|
|Transmission||6 M/T||6 M/T 6 A/T||6 M/T 7 A/T||6 M/T|
The Tata Harrier will be offered with just a single drivetrain option at the launch- a fiat sourced 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, multijet diesel which is mated to only a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. It lacks an automatic transmission which is quite a limitation considering the increase in the demand for automatic transmissions. That said, this is the most powerful engine of the lot with 138 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque.
The Nissan Kicks will get the same drivetrains which are seen on the Nisssan Terrano, saving for the automatic. There will be one 1.5 litre diesel engine which will produce 108 bhp and 248 Nm of peak torque and will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. While there will be no automatic at the start, Nissan is considering introducing it at a later date. The petrol Nissan Kicks will also get a 1.5-litre petrol engine which will produce 104 bhp and 145 Nm of peak torque and will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard.
The Hyundai Creta again will take advantage of multiple drivetrains it has on offer. Starting with the diesel, there is a 1.4-litre CRDi engine which produces 88 bhp and 220 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Then there is a more powerful 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, CRDi diesel engine which produces 125 bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard while has the six-speed torque convertor unit as an option in the SX variant. Then there is a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, VTVT petrol motor which churns out 121 bhp and 151 Nm of peak torque and even this one is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while six-speed automatic is optional on the SX variant.
The Jeep Compass is also available with two engine options. The diesel Compass has a 2.0-litre, four-Cylinder, multijet engine which produces 170 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed unit as standard. The diesel Compass is also the only among these five which has a four-wheel drive variant. The Petrol gets a 1.4-Litre, four-cylinder engine which produces 160 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque, There are two gearboxes on offer with the petrol engine- a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Renault Captur has the same drivetrains as the Kicks. The Diesel is powered by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine which produces 108 bhp and 248 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Petrol gets a 1.5-litre, four-Cylinder petrol motor which produces 104 bhp and 145 Nm of peak torque and is also mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Harrier and Compass are the safest among these five in terms of features.
On the safety front, it’s the Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass which take the lead as they offer a bunch of more driver-aid features such as, Roll Over Mitigation, cornering stability control, traction control and hill descent control.
Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are standard in all three of them and the top-end variants of all three get six airbags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP).
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