We are looking to purchase a car within a budget of Rs 25 lakh. There’s hardly a handful of cars in this segment these days. We have test driven the Tata Harrier, Safari, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. The Harrier and Safari feel almost identical to drive, with a heavy steering feel at low speeds. We like the drive of the Tucson and the Jeep Compass. We also looked at the T-Roc but felt that it is overpriced. What do you think is the best bet for this segment? Should I also consider the new Octavia?
Umair Alvi, Hyderabad
The Jeep Compass is the best choice, if you have the budget for it. The recent facelift has transformed the cabin, which feels very upmarket and premium. It’s the nicest to drive out of all the cars you have shortlisted, thanks to its strong engine and brilliant ride and handling. The rear seat is not as spacious as the Harrier or Safari, and the upper variants are pricey. But if you enjoy driving, this is the one for you.
The Octavia has just been launched and is also a brilliant car to drive, and its top-notch interiors rival luxury brands. However, the Octavia, which only comes in petrol, is a sedan and can’t be driven with the same aplomb on a bad road like the Compass. So, it depends, if you are mainly city-bound and drive on the highway, too, the Octavia is a good choice, but the Compass is more practical mainly because you can take it anywhere.