Jaguar E-Tempo vs Volkswagen Tiguan vs Jeep Compass

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SUVs imply a giant return on funding for manufacturers. Whereas Jaguar might need taken its time to faucet into this profitable a part of the automotive market by which its German rivals have been so sturdy, buoyed by the success of its F-Tempo SUV, the British agency has now taken that recipe and downscaled it for its new E-Tempo.

In contrast, Jeep has made a reputation for itself on the subject of 4x4s and SUVs, and its newest mannequin to hit the highway is the brand new Compass. This extra premium providing is focusing on the identical market sector because the E-Tempo, an space that’s been occupied fairly convincingly for some time by the slick Volkswagen Tiguan SUV.

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We’re testing these automobiles in additional inexpensive, lower-powered turbodiesel guise, with every mannequin that includes a handbook gearbox. The winner should mix fashion and substance, mixing high-quality supplies and building with a chassis that delivers consolation and composure. The powertrain, in the meantime, should serve up sturdy sufficient efficiency with out sacrificing economic system.

A tall order, then. Learn on to search out out which household SUV emerges victorious.

Jaguar E-Tempo

Mannequin: Jaguar E-Tempo D150 FWD S
Worth: £32,645
Engine: 2.Zero-litre 4cyl turbodiesel, 148bhp
Zero-60mph: 10.eight seconds
Take a look at economic system: 45.1mpg/9.9mpl
CO2: 124g/km
Annual highway tax: £140

Even within the crowded sector the E-Tempo is getting into, there’s loads of scope for premium SUVs as a result of consumers need the sense of fashion and area they carry. In £32,645 D150 S spec, our take a look at automotive is without doubt one of the extra inexpensive choices Jaguar gives, so is it a extra engaging proposition than its rivals right here?

Regardless of solely its entrance wheels transmitting energy to the highway, the E-Tempo didn’t undergo off the road. It accelerated from Zero-60mph in 10.eight seconds, which was quicker than the much less highly effective Compass by 4 tenths of a second, however slower than the equally punchy and lighter Tiguan.

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The Jag’s surprisingly excessive kerbweight confirmed throughout our in-gear exams as effectively. Though it’s additionally longer-geared than its rivals, pulling 1,750rpm at 70mph, it was three.2 seconds slower than the Jeep between 50 and 70mph in sixth.

The place the Jaguar has a transparent benefit over the Compass is with its experience and dealing with. The E-Tempo feels strong, with weightier steering, superior grip and a extra composed suspension set-up. It nonetheless doesn’t experience with as a lot fluidity and refinement as the very best automobiles within the class, and on the non-obligatory adaptive dampers the Tiguan feels smoother nonetheless right here, however the E-Tempo is acceptably compliant and solely harsh bumps actually shatter consolation.

It’s the niggly, pattery inconsistency because the physique lollops round in turns that is perhaps extra of a problem for many homeowners, and on 19-inch alloy wheels, like these fitted to our automotive, the dampers nonetheless wrestle to filter out the worst of the suspension motion.

Testers’ notes: “The E-Tempo’s six-speed handbook isn’t as slick because the VW’s, with a woollier shift that we’ve skilled earlier than, even in Jag’s F-Sort sports activities automotive. However it’s higher than the Jeep’s field for precision and involvement.”

Jeep Compass

Mannequin: Jeep Compass 2.Zero MultiJet II 140 4WD Restricted
Worth: £31,810
Engine: 2.Zero-litre 4cyl turbodiesel, 138bhp
Zero-60mph: 11.2 seconds
Take a look at economic system: 43.4mpg/9.5mpl
CO2: 138g/km
Annual highway tax: £140

Whereas Jeep is perhaps large in America, within the UK the model hasn’t loved such widespread success. It’s hoping to vary that with this new Compass SUV. For comparable cash to the E-Tempo you get a 2.Zero MultiJet II 140 Restricted with a handbook gearbox and four-wheel drive, which is what Jeep is thought for. At £31,810, it’s this mannequin we’re testing.

The Compass’s issues don’t finish there, as a result of on the highway the Jeep lacks the Jaguar and VW’s sense of sophistication on the subject of experience high quality. On massive £700 non-obligatory 19-inch wheels the entrance suspension copes fairly with bumps and potholes, however nonetheless sometimes crashes, whereas the rear set-up doesn’t really feel very effectively balanced or matched to the entrance in any respect. It rebounds harshly and impacts on passenger consolation. It’s this inconsistency that makes it exhausting to advocate.

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The engine additionally lacks its opponents’ grunt. Whereas it’s down on energy, it additionally offers away torque to the Jag, with simply 350Nm, though it’s produced low down at simply 1,750rpm, as in its rivals. This meant its efficiency on take a look at wasn’t that spectacular, accelerating from Zero-60mph in 11.2 seconds.

No less than shorter gearing, pulling 2,000rpm at 70mph, meant its in-gear acceleration was sturdy sufficient; in truth, the Jeep was faster than the Jaguar in our 30-to-50mph and 50-to-70mph exams, whereas it even beat the VW between 30 and 50mph in third and fourth gears, taking three.7 and 5.four seconds respectively. This flexibility is helpful, as a result of the handbook transmission isn’t very nice to make use of.

It feels obscure and vague, with a protracted throw. Mixed with the noisy motor and better cruising revs, the diesel impacts on the mannequin’s refinement. There’s a good stage of grip for a small SUV, and truly, roll is managed adequately. The steering is suitable, however no higher, as a result of the Compass doesn’t supply the identical stage of precision as within the VW, or the load and solidity of the Jaguar.

Testers’ notes: “The Jeep’s off-road potential isn’t in query. It’ll go additional than the E-Tempo or Tiguan, however that is more likely to be of secondary concern to consumers in contrast with elements corresponding to effectivity, practicality and high quality.”

Volkswagen Tiguan

Mannequin: Volkswagen Tiguan 2.Zero TDI 150 4MOTION SEL
Worth: £32,360
Engine: 2.Zero-litre 4cyl turbodiesel, 148bhp
Zero-60mph: 9.5 seconds
Take a look at economic system: 44.4mpg/9.8mpl
CO2: 141g/km
Annual highway tax: £140

VW’s Tiguan is without doubt one of the most hi-tech SUVs round, however this five-seat household off-roader will want greater than expertise to beat its rivals right here. We take a look at the £32,360 Tiguan 2.Zero TDI 150 four-wheel-drive handbook in well-equipped SEL trim, though our footage present an SE Nav model.

It’s simple to identify the MQB chassis’ traits right here; they imply the VW might be acquainted from behind the wheel to anybody who’s pushed a Golf or a Passat, for instance. The steering is exact and properly weighted, which implies you may profit from the spectacular stage of grip on supply. It feels calm and composed the place the Jeep breaks down and sacrifices consolation.

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A part of that stems from the VW’s chassis, which was fitted with the £810 Dynamic Chassis Management adaptive dampers; these ship loads of consolation of their softer setting over undulating nation roads, with a candy however sure-footed really feel to the best way the suspension controls motion. Even harsher bumps are smothered pretty effectively, and whilst you’ll really feel these, the axles don’t crash like within the Jeep.

The 148bhp 2.Zero TDI unit matches the Jag’s output, however is 40Nm down on the E-Tempo’s torque output and 10Nm shy of the Compass’s. Nonetheless, the VW put in a robust displaying when it got here to efficiency, accelerating from Zero-60mph in 9.5 seconds on take a look at, so it was the quickest automotive of this trio in a straight line.

It additionally had the sting over the Jag in our in-gear exams – significantly between 50 and 70mph in sixth, the place it was three.9 seconds faster, taking 9.9 seconds – however that is because of the VW’s shorter gearing; it turns 2,100rpm at 70mph in contrast with 1,750rpm for the Jaguar.
It’s way more refined than the Jeep, too. There’s a diesel rattle in case you rev the motor, however it’s by no means something lower than clean and settles all the way down to a quiet, distant hum when on the motorway and is way from intrusive when the Volkswagen is cruising.

Though the Tiguan is a household SUV, you may drive it pretty exhausting. It’s extra agile than the Jag and Jeep; it feels lighter, sharper when altering course and the handbook gearbox has  a pleasingly mechanical motion, providing a pleasant stage of interplay, even for a automotive like this.

Testers’ notes: “The Tiguan’s actual bonus is its infotainment (see Web page 44), which is fitted as normal to this high-spec SEL mannequin. It’s so simple to make use of that the VW would be the best automotive to reside with.”

Verdict

First place: Volkswagen Tiguan

It’s first place for the Tiguan because it gives the very best mix of all of the attributes a premium household SUV like these automobiles must. It’s environment friendly, inexpensive to purchase and economical to run, whereas it additionally has a higher-quality really feel than its rivals, but nonetheless delivers strong efficiency. Consider its extra spacious, extra hi-tech cabin and the VW’s standing because the winner right here is assured.

Second place: Jaguar E-Tempo

Jag’s first small SUV will little doubt be a gross sales success because of its sense of fashion, however it’s not the sweetest driver’s automotive. In contrast with the VW it lacks efficiency and luxury, whereas it’s additionally pricier than the Tiguan, not as sensible and may’t match its air of high quality. Operating prices might be suitably low, however the pricier E-Tempo D180 auto is nearer nonetheless to the spec candy spot.

Third place: Jeep Compass

The Compass reveals that Jeep is getting there, however it nonetheless can’t fairly sustain with the tempo of progress on this sector. Restricted spec will get a lot of package for the cash, though it’s let down by the fabric high quality and below-par infotainment. Whereas its sturdy 4×4 functionality might be a giant draw to some, it’s not as refined or as versatile as its rivals, plus the experience high quality is poor.

Is it value ready for this mannequin?

Volvo XC40 D3 Inscription

Due: Summer season
Worth: £31,510
Engine: 2.Zero-litre 4cyl, 148bhp

Volvo’s D3 XC40 arrives quickly, with energy to match the Jag. It’s effectively priced, whereas it’s also possible to go for an AWD model. It’s filled with tech from fashions just like the XC90, however is sensible.

Figures

Volkswagen Tiguan 2.Zero TDI 150 4MOTION SEL Jaguar E-Tempo D150 FWD S Jeep Compass 2.Zero MultiJet II 140 4WD Restricted
On the highway worth/whole as examined £32,360/£32,360 £32,645/£42,690 £31,810/£36,145
Residual worth (after 3yrs/36,000) £16,426/50.eight% £17,850/54.7% £15,377/48.three%
Depreciation £15,934 £14,795 £16,433
Annual tax legal responsibility std/greater fee £2,098/£four,196 £1,878/£three,757 £1,999/£three,999
Annual gasoline value (12ok/20ok miles) £1,551/£2,584 £1,526/£2,544 £1,586/£2,644
Insurance coverage group/quote/VED 17/£493/£140 26/£439/£140 20/£431/£140
Value of servicing £297 (2 providers) £625 (5yrs/50,000) N/A
Size/wheelbase four,486/2,677mm four,411/2,681mm four,394/2,636mm
Peak/width 1,654/1,839mm 1,649/1,984mm 1,644/1,874mm
Engine 4cyl in-line/1,968cc 4cyl in-line/1,999cc 4cyl in-line/1,956cc
Peak energy/revs 148/three,500 bhp/rpm 148/three,500 bhp/rpm 138/three,750 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 340/1,750 Nm/rpm 380/1,750 Nm/rpm 350/1,750 Nm/rpm
Transmission 6-spd man/4WD 6-spd man/fwd 6-spd man/4WD
Gasoline tank capability/spare wheel 60 litres/area saver 56 litres/£155 60 litres/£120
Boot capability (seats up/down) 615/1,655 litres 577/1,234 litres 438/1,693 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,665/621/2,500kg 1,775/545/1,600kg 1,540/667/1,900kg
Turning circle 11.5 metres 11.9 metres 11.1 metres
Primary guarantee (miles)/restoration 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs
Driver Energy producer/supplier pos. fifth/20th* 10th/13th* N/A/third*
NCAP: Grownup/baby/ped./help/stars 96/80/68/68/5 (2016) 68/87/77/72/5 (2017) 90/83/64/59/5 (2017)
Zero-60/30-70mph 9.5/9.three secs 10.eight/10.Zero secs 11.2/12.1 secs
30-50mph in third/4th four.three/5.7 secs four.5/7.1 secs three.7/5.four secs
50-70mph in fifth/sixth 7.three/9.9 secs 9.2/13.eight secs 7.eight/10.6 secs
Prime velocity/rpm at 70mph 125mph/2,100rpm 124mph/1,750rpm 118mph/2,000rpm
Braking 70-Zero/60-Zero/30-0mph 47.5/35.9/9.9m 52.5/39.three/10.8m 49.1/35.1/11.2m
Noise exterior/idle/30/70mph 74/46/60/71dB 74/46/60/71dB 74/49/61/72dB
Auto Categorical econ. (mpg/mpl)/vary 44.four/9.eight/586 miles 45.1/9.9/556 miles 43.four/9.5/573 miles
Govt city/extra-urban/mixed 44.1/58.9/52.3mpg 50.four/67.three/60.1mpg 46.three/60.1/54.3mpg
Govt city/extra-urban/mixed 9.7/13.Zero/11.5mpl 11.6/14.eight/13.2mpl 10.2/13.2/11.9mpl
Precise/claimed CO2/tax bracket 170/141g/km/33% 168/124g/km/29% 174/138g/km/32%
Airbags/Isofix/park sensors/digicam Seven/sure/sure/£550 Six/sure/sure/sure Six/sure/sure/sure
Auto field/lane maintain/blindspot/AEB £1,600/sure/£395/y No/sure/£765^/sure No/sure/sure/sure
Local weather ctrl/cruise/leather-based/warmth seats Y/adaptive/£1,505/y Sure/sure/sure/£310 Sure/sure/sure/sure
Met paint/LEDs/keyless/pwr tailgate £550/y/£380/£355 £615/sure/£510/£410 £700/no/sure/£300
Nav/digi sprint/DAB/join providers Sure/sure/sure/sure Sure/£510/sure/sure Sure/no/sure/sure
Wi-fi cost/CarPlay/Android Auto No/sure/sure No/no/no No/sure/sure