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.
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.
|Mannequin:||Jaguar E-Tempo D150 FWD S|
|Engine:||2.Zero-litre 4cyl turbodiesel, 148bhp|
|Take a look at economic system:||45.1mpg/9.9mpl|
|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.
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.”
|Mannequin:||Jeep Compass 2.Zero MultiJet II 140 4WD Restricted|
|Engine:||2.Zero-litre 4cyl turbodiesel, 138bhp|
|Take a look at economic system:||43.4mpg/9.5mpl|
|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.
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.”
|Mannequin:||Volkswagen Tiguan 2.Zero TDI 150 4MOTION SEL|
|Engine:||2.Zero-litre 4cyl turbodiesel, 148bhp|
|Take a look at economic system:||44.4mpg/9.8mpl|
|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.
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.”
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
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.
|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%|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Auto Categorical econ. (mpg/mpl)/vary||44.four/9.eight/586 miles||45.1/9.9/556 miles||43.four/9.5/573 miles|
|Precise/claimed CO2/tax bracket||170/141g/km/33%||168/124g/km/29%||174/138g/km/32%|
|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|