The much-anticipated Volkswagen T-Roc has officially gone on sale in India today, priced at 19.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India). It is the newest addition to the carmaker's SUV line-up which has already seen the introduction of the Tiguan Allspace early this month. We were the first ones to tell you that the T-Roc will be launched in India, in 2020, and our estimation with regards to the pricing was also bang on. In fact, we have to say, this is quite an aggressive price tag for the T-Roc which is a Completely Built Unit (CBU). At this price range, the VW T-Roc competes with the likes of the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Tucson.
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The Jeep Compass is currently offered in 4 variants, in 11 different iterations, based on engines, transmission, and drivetrains, and the prices range from ₹ 16.49 lakh to ₹ 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Jeep also offers the off-road spec Compass Trailhawk that comes in two trims and is priced at ₹ 26.80 lakh to ₹ 27.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The engine options include - 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine and the 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol unit, and both are BS6 compliant. The oil burner to develop 170 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque, while the 1.4-litre petrol engine makes 161 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. The engines are paired with a 6-speed manual and an optional 9-speed automatic transmission, along with 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrain options. The Compass Trailhawk gets the same 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine, but it churns out 168 bhp and is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
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|Sport Plus||₹ 16.49 lakh||₹ 17.99 lakh|
|Longitude||-||₹ 19.40 lakh|
|Longitude 4x4 AT||-||₹ 21.96 lakh|
|Longitude Plus||₹ 19.69 lakh||₹ 20.30 lakh|
|Longitude Plus 4x4 AT||-||₹ 22.86 lakh|
|Limited Plus||₹ 21.92 lakh||₹ 22.43 lakh|
|Limited Plus 4x4||-||₹ 24.21 lakh|
|Limited Plus 4x4 AT||-||₹ 24.99 lakh|
The Hyundai Tucson, on the other hand, also comes in 4 variants that are classified into 8 trims based on powertrains and transmissions. The SUV is priced in the range of ₹ 18.76 lakh to ₹ 26.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is offered in both petrol and diesel engine options. Under the hood, it gets 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine, and both get the option of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The petrol engine makes 153 bhp and 192.2 Nm of peak torque, while the diesel engine generates 182.5 bhp and peak torque stands at 400 Nm. Having said that, the company has already showcased the facelifted version of the Tucson at the Auto Expo 2020, and the SUV is slated to be launched in India the coming months.
|Hyundai Tucson (BS4)||Petrol||Diesel|
|L||₹ 18.76 lakh||₹ 20.79 lakh|
|GL||₹ 21.87 lakh||₹ 23.64 lakh|
|GL (O)||₹ 22.46 lakh||₹ 24.23 lakh|
|GLS||₹ 23.73 lakh||₹ 26.97 lakh|
As for the newly launched Volkswagen T-Roc, the SUV is offered in only one variant, with only one petrol engine, mated to the DSG automatic transmission as standard. The 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol engine tuned to produce 147 bhp and 240 Nm of peak torque and is paired with the 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.
Considering the Volkswagen T-Roc is only offered in one variant, which is the top-spec trim, as compared to the range-topping models of the Compass and Tucson, even the mid-spec trims, it's certainly a steal. However, the other two offer more variations, and for someone willing to compromise on certain features, the Jeep Compass might be a better choice, purely based on pricing, and because the existing Tucson will be replaced. Furthermore, Jeep Compass also has a diesel engine on offer, it gets 4x4 and it is also BS6 compliant. However, the T-Roc is the newest offering of the lot and it's based on the company versatile MQB platform. And with the growing inclination towards petrol models, it could be a wise choice for someone looking for an urban SUV. However, we will be pitting these SUVs against each other to tell you which one is better. So keep watching this space.