The Indian auto industry has seen a lot of new players enter the market over the past couple of years. With competitive pricing and segment-leading designs, each car maker is going the extra mile to compete. And if there is one brand that has truly made a mark, it’s the American automaker Jeep. Entering India roughly 3 years ago, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ premium crossover SUV, the Jeep Compass has already managed to woo the Indian SUV buyers with its masculine looks, and a feature-rich platform. In this overview, we will find out what makes the Jeep Compass a popular SUV choice, and whether or not it delivers what it really promises.
Probably the best-selling point for the Jeep Compass is its exterior styling. Since its launch in 2017, the Jeep Compass has been able to create a niche for itself in term of looks and styling. The Jeep Compass has a pinch of freshness and out of the box thinking. While most of its competitors rely on fluid designing and swoopy bodies, the Jeep Compass offers a conservative yet modern design. Inspired by the Mini Cherokee, the Jeep Compass comes with Jeep’s signature 7-slab grille and squared wheel arches. The Compass’s face has been given a masculine look by integrating bi-xenon HIDs in the headlamps along with fog lamps that are integrated with turn indicators. Overall, the front end is styled to give the Compass an imposing stance.
In terms of the side profile, the sloping roofline gives the SUV a perfectly squatted look justifying its crossover ideology. The blend of 17″ alloys look modern and classy while the chrome garnishing above the windows gives the Compass, a sporty yet elegant look. The rear is simply designed with a large Jeep branding in the middle. In terms of finish, the Compass does exceptionally well with its solid build quality and use of premium and durable materials.
In terms of interiors, the dash layout of the Compass is again heavily inspired by the Grand Cherokee. There is a dual-tone theme adopted throughout the dash, with a clever blend of black and whitish-grey. The seats in the top-end limited variant come with pure leather upholstery with ruby-red stitching. The base variant gets quality black fabric upholstery, while the mid variant comes with beige fabric upholstery.
The overall interior quality is further enhanced by dual-tone steering with audio controls cleverly placed behind it. The compass also comes equipped with a 3.5 inch MID sitting between the tachometer and speedometer. There is also a 7-inch touch infotainment system with AUX, USB, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link. The Jeep Compass is a perfect SUV to accommodate 4 people comfortably, since the rear of the car isn’t very roomy . The Compass though has a very comfortable rear seat with 2 adjustable headrests, large leg and headroom and rear AC vents. With 438 litres of boot space, the Jeep Compass offers an overall package of modest interiors fitted with quality materials.
Performance and Safety
For sheer driving pleasure, excellent performance is topped with maximum safety. And when it comes to performance, the Compass doesn’t fail to impress with its 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine and a 1.4-litre Multiair petrol engine. While the diesel variant churns out a maximum of 173 bhp with 350 Nm of torque, the petrol variant delivers a maximum of 160 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. Both the petrol and diesel variants draw power from a 6-speed manual or AMT gearbox, the company has also offered a 4×4 version of the Compass to the consumers. While the petrol variant return a mileage of 16 kmpl the diesel variant return somewhere around 17.1 kmpl.
In terms of ride quality, the Jeep Compass has a refined engine and offers a stable and supple ride quality. The Compass feels sturdy even at triple-digit speeds thanks to its robust suspension and breaks. Being an SUV, the Compass impresses with its handling, build quality and even off-roading capabilities.
Whether you are a city/highway driver or an off-road lover, the Compass does well in terms of safety and protection. With a host of safety features like ABS with EBD, Dual Airbags, power door locks, rear seatbelts, crash sensors, front impact beams, and an anti-theft device offered as standard, the top-end variants are further equipped with advance safety features like Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Curtain Airbags, Electrochromic Auto-Dimming IRVMs, Roll Over Mitigation and ESP to look out for the driver during emergency manoeuvres. That’s not all, the Made in India Jeep Compass also scores a perfect 5 stars in the Australian NCAP testing.
The Final Verdict
The Jeep Compass is a vehicle that offers masculine looks, classy interiors and a powerful diesel engine. With its robust build quality and 5-star safety features, the Jeep Compass has managed to create a wide consumer base for itself in face of tough competition from the likes of Hyundai’s hot-selling compact SUV, The Hyundai Creta and Tata’s popular SUV, The Harrier. Overall, the Compass presents itself as a tough SUV designed to handle both on and off-road experiences. No matter which variant of the Jeep Compass you buy, the car will always deliver power.
Priced to compete worthy opponents like the Hyundai Creta, KIA Seltos, MG Hector, Tata Harrier, etc., the current version of the Jeep Compass comes in 9 different variants and 6 different colours to choose from, with a price tag of Rs. 16.49 – 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Jeep is a brand that has recently paved its way into the Indian Auto Industry. Therefore it would be pretty rare to see a Jeep Compass in the pre-owned vehicle market. However, the best part about buying a pre-owned vehicle is the sheer diversity of choices that are typically offered. In terms of pricing, one can bring home Jeep’s robust SUV for an average price of Rs 14 to 16 Lakhs for a 2017 version. And for those looking to buy the almost new and latest version of the Compass, the average cost for a 2018-19 version is ranged from Rs 17-20 lakhs.
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No matter whether you buy a brand new Jeep Compass or bring home a pre-owned one, Jeep’s characterful designing coupled with feature-loaded interiors will make you a true Jeep fan instantly. And with Jeep’s network of consumer care constantly expanding, one can be assured of smooth driving and after-sales experience. After all, the Made in India Compass is backed by the renowned trust of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
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