Expert Review

Jeep Compass

With the launch of the Compass, Jeep took the Indian automotive industry by a storm. Also with the pricing done right, it is still loved by any auto enthusiasts finding the sweet spot between premium features, luxury and fun off roading. Now Jeep has come up with an upgraded line up in the powertrain section with the introduction of a BS6 compliant petrol and diesel engines.


The styling on the Jeep Compass is based on its elder sibling the Cherokee. The overall front fascia gets similar design clues from the Cherokee’s design language. It gets Jeep’s traditional seven slot grille, bi-xenon headlamps, rear fog lamps, roof rails, LED tail lamps, trapezoidal wheel arches, dual tone 18 inch alloy wheels and a dual tone roof. Jeep makes retails the Compass in Vocal White, Hydro Blue, Minimal Grey, Exotica Red, Brilliant Black, Magnesio Grey, Vocal White / Brilliant Black, Minimal Grey / Brilliant Black, Exotica Red / Brilliant Black, Hydro Blue / Brilliant Black and Magnesio Grey / Brilliant Black


On the inside, the cabin is offered with premium leather upholstery, soft touch points, dual tone dashboard and red stiches on the gear knob and steering wheel that uplifts the fit and finish. Jeep has equipped the Compass with dual zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, leather wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming IRVM, 3.5-inch graphic information cluster and 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


The power delivery from the engines is very much smooth and the throttle is very responsive. Hence making overtakes easy and highway runs fun. The suspension unit is tuned very well, which helps to absorb those large potholes and thus making the ride comfortable. In addition to this, the electric power steering is very responsive thus you can maneuver around the city with ease


The petrol variant is powered with a 1.3 liter Turbo Multiair unit that produces 163bhp of power and peak torque of 250Nm. This petrol engine comes matted to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox. On the other hand, the diesel models are powered with a 2.0L MultiJet Turbo that churns out 173bhp of power and 350Nm of twist. The oil burner comes coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission or 9 automatic transmission and the top variants get the 4X4 drive system as well.


In terms of safety, the Jeep Compass doesn't disappoint at all, standard safety features include front dual airbags, ABS With EBD, ESP and Traction control, ESP. Additional safety features include 6 airbags, Brake Assist, Hill descent control, Hill Hold control and electronic differential lock.


Jeep offers the Compass with a 3 year / 100000 km warranty. While the general maintenance cost at 10000km or 12 months will vary from Rs 9000 to Rs 15000.


The Jeep Compass competes with the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV 500 and the Hyundai Tucson


The Jeep Compass retails between Rs.16.49 lakh to Rs.27.6 lakh (EX-Showroom, India). Overall, with the pricing, Jeep provides a great all-round package of tuff road presence vehicle, strong diesel engine along with off road capabilities and comfort.