July 31, 2017: The Jeep Compass has been launched in India. Prices start at Rs 14.95 lakh for the petrol and the top-end diesel is priced at Rs 20.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).It has racked up over 5,000 bookings in just a few days since the bookings opened. The interest in the Compass is high and an attractiveprice tag can give Fiat Chrysler Automobiles a taste of success with this made-in-India SUV.
The Compass measures 4395mm long, 1818mm wide, 1640mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2636mm. The five-seater SUV rides on 18-inch alloy wheels (in its top-spec Limited variant) and gets features such as bi-xenon projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and a two-tone paint scheme. The interiors feature a black and white colour theme, and get goodies such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), a 6-speaker sound system and dual-zone climate control. On the safety front, the top-spec Compass gets 6 airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, hill hold and descent control.
Engine options for the Jeep Compass include a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and a 2.0-litre diesel. The petrol motor develops 160PS and 250Nm, and will be available with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel, on the other hand, makes 173PS and 350Nm and is available with a 6-speed manual transmission only. Jeep has confirmed that a 9-speed automatic will be available with the diesel drivetrain by the end of this year, or early next year.
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The Jeep Compass is offered in a whopping 10 variants. The base Sport 1.4 Petrol is priced at Rs 14.95 lakh while the top-of-the-line Limited (O) 2.0 Diesel 4x4 is priced at Rs 20.65 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. For the city, the Limited 1.4 Petrol AT makes most sense, while the Limited 2.0 Diesel 4x4 is for those who want to experience Jeep's legendary off-road capability.
Hyundai Creta: Yes, the top-end variants of the Creta are priced in the same price range as the base Jeep Compass. The Creta, in comparison, does not look as tough but still has a SUV-ish stance. Inside too, it is well equipped and has a premium feel. The biggest advantage is Hyundai's vast service network and lower cost of maintenance.
Tata Hexa: Tata's flagship is almost entirely in the same price range as the Jeep Compass. It offers the space to seat 7 people, and, when the lower variants are compared, offers more equipment. The Hexa looks like a long SUV, but its dimensions do not make it ideal for off-roading. Tata's after-sales service and long term reliability are also not up to the mark.
Mahindra XUV500: The Mahindra XUV500 also falls in a similar price bracket as the Jeep Compass. It uses the same off-roader with the heart and soul of a softroader vibe as the Compass but with a larger body. The XUV is unashamedly a crossover but has the hardware to let be driven over bad roads. The feature loaded Mahindra puts some of the variants of the Jeep to shame.
Hyundai Tucson: The actual competitor of the Compass in many international markets, but in India Jeep has priced the Compass so competitively that the Tucson feels overpriced at first glance. The Tucson relies heavily on its mean exterior design, leather-covered interior, powerful diesel engine and on-road manners to attract customers. It is also backed by the company's larger service network.
Legacy of the Jeep brand, design, handling
Noisy engine, feature list could be better
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Jeep Compass comes with a total of 10 variants with slightly complicated feature distribution. Worry not, we have done the hard work and here is what you get in each trim.
Easily the most anticipated SUV launch of the year, the Jeep Compass is finally here and as expected, at an amazing price.
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