Priced between Rs 14.95 lakh and Rs 20.65 lakh, the 2017 Jeep Compass is the most affordable SUV from the American automaker in India.
Jeep Compass is available with two engine options - 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol & 2.0-litre MJD II diesel
GST council is planning to increase the tax regime on larger cars and SUVs by 10 per cent. If tax structure changed, Jeep’s most affordable model, ‘Compass’ will witness a significant hike in price by up to Rs 1.5 lakh. Government is planning to increase additional tax for luxury vehicles and SUVs to 25% from the current 15%. The new announcement will take the total tax to 53% from the current 43% (28% + 15% additional tax). Launched on July 31, 2017, the Jeep Compass has been priced in the range of Rs 14.95 lakh lakh – Rs 20.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The SUV has been receiving an excellent response from car buyers. Even before the official launch, Fiat Chrysler Automobile India was claiming to have over 5000 pre-orders for the SUV. The SUV currently commands a waiting period of around 3-5 months. The Compass carline is available in three trim levels – Sport, Longitude and Limited. It is being offered with two engines – a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged petrol and a 2.0-litre Multijet II turbocharged oil burner. The diesel version is highly fuel efficient and is claimed to deliver 17.1kmpl. Transmission choices include standard 6-speed manual gearbox and an optional 7-speed DCT unit. Diesel variants currently miss out on the auto box, albeit Jeep will launch the diesel automatic with a 9-speed automatic unit at a later stage.
As a reminder, the company has started delivering the SUV to customers from August 5. FCA has currently started deliveries the diesel variants of the SUV, while the deliveries for the petrol variants will commence from Diwali. The range-topping model also get an optional 4×4 drivetrain with a Select-Terrain system that offers four driving modes – Auto, Snow, Mud and Sand. FCA claims that the Jeep Compass is equipped with 50 active and passive safety features, 30 premium features and 20 pioneering tech. The Compass range gets standard (ESP) Electronic stability program, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), Dyanmic steering,, hill start assist features to name a few, while the top-spec trim gets six airbags. With robust engines to its credit and Jeep’s off-road capabilities, Compass is receiving good response from the customers. Read More – Jeep Renegade Is Coming To India
-Feature packed cabin
-Standard dual airbags, ABS with EBD
-Jeep’s off-road mechanism
-50 Active & passive safety 7 security features
-No option for 7-seat layout
-No auto box for diesel line-up Read More About – Jeep Grand Cherokee & Cherokee SRT
|Variant||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Sport||Rs 14.95 lakh|
|Limited||Rs 18.70 lakh|
|Limited Option||Rs 19.40 lakh|
|Sport||Rs 15.45 lakh|
|Longitude||Rs 16.45 lakh|
|Longitude Option||Rs 17.35 lakh|
|Limited||Rs 18.45 lakh|
|Limited Option||Rs 18.75 lakh|
|Limited 4×4||Rs 19.35 lakh|
|Limited 4×4 Option AWD||Rs 20.65 lakh|
Thanks to heavy localisation and lowered tax regime on larger cars and SUVs, Jeep has managed to price the Compass SUV aggressively in the market. The Jeep Compass prices start from Rs 14.95 lakh and goes up to rs 19.40 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the fully-loaded top-spec petrol variant. Diesel powered Compass on the flip side is priced between Rs 15.45 lakh to Rs 20.65 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The company claims that the SUV has over 65 per cent local components, which helps Jeep to achieve competitive pricing for its most affordable SUV in India. That said, this newly launched Compass undercuts rivals by a substantial margin, giving it cusp over competition. At this price point, the made-in-India Jeep Compass could eat into the sales of Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta (top-spec variant) and the likes. In a very surprising move, FCA is planning to increase additional tax on SUVs and larger cars by 10%. If this happen, the Compass prices could be increased by up to Rs 1.5 lakh. FCA is also bringing MOPAR brand in India for sourcing original parts and accessories, which will further benefit the model. Read – Jeep 526 Compact SUV To Challenge Ford EcoSport
Equipped with capable engines, Jeep’s off-road capabilities and aggressive pricing, Compass has been receiving excellent response from the customers. That said, the model garnered 1000 bookings within few days after the booking started. While the numbers catapulted to over 5000 unit in over a month’s time with 60% of the demand for the range-topping diesel variant.
The vehicle currently commands a waiting period of around 3-5 months, depending upon variant and dealership. The booking numbers are keep increasing with every passing day, and it is expected that the waiting period could also rise in near future. While Jeep Compass gets a lucrative price tag, the company is aggressively working on expanding the dealership network in India and is likely to expand it to 60 outlets within 3 to 4 months.
|Diesel||17.1kmpl (4×2) & 16.3kmpl (4×4)|
The Compass carline is being offered with two engines – a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and a 2.0-litre MJD II diesel. These engines are claimed to offer decent fuel economy. While the 2WD diesel variant delivers an impressive fuel efficiency of 17.1kmpl, the all-wheel-drive version of the SUV delivers 16.3kmpl. The company hasn’t revealed the mileage of petrol version and if estimates are taken into consideration, the petrol unit will return around 12-14kmpl.
|Engine||1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir Petrol|
|Engine||2.0-litre Multijet II Diesel|
|Max Power||170bhp @ 3,750rpm|
|Max Torque||350Nm @ 1,750rpm – 2,500rpm|
The Jeep Compass is available with two engine options – a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and a 2.0-litre Multi-Jet II diesel – which has been borrowed from the upcoming Renegade SUV. The diesel version churns out a maximum power output of 170bhp at 3,750rpm along with a peak torque of 350Nm between 1,750rpm to 2,500rpm. In fact, this engine will also be used by Tata Motors for its upcoming premium SUVs being developed under the codename Q501 and Q502. Maruti will also source this capable diesel engine to power its upcoming 7-seater premium SUV.
On the flip side, the 1.4-litre turbocharged Multi-Air petrol engine dishes out 162bhp of power and 250Nm of top torque. For transmission duties, the SUV gets a standard 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox on select petrol variants. The American automaker will also introduce a 9-speed automatic gearbox on the diesel unit at a later stage.
The Compass diesel also gets an option between 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains. The all-wheel-drive version also comes with a Select Terrain system with four driving modes – Auto, Snow, Mud and Sand. These driving modes can alter the drive dynamics and power delivery of the SUV. The Snow, Sand and Mud modes have been pre-programmed to tune the AWD system, stability control and steering precision etc as per the driving conditions. Another interesting feature on the 2017 Jeep Compass enables to automatically disconnect the rear axle at various cruising speeds along with slight increase in the fuel economy.
The Compass is built on the new Small Wide platform that also underpins the global Fiat 500X crossover and India-bound Jeep Renegade. It takes plethora of design cues from Grand Cherokee. Up front, the SUV gets seven-slat chrome finished grille along with projector headlamps with integrated LED DRLs. The wide bumper, skid plates and mesh design for air-inlets inject aggression to the face.
Sides of the SUV come equipped with square-like wheel arches wrapped with Grand Cherokee resembling alloy wheels. A prominent belt-line runs across the length of the SUV and meets with the taillamps. While the chrome lining on the upper window frame extends to the rear windscreen. The plastic body cladding cannot be missed on the side which goes all the way to the back.
The rear profile has also been crafted tastefully, complementing the other facets. Some of the bits at the back are reminiscent of the Grand Cherokee such as the wrap-around taillamp units and roof-mounted spoiler. The small rear windscreen and a large bumper complete the overall look.
Sits above 4 meters in length, Compass gets boastful proportions. It measures 4,447mm in length, 1,813mm in width and 1,651mm in height. The vehicle comes with a large wheelbase of 2,634mm, which turns into a spacious cabin. It has a ground clearance of 178mm and has a turning radius of 452mm.
The insides are wrapped in light grey and black dual tone colour scheme. The design of the dashboard is a bit dull and the hard-shiny plastic is a bit of a put off. It also gets piano black surrounds around the air con vents which is again not so classy. While the padded door pads and the leather wrapped steering wheel comes for the vehicle’s rescue.
To carve more space on the inside, Jeep has modified the Renegade underpinnings. One must note that Compass is available in single 5-seat layout unlike rivals in the segment that offer space to accommodate two additional occupants. The seats are soft & comfortable, but they get light ‘Snow-white’ upholstery which seem a tad hard to maintain, considering the dust laden Indian roads. In terms of comfort, the seats are snug, with comfortable leg room and shoulder space for the occupants. At the back, the bench offers good thigh support to the occupants.
While Compass offers comfortable seats with ample legroom and shoulder space, it gets plethora of comfort goodies including power operated and folding outside rear view mirrors, SelecTerrain 4WD system, keyless entry go with push start-stop, dual zone climate control etc. While it misses out on features such as cruise control, auto headlights and wipers, sunroof and auto-dimming mirror.
As mentioned above, there is ample space inside which makes the cabin practical. While there’s enough shoulder and leg room for occupants, the storage space on the centre console is cramped. It additionally gets bottle holders, cup holders, glove box and rear parcel tray etc.
The entry level Sport & Longitude variants in the carline get a 5.0-inch infotainment U-Connect system, whereas the 7.0-inch system with smartphone connectivity features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered from Longitude (O) onwards.
The Compass SUV is available in three trim levels – Sport, Longitude and Limited – and in total of 7 variants. The variant list includes Sport, Longitude, Longitude Optional, Limited, Limited Optional, Limited 4×4 and Limited 4×4 optional. Here is variant-wise feature breakup –
Sport – This base variant in the Compass lineup will be offered with both petrol and diesel engines. However, it will only come with a six-speed manual gearbox. The flared wheel arches of the car will be fitted to 16-inch steel wheels. Instead of projectors, the Sport trim gets halogen headlamps and conventional tail-lamps. It will also get an all-black cabin. Feature list include a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, electrically operable ORVMs, front airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control, electric parking brake and 4 disc brakes.
Longitude – Besides sharing features and components, this variant also gets some additional equipment. Adding to it, the mid-level Longitude variant will only be offered with the 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine. Talking about features, it has front fog lamps, keyless entry with push buttons start-stop, keyless entry, rear parking sensors and dual-tone cabin. Read More – Jeep Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500
Longitude (Optional) – While the Sport and Longitude variants are equipped with a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the Longitude Optional model will be available with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This system is compatible with Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay. Adding to it, this optional trim gets projector headlamps and a rear parcel tray.
Limited – This variant will be offered in both engine options with both automatic and manual transmissions. Other features include six airbags, traction control, ABS with EBD and Electronic stability control.
Limited (Optional) – This will be the range-topping model and is equipped with all the features that are offered in the Limited model. However, it comes equipped with HID headlamps and a contrast black roof. Other features like touchscreen, multi-functional steering wheel, six airbags, traction control, etc are shared with the lower-end models.
Limited 4×4 – This model is only available with 2.0-litre MJD II diesel engine with 4-wheel drivetrain with Jeep’s Select terrain management system, side airbags and all row full-length side curtain airbags.
Limited 4×4 Optional – Besides all the features that are accessible in the Limited 4×4 variant, this model gets bi-xenon high intensity discharge headlamps and dual-tone roof-top.
Jeep claims, Mopar will be its service backbone in India with 48 Mopar authorized workshops. In will additionally offer 3-year roadside assistance program. One must note that Jeep Compass will offer 1 year and 15,000 kms service interval. It will also offer the following services under Mopar brand-Mopar’s maintenance packages, accessories and merchandise, battery car and tyre care.
Jeep’s cheapest SUV in India, Compass, is launched in five colour options including Minimal Grey, Vocal White, Exotica Red, Brilliant Black and Hydro Blue.
The 5-seat Compass SUV offers decent space for storing luggage. That said, the model gets 410-litre of luggage compartment that can further be expanded courtesy the 60:40 split rear seat.
The most affordable SUV from Jeep in India debuts in the premium SUV space and go up against models including Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan. Considering that it carries an aggressive pricing courtesy 80% localisation, it will have other models like Hyundai Tucson into its radar. With rugged looks, efficient engines and plethora of features on offer, the model has a cusp over rivals in the segment. You May Also Like – Jeep Compass Vs VW Tiguan | Jeep Compass Vs Fortuner | Jeep Compass Vs Hyundai Tucson
The 2.0-litre diesel engine offers a bit of a turbo lag under the 1800rpm mark, though it runs smoothly after that. A bit of the noise is evident on the diesel unit which starts fading after the 4500rpm mark. In terms of ride quality, it scores well. The steering is very responsive, though a bit of a roll is experienced in the corners. As for the transmission, it is light and smooth.
As mentioned in the beginning, the Compass SUV comes equipped with 50 active and passive safety & security features. The standard features on the line-up include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, stability and traction control, four-wheel disc brakes and electric parking brake. In addition, it also come with rear parking sensors, rear camera and HID headlamps. One must note that the side & curtain airbags as well as rear camera are offered only on the Limited and Limited (O) variants.
Aside from its rugged looks, feature packed cabin and comfortable interior, the Compass gets Jeep’s off-roading DNA. Where it scores well is the performance, something Jeep brand is globally known for. Jeep’s first made-in-India SUV with over 65% localisation, is likely to be priced competitively and this could very well work in its favour. Overall, Jeep Compass seems like a complete package with comfortable space inside and a raft of features.
With an aggressive price tag of Rs 14.95 lakh, the new Jeep Compass undercut its closest rival Hyundai Tucson by upto Rs 3 lakh. With appealing design and Jeep badging, this product could be a big winner for the American brand.