With the Jeep Compass, Fiat Chrysler Automotive is looking at capturing a chunk of the Indian SUV market. It’s also the pivotal model because, with it, the company’s focus has clearly shifted from the slow-selling Fiat products to Jeep — mainly the Compass. It sits between compact SUVs like the Hyundai Creta and the larger vehicles like the Toyota Fortuner. There’s quite a lot to like about what is the smallest Jeep on sale in the country right now.
With a design that resembles the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Compass couldn’t have gone wrong. The main attraction is the handsome stance, which clearly separates the Jeep Compass from the smaller rivals. The dual-tone roof, a variety of alloy wheel designs, and optional things like Black Pack mean that aesthetically the Compass is pleasing. It’s instantly recognisable as a Jeep, which says a lot about the design.
The interior of the Jeep Compass is a mixed bag. It has some really high-quality things like the overall fit and finish, heavy doors, and the rugged-looking dashboard. It gets a lot of features — and is priced accordingly, too — like a panoramic sunroof. The seats are comfortable, and the rear bench can be folded down to carry larger items. A nice touchscreen infotainment unit sits right in the centre of the dashboard, and works well, too.
The Jeep Compass is currently available in both petrol and diesel forms. The former is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol ‘MultiAir’ unit (163 PS and 250 Nm). Despite the Jeep Compass being large and decently heavy, the engine has a good amount of pull. It is available with both manual and automatic gearbox choices, but in the current specifications, it can only power the front wheels.
So if you’re looking for a Compass that does a bit of off-roading, you have no other option but to splurge on the diesel-powered version. The 2-lite Multijet unit has a good amount of power (173 PS) and torque (350 Nm), so driving it on the road or off it is no problem. The only bummer here is that the Compass Diesel can only be bought with a manual gearbox, at the moment.
There are four trim levels available on the Jeep Compass: Sport, Longitude, Limited, and Limited Plus. Prices start at Rs 15.4 lakh for the petrol-engined version and Rs 16.6 lakh for the base diesel. The top-spec Limited Plus version can be bought at Rs 21.46 lakh for the petrol AT and Rs 22.9 lakh for the Diesel Compass 4x4.
In terms of competition, there’s a wide rivalry faced by the Compass. To start with, there’s Hyundai Creta on one hand. The XUV500 might be larger than both but it reflects in the sale. On the larger side of things, there’s the Hyundai Tucson. Going further upwards in the range, there are vehicles like the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Isuzu MU-X, etc.
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