JEEP Compass Price in Delhi, Compass Variants, Interior, Exterior & Review

Mid 2016 marked the entry of the brand JEEP in India after a wait of almost 3 odd years. They targeted Rich Indian Premium owners by baiting their SUV hunger with worldly renowned Wrangler and Cherokee. Completely Built Unit (CBU) was the only way these cars were let available to the potential buyers. But due to excessive taxes on CBU Jeep prices were lot higher than its direct competitors and hence resulted in pretty bad sales figures for the international SUV maker. Due to which other veteran car makers stole the show with a list of better features and service assurance for the same price, shattering the American Automaker’s dreams of captivating the premium SUV market here in India. Jeep was not welcomed with an overwhelming response which obviously does not go with the reputation it holds in the automobile heritage. They had to come up with a product which would help them enhance their share in Indian market. And, Oh Boy! they are back with a bang. It was the month of March 2017 when the baby Cherokee or officially know as Jeep Compass was showcased for the very first time at Geneva Motor Show 2017. This car was considered to be the Fiat Chrysler’s big wide hope for the Indian market for the taste of cars we Indians possess which can’t go better if mated with a premium tag like that of the Jeep’s.

Earlier on 31st of July the car was officially launched for the Indian market at a very competitive price range starting from Rs 14.95Lacs to not so deal breaking top of the trim Rs. 20.65Lacs. Let us pay some light to what the car packs for its potential buyers and how can it outdo its competitors which have a rugged grip over the market.

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Exteriors

Starting of with its exteriors Jeep Compass cannot be mistaken for a full sized SRT which may have gone on a diet for sometime now. Front holds the imposing seven-slat chrome finished grills. The Grills are further guarded by Iron-Man oriented wide headlights which features projector headlamps and day time running LEDs. The Front has got a real aggressive stance to it which won’t make it work too hard to stand out of the crowd and Grand Cherokee inherited design cues will take care of its looks on the premium end.

Side body is again marked by the Cherokee based trapezoidal wheel arches which seats a rather small 17” alloy wheels. At the top we notice the chrome strip which divides the body from the roof and gives it a shark fin like floating roof design at the back in support with the massive D-pillar in action. Plastic Body cladding runs all the way till the back along with the parallely placed beltline which runs even further to the back and ends at the tail lamps.

Rear body doesn’t lag behind in terms of competing with its elder sibling Grand Cherokee. The prominent chrome strip is found at the back too which holds the rather small rear wind screen along with a sporty looking blacked out roof-mounted spoiler. Further it has wrapped around LED tail lamp units which adds to the good books of the overall design cues and letting the aesthetics win all hearts with flying colours.

We conclude with rather some impressive numbers like the 4447mm of length, 1813mm of width and 1651mm of height. Ground clearance of about 200mm give the driver a rather commanding hold over the vehicle on the road which is accompanied by a wheelbase of 2634mm and a good to do turning radius of 452mm.

Such boastful measures would open possibilities of a grand cabin inside, without much delay lets throw a light at the interiors too.

Interiors

As soon as one takes the giant 200mm plus step of getting into the car, vibes of a premium luxury car is felt at the best. Jeep has really hit the ball out of the park with their high end interiors on board which are exorbitantly well built. Soft feel of the dash along with the easy to read and use instrument panel with the very comfortable leather seats of the cockpit makes you feel well cocooned in the lap of luxury. Centre Console then offers the touch screen MMI control infotainment system which is further integrated with Jeep’s UConnect for better experience. The car is further mated with dual zone climate control with additional AC vents in the rear. Sadly, the flow of air is not controllable in the back. Talking of the back lets boast about the ‘snow-white’ upholstery which would be a tad too tedious to maintain on the long run. Leaving apart the colour we have specially designed rear seats for the Indian and the Chinese markets which like to be chauffeured around. Leg room, shoulder room and head room are not the best in the segment but they are decent enough to cater three people in back seat. You also get an armrest in the centre which has got a couple of cup-holders. Otherwise seats are pretty comfortable which seat you well over the supremely comfortable leather material on your long rides.

A small list of not so good portions of the Compass are the laggy UI of the infotainment system along with not so practical glove box and central console space. On technical end it should have been packed with features like cruise control, sunroof, auto headlights and wipers along with auto dimming mirrors. Never mind any of the features aren’t too big to be a deal breaker.

Aesthetics and comfort has been well taken care of by Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles. Let’s pay some light to the engine option on board along with the ride quality this baby beast bags and boasts off. Followed by the break-up of variant wise indexing which would also help us come across the chart list once again.

Engine Specifications

JEEP has taken a decision of providing two engine options for the “Made in India”  SUV which are 2.0 lt Multi jet Turbo Diesel and 1.4 lt MultiAir Turbo Petrol. Numbers produced by this baby brute can take you by shock along with that over any terrain too without much hassle. Petrol engine produces an impressive power of about 162PS along with maximum torque of 250NM. Petrol engine will be mated with two transmission options which are 6 speed manual and a 7 speed dual clutch Automatic transmission. Diesel is no less. It doesn’t leave any stone unturned in comparison to the petrol engine or outdoing its competitors. It has a power output of about 173 PS along with a maximum torque of 350 NM. These numbers on paper feel quiet real when the SUV is taken out for a spin.

Ride Quality

Ride quality is pretty pliant and plush which envelop you well from the outside world. JEEP has done a fair amount of hard work in terms of cutting down the cabin noise when on the go. Anyhow at higher revs diesel engine can’t stop you from listening to its grunt which again doesn’t act as a deal breaker. Suspension has got a special feature named Frequency Selective Damping. FSD is a modern day feature which lets the car alter its suspension setting according to the road condition hence optimizing the ride quality. On a straight go, the car feels pretty sure footed and smooth while ramming the needle down those red line. Its size does the justice to it having a little amount of body-roll which is again a conventional SUV problem and can’t be skipped at any cost. Overall the wide stance of the Compass accompanied by its mighty engine options raised to such a decent ground clearance is more than enough to hover over any patch of road at any given speed with those chunky all terrain tyres.

Off-Road Capability

Which company does off-roading better than the Pioneers themselves? Certainly the same JEEP genes are pretty much visible here too which is again pampered by the All terrain management system. All terrain management system lets you choose between Snow, Mud, Sand and it also lets it set to Auto mode for intelligent off-roading. Though it misses out on manual differential lock settings. Black cladding around the body provides great protection to the car by taking all the beating. JEEPs capable off-roading is seem to be doing its best again without much effort irrespective of the road conditions. The petrol engine sadly cannot be taken off-roading as it only comes with Front wheel drive option but the diesel engine boasts of the versatile All wheel drive features this car possess. However, Front Wheel Drive diesel engine is on sale too.

Safety Features 

  • Four Channel ABS & ESP
  • Panic Brake Assist
  • Brake Booster Failure Compensation
  • Roll Mitigation
  • Brake Pre-Fill
  • Six Airbags

Trims & Pricing 

Lets again concentrate on the trims and the features they bag.

SPORT

  • 2.0L Multi-jet Turbo DIESEL Engine– Manual Transmission
  • 1.4L Turbo MultiAir Petrol EngineManual Transmission
  • 6 Speed Manual Transmission
  • U-Connect 5” Touch Screen infotainment
  • 16” Stylized Steel Wheels
  • Halogen Headlamps, Incandescent Tail Lamps
  • Front Airbags • Electronic Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • ABS
  • EBD
  • 4 Disc Brakes
  • Electric Adjusted Mirrors
  • Electric Parking Brake
  • All Black Interiors

Cost: Petrol – Rs. 14.95L  & Diesel – Rs. 15.45L

Longitude

All features of Sport +

  • 2.0L Multi-jet Turbo DIESEL Engine– Manual Transmission
  • Power Folding Mirrors
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Fog Lamps
  • 17” Alloy Wheels
  • Keyless Enter-N-Go
  • Push Button Start
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Beige and Black Interiors

Cost: Diesel – Rs. 16.45L

Longitude-Option

All features of Longitude +

  • 2.0L Multi-jet Turbo DIESEL Engine– Manual Transmission
  • U-Connect 7” touch Screen Infotainment
  • Android Auto/Apple Carplay
  • Dual Zone Auto AC
  • Black Roof Rails
  • Projector Headlamps
  • Rear Parcel Shell

Cost: Diesel – Rs. 17.35L

Limited

All features of Longitude Option +

  • 2.0L Multi-jet Turbo DIESEL Engine– Manual Transmission
  • 1.4L Turbo MultiAir Petrol Engine- 7 Speed DDCT
  • LED Tail lamps
  • Rear Camera
  • Leather Seats
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Door Scuff plates
  • Ski- Grey McKinley Leather Upholstery with Ruby Red Stitching

Cost: Petrol – Rs. 18.70L(AT) & Diesel – Rs. 18.05L

Limited-Option

All features of Limited +

  • 2.0L Multi-jet Turbo DIESEL Engine– Manual Transmission
  • 1.4L Turbo MultiAir Petrol Engine- 7 Speed DDCT
  • HID Head Lamps
  • Black Painted Roof

Cost: Petrol – Rs. 19.40L(AT)  & Diesel – Rs. 18.75L

Limited 4×4

All features of Limited +

  • 2.0L Multi-jet Turbo DIESEL Engine– Manual Transmission
  • Selec-Terrain
  • 4WD transmission
  • Front side Airbags
  • Curtain Airbags

Cost: Diesel – Rs. 19.95L

Limited 4×4 Option

All features of Limited +

  • 2.0L Multi-jet Turbo DIESEL Engine– Manual Transmission
  • Selec-Terrain
  • 4WD transmission
  • Front side Airbags
  • Curtain Airbags

Cost : Diesel – Rs. 20.65L

Another austerity Fiat Chrysler Automobiles need to be working on is, setting up smooth and reliable Dealer-Buyer relationship which would lead to hassle free servicing of vehicles along with better Assistance possibilities.

With such competitive pricing and a list of exquisite features on board the battle for the compact SUV winner is going to be fierce. Cars like Mahindra XUV500 & Hyundai Tuscon will be its meaningful competitors. Well cars like Toyota Crysta and TATA Hexa are more of a MPV therefore, in spite of falling in the same price bracket they don’t just belong to the same segment at heart.

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