Jeep Compass Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

Jeep Compass Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variants explained article, youll find out which variant of the 2020 Jeep Compass petrol you should buy based on the variant prices, features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2020 Compass petrol variants and the features. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the 2020 Jeep Compass with its competitors and the other petrol-powered premium C-segment SUVs like Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen T-Roc and Skoda Karoq.

 

Jeep Compass

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Jeep Compass Petrol?

The pros or advantages of Compass petrol 2020 are:

  • Best-in-class power output and power-to-weight ratio.
  • Most affordable premium C-segment SUV in India
  • Most affordable Jeep in India.
  • A luxurious touch. The only car in this segment from a brand that doesn’t make budget hatchbacks and sedans but sells cars in the Rs. 1.0 crore price range.
  • The Sport Plus variant is well-equipped. The higher variants are well-priced too.

The Jeep Compass petrol 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • 178mm ground clearance looks horrible on a Jeep, which is synonymous with SUV.
  • No manual transmission is higher variants and no automatic in the Sport Plus variant.
  • Questionable long-term reliability of DCT. Non-availability of manual transmission in higher variants further leaves buyers with no choice.
  • Big price jumps between variants.

What Is The Price Of 2020 Jeep Compass?

The Jeep Compass petrol is available in 3 main variants - Sport Plus, Longitude Plus and Limited Plus. The Sport Plus is the most affordable option and it’s only available with a 6-speed manual transmission for Rs. 16.49 lakh (ex-showroom). The Longitude Plus and Limited Plus variants are only available with the automatic transmission and cost Rs. 19.69 lakh and Rs. 21.92 lakh.

There’s also a Night Eagle limited edition variant based on the Longitude Plus variant and it costs Rs. 20.14 lakh (ex-showroom).

JEEP COMPASS PETROL PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI  | SEP 2020

VARIANT

MANUAL

AUTOMATIC

Sport Plus

₹16,49,000

-

Longitude Plus

-

₹19,69,000

Night Eagle
(Limited Edition)

-

₹20,14,000

Limited Plus

-

₹21,92,000

2020 Jeep Compass Petrol Sport Plus - Base Model Features & Review

Sport Plus is the most affordable variant of the Jeep Compass petrol and it gets a decent number of features to offer satisfactory ownership experience. It gets the following notable features:

  • 2 airbags
  • ABS
  • Rear parking sensors
  • ESC
  • Traction control
  • E parking brake
  • Rear washer and wiper
  • Rear defogger
  • Rear disc brakes
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Black interiors
  • 2-zone climate control
  • Remote central locking
  • Tilt and telescopic steering
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Split rear seatback
  • Power mirrors
  • Front and rear armrests
  • All power windows
  • Boot lamp
  • All adjustable headrests

COMPASS SPORT PLUS PETROL | KEY FEATURES

₹16,49,000 (PETROL MT) | Ex-Showroom Delhi | SEPTEMBER 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Style

Std. Safety Features

7-inch Touchscreen

16-inch Alloy Wheels

Electronic Stability Control

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Black Interior

Traction Control

Steering Mounted Controls

Turn Indicators on ORVM

Electronic Parking Brake

USB & Aux

Integrated Rear Spoiler

Rear Wiper & Washer

 

Silver Interior Door Handles

Rear Defogger

 

B&W MID

4 Disc Brakes

   

Day/Night IRVM

   

 

Considering the list of features, this is a good starting point. These features will suffice for most buyers for primarily city and occasional highway use. However, it lacks the wow factor we expect when we’re buying a car from a brand, which otherwise only makes super expensive luxury SUVs.

Some of the features you might miss are:

  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Projector headlamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Rear parking camera
  • Rear parcel shelf
  • Fog lamps
  • Sunroof

Value-wise, this is a good option and worth considering if you don’t want to spend any further for a Jeep. Even reliability wise, this is a solid option as it gets a simpler 6-speed manual transmission and not a dual-clutch automatic. DCTs haven’t done well in the past in terms of long-term reliability considering our harsh climatic and driving conditions. Moreover, the price jump to the Longitude Plus variant is quite steep, although, almost worth it.

COMPASS SPORT PLUS PETROL | KEY FEATURES

₹16,49,000 (PETROL MT) | Ex-Showroom Delhi | SEPTEMBER 2020

Functional

Dual Zone Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents

Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests

Driver & Passenger Sun Visor w/ Vanity Mirror

Tilt & Telescopic Steering

Remote Central Locking

Idle Engine Start/Stop

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Front Power Socket

Boot Lamp

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Front & Rear Door Pockets

Rear USB Charger

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

Power Windows

Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

Front & Rear Armrest

   

2020 Jeep Compass Petrol Sport Plus vs Longitude Plus Variant

The Longitude Plus variant of the Compass petrol only comes with a DCT-type automatic transmission.

JEEP COMPASS PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | SEP 2020

SPORT PLUS (MT)

DIFFERENCE

LONGITUDE PLUS (AT)

₹16,49,000

₹3,20,000

₹19,69,000

 

The price difference between the Jeep Compass petrol Sport Plus and Longitude Plus variants is Rs. 3.2 lakh. For this additional asking price, you get the following extra features in the Longitude Plus variant over the Compass Sport Plus petrol:

  • Xenon projector headlamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • Rear camera
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
  • Rear parcel shelf
  • Roof rails
  • Leather upholstery
  • Dual-tone cabin
  • LED DRLs
  • Cruise control
  • Larger 17-inch alloy wheels

COMPASS LONGITUDE PLUS | FEATURES OVER SPORT PLUS

₹19,69,000 (PETROL AT) | Ex-Showroom Delhi | SEPTEMBER 2020

Safety

Functional

Style

Bi-xenon Headlamps

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

Roof Rails

Front Fog Lamps w/ Cornering Lights

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Dual-tone Interior w/ White Leather Seats

Reverse Parking Camera

Rear Parcel Shelf

LED DRLs

 

Cruise Control 

17-inch Alloy Wheels

The asking price for the Longitude Plus variant over the Sport Plus is almost justified with the features. For a luxurious car like the Compass, an automatic transmission is almost a must-have feature these days. It’s not absurdly overpriced and it also manages to strike a perfect balance between the fairly basic Sport Plus and the extravagant Limited Plus variants. Although, value-wise, the Sport Plus and Limited Plus are better options, we’d happily suggest the Longitude Plus variant to most buyers and it’s our top recommended Compass petrol variant.

2020 Jeep Compass Petrol Longitude Plus vs Night Eagle Variant

The price difference between the Compass petrol Longitude Plus and Night Eagle is Rs. 45,000. The Night Eagle is a special edition variant of the Compass and is based on the Longitude Plus variant only. It’s a cosmetic upgrade and offers the following features:

  • Larger, 18-inch black alloy wheels
  • Black badges
  • Black grille
  • Black interiors
  • Black roof
  • Night Eagle badging

The Night Eagle variant is available in all colours except silver. In our opinion, the features dont quite justify the asking price but it isn’t too expensive either. Whether to buy this variant or not is in your hands as this is a cosmetic upgrade.

2020 Jeep Compass Petrol Longitude Plus vs Limited Plus Variant

The Limited Plus variant of the Compass petrol is also available only with an automatic transmission.  It’s the top-spec variant and costs Rs. 21.92 lakh (ex-showroom).

JEEP COMPASS PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | SEP 2020

LONGITUDE PLUS

DIFFERENCE

LIMITED PLUS

₹19,69,000

₹2,23,000

₹21,92,000

The price difference between the Longitude Plus and Limited Plus variants of the Compass is Rs. 2.23 lakh. For this additional sum, it offers the following notable features:

  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Larger 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • 2 thorax and 2 curtain airbags
  • 8-way power driver seat with memory
  • Auto headlamps
  • Auto wipers
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Leather steering
  • Larger 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED tail lamps
  • Black roof

COMPASS LIMITED PLUS | FEATURES OVER LONGITUDE PLUS

₹21,92,000 (PETROL AT) | Ex-Showroom Delhi | SEPTEMBER 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Auto-Dimming IRVM

8.4-inch Touchscreen

Auto Headlamps

Panoramic Sunroof

Side & Curtain Airbags

 

8-way Power Driver Seat w/ Memory

Leather Steering Wheel

   

Auto Wipers

18-inch Alloy Wheels

     

LED Taillamps

     

Door Scuff Plates

Because of big-ticket features like 4 extra airbags, 2-size larger alloy wheels, power driver seat and panoramic sunroof, the Limited Plus variant of the Compass petrol totally justifies its asking price over the Sport Plus variant. If you want these features, then rest assured that you’re paying a reasonable price for these and buy the Jeep Compass Limited Plus.

Which Variant Of The 2020 Jeep Compass Petrol Should You Buy?

Considering the most affordable Sport Plus variant as our baseline, we see that none of the Compass petrol variants are absurdly overpriced. The Sport Plus offers a good starting point with most of the must-have features but it doesn’t feel exciting. Thankfully, there’s a manual transmission, which means if you intend to keep the car around for a long time, reliability should be less of a concern. The other variants are only available with a DCT type automatic transmission, which is yet to make a name for itself in the long-term reliability aspect.

The Longitude Plus is slightly expensive for what it offers over the Sport Plus variant considering the additional asking price. However, it’s still within reasonable limits. And, it has a better balance between functional and style features. Thus, it earns our top recommendation.

The Limited Plus variant is a better value than the Longitude Plus variant but most of its features are good-to-have at best. So, consider upgrading to the Limited Plus if you have the budget and want these features.

The Night Eagle is a limited edition variant based on Longitude Plus and overpriced by about Rs. 10k. It’s also within reasonable limits. We leave the decision to upgrade to the Night Eagle variant as it’s a cosmetic upgrade.

JEEP COMPASS PETROL | RECOMMENDATION

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI  | SEP 2020

Variant

VFM

Price

Recommendation

Sport Plus MT

Rank 1

₹16,49,000

Good starting point. Recommended for buyers on a budget or for those who want long-term reliability as the DCT is yet to establish itself as a reliability king.

Longitude Plus

Rank 2

₹19,69,000

Top recommended. Best balance of functional and style features for a reasonable sum.

Night Eagle

-

₹20,14,000

Up to buyers

Limited Plus

Rank 1

₹21,92,000

A value-for-money upgrade. Worth considering.

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Jeep Compass Petrol?

The Jeep Compass petrol gets a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. This engine makes 163PS of power and 250Nm of torque. Compared to its rivals with a turbo petrol engine, the COmpass’ torque peaks at a fairly high 2500rpm. So, it may not offer similar acceleration at low RPMs.

The Compass petrol also has a much lower torque-to-weight ratio than the Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen T-ROC. Because of its stronger top end, its power-to-weight ratio is the best in class. The Compass petrol’s mileage figure is on par for the segment as it claims to deliver 15kmpl with the manual and 14.1kmpl with the automatic.

JEEP COMPASS PETROL vs RIVALS

PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Compass

Tucson

Karoq

T-Roc

Displacement

1.4L Turbo

2.0L

1.5L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

Cubic Capacity

1368cc

1999cc

1498cc

1498cc

Maximum Power

163PS @ 5500rpm

152PS @ 6200rpm

150PS @ 5000rpm

150PS @ 5000rpm

Power:Weight

110.51PS/t

97.19PS/t

113.64PS/t

111.11PS/t

Peak Torque

250Nm @ 2500 - 4000rpm

192Nm @ 4000rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 3500rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 3500rpm

Torque:Weight

169.49Nm/t

122.76Nm/t

189.39Nm/t

185.19Nm/t

Manual

6-Speed

-

-

-

Manual FE

15kmpl

-

-

-

Automatic

7-Speed DCT

6-speed TC

7-speed DCT

7-speed DCT

Automatic FE

14.1kmpl

13.08kmpl

14.49kmpl (WLTP)

14.49kmpl (WLTP)

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Jeep Compass?

In terms of dimensions, the Jeep Compass is larger than the T-Roc and Karoq but much smaller than the Tucson. The Hyundai Tucson is also the widest, tallest and has the best wheelbase. The Jeep Compass’ ground clearance is nowhere close to the Karoq’s 200mm figure but almost in the SUV territory falling only 2mm shy of the 180mm baseline.

JEEP COMPASS PETROL vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Compass

Tucson

Karoq

T-Roc

Length

4395mm

4480mm

4382mm

4234mm

Width

1818mm

1850mm

1841mm

1819mm

Height

1640mm

1660mm

1624mm

1573mm

Wheelbase

2636mm

2670mm

2638mm

2590mm

Boot Space

438-lt

513-lt

521-lt

445-lt

Ground Clearance

178mm*

172mm

200mm

160mm

Fuel Tank

60-lt

62-lt

50-lt

59-lt

Tyre Size (base)

225/60 R16

225/55 R18

215/55 R17

215/55 R17

Tyre Size (top)

225/55 R18

225/55 R18

215/55 R17

215/55 R17

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Jeep Compass?

The 2020 Compass is available in the following 5 colour options:

  • Grey
  • Red
  • White
  • Black
  • Silver (not available for Night Eagle variant)

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City (Exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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