Jeep Compass Pros And Cons - New Car Buying Guide

After a detailed analysis of the Jeep Compass, we found some pros and cons about the car that are worth highlighting for a potential buyer. In this article, we will explain both the pros and cons of the Jeep Compass. This story will help you to make an informed decision while buying your new car.

Jeep Compass

Here Are The Pros Of The Jeep Compass

True Jeep With Premium Brand Positioning

Jeep Compass is the most affordable Jeep SUV in India. Other SUVs like the Rubicon and the Cherokee are far more expensive than the Compass. The Compass’ rivals, Hyundai Tucson and the Citroen C5 Aircross, are the flagship models from their respective brands. However, the Compass is the entry gate to the Jeep brand in India.

More Powerful Turbo Petrol Than Rivals

Jeep Compass comes with a 1.4L turbo petrol engine that puts out 163PS of power and 250Nm of torque. It’s more powerful than Tucson’s 2.0L normal petrol engine which produces 153PS of power and 192Nm of torque. Unlike its rivals, the Compass also offers an option of a 6-speed manual transmission with the turbo petrol engine. The Citroen C5 Aircross, on the other hand, doesn’t even offer a petrol engine option.

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Manual Gearbox With Both Diesel and Petrol Engines

Jeep offer the Compass with two engine options - 2.0L turbo diesel and 1.4L turbo petrol. Both the engines can either be had with a 6-speed manual transmission or 9-speed torque converter automatic and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic respectively. Other segment rivals do not offer manual transmission options with either of the engines.

Sensibly-priced Sport Variant

The base Sport petrol manual variant of the Compass justifies its asking price well. Jeep offer the Compass Sport with turbo petrol manual, turbo petrol automatic and diesel manual at Rs. 17.79 lakh, Rs. 20.37 lakh and Rs. 19.49 Lakh respectively.

Here are the key features of the Jeep Compass Sport:

  • Rear disc brakes
  • Rear defogger
  • Rear washer/wiper
  • Rear parking camera
  • Alloy wheels
  • LED headlamps
  • Electronic parking brake
  • LED DRLs
  • Rear AC vents
  • Tilt and telescopic steering
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • UV-cut glass
  • Split rear seatback
  • Front and rear armrests
  • All power windows
  • Power mirrors
  • Steering-mounted controls

Premium Features With Top Variant

With the facelift, Jeep India added a host of new features to the Compass. Most of the new features are on offer on the top variant only. Key feature additions include a fully-digital instrument cluster, freestanding touchscreen infotainment with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, ventilated front seats, 360-degree parking camera, and powered driver’s seat.

Here Are The Cons Of The Jeep Compass

Smaller Dimensions Than Its Rivals

Jeep Compass falls in the C-segment category of cars. It’s dimensions are a tad smaller than its rivals, like the Hyundai Tucson and Citroen C5 Aircross. The C5 Aircross offers a ground clearance of 230mm that is much higher than the Compass’ 178mm. Hence, its road presence isn’t as attractive as that of the Tucson or the C5 Aircross.

4WD Only With Auto And Vice Versa

You can get the Compass 4WD only with the diesel automatic powertrain. Similarly, you can only get the automatic with 4WD as Jeep do not offer a diesel automatic option with 2WD. Therefore, to choose any one of the two, you have to compromise with the other one as well. That also increases the cost between the variants by a big margin. The diesel automatic 4WD is dearer by around Rs 4 lakh than the diesel manual option.

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No Cruise Control With Manual Variants

Jeep do not offer cruise control on variants of the Compass equipped with a manual transmission. That would have made sense if Jeep were offering adaptive cruise control but that’s not the case. You will have to upgrade to either the diesel automatic 4WD or petrol automatic to get the normal cruise control.

Poorly-equipped Mid Variants

The Compass does not offer any of its key features in the mid variants. Newly added features like ventilated seats, digital instrument cluster, 360-degree parking camera, LED projector headlamps, and LED fog lamps are only available with the top variant.

Those were the pros and cons of the Jeep Compass. We hope you will be able to decide based on the aforementioned points.

Also Read: Jeep Compass Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?


Mahesh Yadav

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


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