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Jeep Compass 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Apr 07 2020 Share this blog

Its been two years since Jeep came into existence in the Indian Market. The brand is still committed to offering its vehicle lineup with robust nature and practicality. The Jeep Compass has garnered lots of attention since its introduction in India. Last year, Jeep launched  the drive-anywhere ‘Trail Rated’ version  of Compass called the Trailhawk which came powered by a BS6 diesel paired with a fresh new nine-speed automatic gearbox. If you have off-roading in mind, you have Jeep Compass Trailhawk which is known for its ultimate off-road ability and comes loaded with the right equipment. 

Jeep has recently launched the BS6-compliant Compass price in India starts at Rs 16.49 lakh. For the new BS6 transition, the brand has discontinued Compass trims like Sport, Limitednad Limited Plus. The BS6 Compass petrol is priced in between Rs 16.49 lakh to Rs 21.92 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the updated diesel version is available in the price bracket of Rs 17.99 lakh and Rs 27.60 lakh. 

2020 Jeep Compass cornering in road

Borrowing some major design cues from its elder sibling Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Compass looks almost similar, with the size difference, which is quite obvious. Priced in between Rs.16.49 Lakh to 21.92 Lakh, the new BS6 Jeep Compass 2020 seems to be perfectly placed among rivals like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and MG Hector

What we like

  • Driving dynamics and ride quality

  • Comfortable feature-loaded cabin

  • Responsive and crisp infotainment system

  • Good drivetrain options

  • Solid build with an array of standard safety features

What we don’t like

  • Engine make unwanted noise

  • Average fuel economy

  • Too many buttons on the steering wheel

What's New in the 2020 Jeep Compass?

  • New BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engines

  • Two turbo-diesel variants with 9-speed automatic transmission

  • Cruise Control feature is now standard

  • Variants have been trimmed down 

  • Some minor exterior and interior upgrades

2020 Jeep Compass Variants and Features Explained

The Compass 2020 is available in four trim levels – Sport (base), Longitude and the range-topping Limited. There are three more optional trims as well, based on the top two variants – Longitude (O) and Limited (O). In all, there are 13 variants to choose from, including the 4x4 variant which is available only in the top-end diesel spec. 

Jeep compass rear side profile

Off-road enthusiasts will certainly love the 4X4 variants. However, peeps looking for complete off-road experience have to go for the Trailhawk variant that has been reviewed separately. The Trialhawk version not only possess “off-road” capability, but it also offers some extra upgrades over the standard trims. 

Trim

Sport

Sport Plus

Longitude

Longitude (O)

Limited

Limited (O)

Limited Plus

BS4 Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

INR 14,99,000

INR 15,99,000

INR 18,03,000

INR 19,00,000

INR 19,96,000

INR 20,55,000

INR 21,67,000

BS6 Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR


N/A
INR 16,49,000 to INR 17,99,000
INR 19,40,000 to INR 21,96,000
N/A
N/A
N/A
INR 21,92,000 to INR 24,99,000

Features 


UConnect with 12.7cm(5.0) Touchscreen Display

UConnect with 12.7cm(5.0) Touchscreen Display

All features of Sport+

All features of Longitude+

All features of Longitude Option+

All features of Limited+

All features of Limited Option+

R16 Stylish Steel Wheels

R16 Stylish Steel Wheels

2.0L Multijet II Turbo Diesel Engine (MT)

2.0L Multijet II Turbo Diesel Engine (MT)

2.0L Multijet II Turbo Diesel Engine (MT)

2.0L Multijet II Turbo Diesel Engine (MT)

Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof

Quad Halogen Headlamps

Quad Halogen Headlamps

Power Folding Door Mirrors 

UConnect with 17.78cm(7.0) Touchscreen Display

1.4L Turbo Multiair Petrol Engine (AT)

1.4L Turbo Multiair Petrol Engine (AT)

UConnect with 21.3cm(8.4) Touchscreen Display

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Front Cornering Fog Lamps

Android Auto/Apple CarPlay

7-Speed DDCT

Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Head Lamps

Automatic Headlamps

Dual-stage Passenger airbags

Dual-stage Passenger airbags

Rear Fog Lamps

Auto AC Controls on Touchscreen

LED Tail Lamps

Dual-Tone Roof 

Rain-Sensing Front Wipers

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

R17 Alloy Wheels

Roof Rails

Reverse Parking Camera


Driver Seat 8-Way Power Seat

All-Speed Traction Control System (TCS) 

All-Speed Traction Control System (TCS) 

Passive entry, Keyless Go

Bi-FunctionProjector Halogen Headlamps

Leather Seats/ Leather Steering Wheel


Memory Seat


Black Sedoso Fabric Upholstery with Cattle Tan Stitching

Black Sedoso Fabric Upholstery with Cattle Tan Stitching

Sandstorm Sedoso Fabric Upholstery with Dark Saddle Stitching

Rear Parcel Shelf

Ski-Grey McKinley Leather Upholstery with Ruby Red Stitching


All-row Full-length Side-curtain Airbags

Which variant to choose?

We would like to recommend the base Jeep Compass Sport as it is priced very aggressively at Rs. 14.99 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). If you’re on a tight budget and want to buy a Jeep, this is the variant you must go for. The Sport trim doesn't compromise on safety either and offers almost all of the Compass standard safety features, including ESC and TCS. But Jeep compass sport misses out on essentials such as rear parking sensors and automatic AC, which is quite disappointing. 

Also Read:

Is the updated Hyundai Creta eligible to beat 2020 Compass BS6?

Will the MG Hector stand powerful against the upgraded Compass?

How will Kia Seltos manage to retain its 'most loved car' title?

Jeep Compass Offers and Pricing (April 2020)

The current offers on Jeep Compass BS4 are available with Rs. 2 Lakh cash discount on the dealership end (subject to the availability of stock in your city). The benefits have been depicted in the table below. This limited period offer is subject to the dealership location and may vary from one state to another. Meanwhile, there are no offers on the new BS6 Jeep Compass as of now. The prices for the BS6 models have been raised slightly. 

BS4 Jeep Compass Variants (Petrol/AMT)

Cash Discount/Benefits

Ex-showroom price (Delhi)

Limited Option Petrol Automatic

Rs 2.0 Lakh Discount

INR 20,55,000

Longitude Option Petrol Automatic 

Rs 2.0 Lakh Discount

INR 19,00,000

Sports Plus Diesel

Rs 2.0 Lakh Discount

INR 15,99,000

Longitude Option Diesel

Rs 2.0 Lakh Discount

INR 18, 88, 000

Limited Plus Diesel

No Scheme, Model Sold out in most of the locations

INR 21,67,000

*All Offers are available at Jeep Dealership End and subject to vary basis Dealer Stock and Location

Jeep Compass Engine and Performance Details

The new BS6 compliant engine on Compass is more refined than ever before. The engine has been made less noisy like the last one we used to hear from the engine sourced from the Trailhawk. The 2.0-litre  turbo diesel engine propels 170 bhp which is again 2 bhp more than what Trailhawk churns out. For now, any extra power on the Compass is certainly good news. However, the torque figures remain unchanged at 350 Nm and that's sufficient to run the car smoothly. Also, the company has calibrated the engine's fuel mapping in order to make the Compass return better mileage.

Jeep compass turbocharged diesel engine bay

Jeep Compass comes with the choice of two engines, one petrol, and one diesel. The petrol engine is a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol that makes 160 bhp and 250Nm whereas the diesel engine is a 2.0-litre unit that produced 170 bhp and 350Nm. The manual transmission option for both engines is a 6-speed transmission. Jeep does offer a 4x4 option with the Compass, onto the top-spec Limited and Limited Plus variants, and only with the diesel engine.

Models

Jeep Compass 1.4 Sport

Hyundai Creta 1.6 SX

MG Hector 1.5 Style

Kia Seltos HTX G

Price (Ex-Delhi)  in INR

Rs. 14,99,000

Rs. 12,27,000

Rs. 12,48,000

Rs. 12,79,000

Engine

1.4L Turbo I4

1.6L I4

1.5L Turbo I4

1.5L I4

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

160 bhp

@3750 rpm

121.3 bhp

@6400 rpm

141 bhp

@5000 rpm

115 bhp

@6300 rpm

Torque(N-m)

250 Nm

@1750 rpm

151 Nm

@4850 rpm

250 Nm

@1600 rpm

144 Nm

@4500 rpm

Though Compass' power mill is the smallest in the segment but has the highest power output. The power delivery is very linear and the car roars on the road. The turbo-lag is well-managed and you won't feel much of it while cruising.

How well does the Jeep compass accelerate?

Jeep Compass 1.4L Inline 4 doesn't perform well when it comes to acceleration. It will take you to 60 MPH in 10.5 seconds from a halt. The power boost is quite linear and the Compass takes some time to make itself work smooth.

Jeep compass acceleration in 10.5 seconds


Comparatively, Kia Seltos outperforms in the acceleration part and does 0 to 60 MPH in less than 10 seconds. Though the acceleration figures returned by Jeep compass are decent taking its size into consideration. The MG Hector takes 12.64 seconds to achieve a similar acceleration, making it slowest among the rivals.

Models

Jeep Compass 1.4 Sport

Hyundai Creta 1.6 SX

MG Hector 1.5 Style

Kia Seltos HTX G

0-100 KMPH

10.5 s

10.8

12.64 s

9.7 s

Engine

1.4L Turbo I4

1.6L I4

1.5L Turbo I4

1.5L I4

During city traffic conditions, you’ll experience some turbo lag that can be frustrating at times. The Compass chassis remains well composed while cornering and offers better balance while driving at high speeds. This brings more confidence to the driver as well. 

How is the Jeep Compas at ride and handling?

Jeep Compass is a nimble car on its wheels than how bulky it looks. The steering feel is responsive and nicely placed. Although, the feedback is still lagging behind. The inputs were faster than expectations and there are enough chances of body roll due to hard cornering. The ride quality is smooth and works well across different terrain.  

Jeep compass ride and handling

Jeep cars are often discussed regarding their off-road DNA. Though we found the Compass to be a soft-roader, jeep surprises you every time you drive it. Holding a ground clearance of 8.2 inches, Jeep compass stands tall in front of smaller rocks and pebbles. 

How does Jeep Compass brake perform?

To be honest, the brake pedals are not that soft and engaging. At high speeds, the brakes can't be trusted blindly. There aren’t so effective irrespective of its off-roading attitude. You must always opt for better gripping tyres. 

Jeep compass wheel and tyre

True to Jeep nomenclature, the Compass 4WD is adaptive to off-road conditions with  Limited Plus version’s 225/55 R18 tyres. The top-spec tyres do not absorb as many road bumps as the Trailhawk's 225/60 R17 tyres. The trailhawk's tyres are a bit chunkier compared to that on the regular Compass model. 

Model

Jeep Compass 1.4 Sport

Hyundai Creta 1.6 SX

MG Hector 1.5 Style

Kia Seltos HTX G

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Disc

Drum

Disc

Disc

Kerb Weight (kg)

1537

1265

1554

1695

You can rely on Jeep Compass's brakes as they offer good bite while traveling over rough terrain.  With the recent facelift, the brakes have given the SUV more confidence. 

How much fuel-efficient Jeep Compass?

The Compass petrol returns a mileage of 14.2kmpl while the diesel is good for 17.1kmpl. The 4WD Compass diesel variants, however, have a slightly lower claimed mileage of 16.3kmpl. With lesser weight, you get the comfort of higher efficiency returns. The mileage is very close to what competitors have to offer. Therefore, there are no surprising figures from Jeep Compass.

Model

Jeep Compass 1.4 Sport

Hyundai Creta 1.6 SX

MG Hector 1.5 Style

Kia Seltos HTX G

Mileage (Kmpl)

16.0

15.8

14.16

16.8

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

60

55

60

50

Range (Km)

960

869

849.6

840

Kia Seltos and Jeep Compass with their refined engines manage to have an edge over the rest. The efficiency figures of Hybrid trims from MG cater to those who crave for more efficiency. Hyundai Creta suffers a  bit to give fewer numbers than the Seltos and Compass due to its larger 1.6L engine. Kia Seltos is the segment leader in terms of efficiency but Compass goes ahead in terms of the range because of its 60-litre fuel tank capacity.

Jeep Compass Exterior Design and Styling

The Compass exterior looks handsome with impressive road presence. The build quality gives fresh life to the SUV as if it would take a long time for the car to age. The door gets a large Compass badging and the traditional seven-slatted grille brings muscular attire. You can easily differentiate the regular Compass diesel automatic and the Trailhawk as the former is offered with 18-inch dual-tone wheels and the latter gets 17-inch wheels.

2020 Jeep compass grey colour side profile

The  Compass SUV is the segment winner with its good dimension constraints. It remains quite small, 4395 mm in length. The chassis is also quite light, well under 3 and a half thousand pounds. The little 2626 mm wheelbase helps with smooth city maneuvering but it comes at a compromising interior space. You’ll find a lot of empty space under the body, with 178 mm of ground clearance. However, the rivals offer better ground clearance than the Compass but the SUV manages to offer ultimate experience during off-roading. 

Model

Jeep Compass 1.4 Sport

Hyundai Creta 1.6 SX

MG Hector 1.5 Style

Kia Seltos HTX G

Kerb weight (kg)

1537

1265

1554

1695

Length(mm)

4395

4270

4655

4315

Width(mm)

1818

1780

1835

1800

Height(mm)

1640

1665

1760

1620

Ground clearance (mm)

178

190

192

190

Wheelbase (mm)

2636

2590

2750

2610

On looks part, the 2020 model is very much similar to the model seen in 2017. Most of the visual cues have been borrowed from the bigger sibling Grand Cherokee. It perfectly copies the latter with its familiar 7-slit grille which ensures the jeep anatomy for the Compass. 

Jeep compass front profile


Unlike most of its rivals, the 2020 Compass retains its SUV attire under a squared-off boxy silhouette. The rugged look of the C-SUV is benefited with big wheel arches. All in all, the Compass is certainly amongst one of the good looking SUVs with bold road presence accompanied by high rise hood and decent ground clearance.

Exterior Features

  • Seven Slot Grille accentuated with Chrome Rings

  • All Round Chrome Day Light Opening

  • Body Colour Door Mirrors with Turn Signal

  • Body Colour Door Handles

  • Rear Spoiler 

  • Quad Halogen Headlamps

  • Daytime Running Lamps

  • R16/R17 Stylised Steel Wheels

Jeep Compass Interior and Seating Comfort

Just like the Compass exterior, the update made on the interior is limited. The interior has no major changes to see except for some additional features. Well, that is not a thing to feel sad about as the Compass has already impressed us with its beautifully put-together cabin. The dashboard looks premium with white and dual-tone upholstery. This adds mode premium appeal to the cabin for sure. Even the soft-touch material can be seen over some of the interior essentials. 

We loved to see the contrast red stitching over the gear knob and on the steering wheel. The ride side panel of the steering wheel that was left blank in the previous model now gets buttons for cruise control- a new addition as standard across all trims. Talking about the top-spec Limited Plus trim, there are certain goodies like a panoramic sunroof and powered driver's seat.

Jeep Compass dashboard interior

The Jeep Compass's cabin is spacious enough to accommodate five occupants, but space in the rear leaves much to be desired. To be honest, the car feels best suited for 3 kids/ teenagers and 2 adults. As you move towards the top trim levels, you will be welcomed by seats with leather upholstery. The front seats also feature heated functions that ensure the best comfort level with all-side adjustability. 

Jeep Compass rear seating

The steering wheel on the top-trim also features leather-wrapping. It is commendable that the seats do a fine job with unaspirated driving. The comfortable cushioning doesn’t mind how long you go for a drive.

Model

Jeep Compass 1.4 Sport

Hyundai Creta 1.6 SX

MG Hector 1.5 Style

Kia Seltos HTX G

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

There isn’t much difference in terms of front cabin space among the competition. The rear space keeps varying though. However, the Kia Seltos has the best balance of the two, which is comparable to, or even better than the Compass.

Creature features on offer?

  • Customisable 8.89cm Graphic Driver Information Display

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust

  • 60/40 Split Rear Seat

  • Console Net

  • Full Length Front Floor Console with Sliding Arm Rest

  • Rear Arm Rest with Cup Holders

How is the infotainment on Jeep Compass?

The dashboard get assembled with a large  8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The infotainment is not as intuitive as you find on cars like Kia Seltos and MG Hector, also Jeep is not offering connected tech on the Compass. This is a downside for a car in this segment as these features are common these days.

7-inch touchscreen with Uconnect system

The Compass comes with Jeep's trusted and familiar, Uconnect system, which is quite intuitive and informative. However, It is not as cool as its rivals, however, it works pretty well with the Jeep, as its utility-focused interface is user-friendly and easier to get used to. Having said that, other standard features associated with the infotainment system include:

  • Uconnect with 12.7cm (5.0) Touchscreen Display

  • In-built Compass

  • Integrated Voice Command

  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming

  • Media Hub: USB Port, Rear USB Port, Auxuliary Input Jack, 12V Power Outlet

  • Speakers (4)

How much spacious is the Compass boot space?

The Compass SUV comes with plenty of trunk space, 408 litres to be precise, that is good for all your family luggage. If there is more need for a luggage room, you can simply increase the cargo space by folding the rear seats down by just twisting a knob. On the other hand, the higher trims get a powered button, replacing this knob.

Jeep Compass boot space behind rear seats

The tailgate allows easier loading/unloading with its amazing adjusting capability. Also, the power-adjusted height lowering feature of the cargo floor on the Compass further adds an extra convenience factor.

Model

Jeep Compass 1.4 Sport

Hyundai Creta 1.6 SX

MG Hector 1.5 Style

Kia Seltos HTX G

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

408

400

587

433

There are also various nets and small hooks in the back that can be helpful in holding some precious elements in your luggage.

How safe and reliable is the Jeep Compass?

The India-Spec Jeep Compass is slightly different from the one that has been tested by EURO NCAP. The Left-hand drive Compass tested by NCAP has 8 airbags whereas the Indian model holds 6 airbags. However, the structure remains similar for both cars and so is the build quality. Both cars get ISOFIX points at the rear for child safety. 

Jeep Compass Chassis design and safety

The test results have shown good protection for rear passengers with minimal impact on the knees and chest. Thus, scoring a 5-star safety rating from Euro-NCAP. Unlike the Indian model, the LHD Jeep Compass comes equipped with autonomous braking systems that help in reducing some injuries while driving at low speed. 

Safety Features on offer

  • Active Turn Signals

  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)

  • Dual Stage Passenger Airbags

  • Driver Airbag

  • All-Speed Traction Control System (TCS)

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

  • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

  • Child Seat Anchors- ISOFIX

  • Dual-Note Electric Horns

  • Electronic Roll Mitigation

  • Hill Start Assist

  • Seat Belt Latch with Dual Locking Tongue

  • Rear Wiper and Defogger

  • Double Crank Prevention System

Jeep Compass against the Competition

Jeep compass vs Kia Seltos

Kia has dominated the market and has been offering feature-rich models in a very short span of time. The Compass is no different. However, with the arrival of Kia Seltos, there is going to be a tough faceoff between the two as they are similarly priced with Kia offering a better set of equipment and features. The Jeep Compass looks aged out in terms of design, which is clearly overshadowed by the striking hot presence of Kia Seltos.

White colour Kia Seltos with eye-catching wheels


If you are confused between the Jeep Compass and Kia Seltos, we’d recommend you go for the latter as its a better value for money proposition while also bringing along a fresh face that sets it apart from the crowd. Also, with the Compass BS6, the prices have been increased. 

Jeep compass vs MG Hector

The newcomer MG Hector successfully managed to make its place in the Indian market. The success of this car can be counted on the fact that it managed to cross 10,000 bookings in less than a month since its launch. There are a lot more things that the brand speaks for itself as the latest entrant in the SUV segment.

MG Hector in red colour standing still
Jeep Compass is in this list to remind us about the impressive value for money which the Hector provides us with. With just Rs. 21,000 more, you get a host of first in segment features and a gigantic cabin with ample space and creature features to keep you busy all day. There is no doubt that Hector will be our choice of the lot. The MG Hector is far richer in connected features compared to the aged Jeep Compass. 

Is the Jeep Compass worth buying?

Jeep Compass has already marked its place among the premium compact SUVs available in India right now. It is spacious, feature-loaded, effectively-priced, and joy-to-ride. People gonna love the way it pours all-American feel. The problem arrives with its drive dynamics and noisy powertrains. But, if you can ignore this thing a little, and concentrate over other good stuff such as infotainment, off-road capability, rugged exterior then you can make the right choice by picking up a Compass.