Finally, the made in India, Jeep Compass has made its Indian debut. Thanks to the heavy localization, the pricing of this premium compact SUV starts from INR 14.95 lakhs which brings it into the territory of many popular SUVs in our market. The Compass is available with a choice of petrol and diesel engine however the petrol engine with automatic transmission is the talking point in this article. The Compass becomes a new choice for those who were earlier stuck with limited options if given a choice to buy a petrol automatic SUV in India. This list usually has Hyundai Creta at the top as its one of the smartest compact SUVs in our market which is very easy to live with and is available at an attractive price point. The Compass with its compact body dimensions and lower pricing point finds itself competing against the top variant of Creta petrol automatic in our market. So how the situation is what this article is all about.
Size and Heart———
The Jeep Compass is not a very big SUV in terms of size and that is what going to attract the urban buyers where the Creta is already a quite popular choice. The Compass measures at 4395mm in length and 1818mm in width which makes it 125mm longer and 38mm wider than Creta which also has a wheelbase of 2590mm which is 46mm shorter than the wheelbase of Compass. This additional length of Compass also results in a larger boot capacity of 438L over the 400L boot space of Creta. Since the Creta petrol automatic is available in its top variant so it rides on bigger 17-inch wheels in comparison to the base petrol variant of Compass which rides on 16-inch wheels.
The Jeep Compass is powered by a 1.4L, 4-cylinder petrol engine which has a power output of 160bhp@3750rpm with an utmost torque output of 250Nm which is available at 1750rpm. This power surely looks more than the 1.6L petrol engine of Creta which has a power and torque output of 122bhp@6400rpm and 154Nm@4850rpm. Surely the Creta is less on power but its lighter weight helps it to perform in a very competitive way when compared to more powerful rivals such as Compass. The Compass comes equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission while Creta works with a 6-speed auto gearbox.
Features and Verdict
Even in its base variant, the Compass is equipped with many of the features which are available in the top variant of Creta such as automatic climate control, rear parking camera with sensors, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, push button start system, Dual front airbags, traction control system, ABS, EBD, touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth control and steering mounted control etc. The Compass additionally gets 4 airbags, ESP, Hill Hold Control and Traction control making it an advanced SUV. Surely, the Compass and Creta do not fall exactly under the same price bracket as the top variant of Creta automatic is priced at INR 12.48 Lakhs while the Compass petrol automatic starts from INR 18.7 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi) but another fact is there no other choice between the price bracket of these two SUVs.
The Compass petrol automatic will not be available as of now as deliveries will start only around Diwali so for now the Creta is your only choice but later if possible it is better to stretch your budget for the technically advanced Compass which will cater to all your requirements. It is more comfortable, spacious, powerful and luxurious than Creta and is also capable to be pushed off the road leaving you with no second thought about its capability to become an overall perfect compact SUV. We would also suggest better waiting till Diwali and extending your budget to buy the Compass.
Words- Sunil Kumar