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Kia Seltos vs Jeep Compass: Which SUV To Buy?

Modified On Sep 16, 2019 01:05 PM By Sonny for Kia Seltos

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How does the new compact SUV fare against the premium mid-size SUV?

The new Kia Seltos is now the most premium offering in the compact-SUV segment with its introductory prices ranging between Rs 9.69 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). Its pricing also brings it into contention with bigger SUVs such as the MG Hector, Tata Harrier and even the Jeep Compass. But at similar prices, does the Seltos offer more value than the Compass?

To find out, let’s start by comparing their specifications and details:



Kia Seltos

Jeep Compass





70mm (Compass is longer)




18mm (Compass is wider)




20mm (Compass is taller)




26mm (Compass is longer)

Boot Space

433 litres

408 litres

25 litres (Seltos boot is bigger)

The Compass is a bigger SUV than the Seltos by every measure -  taller, wider and longer. However, the Kia offers a bit more luggage space than the Jeep.

Also read: Kia Seltos vs Tata Harrier: Which SUV To Pick?




Kia Seltos

Jeep Compass


1.5-litre/ 1.4-litre turbo

1.4-litre turbo

Transmission Options

6-speed MT or CVT/ 6-speed MT or 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission)/ 

6-speed MT or 7-speed DCT







Claimed Fuel Efficiency

16.5kmpl or 16.8kmpl/ 16.1kmpl or 16.5kmpl

14.3kmpl or 14.1kmpl

  • The Seltos and Compass are available with a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine but the Jeep’s engine is more powerful and torquier.

  • Seltos also comes with the option of a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. Both Kia engines are BS6 compliant.

  • Both 1.4-litre turbo-petrol units are available with the choice of a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT.

  • The Kia Seltos is available in two broad trims - Tech Line and GT Line. The 1.5-litre engine is offered with Tech Line variants while the GT Line variants are only offered with the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine

  • The Seltos’ petrol powertrains have a higher claimed fuel efficiency figure than the Compass’ petrol engine.

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Kia Seltos

Jeep Compass




Transmission Options

6-speed MT/6-speed AT

6-speed MT







Claimed Fuel Efficiency

21kmpl or 18kmpl

17.1kmpl (4x2)/16.3kmpl (4x4)

  • The Compass’ diesel engine is bigger than the Seltos’ unit and both are mated to a 6-speed manual. But only the Kia is offered with a diesel-AT option under Rs 20 lakh.

  • The Compass diesel is more powerful and torquier than the Seltos diesel.

  • The Kia gets a BS6-compliant diesel engine while only the Trailhawk variant of the Compass meets the upcoming emission norms.

  • The Seltos claims to be more frugal in both with either gearbox options than the Compass.

  • Compass also comes with a 4x4 drivetrain option that isn’t available with the smaller Seltos.



Kia Seltos

Jeep Compass

HTE - Rs 9.69 lakh


HTK - Rs 9.99 lakh


HTK+ - Rs 11.19 lakh


HTX - Rs 12.79 lakh


GTK - Rs 13.49 lakh


HTX (AT) - Rs 13.79 lakh


GTX - Rs 14.99 lakh


Sport - Rs 15.6 lakh

GTX (AT) - Rs 15.99 lakh


GTX+ - Rs 15.99 lakh

Sport Plus - Rs 15.99 lakh


Longitude(O) AT - Rs 19 lakh


Limited AT /Limited (O) AT - Rs 19.96 lakh/ Rs 20.55 lakh


Limited Plus AT - Rs 21.67 lakh

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Kia Seltos

Jeep Compass

HTE - Rs 9.99 lakh


HTK - Rs 11.19 lakh


HTK+ - Rs 12.19 lakh


HTK+ (AT) - Rs 13.19 lakh


HTX - Rs 13.79 lakh


HTX+ - Rs 14.99 lakh


HTX+ (AT) - Rs 15.99 lakh


Sport - Rs 16.61 lakh


Sport Plus - Rs 16.99 lakh


Longitude/Longitude(O) - Rs 18.03 lakh/ Rs 18.88 lakh


Limited/Limited (O) - Rs 19.73 lakh/ Rs 20.22 lakh


Limited 4x4/ Limited 4x4(O) - Rs 21.51 lakh/ Rs 21.99 lakh


Limited Plus/ Limited Plus 4x4 - Rs 21.33 lakh/ Rs 23.11 lakh

Also read: Kia Seltos vs MG Hector: Which SUV To Buy?

Prices of comparable variants

To keep things fair, we will compare variants that are priced within Rs 50,000 of each other.


Kia Seltos

Jeep Compass

GTX+ - Rs 15.99 lakh

Sport Plus - Rs 15.99 lakh

Kia Seltos GTX+ vs Jeep Compass Sport Plus   

Kia Seltos GTX+

Rs 15.99 lakh

Jeep Compass Sport Plus

Rs 15.99 lakh


Equally priced

Kia Seltos GT Line

Common features: Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, rear parking sensors, disc brakes on all four wheels, electrically adjustable ORVMs, touchscreen infotainment system, alloy wheels, roof rails, electronic stability control, traction control system.

What Seltos GTX+ offers over Compass Sport Plus: Leatherette upholstery, rear door curtain shades, rearview camera, rear driving monitor, side and curtain airbags, rain-sensing wipers, smart air purifier, high-speed wireless phone charger, tyre pressure monitor, front parking sensors, blind view monitor, 7-inch multi-colour MID, 360-degree parking camera,     8-way powered driver seat, ventilated front seats, electric sunroof,    8-inch head-up display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display, ‘UVO Connect’ connected car technology, auto IRVM, auto cruise control, smart key with push-button engine start, ambient mood lighting,     LED lighting all around.

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What Compass Sport Plus offers over Seltos GTX+: Dual zone climate control.

Verdict: It’s an easy win for the top-spec Seltos over the lower variant of the Compass. It has more to offer in terms of safety, comfort, features and technology while being similarly priced.

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1 comment
bhanu seshagiri
Sep 7, 2019 4:29:57 PM

KIA is the Best in the segment.

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