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Jeep Compass Review: Expensive, But So Good!

Published On May 27, 2024 By Ujjawall for Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass is a mid-size SUV that rivals the likes of the Tata Harrier, VW Tiguan, Citroen C5 Aircross, and Hyundai Tucson. With prices ranging between Rs 20.69 lakh and Rs 32.27 lakh (ex-showroom), it is one of the few SUVs that offer both 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains this side of the Rs 35 lakh mark. 

Fending off some heavy competition, the Compass recently got a small update since the last major revision which came in 2021. But is it a good enough step up to make the Compass a suitable choice for you in this price range? Let’s find out in this detailed road test review


Despite being a top-spec model, the Compass’ key feels a bit cheap. The three empty slots look odd and the key has a mostly plastic shell, except for the smooth rubber-like material around the buttons. It comes with a proximity sensor for easy unlocking when approaching the car, and you can also remotely lock/unlock it using the connected car tech.


Apart from the slight tweaks to the signature grille and new stylish 18-inch alloy wheels, the Compass’ styling hasn’t changed a lot. The design is still muscular with its upright nose, cladded wheel arches, and rugged bumpers. 

As a result, the Compass’ road presence is still one of its overall styling highlights but unlike its peers, it doesn’t really look modern while commanding it. Old-school vibes are apparent in that sense and the Compass could use fresher lighting elements, especially at the rear. That being said, the Compass’ design will still age well in the time to come. 

Boot space

Thanks to the powered tailgate, opening the boot of the Compass is child’s play. By segment standards, the 408-litre storage space is definitely not the best, but it is still adequate for a weekend’s worth of family luggage. 

With some adjustments of the parcel tray, it accommodates a full suitcase set along with a duffle bag. For additional space, you can fold down the rear seats (60:40 split). However, they don't sit flush with the base, so it may require a bit of effort to push luggage in.


The Jeep Compass not only looks solid but also feels solid from the inside. Soft-touch materials have been generously used, and the entire cabin comes in an all-black theme in this top-spec variant, which gives it a sporty vibe.

While some might prefer the use of light colours for an airy feel, this all-black theme suits the car's character, in my opinion. As for comfort, the seats feel comfortable on long journeys. They provide good overall support, although their cushioning is on the firmer side. There are 8-way powered driver and co-driver seats, ensuring ample adjustment levels for finding the ideal driving position.

But despite that ideal position, the visibility isn't the best. The A-pillar is quite broad, creating a blind spot that requires additional caution and even the rear seats offer a restricted view out the windows.

Second row

While the second row of the Compass is comfortable, it doesn't offer as much space as some of its rivals. In fact, it's not significantly better from lower segment SUVs like the Creta or Seltos either. Three adults won't be comfortable shoulder to shoulder, especially on longer journeys. Moreover, the central tunnel creates additional discomfort for middle passengers, further restricting the foot and knee room.

The seat's base design provides good under-thigh support, and knee room is adequate. However, if the front seats are set to their lowest position, footroom becomes somewhat restricted. Headroom is also limited, and taller passengers may not feel very comfortable here.

So, the second-row experience in the Compass isn't the best, especially if you're considering it as a chauffeur-driven car. It lacks that sense of space that its contemporaries offer, and even though opening up the sunroof makes it feel more airy, it doesn't offer the same level of space that you might expect from it.


The Compass scores big on practicality. It comes with 1-litre pockets on all four doors for storing water bottles, along with space behind them for storing small items. There's an area for wireless charging for your phone, which can double up as a compartment for your wallet and keys when not in use. You also get two large cup holders in the central console with a dedicated slot for the key. NICE! Additionally, there's a deep storage pocket under the central armrest.

The glovebox size is also adequate, and front passengers get a type-C and a type-A port for charging options. Rear passengers get a USB port and a 12 V socket under the AC vents for their charging needs. There are also small door pockets behind the front seats and two cup holders in the rear central armrest.


The Compass packs almost every feature you’d expect from your family SUV. The list of features is expansive, and their execution too is impressive. For starters, the 10.1-inch infotainment system is hard to fault. It’s quick, has nice graphics, and feels intuitive to use. Of course, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay makes the deal even sweeter. 

Top-spec Jeep Compass Model S (O) Feature Highlights

10.1-inch infotainment system

Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

10.2-inch digital driver’s display

Dual zone climate control

9-speaker sound system with Alpine subwoofer

8-way powered driver and co-driver seat

Driver seat memory function

Ventilated front seats

Auto Dimming IRVM

Automatic headlights 

Rain sensing wipers

Panoramic sunroof

Auto folding ORVMs

Cruise control

Wireless phone charging

360-degree camera

Connected car tech

Remote keyless entry with proximity sensor

Even more impressive is the Compass’ driver’s display. Just like the central system, it is crisp and responsive. What’s even better is that it gets many customisation options, allowing you to set its layout according to your preference, including digital or analogue. It relays a lot of information, which might feel a bit too much, but is useful nonetheless.

The sound system is also impressive and maintains clarity even at higher volumes. In fact, DJ duties from behind the steering wheel are made ever so easy by the buttons behind the steering wheel. They feel intuitive and free up space for other functions on the face of the steering wheel.

While the Compass impresses on the feature execution for the most part, there are a couple of places where things could have been improved. For example, the ventilated seats: their functionality is good, but they don't get any dedicated buttons and have to be controlled through the screen. That is distracting, especially while driving. 

Secondly, the integration of the 360-degree camera isn't the best, and its execution, as well as its graphics, could have been better. Some cars, at a third of its price, offer a better feed.

Apart from these shortcomings, Jeep could’ve offered a few features like ambient lighting and heated seats which would’ve made the Compass’ feature package even more comprehensive.


The safety package of the Compass lights up the brochure with dual airbags, ISOFIX mounts, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and a host of electronic aids like electronic stability control and roll mitigation, which are offered as standard. Top-spec variants further add 6 airbags and a 360-degree camera to the list. Compared to its rivals, the Compass only misses out on ADAS features. 

But the Compass’ safety goes beyond its brochure, as the Euro NCAP gave it a full five-star safety rating back in 2017. Bharat NCAP is yet to crash test the Jeep Compass.

Drive experience

The Compass gets the same 170 PS/350 Nm 2-litre diesel engine as before, which is the same engine found in cars like the Tata Harrier and MG Hector. However, they don't come with its 9-speed automatic transmission, which plays a major role in enhancing the Compass’ driving experience.

In terms of noise and vibration levels, this engine still isn't the most refined. There's some clatter when you start the car, and there's some vibration that can be felt at idle too. But it won't bother you much, and you'll get used to it over time.

But the good news is that the diesel engine's performance is strong, and its gearbox tuning is good for relaxed driving. You won't feel any lack of power from the engine, and it easily picks up highway speeds.

However, the gearbox takes a bit of time to react when you ask for a quick acceleration from lower RPMs. At low city speeds, it can feel a bit confused as it constantly changes gears even if your throttle input doesn’t change all that much.

But despite this confused trait, the operation is smooth, and you won't feel any jerks. You can also manually control it through the gear lever, but you don't need to because the overall tuning is good. In fact, the 9-speed AT also helps it squeeze out a better efficiency than its peers. Our usage with it has been mixed, and it still gave us an average of over 10 kmpl. Driving it gently and on the highway can yield even better fuel efficiency.

Ride and handling

The Compass’ ride has always been on the stiffer side. As a result, it does make some noise on sharp bumps and speed breakers, but it feels quite smooth on uneven roads and undulations. You’ll be comfortable for the most part with only occasional side-to-side movement.

The combination of its high ground clearance and the offroading traits associated with the Jeep brand further give you confidence to tackle tougher off-road or rough roads without fearing for damaging the car.

It is comfortable out on the highway too. It cruises smoothly and absorbs all undulations well. But it has to be the corners where the Compass really shines. For a car its size, it not only handles well but also feels stable around the corners. Body roll is controlled as well, so you'll enjoy driving in hilly regions as well.

The 4x4 drivetrain also gets different driving modes (sand, snow and auto), which are good enough for some light off-roading.


Justifying the Jeep Compass’ price is somewhat difficult, despite all the things that it does well. The higher variants and this top-spec Model-S variant are expensive, there's no denying that fact. But for that price, you get a solid build quality, a premium cabin with plenty of features, and an excellent driving experience with off-road capabilities.

Apart from the missing ADAS suite, it's hard to fault even in the safety department. But yes, the Compass does ask you to compromise on rear-seat space. So if you don’t mind paying the premium and your priority leans on the driving experience and build quality of the car, then the Compass won't disappoint you. Additionally, you'll have the assurance in the back of your mind that this car is tougher than usual and has the capability to tackle off-road or rough roads with ease.

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