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Competition Check: Jeep Compass

Competition Check: Jeep Compass
Omkar Thakur Omkar Thakur Monday 31 July 2017, 21:06 PM

At 14.95 lakh, the Jeep Compass has come in with a bang. The pricing has managed to position the Compass in a space where there is ideally no direct competition for the luxury compact SUV. In the Rs 15-21 lakh price bracket, all we have are the D-segment sedans and here is how the Compass fares against them.

Hyundai Elantra

Launched earlier this year, the Hyundai Elantra starts a couple of lakhs below the Jeep Compass. As you move higher up the trims of the Elantra, the features’ list keeps getting longer. The Jeep manages to match up to the Hyundai trim-by-trim. In terms of build the Jeep is at par with the world-class materials, fit and finish of the Hyundai but when it comes to the powertrains, the Jeep plainly outclasses the Elantra. The Elantra diesel comes with a 1.6-litre 126bhp diesel while the Jeep, as we know, stands at 170bhp of power.

Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia starts at just over Rs 15 lakh, going all the way up to 22 lakh for the top-spec car. The Jeep undercuts it by almost a lakh for the entry-level trim an over 2 lakh for the top-spec. And the Compass is an SUV so it gets the brawny points as well. The 2.0-litre Multijet diesel, the engine that is going to be on the top of the sales charts, develops about 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque, very similar to the Skoda Octavia. While the Jeep gets four-wheel drive and the high-riding position, the Skoda gets an automatic gearbox and sunroof along with a better handling package.

Toyota Corolla Altis

Jeep’s utilitarian DNA trickles down to its interior. It isn’t dramatic but then it has all the bells and whistles a car of that segment needs to have. The Toyota Corolla Altis is quite barebones in spite of not having the go. Its 90bhp diesel and 140bhp petrol are quite low even for its segment competition and the plaid interior with limited equipment makes it a dud. But then, Toyota’s service and cost of maintenance come into play, trumping many a competition on its way. Jeep has claimed to have 48 points of service under MOPAR and the list should expand over time.

 

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