Jeep Compass Petrol Review
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Jeep Compass Petrol Review

Car Tested: Jeep Compass Petrol; Road Test No. 882

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 17.73 – 22.99 lakhs

The Jeep Compass petrol is very quick but is it better than the diesel variant?

The Jeep Compass has been one of the most anticipated SUVs to be launched in India this year and its arrival created a lot of brouhaha. While we drove the diesel variant earlier, we were quite looking forward to drive the petrol variant too, because the MultiAir engine seemed good on paper at least. So, when Jeep dropped off the Compass Petrol at my place, I pounced on it and took it for a longish drive in a mix of city and highway roads to figure out if buying a petrol Compass makes any sense or not.

Motor Quest: Jeep entered the Indian market last year with three of their CBU offerings – Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and SRT. All these SUVs are slotted in the luxury segments but it is the Compass that has set the ball rolling for the automaker thanks to the brilliant response that it has received in the market.

No changes to the outside, alloys carried over from Longtitude

Exteriors – There are absolutely no differences between the exteriors of the diesel and petrol variants. The Jeep Compass petrol is available in Sport, Limited and Limited (O) variants only. The Limited (O) variant, that we drove, comes with 17-inch alloys that are offered on the Longitude trim with the diesel engine. Apart from this, there are no visual changes and the Compass carries the same bold styling which makes it a head-turner on our roads.

The gear lever is the only difference in the petrol variant

Interiors – The cabin of the Compass petrol is again totally similar to the diesel variants with no changes whatsoever. Since the petrol variant misses out on 4×4, there is no Terrain Selector available and in its place, you get a cubby hole to stow things like your cell phone or maybe some coins. Also, the petrol trim gets a different gear lever and tachometer. The dashboard comes with the same layout, with a good amount of features on offer. The seats are also comfortable and supportive but certain ergonomics could’ve been slightly better on the Compass. The interiors of this baby Jeep are very much practical for day-to-day usage.