The Limited Plus variant of the Compass adds value to the vehicle that goes beyond cosmetic changes.
In the 75 years since its inception, the portfolio of Jeep has grown exponentially, and the American automobile brand holds a substantial stake in the SUV market across diverse countries in the world.
Falling under the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) umbrella, Jeep has an illustrious assembly of 4WD cars, comprising the Wrangler, the Grand Cherokee and the Compass.
Having entered the Indian market in 2016 with the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee, the iconic brand entered the Nepali market for the first time with the all-new Compass, a compact SUV, in September 2018. The Jeep Compass arrived in three variants, Sport, Longitude and Latitude. Now, a higher-end model, dubbed ‘Limited Plus,’ has made its bow in the market.
It is iconic, it is premium, it has tremendous off-road capabilities, and it costs a whopping Rs 1, 05, 90,000 for the top-end variant. We spent an afternoon with the Jeep Compass Limited Plus to assuage what potential buyers would get for their significant outlay.
Design and Exterior
The Compass remains a winner from an aesthetics standpoint; the svelte, aerodynamic design combined with Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille affords the Compass an air of authority and luxury. The new variant is near identical on the outside to the three that came before, save two significant changes, one cosmetic and the other practical. The 17-inch alloy wheels have been replaced with 18-inch alloy wheels. Further, the car boasts a ‘Limited Plus’ badge at the rear.
The design language here is somewhat comparable to that of the Grand Cherokee, which is more a compliment than a criticism. Much like its larger relative, the Compass has excellent build quality, tempting bodylines and features exquisite detailing. The chrome highlights that drape around the body are especially admirable. Other features include body colour door mirrors and handles, daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, roof rails and a rear spoiler.
Suffice it to say, the Compass has an unmistakably premium presence and is certain to draw plenty of eyeballs. The SUV comes in six colour options – Hydro Blue, Exotica Red, Brilliant Black, Vocal White, Minimal Grey and Magnesio Grey. While all the options present a generous degree of allure and choice of colour is a matter of preference, if you crave to make a statement, you can’t go wrong with the Exotica Red, it looks ravishing in person.
The majority of changes and upgrades on the Limited Plus variant are found in the interior of the car. Jeep has adorned the interior with soft-touch materials and continues to expand upon the premium theme established by the exterior design. McKinley leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheels, an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen display (it was a 7-inch display on previous variants) equipped with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, six speakers and a customisable 3.5-inch driver information display are some critical features packed into the luxurious interior. The fit and finish inside the cabin are of the top drawer. The cabin space is spacious, and there is a good deal of legroom on offer for passengers both front and back. In addition, the Limited Plus has a Panoramic Sunroof as well. Another nifty feature included in the rain-sensing wipers that function automatically when rainfalls.
Engine, Performance and Safety
The Compass Limited Plus is powerful and more than capable of chewing through Kathmandu’s traffic. Consumers that are after peak performance and want to get the most out of their car in terms of power and engaging driving experience should have their sights set on the petrol variant. It has the power to spare and will offer speed demons with plenty of tools to play with. The engine is peppy and highly responsive and ensures the drive is exciting. For the more sedate and mileage-concerned section, the diesel variant should be the automatic pick. The diesel variant is no slouch in terms of power and overtaking in-city traffic will rarely be a problem. The drive quality is impeccable on both variants. The suspension on the Compass is phenomenal. It dismisses potholes and speed bumps with disdain and gives the driver and passengers a sense of safety and security.
The noise levels inside the cabin are reasonably well maintained. Staying true to its brand, the Compass is an off-road beast. Jeep’s ‘active drive’ 4x4 system coupled with ‘selec-train,’ a system that allows you the option of choosing between Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud, ensures you can take the Compass out into the wild, with no reservations. However, it is essential to note that only the diesel variant can be availed in a 4X4 system.
The safety features have been expanded on the Limited Plus variant. Electronic stability control, hill start assist, six airbags, electronic roll mitigation and Anti-lock brake system (ABS) are some key safety features. Further, the top-end variant comes equipped with a rear camera for reversing. The auto-dimming rear-view mirrors are another innovative safety implementation. If someone were to flash a high beam from behind, the mirrors dim the light hitting them, avoiding any distractions. Compared to the two front airbags on previous variants, the Limited Plus has six airbags in total.
Pricing and Conclusion
The pricing of the Limited Plus variant has been hiked in comparison to the previous variants. While the last top-end model was priced at Rs 96, 50,000, all three Limited Plus variants are priced above that figure.
However, given the multitude of features packed into the Limited Plus, the difference is understandable. The most crucial of those additions being the six airbags. While the cosmetic features on the interior will serve to enhance the drive quality.
The Limited Plus doesn’t offer anything dramatically different compared to the previous variants, save the addition of the airbags. However, for those in the market for a Jeep Compass, the Limited Plus is undoubtedly the most stylish, most luxurious, and crucially, the safest variant available.The choice, as ever, is yours.