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Review: Jeep Compass Limited Plus

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What is it?
The Jeep Compass is now available with a new variant — the Limited Plus — which sits right at the top of the range. Prior to the launch of this variant, the Limited (O) was the highest trim that you could spec your Compass in. But clearly, people wanted more and Jeep has given them more. The Limited Plus gets minor tweaks on the outside with additional equipment on the inside, and obviously comes in at a higher price.

Jeep Compass

What’s new?
On the outside, the most visible change is to the wheels. You get larger 18-inchers with a fresh design, compared to the 17-inch 5-spoke alloys on other variants. The wheels themselves add more definition to the way the car looks, and the bump in size (though tyre sizes are identical) fills out the wheel arches nicely. The only other visible change on the outside is to the badge — you get one saying ‘Limited Plus’ on the rump of the car.

Jeep Compass

The changes are a little more apparent on the inside. For starters, the infotainment screen is now larger at 8.4 inches, compared to the 7-inch unit that the other variants come with. The interface and how it functions hasn’t changed — only the screen has gone up in size. The other big change is the addition of a panoramic sunroof. The area covered by the glass is massive and really makes the cabin feel way more roomier than it is. The glass can be opened up as well to let breeze in. Other improved equipment includes the addition of automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with a memory function and an auto-dimming inside rear-view mirror. Since the Limited Plus sits above the Limited (O), it already gets all the premium equipment like the bi-xenon headlamps, the side and curtain airbags, leather seats and the dual-tone roof.

Jeep Compass

How does it drive?
Not very differently from the other variants as it has remained mechanically unchanged. The variant we had on test was the diesel 4x4, however, the Limited Plus is also available on the diesel 4x2 and the petrol automatic. The 2-litre diesel engine makes 171bhp and 360Nm and has a meaty mid-range. There is a bit of lag with the boost really allowing it to get a move in post 1800rpm, with the punch tapering off rapidly after 4000rpm — but work your way through the six-speed gearbox and the SUV will move. The gearbox is enjoyable to use, but lacks positive feedback. It is a diesel motor and there is a mild clatter, but NVH levels are adequately comfortable. Ride quality is good, it flattens out bad roads with poise. It’s composed out on the highway and can hold its own through bends as well, however, it did feel slightly floaty over mildly undulating surfaces.

Is it worth it?
The variant we were driving, being the diesel 4x4, is the most expensive Compass on sale at the moment — and is priced at Rs 22.79 lakh (ex-showroom). That means all the additional equipment comes in at a Rs 91,000 hike over the Limited (O) with the same drivetrain. As to whether it is necessary, everything the Limited Plus gets over the Limited (O) is a luxury — there’s no additional safety feature or major design change. So unless you’re looking to really be pampered behind the wheel of your Compass, the Limited (O) variant will suit your needs just fine. But if you want that extra sunlight in your car, you’re going to have to get the Plus.

Jeep Compass 1

Specs:
Engine: 1956cc, 4-cyl, turbo-diesel, 171bhp @ 3750rpm, 360Nm @1750rpm, 6-speed manual, AWD
LxWxH: 4395x1818x1640mm
Rating: 7/10
Verdict: It’s just added luxury, so if you’re on a budget, the lower variants will suit you just fine
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