Jeep India has produced 25,000 units of the Compass SUV from its Ranjangaon factory ever since production began in July 2017. Of these, 20,000 units of the Compass have been sold in India with the rest getting exported to markets such as Thailand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Jeep India has shared an interesting statistic that 80 % of Compass SUV buyers have opted for the diesel variants rather than the petrol models.
It’s not hard to figure why. In India, most SUV buyers prefer diesels mainly because of the better fuel efficiency offered by diesel engines. Running costs are lower as diesel is priced lower than petrol. Moreover, most SUV buyers tend to use their vehicles extensively for long distance trips, where better mileage means overall lower running costs in the long term.
These are some of the reasons why more people are opting for the diesel engined Compass. In future, this figure is expected to go up further as Jeep will launch a diesel-automatic variant of the Compass. The new variant will be equipped with a 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox from ZF. A lot of Compass buyers are likely to opt for the diesel automatic variant, which offers a mix of convenience and fuel efficiency.
Jeep already offers the Compass with a petrol-automatic combination. The 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine gets a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a 7-speed twin clutch automatic gearbox offered as an option. However, the petrol-automatic variant of the Compass is not as fuel efficient as the diesel-automatic variant, which means that mileage conscious buyers will prefer waiting for the new variant. Those who drive mainly in the city can opt for either the Compass Petrol MT or the AT variants. Diesels make sense only for those who have higher monthly running. Choosing wisely will allow you to save money.