Safety ratings of the Made-in-India Jeep Compass have been released. The SUV went through a comprehensive crash test and thorough safety analysis by ANCAP (Australian New Car Assessment Programme). Post this crash test, the Jeep Compass has been given a safety rating of 5 stars, which is the highest any car can score.
The model tested by ANCAP was a right hand drive (RHD) version. All RHD variants of the Jeep Compass are manufactured in India at the Ranjangaon facility. These models are then sold in India and are also exported to markets like Australia, New Zealand and UK. It can thus be noted that the 5-star safety rating of Jeep Compass is applicable for all models of the SUV that have been manufactured in India post September 2017.
However, it is also important to note that the model tested by ANCAP was the top-end trim for the Australian market. It was thus loaded with 9 airbags (dual front, side curtain, side chest and driver knee). It comes with a manual-set speed limiter as standard, while Lane support systems (LSS) and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) are offered as optional extras.
In Australia, the Jeep Compass is sold with a 2.4-litre petrol engine that is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox sourced from ZF. It weighs 1,510 kg. However, the India-spec model is slightly heavier at 1,615 kg and is available with a 1.4-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine.
While the features on offer are surely different in the Indian and Australian markets, the Jeep Compass in India shares the overall body shell and structural built with its Australian sibling. Hence, we can surely state that the India-spec Jeep Compass is one of the safest SUVs available in this price point.
It is high time that the Indian government also introduces a standard crash test institute in order to test and reveal safety ratings of India-spec models.