Jeep Compass Review & First Drive

By | October 7, 2019


Jeep Compass Overview

Jeep India launched the Compass in 2017 and this SUV got an overwhelming response in the market, with the vehicle fetching really impressive sales. Customers loved the premium look and feel, the brand value of Jeep and of course the performance but there were 2 things that we really missed in this vehicle and that’s a diesel automatic trim and the off-road focussed Trailhawk variant. It’s been a long wait for the Trailhawk but now it’s finally here and might I say I’m thoroughly impressed. Check for Jeep Compass  price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Jeep Compass Style

The Jeep Compass automatic petrol looks identical to its diesel version. It comes in the top-end Limited variant, with an ‘Option’ sub-variant as well. The features etc. also are same as the diesel. However, the petrol version gets a 5-spoke alloy wheel, that comes in the Longitude (mid variant) of the diesel. Somehow, Jeep has chosen to offer this alloy wheel design in the Limited variant in the petrol version and we do not know why. This is the only visible difference, externally. The petrol automatic gets no badging which would introduce itself to an onlooker.

The build quality of the Compass is its high point, along with its looks. The way the doors shut and the quality feel you get once you step inside, is excellent. In fact, the Compass sold in India is same as the one exported, except for the bonnet, which is made of aluminium in the export versions.

Jeep Compass Space

The interiors of the car are reminiscent to the elder sibling Grand Cherokee with similar upmarket feel. The top portion of the dashboard comes with black finishing while the lower half is finished in white. The dashboard features soft-touch plastics which does enhance the premium appeal. But increasing the premium feel, it seems the carmaker has gone overboard as the piano black surround on the 7-inch touchscreen unit doesn’t look good. The steering wheel gives a nice feel while the twin-pod instrument cluster with 3.5-inch MID screen in the middle gives relevant information of the vehicle. These include average fuel economy, instant fuel economy, distance to empty, low-fuel warning, current playing music, parking information, battery voltage level, days left for service, oil and coolant temperature and other important warning messages. For more information on Jeep Compass  visit Icps2016

One of the main highlights in the cabin is the gear lever which looks like a ball of metal finished in silver. The gear stick feels nice to hold and remains cool as it gets cold air from the ac vents. The storage area seems to be limited with small hole behind the gear lever, 2 cup holders and a deep glovebox under the sliding armrest capable of storing 500ml bottle easily. The cup holders gets small LEDs beneath which is a nice touch while the glovebox in the dashboard is average, neither bigger nor tiny.

The seats of the car are partly leather and partly white hue which looks wonderful with the contrast red stitching. There is also black hued seat available in case you are afraid that the white one would get dirty and dull. Though the matte black plastic quality especially on the door panels could have been better but they are not bad either and in terms of quality, everything seems to be robust and built to last.

Coming to the comfort and space, this is the area where this car scores well. There is excellent amount of space for the front passengers and enough knee and legroom for the back benchers. There is adequate amount of headroom and people with 6 feet and less wouldn’t feel any problem. The seatback at the rear has been fixed at a comfortable angle while the additional width of the seat squab has resulted in ample under thigh support. Though it’s a 5-seater, accommodating third person could be a little problem due to the transmission tunnel and the seat squab contour. The rear seats can be split in 60:40 ratios providing additional space for the cargo.

Being a comeback in the Indian market, it was inevitable for the company to offer a plethora of features in the car. And the American automaker has done it pretty well. The list of equipment includes a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment provided by Uconnect compatible with both Android Auto and Apply CarPlay. The infotainment unit is also integrated with voice command and Bluetooth while the screen also provides guidelines and feeds from the reverse parking camera.

Besides audio and phone functions, the display screen also features secondary controls for the climate control system. The decibels are provided by 6 speakers encompassing every square meter of the acoustics. Then there is dual-zone automatic temperature control and rear ac vents, which further create comfortable environment on the go. The list of features further include 8-way power adjustable driver seat with 4-way lumbar support and memory function, start/stop switch, auto-dimming interior mirror, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers and dual-pane panoramic sunroof.

The electric parking brake feature is a welcome move while another conspicuous omission includes the electric opening of the tail gate which should be there in a Rs. 20 lakh car. A separate USB port has been given for the rear passengers, a thoughtful addition. There are mounted steering controls which are a good but the blank switches on the right hand side are certainly an eyesore.

Jeep Compass Gearbox

The Jeep Compass automatic comes with a 1.4-litre MultiAir engine that produces 162bhp of power at 5,500rpm and a torque of 250Nm at 2,500 to 4,000 rpm. This unit is the same as the one on the Abarth Punto but gets a MultiAir treatment and higher power. Now, if you think that like the diesel, this will also deliver a punchy performance when floored, then you might be dissapointed, because despite the difference of only 10bhp viz-a-viz the diesel, this engine delivers its power in a much more linear fashion.

Being a turbo petrol there is a noticeable lag initially, below 2,000rpm. Once you have crossed that, the power build-up is brisk, but does not feel as powerful as the diesel. The engine also is a bit noisy when pushed hard. But none to disturb you. In fact, the note is quite sporty.The 7-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) unit is a smooth performer. The gearshifts are seamless and one can cruise easily at about 100 km/h, while the engine spins below 2,000 rpm.

There are no paddle shifters here, so in manual mode, you will have to stick to the stick! 0-100km/h comes up in around 10.2 seconds. Which is not slow by any standards for this SUV. Its just that its lacks that punch and the ‘pushed back’ feel you experience in the diesel.

SUVs aren’t known for excellent fuel efficiency, especially the petrol ones. Same is the case with Jeep Compass. The petrol automatic version returns around 8kmpl in cities and 12.5kmpl on highways. This is acceptable figure when we compared it to Tucson. The diesel Compass with AWD is slightly efficient with the city and highway mileage being around 11kmpl and 14kmpl respectively.

Jeep Compass Driving

Given its capabilities off the tarmac, it is really unbelievable how this car handles the roads. The car gets all-independent suspension with frequency selective dampers technology, which is normally found in expensive cars. The system adjusts the damping, sensing the driving style and the road conditions in order to provide the best of both ride and handling.

The ride quality of this car is nothing less than impressive, especially on the bad roads as the vehicle takes up potholes, stones and gravels without unsettling the passengers inside. This performance along with weighted steering wheel and the feedback it offers shows that the car is an excellent road handler. Even if the car is pushed hard, it remains planted.At low speeds, the stiff ride can get a little bouncy but as the speed builds up, the cabin settles down in a comfort zone. The company says it has done a lot to ensure the cabin remain quiet and muffles the engine noise. Thanks to the triple sealing on the doors and glass at the windows and windshields as well as the sound deadening in the floor pan that makes things inside the cabin quiet.

Jeep Compass Safety

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk comes with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Roll Mitigation, ISOFIX mounts, ESC, Hill Start Assist and Hill Hold. The only area where the Compass needs to worry is the network of service stations across the country which isn’t as wide as that of rivals like Hyundai and Honda.

Jeep Compass Cost in Pune

Jeep Compass On Road Price is 20,01,238/- and Ex-showroom Price is 16,48,300/- in Pune. Jeep Compass comes in 5 colours, namely Exotica Red,Hydro Blue,Vocal White,Brilliant Black,Minimal Grey. Jeep Compass comes with AWD with 1956 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 170 bhp@3750 rpm and Peak Torque 350 Nm@1750-2500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Jeep Compass comes with Manual Transmission with AWD .

Jeep Compass Final Thought

The only reason to buy this vehicle is if you are in love with the Compass and you are hell-bent on having an automatic. The petrol version is the only option for an automatic, as of now.A diesel automatic with a 9-speed transmission is being manufactured in India, but is only exported. That powertrain meets Euro VI norms as well. The cost factor is keeping it away from an India launch.So while the petrol misses out on the enthusiastic driving experience and fuel efficiency, it makes up, obviously, for more driving comfort.Buy it only if you like a relaxed drive, most of the times. You will not be disappointed then. Else, go for the diesel to extract the best out of the Jeep Compass.

Jeep Compass is offered in four variants including Sport, Longitude, Limited and Limited Plus. The price of this mid-sized SUV starts from Rs. 15.4 lakh and goes up to Rs. 22.9 lakh. The pricing for the base trim Sport for the petrol version is Rs. 15.4 lakh and for the diesel variant its Rs. 16.6 lakh. The mid-range model Longitude gets the price tag of Rs. 17.92 lakh while the Compass Limited is tagged at Rs. 19.97 lakh and Rs. 19.63 lakh for the petrol and diesel respectively. The top-spec variant Limited plus is offered at the price tag of Rs. 21.47 lakh for petrol and Rs. 21.13 lakh for diesel while the Compass Limited Plus 4X4 is tagged at Rs. 22.9 lakh, ex-showroom. Jeep Compass competes against heavyweight such as Hyundai Tucson, Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa in the segment.

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