Jeep Compass Hatchback First Drive Review

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Jeep Compass Overview

The admiration for SUVs is increasing like never before and every other carmaker is making efforts to get a share of pie. Jeep also launched Compass SUV with the same objective of catering to the growing taste of the Indian carbuyers and give them a product which suite their style and need. The SUV carries the design cues from Grand Cherokee and its impression can be seen on the inside as well. The car is available in both the engine options to choose from and gets the automatic version for the buyers as well 4X4 mechanism for the off-roading enthusiasts. The company has recently introduced top level variant Limited Plus with additional goodies, while its upcoming Compass Trailhawk trim is suitable for the hard-core off-roader. Check for Jeep Compass price in Hyderabad.

Jeep Compass Design

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 Comfort

The interiors of the Jeep Compass aren’t very swanky and lavish. The dashboard is simple yet functional having a dual tone treatment. You’ve got a chunky three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls but there are some dummy buttons for the cruise control, which is not being offered in India. The instrument cluster looks premium having a huge MID in the middle and is easy to read. There is a neatly integrated touchscreen infotainment system. The user interface looks good but the touch quality is just average. Jeep offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone connectivity. The sound quality of the audio system is rich and quite satisfying. Some of the features missing in the Compass are sunroof, electrically adjustable seats, auto headlamps, auto wipers, etc.

The ingress and egress is quite comfortable in the Jeep Compass and you don’t feel like you are sitting in a hatchback like other compact SUVs, it is relatively high and you have a commanding driving position with a good view all around. The quality, fit and finish is nice and you can hardly find any cheap quality panels inside the cabin. The seats are very comfortable and supportive, there is ample legroom and headroom at the back. Even the under-thigh support of the seats are pretty good. The boot is also well spaced out and can accommodate a lot of luggage.

Jeep Compass Performance

The Jeep Compass is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel one is the Fiat’s 2.0L Multijet II new generation engine which is brand new for this car in the Indian market. The engine produces 173PS and 350Nm of max torque. Power delivery is linear with the mid-range is strong enough to get past the crowded traffic. However, since the torque is available from around 1800 rpm, there might be some noticeable lag. Though the engine is overall silent, it clatters at standby and can get a bit noisy on the go, especially when you push it hard after 3500 rpm.

Unfortunately, this engine is not available with automatic transmission and sports only a 6-speed manual gearbox. The gearbox is slick and the gear changes give an accurate feel which make up and down shifting quite enthusiastic. Coming to the petrol engine, 1.4L Multiair turbo-petrol engine is again from Fiat and should not be confused with the one working under Abarth Punto. The motor pumps out 163PS and 250Nm of max torque. The power and torque figures are lower than the diesel counterpart but that doesn’t make it boring. For more info on Jeep Compass visit Lanetalab

Drive it with the light foot and you wouldn’t grumble about, but the powertrain is not as punchy as the diesel one. The engine gathers speeds in a relaxed manner while the turbo comes in around 2000 rpm. Acceleration is quick but not exciting. As far as refinement is concerned, it isn’t as smooth and silent as other turbo petrol engines and at times can get noisy, especially at the higher rev band. On open stretches, the petrol Compass gives a homelike feeling as the engine is always eager for fast cruise. However, in cities with automatic transmission, it can get confused. Normally, people expect butter smooth performance from automatic transmissions, especially in this price range. But to be honest, the gearbox doesn’t give that smooth feeling as we get in DSG gearbox in Volkswagen cars.

It doesn’t get paddle shifters either. So, if you are planning to do a quick overtake, plan your intentions in advance. But it delivers what most of us want i.e. convenience. Driving it in a careful and cautious manner will cover up majority of the shortcomings. In terms of off-roading, the Compass being a Jeep delivers what it promises. The SUV can take the river crossings, muddy roads, steep inclines and tight turns quite well. The terrain management system offers four different modes including Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud, each comes with unique AWD calibrations and other electronic settings. All in all, the Jeep is a finest example of American automaker’s expertise in producing some of the most capable SUVs.

Jeep Compass Riding

The Compass had impressed us with its ride and handling package earlier. It’s no different in this one too. Fiat cars have always excelled in this department and the Jeep Compass bears the same DNA. The vehicle remains planted at high speeds and sudden direction changes do not affect its composure. The ride quality is right up there too. It just glides over undulations and even large potholes are gobbled up brilliantly.Another thing you notice is the top notch NVH package. The cabin is silent and that is always the hallmark of a premium vehicle. This goes a long way in making the Compass feel rich.

Jeep Compass Safety

The Jeep Compass comes loaded with safety equipment such as 6 airbags, All-Speed Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS, Isofix seat mounts, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill Start Assist, etc. One of the biggest questions for the Compass’ success in India is the after sales and poor service network across the country. The American carmaker is setting up new dealerships but currently, there are very few of them in India. Since the Compass is locally produced, we expect relatively affordable spare parts and maintenance costs.

Jeep Compass Price in Hyderabad

Jeep Compass On Road Price is 20,11,186/- and Ex-showroom Price is 16,61,100/- in Hyderabad. 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 Bottomline

FCA has made a huge effort for getting the Jeep brand in India and especially setting up the Compass project in India for making it the manufacturing hub for right-hand drive export markets. The SUV is quite capable and feels good to drive too. It also comes with a reasonable amount of equipment, however, there are some missing features for a car belonging to this segment. It will be interesting to see the price point in which it is being offered and how it is positioned against the competition in the Indian market. If priced attractively, the Jeep Compass is one SUV which will pull people from both smaller and bigger SUVs as it offers the best of both worlds.

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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