Jeep Compass Hatchback First Look Review


Jeep Compass Overview

The Jeep Compass has been in news since the automaker announced its plans of introducing a vehicle built in India for specifically the Indian buyers. Well, now after a wait for over a couple of years, it is finally here. And, we are immensely delighted that FCA India – the parent company – gave it a go ahead and launched it in the Indian market. The Compass is built at the Ranjangaon production facility with around 65 percent local content. The company has presented it in three trims – Sport, Longitude and Limited – with a total of 10 variants, out which 7 are in diesel fuel trim whereas 3 are in petrol guise. The SUV’s exterior styling is based on the elder sibling, the Grand Cherokee, with several sporty elements.

The interior cabin is quite innovative with a plethora of comfort features and storage spaces. Jeep has paid utmost importance to the safety of occupants as it has incorporated as many as a dozen contemporary features. The SUV would also feature a 4X4 drive system, while also getting an automatic transmission.

Jeep Compass Look

The way it looks. At first glance you could easily mistake the Compass with the bigger SUV in the Jeep range – the Grand Cherokee. The typical seven slat is as ‘in-your-face’ as it can get and is finished in a shade of gloss black that makes it look premium with the slats getting a chrome surround. The grille is flanked on both sides by the headlamps that have a simple projector setup. A set of slightly more complex looking LED headlamps would have really looked much nicer though. Move on to the bumper and you have a slim vent right above the number plate bracket and two fog lamp surrounds that also house the daytime running lights. The lower half of the front bumper stays unpainted and a chrome accent piece accentuates the typically American SUV styling on the Compass. Overall, when viewed from the front then, the Compass does look quite wide and muscular, especially with the well-placed cuts and subtle bulges on the bonnet.

The butch SUV styling continues when the Jeep Compass is viewed in profile. The squared off and muscular arches are a typically Jeep and give the Compass the look Indian customers lust over – that typical old school SUV charm. There aren’t any glaring design lines on the side but what you do get is a very distinct shoulder line. There is the plastic cladding that runs around the bottom of the doors and across the wheel arches continuing all the way from the front bumper to the rear bumper. There is, however, that one cool thing about the Compass that makes it stand out – the floating roof.

The floating roof and the chrome accent piece that separates it from the rest of the car also moves around the back right below the rear windscreen giving the back-end a nice premium touch. Although we personally prefer the fact that Jeep has stayed away from any unnecessary chrome pieces on the boot, Indian customers are guaranteed to find ‘jugaad’ solutions to that too. The tail lights look great, finished in a semi-gloss black and have depth to them with the red LED parts looking well layered. The rear bumper, just like with the side skirts get an unpainted plastic cladding on the bottom which is very typical in most SUVs but skips out on the silver skid plate like the front bumper.

The Jeep Compass gets a set of 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. The design is rugged and complements the overall stance of the car really well, but does seem a little plain as compared to some of the other cars in this body size that come with a more modern diamond cut style. That said, considering the fact that Jeep’s performance brand Mopar will soon launch in India and offer quite a few optional accessories for the Jeep range, buyers can always opt for a different, more aggressive, set of wheels. For the time being though, the ones on the Compass, as we mentioned earlier, do look quite nice.

Jeep Compass Comfort

And so we move on to the cabin. Considering the fact that the interior is where most of us will spend most of our time, it was crucial that Jeep got the quality of the materials and the layout perfectly right. Let’s start with the design and the layout first. The Compass is a little boring when it comes to the actual design of the dashboard but at the same time, it is quite utilitarian. The dials and knobs might look from an older generation, but they offer a sense of usability that a lot of cars miss out on today, and that is something we do appreciate.Check for Jeep Compass price in Mumbai at Tryadrive.

Other areas of big improvement are most definitely the infotainment system. The touchscreen is a tad unresponsive even when compared to ones now available in much cheaper cars and the way the Apple Car Play is laid out in the already small screen using a sort of sub screen is just, well, strange. It almost defeats the whole purpose of having a sub system like Apple Car Play in the first place by adding clutter to the screen.

Quality of everything otherwise on the interior is great – including the soft touch materials on the dashboard and the leather on the seats. The seats are wrapped in a light beige – almost white shade which makes the cabin look very bling and very premium. That said, considering the level of dust we deal with on a daily basis and the pollution in our metros, we aren’t sure it is a great idea. However, there are a wide variety of protection and cleaning products available in the market to remove the muck and mud from your Compass after you take it off-road, so, in hindsight, it shouldn’t be much of a problem.

The seats are comfortable too. With their harder bolstering, the back and under thigh support for the driver’s seat is great. Rear seats too are very comfortable and although some older passengers might find it slightly more difficult to step into the Compass as it is a tad bit high, once in, they will be treated with a lot of leg space and headroom. The rear passengers also get two AC vents and a USB charging point – both absolute essentials must haves.

Jeep Compass Transmission

The Jeep Compass is powered by a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that makes 171 bhp and 350 Nm of torque. As of now, it is only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Our verdict on this engine is simple – it is a HOOT to drive! The Multijet family has been known for some of the nicest and most responsive diesel motors in the world (and in India) and the new 2-litre is no different. There might be a slight lag of power till about 1500 rpm but once the turbos spool up, the Compass quickly points in the right direction – forward! Power delivery is very linear and you can really go through the gears shifting quickly while keeping the turbos spooled up to give you a big wallop of torque.To know more importance on Jeep Compass  check Oprst

Throttle response is great and so is the clutch feel. It might have just a hint of heaviness but that is expected of a clutch that is designed to handle 350 Nm of peak torque. The gearshift itself could have been much crisper as we did find it just a tad bit too rubbery but the best part is the actual gear knob itself. The aluminium finished knob feels nearly perfect in the palm of your hand and actually makes you want to shift as much as possible just so that you can mentally feel like you are driving a gated gear shifter from a 60’s Le Mans winning Ferrari 250 GTO (ok, maybe that’s taking it a bit too far).

The diesel variants of Jeep Compass deliver a mileage of 17.10kmpl (ARAI Specified), while the 4X4 variant returns 16.30kmpl (ARAI Specified). The final figures are awaited from ARAI for petrol engine.

Jeep Compass Driving

The Jeep Compass’s 2.0L Multijet diesel engine is a brilliant performer. The power delivery is smooth, while throttle response is equally great. The suspension system is immensely well tuned and absorbs majority of the pot holes, making the ride fairly effortless and comfortable. The electric power steering is worth all the applause as it responds quite well to the driver’s fingers.

Jeep Compass Safety

The Jeep Compass gets disc brakes at front as well as rear. The SUV comes with as many as 50 safety and security features in form of Four-channel Anti-lock Brakes, full-function Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Panic Brake Assist, Hydraulic Boost Failure Compensation, Electronic Roll Mitigation etc. Additionally, the company has incorporated 6 Airbags (side curtains for front and rear-passengers), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) and Reverse Parking Camera to further strengthen the safety of the occupants.

Jeep Compass Cost in Mumbai

Jeep Compass On Road Price is 19,61,916/- and Ex-showroom Price is 16,54,200/- in Mumbai. 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 Word

With an exhilarating introductory price and every possible bells and whistles, the Jeep Compass has exceeded everyone’s expectations and it can be concluded that it is here to stay and rule!The Jeep Compass is a very very good package – and considering the fact that I have used the term ‘very’ twice, it is genuine praise. It looks great, has a nice interior (although there is definite room for improvement here) and drives well too. The only thing left to see is the way Jeep prices it. We have been promised by Jeep India that we will not be disappointed by the way the Compass is priced and we hope it keeps its promise as the Compass has a ton of potential in India. That said, what FCA India needs to worry about is the sales and service outlets to cater to the hordes who will want to buy one.

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