Jeep Compass Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

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.

Jeep Compass Price In Mumbai

Jeep Compass Style

Talk about styling, and the Compass surely won’t disappoint. The India-spec Compass SUV borrows its styling cues from the Grand Cherokee SUV. Towards the front profile, the SUV gets Jeep’s signature 7 slat grille. The headlamp unit looks sharp and gets LED daytime running lamps and projector units. The side profile looks little-squared wheel arches. The rear profile too looks sophisticated as well while the chrome lining just below the roof rail which loops around the SUV adds a premium feel to the SUV. The rear profile of the SUV looks impressive as well with the wraparound LED taillamps. The duel tone bumpers towards the front and rear give a big appearance to the SUV.

The Jeep Compass will compete with other C-SUV segment and is based on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade, however, the Compass SUV gets a longer wheelbase and certainly gets Jeep’s offroading DNA.

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.

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. Check for Jeep Compass in iftr2015hyd

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 Engine

The Compass is being fully manufactured here in India and quite a bit of testing has been done here too. In keeping with this aim of making as much of it locally, the first engine to be assembled and launched on the Compass will be the two-litre diesel engine. Jeep officials have revealed that the 2.0L engine will deliver 170+hp of peak power and 350Nm of torque.

The other engine that will also be offered in the Compass is the 1.4-litre multi-air petrol engine, which will be capable of generating 160+hp of peak power and 250Nm of torque. The transmissions that will be offered with these engines are a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual dry clutch DDCT automatic gearbox. Jeep officials have clarified that both these engines will be scalable to the BS VI emission norms when it becomes mandatory.

The Compass will also be available in 50 different trim, powertrain, transmissions and colour combinations.Jeep officials have added that there will be a number of standard fitment features in the Compass including six airbags. But the one to really stand out as an ideal for our conditions could be the Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) tech. Part of the Chapman (independent) suspension at the rear, the FSD shock absorbers use a special valve inside to enable an optimal ride at both high and low frequencies (read bad and good road conditions), essentially improving ride quality.

Front suspension is also independent. The Compass has already been tested on over 25.7 million kilometres on-road and off-road. Though the company may choose to launch a lower-end version of the Compass without four-wheel drive tech, the one to look out for will be the trim with the legendary 4X4 capability called Jeep Active Drive. The system is equipped with Jeep’s Selec Terrain Traction Management and driveline disconnect tech (DDT), which basically controls the availability or otherwise of the active four-wheel drive system.

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. Book A Test Drive For Jeep Compass In Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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 Compass SUV comes loaded with all-disc brakes. And if we were to define the performance in one word, it would be ‘fabulous’. The brakes are progressive and the overall stopping power instils confidence. Even in emergency braking situations, the car comes to halt without any drama.The list of safety features impresses the most. The SUV is loaded with standard features including dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, traction control, Hill start assist, Panic brake assist, electronic rollover mitigation and electronic brake prefill. Other safety measures include rear parking camera, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming IRVM and cornering fog lamps.

Jeep Compass Cost in Mumbai

Jeep Compass On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 17,94,150 to 25,38,237 for variants Compass Sport 1.4 Multi AIR Petrol and Compass Limited 4X4 O 2.0 Diesel respectively. Jeep Compass is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Jeep Compass variants price in Mumbai. View offers on Jeep Cars in at Autozhop.

Jeep Compass Conclusion

The India made Jeep is one impressive SUV and the best part is its poricing. The Jeep Compass has been priced quite aggressively which has garnered lot of interest amongst the Indian Jeep Lovers. The Compass SUV will not only help the brand to reach to more customers, but at the same time, Indian customers will also be able to get their hands on a renowned global product.

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