Jeep Compass Features, Specifications & First Drive

Jeep Compass Overview

The Jeep Compass is the first locally assembled SUV offered by the American carmaker in the country. It is offered with a 1.4-litre petrol and a 2.0 litre diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. By the upcoming festive season, the company is also expected to introduce an automatic gearbox option. The Jeep Compass is offered in five exterior colour options, Vocal White, Brilliant Black, Hydro Blue, Minimal Grey and Exotica Red. It measures 4,395 mm in length, 1,818 mm in width, 1,640 mm in height and have a wheelbase of 2,636 mm. It has a ground clearance of 178 mm. The Jeep Compass is offered in seven variants, Sport, Longitude, Longitude Option, Limited, Limited Option, Limited 4X4, Limited 4X4 Option. The all-wheel-drive trims are available only for the diesel engine options. Jeep Compass in Tryaldrive

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Jeep Compass Design & Style

The Jeep Compass is arguably the best looking SUV in its class as it attracts several eyeballs wherever it goes. At first glance, the car looks like a tuned down Grand Cherokee with the front grille, bonnet creases and the badge looks nearly similar to the elder sibling. The seven-slat family grille laden with chrome and the rectangular-shaped bi-xenon headlamps with LED lookalike strip makes up for a striking front fascia. The actual LED daytime running lights are placed above the fog lamps, so some people might get confused at the first sight. The chrome finished lip below the air dam adds to the bling.

Turn around a bit and you will see that the car carries a proper SUV stance. The squared wheel arches, rising window line with a sharp bend towards the end and the 17-inch alloy wheels, all makes up for a typical Jeep design. But what adds to the drama is the manner in which the body line crosses the door handles and the compass symbol on the lower half of the front door. The SUVish bulk is hidden, thanks to the thick black cladding encompassing the car.

The car looks striking and sedate from the rear. The LED taillights split in two parts will certainly remind you of the elder sibling Grand Cherokee. The company also says that the LED tail lamps take inspiration from Ironman. The dual-toned roof carries a chrome outline that nicely flows down to the rear windshield. The number plate area is slightly sunken which is a nice touch, while the roof rails and the rear spoiler do not add much too the overall profile. Look all around the car and the handsome and beefy looks make it an unmistakably Jeep.

Jeep Compass Cabin & Comfort

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.

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 & gearbox

Powering the Jeep Compass are two engine options, a 1.4-litre petrol unit and a 2.0-litre diesel motor. The petrol engine generates 161 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque while the diesel unit produces 172 hp of power and 350 Nm of torque. These performance figures are impressive for its segment.The Jeep Compass is available in two transmission options, a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. While the automatic transmission will be available eventually, the manual gearbox is already on sale. The manual transmission has been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.For more details on Jeep Compass Visit isc2013.in

The claimed mileage of the Jeep Compass diesel is 17.1 kmpl. Considering its competitors in the same price bracket, the SUV has a competitive fuel efficiency figure.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 Ride & Handling

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 & Security

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 Price in Bangalore

Jeep Compass Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 15,17,140/- (Compass Sport 1.4 Multi AIR Petrol) to 21,38,466/- (Compass Limited 4X4 O 2.0 Diesel). Get best offers for Jeep Compass from Jeep Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Compass price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Jeep Compass Verdict

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!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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