Jeep Compass Overview
Jeep has launched the Compass SUV in India at a starting price of Rs. 14.95 lakh. The 2017 Compass SUV has been built on the stretched version of the Small Wide 4×4 architecture and will borrow design cues from Grand Cherokee. Taking inspiration from Cherokee in terms of design both inside and outside, the Compass SUV gets similar provisions as seen on the premium model. Under the skin, it gets 2.0 litre turbo diesel and 1.4 litre multiair petrol motors, with a choice of 7-speed automatic and 6-speed manual gearbox. The petrol versions get front wheel drivetrains while the diesel gets an AWD drivetrain. Jeep has just nailed with the Compass prices in India and the SUV is going to give strong competition to the likes of Hyundai Tucson and Mahindra XUV500. View offers on Jeep Cars from Jeep dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Jeep Compass Style
Like I said, SUVs these days look a bit softer and have lost that brutish SUV design. The Jeep Compass’s design however, manages to be both modern and premium-looking as well as rugged and intimidating. When you look at it in person, it doesn’t seem very large, but in the rear view mirror, it looks quite large thanks to the wide, square-ish front.
What adds that premium touch is the resemblance to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. From the side, it does look quite muscular, but not in an overwhelming way more like a lean athlete-like rather than a bulky body builder. However, the wheels look just a little too small for the rest of the body and the rear wheel isn’t positioned at the centre of the wheel arch. The rear meanwhile, looks smart and quite interesting with the LED elements in the taillights and the chrome strip running all around the car.
It’s a similar story on the inside – there’s quite a bit of kit including the 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control, and grey leather upholstery. That said, it does miss out on a few features that should’ve been bundled in at this price point. The feel-good features such as auto headlamps and wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, electric seats, cruise control and how can we forget – the sunroof – are missing from the Compass. Also, side and curtain airbags are reserved for the 4×4 variants – so you get just two airbags. Finally, since there’s no drive mode selector – you get a useful cubby hole in front of the gear lever.
Jeep Compass Petrol Automatic Review But, the rock-solid build quality is thankfully standard. The doors shut with a reassuring thud, the soft-touch plastic on top of the dash feels wow, and the leather used on the seat – although easy to soil – is of a really good variety. Before we sign this section off, can we all agree that the blank buttons on the steering are an eyesore? Yes? ONWARDS!
Jeep Compass Engine
The 1.4 Multiair is a Fiat engine and delivers 161 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. The engine choice did surprise many with a lot of doubt on whether or not a 1.4 is good enough for a car of this size. So, first up let me allay your fears -it is not just enough, but does well. Even though the engine is surprisingly punchy – it is a bit of a slow starter though, as there is a hint of lag under 2000 rpm. But things get effortless thereafter as the gearbox is mated very well to the motor. For Jeep Compass check vci-india.in
It’s very smooth through the changes too, though it’s a bit slower to respond in heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic at times. It certainly has the smoothness to go with the Compass’ premium appeal as well as its excellent ride quality. Like its diesel counterpart, the petrol too has the ability to swallow mostly anything that comes its way and can take on potholes or bad roads with ease. The steering feels a tad heavier but the 17-inch wheels glide over mostly all rough surfaces with no complaints. Even the mileage that you get on the automatic, 14.1 kmpl, is something that you can’t complain about.
Overall, the engine and gearbox combination make this Jeep a pretty good performer. We managed to get a decent 0-100kmph time of 11.9 seconds, and an efficiency figure of 11.39kmpl in the city and 14.11kmpl on the highway. What’s worth noting, is that this is the 4×4 variant, and we’re not sure when or under what conditions the system is activated. The Compass is primarily a front-wheel driven car with power sent to the rear wheels whenever necessary or when the 4×4 lock is engaged. The Jeep Compass gets four off-road modes Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud. Unfortunately, we didn’t really get the chance to test its off-road capabilities.
Jeep Compass Driving
The Jeep Compass’s suspension set up manages to bring a bit of comfort, ruggedness and impressive handling. It gets a MacPherson strut set-up at the front and an independent Chapman strut set-up at the back with Koni’s frequency sensitive dampers. This system works like adjustable dampers without all the expensive and complicated electrical systems. It uses hydraulic valves to control how much damping happens, depending on the frequency of suspension movement high frequency (when you drive over bad roads) will reduce damping for better ride quality, while low frequency (when on smooth roads) will increase damping for better stability and handling.Test drive for Jeep Compass.
Does it work? Yes! Over bad roads, the Compass while happily absorb ruts and potholes without complaint and it also feels quite rugged. However, there is a fair amount of movement at the rear seat. At the same time, when on smooth tarmac, the Jeep Compass will stay surprisingly flat through corners even when you push it hard. At the same time, steering feels direct, weighs up well at high speeds and offers good feedback too. This makes it one of the most involving cars to drive in this price bracket.
Jeep Compass Safety
As standard, the Jeep Compass gets decent amount of safety features — ABS, dual airbags, electronic stability control, and hill-start assist. The top-spec Limited variant meanwhile, gets eight airbags, traction control, cornering lights and adaptive brake lights (they flash in case of emergency braking).
The features list on the other hand, isn’t what one would call loaded, but has got a decent amount of kit. The Jeep Compass gets features like dual-zone climate control, bi-xenon headlamps, auto up/down front windows, a decent 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and keyless entry and ignition. But you loss out on stuff like auto headlamps, auto wipers and cruise control, which you see in cars positioned lower than it.
Jeep Compass Cost in Hyderabad
Jeep Compass On-Road Price in Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad. Check for Compass price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.
Jeep Compass Conclusion
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 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.