The Jeep Compass is one of the most eagerly awaited compact SUVs in the Indian market and has finally been launched to rapturous responses from customers. The Jeep Compass is a rival for the likes of the Tata Hexa, Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta and Hyundai Tucson among others. The Compass gets Sport, Limited and Longitude variants and there are 7 trims in all.
The Jeep Compass shares its platform with the Renegade and the design and styling is heavily derived from the Grand Cherokee SUV albeit in a smaller avatar. The Compass has good road presence, make no bones about that. The Compass comes with projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights, which make it look sleek along with accentuated wheel arches and the iconic seven-slot Jeep grille which add to that butch and rugged look. The LED taillights also look smart while the alloy wheels also look pretty attractive. The side profile of the Compass also looks unique with the chrome strip traveling throughout the window line and helping in the creating the impression of a floating roof. The Compass looks muscular and comes with several stylish color options.
The Compass comes with a 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen display unit cum infotainment system with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The user interface is convenient enough to use and there is an MID screen that shows essential vehicle information. The Compass gets a dual-tone dashboard with satin finishing for the gear lever knob and soft touch plastics. The Compass feels premium inside. The front seats and steering wheel come with adjustment features while the high driving position ensures good visibility all around. The seats are really comfortable and the rear feels spacious for two persons with ample headroom and knee room along with rear AC vents. Boot space of 408 litres is decent and this can be increased to 1191 litres by folding the second-row. The equipment list also includes the all-wheel drive system, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, electronic parking brake, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, 6 airbags, automatic headlights and full function Traction Control. Other safety features out of the 50 such features claimed by Jeep include Panic Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation and Hydraulic Boost Failure Compensation.
The Compass gets a Frequency Sensitive Damping suspension setup, which adjusts damping as per road conditions. The Compass offers impressive handling and ample stability at high speeds. The All Wheel Drive system and Firestone all-weather tyres offer excellent grip and ride quality. The Compass also gets a Multi-Air 1.4 litre Turbo engine that makes 160 BHP and 250 Nm and this engine is paired to a 6-speed manual/7-speed DCT automatic transmission unit. There is the Multi-Jet 2 litre diesel engine that churns out 170 BHP and 350 Nm. This engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission unit. The diesel engine gets both 2WD and 4WD options while the petrol engine only has the 2WD option.