Jeep Compass, an able performer both on and off the tarmac
The Jeep Compass is probably one of the most exciting launches to look forward to this year. As the anticipation builds up, an opportunity to drive the top-end Limited 4x4 variant recently proved to be a revelation. It is a well-built product that boasts of a powerful engine, great equipment and the ability to navigate rough terrain with élan.
A head turner
The first thing that grabs your attention about the vehicle is the way it looks. Borrowing from its larger sibling, namely, the Grand Cherokee, the Compass carries that similar elite appeal. The proportions are spectacular and you also get those signature Jeep elements that include the trapezoidal wheel arches and the seven slot grille. The Compass sits well on its large wheels and the finer details such as the Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED tail lamps, spice up the exterior package.
A lot of time has been spent on the Jeep Compass to ensure that the cabin offers an upmarket appeal. The fit and finish is spot on and the choice of materials ensures that you have a plush looking space. From the leather upholstery with ruby red stitching to the piano black finish on the centre console, you’ll be hard-pressed to find faults with its interiors. The cabin is nice and airy as well and there is ample legroom on board for four adults and some luggage. Key creature comforts include a 7-inch touchscreen display, integrated voice command, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and steering mounted controls.
Powering the Jeep Compass Limited edition is the 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine that delivers 173 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque. It is mated to a slick six-speed manual gearbox and the power delivery is linear as the vehicle surges ahead. The engine is touted to be rather efficient as well. Further to that, the Compass also comes with 4x4 capability which includes the Selec-Terrain function with four drive modes, Jeep Active Drive, Dynamic Steering Torque and all season tyres. It handles extremely well and the ride quality is comparable to a sedan, yet this mid-size SUV can also go off-roading with ease.
From the looks of it, Jeep India has delivered on all counts with the Compass. It drives well, handles admirably, and offers the best in terms of performance and efficiency. Jeep is also offering it with a lot of features and safety systems which include ABS, EBD, six airbags, electronic roll mitigation and electronic stability control to name a few. It lives up to being a premium SUV in a small package that gets everything right.
Official pricing yet to be announced.