Ready To Accompany You In All Directions! | JEEP COMPASSPosted On: January 22, 2019 By : AutoLife Team
There is one brand whose name is synonymous to vehicles for their sturdy build and superior capabilities off road; it is none other than the American car manufacturer, “JEEP”. For ages now, people have been referring to off-road vehicles as Jeeps even though they are termed as SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicle). One of the main reasons behind this is the old Willy’s Jeep that was present back in the days. They were very versatile and could go through almost any kind of terrain while it had a distinct design. This led people to look up to that vehicle and since then all vehicles that were suited and designed for the off-roads were termed “Jeep”. The American manufacturer still carries on this legacy as they only produce off-road vehicles and they are very good at it. So, everyone knows by now that if there is a Jeep logo on the front of the hood then it will be a very capable off-road vehicle. There were some models of Jeep vehicles roaming around the country in the past but those were direct import vehicles but this year, in 2018, Jeep has officially made its way into Nepal thanks to Life automobile Pvt. Ltd., the authorized distributor for Jeep vehicles in Nepal. Currently, they are only importing the Compass which is the entry level vehicle in their line-up. So, we took the Compass through some tough terrains to see what all the hype was about and whether it had the same off-road capabilities as it elder siblings or not.
The exterior of the Compass is very reminiscent to the bigger Jeep Grand Cherokee, with a very boxy design and the big SUV look; it definitely has a lot of street presence. The front signature grille looks like it was carried over from the Grand Cherokee, the LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps) with the projector unit housed between in completes the overall front mean look of the car. And like all models it has a JEEP logo on top of the grille. There isn’t much going on, on the sides of the vehicle except for flared wheel arches. But the boxy shape has been so religiously followed that even the wheel wells are rectangular-ish rather than the conventional semi-circle. The rims on the base variant which is the sport in this case comes with 16 inch stylized steel wheels, the longitude and the limited variants comes with 17 inch wheels but have different designs to distinguish between them. Moving to the rear end, there isn’t anything fancy here but a good looking rear end. The tail light looks neat with a LED similar to the DRL. There is a chrome strip that starts from one side of the front door which goes all the way to the back and finishes at the other side of the front door. There is a black pack available for the top spec Limited 4×4 variant, and as the name states, most of its components are blacked out to give it a sportier and menacing look. The rims are blacked out, the headlight shroud is also blacked out and the door mirrors are finished in black too along with the badging.
The interior of the Jeep Compass looks well put together with good quality components used to make it feel premium. The soft touch material on top of the dash board felt good to the touch. The white and black contrasting interior looks good with the lower half of the dash board, the door pads, lower central console and the seats being finished in white and the rest in black. Our only concern is with so much white in a country like ours where the pollution is rampant, how long can we sustain the luxurious white luster? They are pleasing to the eye but if strict cleanliness isn’t practise then you’ll probably find it start changing colors. However, you won’t have to worry about that in the Black Pack variant which we talked about earlier. Much like the exterior, the interior is completely blacked out as well. So all the white panels are instead, finished in black to carry over the theme inside too.
On the features department, the Compass comes loaded with a Uconnect 5 inch touchscreen infotainment system on the Sport and the Longitude variant while the Limited variant gets a 7 inch screen. All the models come with keyless entry, which makes getting in and out of the Compass a seamless task. The seats are comfortable and spacious with 5 adults onboard simultaneously providing good bolstering and adequate support to every individual. The boxy shape insures good level of head room for the rear passengers and the leg room is pretty accommodating as well. Overall, the cabin is a good place to be in.
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
The Compass comes with two engine options one being a 1.4L Multiair petrol engine producing 163 PS @ 5500 RPM and 250 Nm of Torque @ 2500 – 4000 RPM. The other engine is the one that we had the chance to test which was the 2.0L Multijet II Diesel engine producing 173 PS @ 3750 RPM and 350 Nm of Torque @ 1750 – 2500 RPM. There is a 4X4 version available on for the top spec Diesel Limited variant. The diesel engine had a good amount of pull due to the torque kicking in pretty low but there was a bit of a turbo lag before we could feel its full power kick in, but once we got it in its sweet spot, the engine pulled very smoothly and build speed pretty fast. Being a diesel engine it does have the normal sound of a diesel engine but it is toned down quite a bit and it isn’t too noticeable from inside the car unless you push it into the higher rev ranges. The company claims the diesel engine to return 17.1 Km/l according to the ARAI testing and with a fuel tank capacity of 60 liters means the driving range of the Compass will allow you to explore a lot of places without having to constantly look for a fuel station.
The Compass did carry the legacy of the JEEP brand; it was very capable off road, we put it through some difficult terrains and it managed to clear it without a hint of struggle. If you are concerned about safety while going off road then this vehicle has you covered as it has a host of safety features to keep you and your occupants safe. It comes with Electronic Parking Brake(EPB), Dual Stage Passenger Airbags, Driver Airbag, All-speed Traction Control System(TCS), Electronic Stability Control(ESC), Antilock Braking System(ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution(EBD), Hill Start Assist and Electronic Roll Mitigation is standard across all variants and it only gets better as you go up with features such as Corning Fog Lamps, Side Airbags, All row Full-length Side-curtain Airbags and the Jeep Active Drive Selec-Terrain.
The Jeep Compass has a lot of strong points as it is a very well rounded vehicle. It has the muscular look with a good street presence which carrying the iconic Jeep Logo. The vehicle is very capable on all terrains as it has a high ground clearance of 210 mm and a very capable engine to support it. With the price starting from Rs. 69,90,000 for the base petrol variant all the way to Rs. 98,90,000 for the top spec variant, it has its footings on different categories due to the price range. That being said the Compass is a really good option for the people who are looking for a smart looking car that will accompany them off-road when there is the need to do so.