If you consider the price, Jeep Compass comes across as a very desirable product. It sits in a class of its own and based on its price, it finds a place in the middle of super-sized SUVs like Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner on the one end and Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500 etc. on the other. Its off-roading credentials aside, it’s the brand ‘Jeep’ that’s coveted most among buyers. So what all does the Compass offer? We take a look.
All Wheel Drive Transmission
It all started with the Jeep and it’s considered as the first brand which offered a true SUV in the form of Willys Station Wagon, and therefore, the brand is well-known for its off-roading heritage. The Jeep Compass is an entry-level offering in India from the brand.
Compass offers an extremely capable 4x4 transmission that can switch seamlessly between four and two wheel driving modes and offer the best combination of economy and capability. The terrain select feature also lets you switch between different driving modes – Mud, Sand, Snow etc. and let you make the optimum use of four-wheel drive system.
The Compass is pretty well-equipped in terms of safety and offers 6 airbags with the top of the line variant. Other safety features include Electronic Safety Control (which is an umbrella term for roll mitigation, hill start assist, four-channel anti lock brake system, traction control, panic brake assist etc).
Compass also offers cornering fog lamps, all season tyres that complement the 4x4 transmission system and lets you capture every terrain with equal ease. The cherry on the cake is its tank-like build quality that further augments the safety and provides a secure feeling.
Seamless shifts in the Jeep Compass come from a 7-speed dual dry clutch transmission that offers split-second shifts. Despite the crisp gearbox and smooth drive quality that comes as a result, the car promises to be extremely fuel efficient.
Another transmission on offer is the 6-speed manual that offers decent flexibility and lets you drive at all kinds of speeds effortlessly.
Interiors and Infotainment
Overall, the equipment in case of the Compass could have been better and there are glaring omissions, and an example of it is the cruise control. However still, with the Compass, you get what’s latest and in trend. The U connect infotainment system that’s connected to six speakers offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as connectivity options.
Other features include rear-AC vents, 438 litres of storage space, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering mounted controls etc.