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Jeep Compass Trailhawk - First Drive Review

Jeep Compass Trailhawk - First Drive Review

Snapshot: Jeep Compass Trailhawk is designed to boast of some serious off-road capabilities and also gets BS VI engine with a 9-speed automatic – unbeatable off-roader.

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Jeep Compass already had its name since it came into the Indian market, now the Jeep Compass Trailhawk that also gets a Trail Rated badge with it does need to have something special in it. It is not easy to get Trail Rated and this is what Jeep says, it is earned. The SUV segment is filled with many other contenders but a true SUV needs to have true off-road capabilities in it and this is what Jeep tells everyone through their new offering. Moreover, it comes as the first offering with BS VI norms along with a 9-speed automatic transmission.



The exterior design is somewhat similar to the regular Compass however there are some bits that distinguish it from the regular one such as an anti-glare decal on the bonnet that will save your eyes while climbing up the hills, facing the sun, instead of the chrome bit, now you get blacked front grille and some restyling to the front and rear bumper for better approach and departure angle that will help you go through some of the rugged terrains with ease. The highlight to the exterior is the ‘Trail Rated’ badge by Jeep on the front fender and of course – the Trailhawk badge, where the name is slapped in a hawk designed badge. For better off-roading, you also get dual-tone 17-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres and skid plates underneath to save the underbody while taking it through tough terrain.



Get inside and the Jeep compass Trailhawk interiors will welcome one with a sporty all-black cabin, though the in-cabin styling still remains the same though, there are some bits with change such as the red accent around the instrument panel, gear lever and also on the door panel. What you also get is a Trailhawk stitched with contrast red on the seats. The seats are comfortable that offers good support under the thigh, back as well as the side bolstering holds you well while taking the SUV through turns. The overall interior of the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is same and so is the boot size.



Engine, gearbox and performance

The engine is the same that power the regular compass – a 2.0-litre turbo diesel and this engine is less on vibration and even the noise is well contained when compared to the regular version. Moreover, it is BS VI compliant that comes with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) along with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology that reduces Nox and PM emissions. It gets a 13-litre AdBlue tank with a blue cap, which is placed right next to the diesel filler cap. Jeep says the in a full fill up, it can run around 10,000 km, that means, it just needs a single fill up within a span of 15,000 km of the service schedule.


The biggest change, however, is the 9-speed automatic transmission, which is smooth as it gets and gear shifting too goes easily. When taking it down the hill, the rev is maintained at higher rpm at lower gear and the engine braking feels safer, though one might feel lag when at lower rpm per se 1700, but it is something that can be ignored when we say it is an SUV and not a sports car. It also gets manual shifting if you really want to hit it with high revs and no sport mode is offered.

Ride and Handling

Riding on the Trailhawk feels like commanding a beast. The ride is comfortable and it can go through roughest of the patches and moreover getting a ‘Trail Rated’ batch by Jeep is also not that easy to get, the brand says this badge has to be earned. On road it is quick and midrange is good. With the raised ride height, the suspension is stiffer compared to the regular Compass but that said, it also aids the raised ground clearance of the vehicle that keeps the body movement in check while you push the SUV through corners. It is well planted when driving the SUV on high speed and even the light steering feels well controlled. To add charm for the long drives, the Trailhawk now gets cruise control as well.


We took the Compass Trailhawk through the toughest of the terrains. Thanks to the slashed down the front and rear bumpers for providing a better approach and departure angle and it also gets around 30 mm of raised ground clearance that stands at 205 mm. You can easily go through steep incline as well as decline on call. Hill hold and hill descent feature while on such steep tracks and for better water fording makes it easier to drive it along. Jeep engineers have also increased the snorkel height to 840 mm from 720 mm.


For off-road, it gets five off-road modes – Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rock, what you also get a 4 by 4 system with 4low which is the main talking point here and it comes with a 20:1 crawl ratio that means real slow with top torque in supply during that speed.

The Trailhawk went through all the obstacles thrown at it, be it articulates, side inclines of around 60 degrees, steep incline and decline, and most impressing was the rocky trails where the torque was being supplied as per our demand with traction throughout. And Maneuvering the Compass Trailhawk on these terrains just felt so easy and exciting. And this is what Jeep ‘Trail Rated’ badge asks for - Traction, Ground Clearance, Articulation Maneuverability and Water Fording that the Jeep Compass Trailhawk has.



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There is no doubt the Jeep Compass already had it buyers but the Trailhawk lauds for more and if you are looking for a luxury SUV that comes with practicality, comfort and can also do some serious off-roading, then the Jeep Compass is the thing for you. Moreover, it gets Jeepers DNA with it. So we will ask you to head to the nearest Jeep dealership to check out this unbeatable SUV by Jeep.

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