Jeep Compass Performance & Overview

Jeep Compass Overview

The Compass has long been Jeep’s leader in the compact crossover segment, slotted between the Patriot and Cherokee in terms of pricing and functionality. Now, 10 years after its initial introduction, Jeep is releasing the second-generation Compass for the 2017 model year. The U.S.-spec Compass debuted at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show and proved the Grand Cherokee’s aesthetics work well in a smaller package. Jeep Compass in Tryaldrive

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An all-new design brings a welcomed exterior update to the crossover, along with an interior modeled after the Cherokee. A total of 17 powertrain options will be selectively available to the 100-plus global markets Jeep is selling to. Here in the U.S., however, the Compass is solely powered by a revised version of FCA’s 2.4-liter Tigershark turbo-four. Two automatics and a manual transmission are available, as is front-wheel drive and two versions of Jeep’s Active Drive 4WD system.The Compass will come in Jeep’s wide range of trim levels, including the base Sport, the mid-grade Latitude, the luxury-minded Limited, and the off-road ready Trailhawk. This will mark the first time the Trailhawk trim will be offered on the Compass, telling of the Compass’ improved off-road prowess.

Jeep Compass Exterior & style

Buyers of premium soft-roaders do tend to care about the way their ride looks which means the Compass ought to look good. It is, in fact, instantly recognizable as a Jeep with its traditional design cues like the seven-slot grille, squared wheel arches and lots of clearance. The Compass’ mimics some of the Cherokee’s design bits like the clamshell hood with a dual break line and centre bulge besides the sleek pair of headlights.

At the rear, the standout feature comes in the form of its LED taillights. Slim and rectangular in shape, the lamp design flows into the tailgate which heightens the sense of width. The other design highlight is the chrome strip that runs over the window line and flows around the car, differentiating the contrasting roof from the rest of the sheet metal.All in all, the seven-slot grille, that bulging bonnet and the high stance have some real presence, giving the Compass a charming veneer to an otherwise straightforward albeit a well-proportioned design.

Jeep Compass Interior & Space

The interiors of the Jeep Compass aren’t very swanky and lavish. The dashboard is simple yet functional having a dual tone treatment. You’ve got a chunky three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls but there are some dummy buttons for the cruise control, which is not being offered in India. The instrument cluster looks premium having a huge MID in the middle and is easy to read. There is a neatly integrated touchscreen infotainment system. The user interface looks good but the touch quality is just average. Jeep offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone connectivity. The sound quality of the audio system is rich and quite satisfying. Some of the features missing in the Compass are sunroof, electrically adjustable seats, auto headlamps, auto wipers, etc. For more info on Jeep Compass visit  

The ingress and egress is quite comfortable in the Jeep Compass and you don’t feel like you are sitting in a hatchback like other compact SUVs, it is relatively high and you have a commanding driving position with a good view all around. The quality, fit and finish is nice and you can hardly find any cheap quality panels inside the cabin. The seats are very comfortable and supportive, there is ample legroom and headroom at the back. Even the under-thigh support of the seats are pretty good. The boot is also well spaced out and can accommodate a lot of luggage.

Jeep Compass Engine & Performance

The 2017 Jeep Compass might be all-new, but its powertrain is familiar. Thankfully familiar doesn’t mean carryover, as the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder turbo enjoys a nice upgrade. The engine now features FCA’s MultiAir2 valvetrain technology with four valves per cylinder operated by an electro-hydraulically controlled variable valve timing system. The result is eight more horsepower and 10 more pound-feet of torque than before, totaling 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque.

Three transmission choices are available. The Compass comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. It can be paired with either FWD or 4WD drivetrain systems. The manual has a 6.68 ratio spread and a 4.438 final-drive ratio. A low 18.4:1 first gear is designed to help with fast acceleration and good low-speed torque delivery. Next, a six-speed Aisin automatic is optional for FWD models. It has a 6.635 ratio spread and a 3.502 final-drive ratio. On higher trim levels, FCA’s nine-speed automatic transmission can be had on 4WD models. The EPA has rated this 4WD version with the nine-speed automatic at 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. Future testing will likely soon announced fuel economy estimates of the FWD versions with both six-speed gearbox options.

Speaking of 4WD systems, the Compass has two available: Active Drive and Active Drive Low. Most Compass models with 4WD will come with the Active Drive system. It’s a full-time 4WD system and delivers torque to the front wheels until slippage is detected. Power is then routed rearwards for additional traction. It can also deliver up to 100 percent of the engine’s power to a single wheel, should it be the only wheel with traction. All this takes place without the driver having to do anything.The system does allow the driver to select one of four driving modes thanks to Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system. They include Auto, Snow, Sand, and Mud. The driver can also lock the center differential, splitting the torque equally between the front and rear axles. This is ideal for severe weather conditions or slick terrain like a dirt or muddy road.

Jeep Compass Ride & Handling

Jeep has a rather sophisticated suspension setup. In fact, there’s fully independent suspension all around and what Jeep calls Frequency Sensitive Damping with variable damping rates based on road condition and driving style – basically it senses the amount of load and compression on the springs and adjusts the damping accordingly. The Compass, as it turns out, boasts an impressive blend of ride and handling, one that’s better than its arch rival – the Hyundai Tucson. Ride comfort in particular is its forte, with it being far more composed and absorbing than the fussy Tucson. The Jeep irons out small bumps and ruts remarkably well and while it isn’t as planted as the VW Tiguan at highway speeds, it’s never unsettled. We believe some of that absorbency is down to its Firestone all-weather tyres that, despite being an unknown name in India, offer good traction and compliance. While obviously it’s no high performance car, the Compass feels balanced through the corners and sits flatter than what was expected.

Jeep Compass Safety & Security

The Jeep Compass comes loaded with safety equipment such as 6 airbags, All-Speed Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS, Isofix seat mounts, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill Start Assist, etc. One of the biggest questions for the Compass’ success in India is the after sales and poor service network across the country. The American carmaker is setting up new dealerships but currently, there are very few of them in India. Since the Compass is locally produced, we expect relatively affordable spare parts and maintenance costs.

Jeep Compass Cost in Mumbai

Jeep Compass On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 17,25,236 to 25,08,225 for variants Compass Sport 1.4 Multi AIR Petrol and Compass Limited 4X4 O 2.0 Diesel respectively. Jeep Compass is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Jeep Compass variants price in Mumbai.Check for Compass price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Jeep Compass Final Words

The updates Jeep has brought to the Compass have done wonders to its appearance and we’re betting its performance and drivability will also boast remarkable improvements. The Compass’ new appearance is far more mature and handsome. Gone is its mismatched angles and oddly-shaped D-pillar – all replaced with a baby Grand Cherokee styling language that pushed the envelope for the segment. Inside, the story is the same thanks to a well-designed instrument panel that’s filled with the latest technology and convenience features. Top that off with an available Trailhawk trim package that pushes the Compass far past any of its competitors in terms of off-road performance.