OnRoad & OffRoad Experience
We had visit an off-road course designed specifically for the Compass with a fair amount of slush and some shallow streams. We tried toggling between auto and mud modes and also leaving four-wheel-drive locked. Despite a couple of reasonable inclines on slippery surfaces, the Compass managed traction rather well and kept moving along with little drama. The low lip under the bonnet did graze a few sections of the track, but it's flexibility allowed it to survive the course without any damage. The Jeep Compass will surely entertain the people who are driving light off-road dreams and may even surprise in slightly tougher situations.
Throttle response is great and so is the clutch feel. It might have just a hint of heaviness but that is expected of a clutch that is designed to handle 350 Nm of peak torque. The gearshift is too smooth. But the best part is the actual gear knob itself. The aluminium finished knob feels nearly perfect in the palm of your hand and actually makes you want to shift as much as possible just so that you can mentally feel like you are driving a gated gear shifter from a 60's Le Mans winning Ferrari 250 GTO.
Get up to highway speeds, and the 170 horses come into their own clocking triple-digit speeds effortlessly. The interesting part is that, people can cruise at just under 2,000rpm in sixth gear and just above 2,000rpm in fifth gear doing 100kph all day and it would extract great efficiency out of the car as well. However, should you find yourself in a bit of a spot, shift a couple of cogs lower and there is enough boost to surge past slow moving traffic. The six-speed manual transmission sounds a nice solid click each time you execute a throw to shift gears which is almost reassuring. What is even more impressive, though, is the ride quality that the Jeep Compass manages.
We personally like the Compass as it is easy-to-operate the fuction’s like -Uconnect infotainment system and the 27 cubic feet of rear cargo space. Fold down the 60/40-split rear seats and there's almost 60 cubic feet of space; plus, the legroom in back is sufficient for tall passengers. Most owners will never need the enhanced off-roading hardware available on the Trailhawk model, but it's nice to know it's there if you want to get into a muddy campsite or have to get out of a snowed-in parking lot.
The Compass features includes cornering fog lamps, rear view camera, daytime running lights, engine start-stop button, with steering guides, Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, and a cap-less fuel filler that protects against fuel spills. Moreover on the safety front, the usual additions include ABS with EBD, ESC, traction control, 6 airbags, ISOFIX seats, electronic roll mitigation, and hill start assist.
As per our experience after the first test-drive of Jeep Compass we find it very amazing & comfortable not only on-road but also on off-road drive. As we experienced the ground clearance of this car is up to the mark. Moreover a compact SUV with all these configuration & features with the 4WD is not yet available on Indian roads in this price bracket. Hence Jeep Compass is the good option for the Indian customers.