Jeep‘s revamped Compass lineup comes in five flavours: Sport, Longitude, Longitude+, Limited, and the top-tier Model S. Starting with the Sport, it’s all about diesel-manual power and a lower price tag, now at Rs 20.49 lakh.
The new kid on the block, Longitude, now offers manual and 9-speed automatic options. Longitude+ goes a step further, throwing in a panoramic sunroof and wireless charging. Then there’s the Limited, and it’s got a party trick with the Black Shark edition – a black interior with red accents, black alloy wheels, and pops of ‘Ignite Red’ everywhere. You still get that panoramic sunroof for the ultimate stargazing road trip, wireless charging to keep your gadgets juiced up, and some fancy connected car tech.
Last but not least, we have the Model S, the head honcho. It now offers a 2WD automatic powertrain, alongside the trusty 4WD options. Plus, all of them get snazzy new alloy wheel designs, with the chrome grille reserved for Limited and Model S. There’s something for everyone in this Compass buffet.
Getting into the car feels like sliding into the captain’s chair of a well-organized ship. Everything’s laid out with the driver in mind. The dashboard has a premium, soft-touch vibe, making you feel like you’ve upgraded to a segment above. Given the price point, it should feel like that. The 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system has all the things you would expect – navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. Jeep also deserves a round of applause for keeping it old-school, with physical buttons in the infotainment system. In a world where everyone’s going touchscreen crazy, it’s like they’re saying, ‘Hey, we get it. Sometimes you’re off-roading, bouncing around, and trying to hit those tiny icons on a touchscreen feels like threading a needle in a hurricane.’ Other features include dual-zone climate control and a premium audio system. The front seats are supportive and comfy, like your favourite armchair which holds you in place well. In the back, there’s space for three grown-ups; no squeezing in like a sardine can.
Jeep is selling a 4×2 variant with a legacy of 4×4’s, which can be a risky move. Jeep thus decided to hand us the keys and let us put the Compass 4×2 through the off-road wringer, and it emerged as a bit of an unsung hero. Water wading was a breeze, like a seasoned swimmer tackling a tranquil lake. That 40-degree banked slope? Well, it felt like a leisurely walk in the park for the Compass 4×2. Steep hill ascents and descents? It handled them with the kind of ease that would make a mountain goat jealous.
What’s even more impressive is that this 4×2 variant accomplished about 70 per cent of what its 4×4 counterpart could do. It’s like being the runner-up in a talent show but still stealing the spotlight. So, while the 4×4 might get all the off-road glory, the Compass 4×2 proves that it’s no slouch when it comes to tackling the rough stuff.
It handles well, too, and has a comfortable ride. The suspension maintains its stability on choppy roads, and even when you’re going down the highway, it’s very quiet. It’s an SUV and isn’t really attempting to be a sports car, so the Compass has your back if you’re looking for a comfortable and straightforward ride that won’t surprise you.