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Old 3rd August 2017, 13:01   #1591
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One of the reason Compass gaining popularity is the way it looks, premium yet butch.
I have three colleagues looking for an upgrade of their existing rides, all were super impressed by just looking at Compass pictures. One of them commented ‘Wow Audi type rear’.
Average Indian customers are not bothered or I should say not aware of FCA, Fiat’s India story etc., yet know what a Jeep means. XUV was their top of the list but all three have put that on hold. Two of them will be waiting for diesel auto and third one is re-evaluating his budget.
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Just got a small test drive of Compass at the RDC Royale Showroom in Perungudi.
My impressions based on this small spin:

1. Solid build (Really solid and clean shut lines)

2. Compact Dimensions(smaller than City in length but bigger than the EcoSport)

3. Decent and Functional Interiors and Adequate Space
(not over spacious but good enough for 4 adults and a kid. Interiors are not a deal breaker in my opinion)

4. Very good ground clearance
(Don't know the exact number in mm but driver visibility was fantastic)

5. Excellent suspension (Ride quality improves with speed, i wanted a longer test drive just to enjoy this.)

6. Superb diesel engine
Pulls like a locomotive and i loved the performance. I am petrol engine guy but this diesel floored me.
Also, the gearshifts were very easy to execute and i enjoyed shifting gears
(If this gearbox is made available in Abarth Punto, it will become the perfect car for any purist!!)
The test drive was over too soon and i wanted to drive it again (maybe at a later date). The car has character and will surely appeal to the enthusiasts.

However, I feel that after the initial euphoria, the mass market may find it overpriced for the space on offer and might still end up buying a Creta as it is cheaper and still looks good and offers comparable space.
(My friend who accompanied me was all praises for the Compass but said that Creta is cheaper and has similar space, i had nothing to say and just wished him all the best for his Creta purchase.)
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Just got a small test drive of Compass
5. Excellent suspension (Ride quality improves with speed
@jvm_1986 - Thanks for your feedback

How did you find the Compass handling at speed - for lane changes, holding speed in curves.

Specifically, (I know this is not a sedan) how would you rate it vis a vis your Fiesta & Laura for non straight line handling.
Share your perspective vs the above 2 sedans. not looking at space or interiors or features - purely mechanical, stability, handling.

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Pulls like a locomotive and i loved the performance. I am petrol engine guy but this diesel floored me.
This in spite of its heavy kerb weight - that is very good to hear.
I assume that all test drive vehicles are 4x2 and no 4x4s

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Also, the gearshifts were very easy to execute and i enjoyed shifting gears
Finally a FCA with a gearshift that is seemingly liked universally !!

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@jvm_1986 - Thanks for your feedback

How did you find the Compass handling at speed - for lane changes, holding speed in curves.
Lane changes are easy by SUV standards
(Don't expect hot hatch type agility. It is a "heavy" car but lane changes are a fuss free affair)
I cant comment much on holding speed on curves as my drive was quite short. It is very sure footed and we should be able to hold good speeds on curves(Again, it is no corner carver like my Fiesta)
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Requirement:- Diesel-Manual-No 4x4

Which is the most value for money variant leaving base Sport? Variant details in Jeep site shows every features in each variants.Do we have a list showing difference between variants?
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Requirement:- Diesel-Manual-No 4x4

Which is the most value for money variant leaving base Sport? Variant details in Jeep site shows every features in each variants.Do we have a list showing difference between variants?
You can go for the Longitude (O) as it is decently well equipped. But compared to Limited (O), you will lose out the Leather seats and the BiXenon Headlights and the Reverse Camera.
Leather seats you can get done from outside for around 50K for good quality seats, so should save you a good bit of money.

My main criteria was 6 air bags and 4x4, so I went for the Limited (O) 4x4 . I am a fan of Bi-xenon headlights and wanted this too along with the Black roof, so I though it worthwhile to go for the LTD (O) version.

This is the official Jeep Compass with the details :
http://www.jeep-india.com/compass/specifications/
(Click the circles below to see the specific model wise feature set)

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Requirement:- Diesel-Manual-No 4x4

Which is the most value for money variant leaving base Sport?
I would suggest the Longitude (o) Reason - No essentials missing.

1. Alloy wheels
2. 7 inch U connect system with Android Auto and carplay
3. Dual Zone Climate Control
4. Projector headlamps
5 Rear parking sensors
6. Keyless entry and go.
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Do we have a list showing difference between variants?
Maybe this can help

Meeting the Jeep Compass. EDIT: Priced between 14.95 to 20.65 lakhs-1.pngMeeting the Jeep Compass. EDIT: Priced between 14.95 to 20.65 lakhs-2.png

Compass Variants.pdf

4x4 Variant - Limited ONLY - Comes with

SIDE AIRBAGS
ALL ROW Full Length Side Curtain Air Bags
Jeep - Active Drive
Selec Terrain
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Just one test drive today was enough to convince me to book this beauty on coming Monday, Planning to buy Exotic Red Longitude(O) Diesel 4x2.
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2017 Jeep Compass deliveries to start in India from August 6, 2017.
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The majority of the bookings, Jeep says, have been for the top-spec petrol automatic and the diesel 4x4.
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Just one test drive today was enough to convince me to book this beauty on coming Monday, Planning to buy Exotic Red Longitude(O) Diesel 4x2.
Looks like anyone who had a test drive of the car has really liked it. I am yet to look at Compass because my head was around Tiguan and X1.
I wished they had a diesel AWD AT, can't wait till Jan!
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Just one test drive today was enough to convince me to book this beauty on coming Monday
Please share your test-drive observations here (as detailed as possible), so that it helps others .

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You can go for the Longitude (O) as it is decently well equipped. But compared to Limited (O), you will lose out the Leather seats and the BiXenon Headlights and the Reverse Camera.
I agree! And on that note, the fabric seat of the Longitude (O) is quite nice with dark shade of beige. The same colour leather (or black) would have been nicer in the Limited variant as well, instead of the whitish grey shade.
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Need urgent advice

Have booked a Duster AWD and awaiting for delivery but in the lunch of Compass forcing me to rethink. I certainly can't afford the Compass limited version but can go for the Sports version that has a 2l engine.

I drive about 60 to 90 kms everyday on all kinds of roads. At times even drive on surfaces that can't be called road. For me good GC, driving comfort, stability and low maintenance costs are priority.

Kindly advise in making a decision between Duster AWD and Compass Sports.
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So I had a good look and a good test drive of the Compass the day before. Been busy hence could not post my views.

Hope it helps anyone now.


Meeting the Jeep Compass. EDIT: Priced between 14.95 to 20.65 lakhs-imageuploadedbyteambhp1501775967.669952.jpg

The looks are certainly the first thing that attracts you towards the car. That iconic seven slat grille has a completely different pull.

Meeting the Jeep Compass. EDIT: Priced between 14.95 to 20.65 lakhs-imageuploadedbyteambhp1501776026.887734.jpg

Meeting the Jeep Compass. EDIT: Priced between 14.95 to 20.65 lakhs-imageuploadedbyteambhp1501776042.905612.jpg

There were two variants on display, one longitude and one limited and both had different tail lights, but the one on the limited were far better.

Meeting the Jeep Compass. EDIT: Priced between 14.95 to 20.65 lakhs-imageuploadedbyteambhp1501776096.092937.jpg

The central console, minimalistic and nothing too fancy about it. The console feels well built and durable.

Meeting the Jeep Compass. EDIT: Priced between 14.95 to 20.65 lakhs-imageuploadedbyteambhp1501776190.661285.jpg

Lovely to hold that chunky steering wheel. That leather wrapping with contours is really brilliant.


Meeting the Jeep Compass. EDIT: Priced between 14.95 to 20.65 lakhs-imageuploadedbyteambhp1501776243.938915.jpg

Good square muscular wheel arches.


Coming to the Drive :

There were 3 variants available for test drive : longitude, limited and limited (o) 4x4

Went for the limited 4x2 for the test drive.

Fire her up and apart from the initial clatter the engine settles into a nice muted thrum. You can only feel the diesel when you accelerate hard, else the noise insulation is fantastic.

The SA urged me to take the vehicle to a broken off beat road behind the showroom, and once there I was pleasantly surprised by the ride quality.

The faster it goes , the car just glides over the bumps and undulations on the road. The steering feedback was also very good with just the right amount of assistance in any conditions. The frequency selective dampers did their job very well and I was actually surprised over how much I could push the vehicle on what was a non existent road. I would have thought twice about it in other vehicles.

The in cabin comfort is top class. The AC performance as well was very good considering the car was parked in open sun.

Oodles of torque in any gear to pull the car. Just put the foot down and it races forward. Not very wildly, but it does shoot forward. Very stable ride whatever you might throw at it.

The only downside being those dummy buttons on the steering wheel.

But all in all very impressed with what is a very solid car mechanically and will definitely be in my sights when I decide to upgrade from Aria next year.

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