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Old 6th August 2017, 12:01   #1711
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Been to the Jeep showroom (KVR) here in Calicut and came back mighty impressed .Had made up my mind that my next car will be an Suv and was checking out used Fortuner's and Xuv's when i heard about the killer pricings for the Jeep.Went to check out the base models but came back with the decision to book the Limited variant (4*2). Now my only dilemma is whether to go for the Limited optional or the normal Limited.Two extra features on the optional pack is blackened roof and HID headlamps.Blackened roof i thought we will be able do it outside but the salesman discouraged me telling that repainting outside wont be having the same finishing (which i dont agree) but agree with him that stickering wont last long as there are so many cuttings on the roof (though dont have hands on experience about good quality stickers like 3M). People who have please comment. The second feature which is that of the HID lights intead of Halogen is the feature which is making me stretch to the optional pack.But then if it is worth the extra 84k, I am not sure.Also will retrofitting have the same effect and save me quite a big amount?

PS-Planning to book next week.The waiting period is 2 months.

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Old 6th August 2017, 12:01   #1712
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Drove the compass yesterday and these are my observations:

- Cabin was narrower than I expected.
- The cabin is well insulated engine and outside noise.
- Butter smooth 6 speed gearbox, slots to reverse also smoothly. Clutch is softer than my abarth 😱
- Engine pulls well, but very linear. It's got some amount of lag till 1,800 rpm but starts pulling well after that. The diesel 'punch' that you get in the VW 1.6 is missing and it doesn't feel like 170 bhp. Maybe it is tuned to be linear on purpose but I'd prefer a little more shove in the midrange.
- Ride quality is beautiful, took the bumpy roads very well.
- Interiors built well, but touchscreen system sensitivity is not up to the mark. Speakers are pretty good.
- Steering wheel is beautiful to hold. Nice and chunky, felt lovely while using it. Steering response is also very good for an EPS.
- Brakes are strong and more than adequate, but no initial bite like the abarth. It's progressive.
- Didn't take it on the highway, so can't comment on highway manners.
- Overall, I think it's perfect for someone who wants a small SUV that will be self driven. Jeep got the mechanicals perfect on this car 👌
- Most vfm option according to me is longitude(o) as it comes with all the necessary features.
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I visited the Bangalore showroom yesterday. The car looked great. The fit and finish are very premium but as Suraj25 pointed out, it is a 4 seater. The rear middle seat is not designed to accommodate the extra passenger. The under thigh support is missing and the arm rest juts out making back support slightly difficult.

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Wait for the Jeep Renegade. If overseas pricing is anything to go buy, Renegade will be 15-20% cheaper than Compass. So prices could start 12 L OTR. That would be a more logical upgrade for an Ecosporter
Or... hold on to Ecosport for another year or two & then buy pre-worshipped Compass at 25-40% discount
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Engine pulls well, but very linear. It's got some amount of lag till 1,800 rpm but starts pulling well after that. The diesel 'punch' that you get in the VW 1.6 is missing and it doesn't feel like 170 bhp. Maybe it is tuned to be linear on purpose but I'd prefer a little more shove in the midrange.
The performance is decent, but not very exciting. 0-100 of 4WD diesel Compass is 11.9 seconds. I expect 4x2 version to be little faster. I have driven 4x2 TD car and performance was very similar to stock 1.6 S-Cross. But, the low end was much better with very linear power delivery.
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Happened to visit the FCA showroom in Domlur, Bangalore today.
Thanks for the detailed report. To each his own, but the one thing that struck me was the apology of an approach angle on a so-called legendary SUV Desperately awaiting the launch of Trailhawk!
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Adding a panoramic sunroof and cruise control to limited(O) at a slight premium over the existing prices would make limited (O) more desirable and vfm according to me. A bi xenon setup at 84k more doesn't justify the increment over the prices of limited variant.

Also, cruise control buttons would mean no more dummy buttons and that would do away with the gripe most people may be having at the moment. Sunroof shall anyway give it a more premium feel inside, which I think is somewhat lacking.
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Took a test drive of the Jeep Compass yesterday at Pride showroom in Jubilee Hills.

Never seen the showroom this busy.

My RM from Nexa has moved to Jeep now and he was the one who arranged the test drive.

Deliveries are commencing on Monday for the diesel variant and Petrol deliveries is expected to start only from October.

Obviously there was no Petrol TD vehicle. Longitude (O) was the TD variant I got. The entire TD was in city roads and the max speed attained was 60KMPH.

The following are my observations from the TD and showroom visit:
  • While the car feels huge, it drive like a hatchback in the city. The steering is a joy to use and the car is easily manoeuvrable in city traffic. The steering is on the meaty side and might not be convenient to use for women driver. Also the self-centering action is a bit on the stronger side.
  • The suspension absorbs the many undulations on Hyderabad roads pretty well and the noise is well contained.
  • AC is a chiller with two Zone climate control, but Auto AC is available only from Longitude (O) and above. The lower variants have manual AC, with rear vents. Rear vents don't have volume control. While the auto-AC controls the rear blower volume based on set temperature, the manual AC has no such option.
  • Sport variant comes with all-black interiors, Longitude with black and beige interirors, while Limited comes with black and white interiors. While the interiors and seat covers in Limited variant looks premium, I feel the interiors of Sport variant is better than Longitude variant.
  • Front seats are super-supportive and will be a pleasure to use during long drives. Rear seats are good too - under-thigh support is excellent, not for the middle though.
  • Boot space is rated at 490L, but I didn't feel that it was significantly different compared to my Baleno which has a 340L boot. Boot gets two lamps
  • While the 2.0L multijet has sufficient power and torque to move the vehicle, managing the vehicle in slow-moving traffic might be difficult as the car is very eager to pull forward in the second gear, even without any accelerator inputs. This might require downshifting to 1st gear in such cases else a possibility of stalling in 2nd gear under braking.
  • Didn't explore too much on audio quality. The speakers were decent, but the source was FM radio and that is not a good one for judging the audio quality.
  • Ground clearance is good enough and the slightly stiffer suspension ensures that there will be no bottom scraping, even in the Bengaluru speed-breakers that can launch you to the moon. That said, this one shouldn't be used as an offroader. There is a significant overhang before the front wheels and the approach angle is not that great too.
  • The showroom had White, Red and Silver on display. The Jeep looked magnificent in White, sporty in Red and boring in Silver.

Finally, I feel that it is well priced and the Sport variant is good enough for those seeking a manual transmission and a premium vehicle within a limited budget
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Happened to visit the FCA showroom in Domlur, Bangalore today.

There was just one Red Longitude model on display which looked like getting mauled by the excited visitors.

There was one Black wrangler and wine red Grand Cherokee SRT which were also attracting few eyeballs.
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Had some time, so went over to the Jeep Showroom earlier today. They had 6 models on display and all colours except the Blue.
Quite surprised reading through two consecutive posts. Both supported with pictures.

How can they have all six models on display at one point? And only one Compass + Wrangler + SRT at another point of time on the same day? Both at the same Bangalore showroom?

uday.ere: Did you visit the Domlur showroom itself?

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A very cute review of the Compass

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Question The electric handbrake query

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I normally use the handbrake method to start off on inclines or ramps. With the handbrake engaged, slot into first, release the clutch slowly till the nose of the car rises a bit and gradually lower the handbrake for a smooth crawl up the ramp or slope. With the electric handbrake on the compass, how is the feel like? Does it do a "jhatka" or "sudden" release or does it gradually disengage? Can I use the electric handbrake in a similar fashion on slopes? I mean its just a switch : 0/1
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... the one thing that struck me was the apology of an approach angle on a so-called legendary SUV Desperately awaiting the launch of Trailhawk!
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...this one shouldn't be used as an offroader. There is a significant overhang before the front wheels and the approach angle is not that great too.
The rated approach and departure angles at 30 and 34 degrees respectively are decent enough for its use as a softroader. It is not intended to be used for hard core offroading.
Although the unladen ground clearance is a healthy 221mm, due to Govt regulations, the laden ground clearance (with 4 people and 90% full tank) needs to be reported which is at 178mm.

The rubber overhang in front should not be a cause for concern wrt approach angle. It is flexible and its purpose is to reduce aerodynamic drag and aid in better fuel efficiency.
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I normally use the handbrake method to start off on inclines or ramps. With the handbrake engaged, slot into first, release the clutch slowly till the nose of the car rises a bit and gradually lower the handbrake for a smooth crawl up the ramp or slope. With the electric handbrake on the compass, how is the feel like? Does it do a "jhatka" or "sudden" release or does it gradually disengage? Can I use the electric handbrake in a similar fashion on slopes? I mean its just a switch : 0/1
Compass has hill start assist in all variants, you won't need to use handbreak.
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The rated approach and departure angles at 30 and 34 degrees respectively are decent enough for its use as a softroader. It is not intended to be used for hard core offroading.

Although the unladen ground clearance is a healthy 221mm, due to Govt regulations, the laden ground clearance (with 4 people and 90% full tank) needs to be reported which is at 178mm.



The rubber overhang in front should not be a cause for concern wrt approach angle. It is flexible and its purpose is to reduce aerodynamic drag and aid in better fuel efficiency.

The approach angle is 17 degrees and the unladen GC is 206 as per my knowledge. In my opinion the overhang rubber in front should have been more closer to the wheels which would have resulted better approach angle ( please mark the similar kind of design in ranger rover, very effectively placed ). I don't understand the science of aerodynamic logic here. As far as my knowledge of physics goes the rubber in front will act as air barrier and may build upward air pressure beneath the front part of the vehicle. (Just like pilots pull the wing flaps and elevators downwards to build up upward air pressure in aeroplanes for take up.) Off course this design may reduce the friction with road and help gaining fuel efficiency.
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According to a whatsapp forward, they are delivering 60 Jeep Compasses today in Hyderabad.



PS: Sorry for the inverted video, that's how I got it on whatsapp.
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