Top 5 Reasons To Buy The Jeep Compass
Priced from Rs. 15.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Jeep Compass is the most affordable offering from the American SUV maker in India. Despite coming from a new brand and having potent competitors like the Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa priced in close vicinity, the Jeep Compass has managed to become a sales success in India. In fact, Jeep sells around 2,200 units of the Compass every month, which is higher than its rivals.
Here are 5 reasons that make the Jeep Compass a good buy!
1) Brand Value
The Compass’ biggest strength is that it’s a Jeep. The iconic American SUV maker is widely synonymous with 4x4 vehicles, and enjoys a cult status across the globe. For the average Indian, owning a Jeep then becomes a matter of pride.
2) Handsome to look at
The Compass is an attractive-looking SUV. It has a butch styling and imposing presence thanks to the 7-slat grille, beefy wheel arches, proportional silhouette and a well-rounded-off rear. In fact, the Compass is often said to be a smaller version of its elder sibling - the Jeep Grand Cherokee. As opposed to various mid-size SUVs in India whose exterior designs can get a bit overwhelming for buyers of varied age groups, the Jeep Compass manages to wear a neutral look, that is appreciated by all and offends none.
3) Superb diesel engine option
In India, the Jeep Compass is offered with two engine options - a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged Multijet II diesel engine and a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged Multiair engine. The star of the package however is the diesel mill, which develops 173PS and 350Nm of peak torque, while being mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. This gem of an engine is not just good on the highway, but is also a joy to drive in the city. The chunky steering feels good to hold and the gears slot effortlessly. The clutch action may need some getting used to, to prevent the vehicle from getting stalled while driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic. And when you find an empty stretch of road, hit the throttle pedal to the metal and the Compass won't disappoint you with the grunt either. The torque distribution is evenly spread across the rpm band, thus giving it enough boost in any gear. If you are someone who loves to drive, the Jeep Compass diesel will surely put a smile on your face.
4) Comprehensive convenience features and safety equipment on-board
The made-in-India Jeep Compass has scored a 5-star rating in the ANCAP crash tests in Australia. Though the tested version came with additional equipment like 9 airbags, lane support system (LSS) and autonomous emergency braking (AEB), the crash test revealed that the Compass' body structure remains stable under heavy impact. Moreover, the India-spec Jeep Compass doesn't miss out on all safety features either. It gets a comprehensive standard safety feature list that includes front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC), Panic Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation, and disc brakes on all four wheels. Additionally, higher trims come with a total of 6 airbags (front, side and curtain), which further insulates occupants in case of an unfortunate crash.
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The Compass is also heavily loaded in the convenience feature department. It comes with a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six speakers, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, rear parking sensors & camera, push button start and leather upholstery. The Compass, thus, justifies its price tag by offering a premium experience inside the cabin.
5) Comes with Jeep's famous AWD (all wheel drive) system
The top-end variant of the Compass range is available with an optional AWD system. Though the Compass isn’t a true-blue off-road vehicle, it manages to do the job quite well for an urban SUV. It misses a low range gearbox and thus lacks the characteristics of a hardcore off-roader. However, it gets four preset drive modes - Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud, each of which have been programmed to help the driver tackle mild off-road conditions with relative ease. All this, along with the presence of all season tyres, ensures that the Compass can easily do some water wading and trail driving.
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