You probably have held out for a diesel-automatic model of the Jeep Compass, your wait is now over. Sure, the Compass has been obtainable with the much-in-demand engine-gearbox combo on the off-road-oriented Trailhawk model that debuted final yr, however it’s now being rolled out onto extra on a regular basis, and therefore extra inexpensive, variations within the vary. As within the Trailhawk, the two.0-litre diesel engine has been upgraded to BS-VI spec too. BS-VI-ready 4×2 guide and auto, and 4×4 guide variations will be part of the line-up in due time however, for now, our focus is on the brand new 4×4 diesel-auto that options Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Energetic Drive all-wheel-drive system.
Anybody acquainted with the older BS-IV-spec Compass diesel will instantly notice a significant enchancment in refinement on the BS-VI-spec Compass. You’ll hear a complete lot much less of the engine, and apparently, idle is quieter than what you get within the Trailhawk too. Jeep has optimised the 173hp/350Nm, 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine’s gasoline mapping and calibration for this utility, taking driving in cities into consideration. The result’s extra pep at low speeds and readier responses at half throttle. The Compass auto can also be faster than the Trailhawk in kickdown acceleration, with a 20-80kph time of 6.66sec (vs 7.15sec) and 40-100kph time of 8.05sec (vs 10.34sec). And for the report, its 11.4sec 0-100kph time additionally betters the Trailhawk’s 12.49 sec run.
Nevertheless, as within the Trailhawk, what’s missed right here is the sturdy mid-range surge that gave the older BS-IV-spec engine a lot character. The BS-VI engine delivers its energy in a linear and measured (if additionally barely unexciting) method. The 9-speed torque converter automated gearbox enhances the engine’s traits nicely with easy and well timed shifts however, once more, it’s not snappy like, say, a dual-clutch will be. You’ll be able to liven issues up with guide shifts through the gear lever, however there are not any paddleshifters.
Of the opposite issues, the Compass continues to impress for its well-sorted high-speed manners. It feels planted at triple-digit speeds, the suspension will not be perturbed by giant patches of damaged highway, and even dealing with is tidy for an SUV. True to Jeep DNA, the Compass 4×4 can also be adept off-road, with extra capability. A lot of the unique Compass’ agency low-speed trip high quality has additionally been addressed; however this top-spec Restricted Plus model’s 225/55 R18 tyres can not take up the bumps as successfully because the Trailhawk’s chunkier 225/60 R17 tyres.
Nevertheless, Jeep has not made any modifications to the Compass’ exterior and inside. To present a fast recap, the Compass’ cabin is a smartly-turned-out area that makes beneficiant use of soft-touch supplies. There may be affordable area for 4 adults and seat consolation is sweet too.
Jeep will launch the Compass diesel-auto in two variants — Longitude and Restricted Plus. The lower-spec Longitude trim will get 4 airbags, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, dual-zone local weather management, a reverse digital camera, keyless entry and go, auto begin/cease and cruise management.
The Restricted Plus variant provides a panoramic sunroof, a powered driver’s seat with reminiscence, leather-based seats, and auto headlights and wipers. Six airbags and a bigger, 8.4-inch touchscreen are additionally unique to the Restricted Plus. The Jeep Compass has grow to be an excellent simpler SUV to advocate, with the arrival of this new diesel-automatic model.
Positive, the diesel engine has misplaced some zing within the transition to BS-VI spec, however you’ll nonetheless just like the MultiJet II engine for its easy accessibility to energy and new-found refinement. The graceful-shifting automated transmission, then again, provides in a brand new degree of comfort. Issue within the sturdy construct, the assured driving manners and even off-road capability — what you get is a very well-rounded package deal.
Jeep has priced the Compass diesel-automatic (ex-showroom, pan-India) at ₹21.96 lakh for the Longitude trim and ₹24.99 lakh for the fully-loaded Restricted Plus; which, in flip, is about ₹2 lakh decrease than the off-road-focused Trailhawk (₹26.80 lakh). Whereas not low-cost, the Compass Restricted Plus diesel-automatic could be our decide of the vary.