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In Pics | Jeep Compass 2021 interiors, off-road capability and other features

A completely overhauled interior and reworked exterior highlights the Jeep Compass’s intent to take on competition with renewed vigour.

February 28, 2021 / 03:57 PM IST
The new, facelifted Jeep Compass feels significantly superior on the inside, than its comparatively pedestrian predecessor. Yes, the original 2017 Jeep Compass has always been a terrific product, an outright segment conqueror until it was recently eclipsed by the Kia Seltos.
The new, facelifted Jeep Compass feels significantly superior on the inside, than its comparatively pedestrian predecessor. Yes, the original 2017 Jeep Compass has always been a terrific product, an outright segment conqueror until it was recently eclipsed by the Kia Seltos.
Pound-for-pound, there was no beating its outright off-road capability. The new one takes that, and dials up its on-road appeal by giving the interiors a complete and eye-popping overhaul. So let’s start by evaluating the most important change.
Pound-for-pound, there was no beating its outright off-road capability. The new one takes that, and dials up its on-road appeal by giving the interiors a complete and eye-popping overhaul. So let’s start by evaluating the most important change.
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Everything inside, apart from the seats has been replaced. A new dashboard,a new steering, a new centre console featuring a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that connects to Apple Carplay or Android Auto without needing a USB cable.
The centre console sits a bit higher this time, with the usual bevy of USB ports and sure enough, a wireless charging tray. The laundry list of features is rather long and exhaustive. Cooled seats, buttons to engage 4WD low, hill descent control 4WD lock are all there along with neat little switch to toggle between off-road modes. There are eight-way powered seats, a 360-degree parking camera and an enormous panoramic sunroof if your passengers fancy a spot of stargazing in the wee hours of the night. Just don’t pop your head out of the sunroof, for heaven’s sake because it’s illegal and extremely dangerous. There are also added inclusions to the car’s overall safety apparatus. For instance, even when slotted into ‘Drive’ the car doesn’t budge unless the driver has belted-up.
The centre console sits a bit higher this time, with the usual bevy of USB ports and sure enough, a wireless charging tray. The laundry list of features is rather long and exhaustive. Cooled seats, buttons to engage 4WD low, hill descent control 4WD lock are all there along with neat little switch to toggle between off-road modes.
Changes to the exterior are less noticeable and pronounced, but they’re there. The front grille has been reworked. Thankfully Jeep has spared it the chrome treatment and instead given it a much more rugged and understated shade of anodized grey, going nicely with the equally subdued shade of green adorning the test vehicle.
Changes to the exterior are less noticeable and pronounced, but they’re there. The front grille has been reworked. Thankfully Jeep has spared it the chrome treatment and instead given it a much more rugged and understated shade of anodized grey, going nicely with the equally subdued shade of green adorning the test vehicle.
The Compass gets a bruiser of a 2.0-litre, turbocharged diesel engine making a healthy 169bhp of power along with 350Nm of torque. The engine’s mated to a 9-speed automatic, which really gets into top-form halfway the cogs, at which point it feels smooth – especially with conservative throttle inputs. The lack of paddles behind the steering can be felt quite strongly, especially when the downshifts aren’t called-for and the up shifts take too long.
The Compass gets a bruiser of a 2.0-litre, turbocharged diesel engine making a healthy 169bhp of power along with 350Nm of torque. The engine’s mated to a 9-speed automatic, which really gets into top-form halfway the cogs, at which point it feels smooth – especially with conservative throttle inputs. The lack of paddles behind the steering can be felt quite strongly, especially when the downshifts aren’t called-for and the up shifts take too long.
Yes, the updated Jeep Compass has a lot going for it. It’s fantastically well-equipped, has genuine go-anywhere capability and doesn’t seem to be one for compromise. But at an ex-showroom price of Rs 28.29 lakh it’s expected to be that good. If it’s a bigger SUV you’re keen on with an additional row of seats, yes, one can be acquired for the same price. But it will, in all likelihood, feel agricultural when compared to the Compass.
Yes, the updated Jeep Compass has a lot going for it. It’s fantastically well-equipped, has genuine go-anywhere capability and doesn’t seem to be one for compromise. But at an ex-showroom price of Rs 28.29 lakh it’s expected to be that good. If it’s a bigger SUV you’re keen on with an additional row of seats, yes, one can be acquired for the same price. But it will, in all likelihood, feel agricultural when compared to the Compass.
Parth Charan is a Mumbai-based writer who’s written extensively on cars for over seven years.
first published: Feb 28, 2021 12:09 pm

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