Jeep Compass 4x2 AT

The Jeep Compass has held a special place in the hearts of Indian SUV enthusiasts, offering a blend of ruggedness and refinement. However, with the evolving automotive landscape and changing emission norms, Jeep made some strategic decisions that affected its appeal. The discontinuation of the petrol engine and the limited availability of automatic transmissions left some potential buyers in a dilemma.

In response to feedback and to reaffirm its commitment to the Indian market, Jeep has introduced a new version of the Compass exclusively tailored for Indian roads. 

While the petrol engine hasn’t made a comeback, there’s a significant change that could sway buyers back to the Compass. Jeep has equipped the 4×2 version of the diesel engine with an automatic transmission, making urban driving more convenient. Furthermore, Jeep has made the Compass more accessible by reducing its starting price.

On And Off-Road: How Does It Perform?

The Jeep Compass 4×2 AT isn’t intended to be an off-road SUV like the 4×4 AT, but it’s worth noting its capabilities. Reports suggest that the 4×2 AT version handles urban and highway driving with ease.

Jeep mentions re-tuning the suspension setup for the 4×2 AT versions, but early feedback doesn’t indicate a significant difference in ride quality. The Compass has always excelled in this department, absorbing road imperfections effortlessly. Its handling is commendable for an SUV, with minimal body roll.

The Compass deserves praise for its remarkable NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) levels. Once you’re inside and the doors are shut, external sounds are effectively silenced. Even while traversing off-road terrain, the suspension operates quietly, without unnecessary thuds or noise. However, the engine’s clatter is noticeable inside the cabin, especially when pushed hard.

One noteworthy mention is that the new Jeep has a low front bumper, which can scrape on rough terrain. It’s crucial for drivers to approach obstacles cautiously to avoid damage.

Performance And Powertrain

While there’s nothing groundbreaking about the powertrain, the 2.0-litre diesel engine is known for its power, though it lacks low-end torque. 

The gearbox, though slightly slow in response at times, is improved compared to the previous 4×4 AT variants, thanks to Jeep’s re-tuning efforts. More extensive testing will provide a better understanding of its behaviour, as it was a weak link in the pre-facelift Compass.

Acceleration is brisk and strong, with the Compass 4×2 AT sprinting from 0-100 kmph in 9.8 seconds, according to Jeep. This improved performance can be attributed to an 80 kg weight reduction, primarily due to the absence of the 4×4 system. Jeep claims a fuel efficiency figure of 16.2 kmpl, real world figures will have to be tested.

Cosmetic Updates 

The 2023 Jeep Compass receives a mild facelift, featuring a new alloy wheel design and a redesigned grille. However, the interior remains unchanged.

The Black Shark variant, which we’re reviewing, comes with cosmetic enhancements over the standard Compass. It boasts a glossy black grille, 18-inch black alloy wheels, and body-coloured plastic cladding, something which is being offered most automobile manufactures lately and seems to be the trend of the season.

Inside, the cabin features an all-black theme with red stitching and leatherette seats. The dashboard and steering wheel sport red accents, lending a premium and sporty look and feel to the interior.

Pricing And Trims

Jeep has revised the Compass pricing, making it more accessible. It’s available in six trims: Sport, Longitude, Longitude Plus, Limited, Blackshark, and Model S. 

The pricing now starts at ₹20.49 lakh (ex-showroom), a reduction from before. The automatic transmission is now offered from the Longitude trim, priced at ₹23.99 lakh and the Black Shark variant starts at ₹26.49 lakh, both ex-showroom.

The 2023 Jeep Compass retains its excellent balance of handling and ride quality, making it one of the best-handling SUVs in the market. Its extensive feature list, coupled with quality materials used in the interior, exudes a sense of luxury.

For those primarily using the Compass in the city or on highways, the 4×2 AT versions should suffice. Overall, the Compass continues to be a compelling choice for those who crave a high-quality vehicle for long highway journeys without the luxury car price tag. With the reduced price and the introduction of automatic transmissions in lower variants, the Compass is poised to attract a broader customer base.

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