December 11

Jeep Compass 1.4 Turbo Petrol DCT Drive Impressions

The Jeep Compass Petrol AT is on sale in India at a price of between Rs. 19.79 - 25.84 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

What you'll like in Jeep Compass
  • Handsome Cherokee-inspired styling & loads of character
  • Solid build. Feels very robust, just as a Jeep should
  • 1.4L turbo-petrol makes 161 BHP! Offers fine performance
  • Fine 7-speed dual-clutch Automatic but no match to the VW's DSG
  • Mature suspension setup, nicely-tuned EPS & rock-solid stability
  • City-friendly size & higher seating make the Compass AT incredibly easy to drive
  • Structurally safe, all-wheel disc brakes and a whole host of electronic aids (including ESP)
  • We think the Compass is well-priced for what it offers
What you won't Like
  • 1.4L Petrol motor simply isn't as impressive as the all-rounded 2.0L Diesel
  • No sport mode, no paddle shifters, and no cruise control for this AT
  • Complex dual-clutch ATs have usually been troublesome in India
  • Small size for the price! Also, the narrow cabin is suitable for 4 adults, not 5
  • Tiny dealership network. After-sales quality & long-term reliability are unknown factors as well
  • Turning radius of 5.65m is more than the Safari Storme's. Further, 17º approach angle is too low
  • Missing goodies (blanks on the steering, auto-dimming IRVM, auto wipers & headlamps, lumbar adjustment, reclinable rear seats)

Get into the car and press the starter button with the brake depressed to wake up the turbo-petrol. There is a hint of cabin shake on startup - accentuated by the fact that one doesn't expect this from a petrol engine. Some aspects of this motor are obviously similar to that of the Fiat Linea 125S & Abarth Punto. It can be said that it is the same old T-Jet engine, but now with MultiAir tech. As told in the previous post, the technology is responsible for the bump up in power figures.

Overall, we'll say that the Petrol engine does the job, but it doesn't impress like the 2.0L diesel did. The Compass diesel has a jewel of an engine; it makes more power as well as torque. We look forward to the upcoming Diesel AT variant. Even the Petrol AT's gearbox is strictly average. On paper, 7 gears & dual-clutch tech puts it on par with VW's DSG, although in the real world, it can't match the speed & intelligence of the DSG. There's no comparison.

Description: Team-BHP 

Images: Jeep & Carwale website

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