2021 jeep compass, review, drive test
Jeep’s Compass is back for 2021 with a bang, a slightly retweaked fascia and an all-new cabin, with the same capable engine and 4x4 system as before.
in terms of sheer capability the Jeep Compass has always been held in high regard as far as compact SUVs go. It’s achilles heel was always the relatively spartan interiors. Now of course the 2021 Jeep Compass is here, that builds on the original Compass’ rugged, off road credentials with a new fascia and much more tech on the inside. Countering that, Jeep has raised prices across the range that now leaves the top “S” model now parked squarely in Ford Endeavour territory. We took it out for a drive to see how much it has changed, and whether it justifies the price point.
Based on first impressions, the Compass is still instantly recognisable, but still has a distinct new presence. The fresh appeal comes thanks to the redesigned fascia, the new bumper and new take on Jeep’s iconic seven-slat grille. What we think is really interesting is the air intakes on the grille have been blocked out, air now flows in through horizontal air dams on the redesigned bumper. The headlamps too, get a slightly narrower profile and are now full LED units with LED projectors. The DRLs have been repositioned as well, now skirting the top of the headlamp instead of the lower section. The chrome surrounds on the grille and the Jeep logo have been tweaked too for better aesthetic appeal with a gun-metal grey finish replacing the chrome on the previous version. While dual tone is very ‘in’ right now, Jeep's dark-on-dark approach definitely looks distinguished.The interiors though is where Jeep seems to have focussed the bulk of the changes on this update. The previous Compass’ cabin was best described as functional, all of that changes with this facelift. From the big-screen infotainment system (10.1 inches) to a completely redesigned dashboard the Compass seems to have taken a full step forward. Replacing the rounded air conditioning pods are horizontal slats that flow seamlessly into the dash. In addition, the materials are notably better with generous application of soft touch materials and a brushed metal piece separating the top half from the bottom. The new infotainment system gets a much cleaner user interface, with wireless Android Auto and Apple Car play and is paired with a 9-speaker system from Alpine Audio. The MID too has gone digital, allowing the driver to choose from a list of preset themes for their instruments.
There is a long list of new features too, there is a 8-way power adjustable front seats with adjustable lumbar support and two memory settings for the driver's seat, there is a 360 degree reversing camera, a panoramic sunroof and ventilated seats (on the S variant).
Mechanically though, the 2021 Jeep Compass is identical to its predecessor, there’s a 2.0 litre diesel (like the one on this test) and a 1.4 litre turbo-petrol. The petrol and diesel are both offered with a 6-speed manual. Automatic options include a 9-speed automatic for the diesel and a 7-speed DCT for the petrol. While Jeep hasn’t made any claims on this, the suspension does seem moderately improved with much better damping at low speeds.
For 2021, in addition to everything you’ve read above, the Jeep Compass has gotten considerably more expensive. The base model “Sports” is now more expensive by Rs 50,000 and the rift just grows through the variants, the top shelf S diesel variant now comes with an ex-showroom price of Rs 28.29 lakh. Leaving you to decide on spending a little more for something with more off road credentials and space or spend a little less and get something with similar features and no dedicated 4x4 system. That said, the Compass has its own repertoire that’s hard to ignore and I’m sure that there will be a lot of people will to pay the premium for this new Compass.
Source: INDIA TODAY
2021 jeep compass, review, drive test