Affordable Prices Make Diesel Automatic More Accessible

    The 2024 Jeep Compass: A Game Changer in the Indian SUV Market

    Once upon a time, back in 2017, Jeep launched the Compass SUV in India and it created quite a stir on the internet. As a highly capable SUV from the renowned American carmaker, the Compass was introduced at a remarkably competitive price. However, there was one crucial element missing from the lineup at that time – a diesel automatic option. Although Jeep did eventually introduce this option, it was only available with the top-spec 4×4 diesel model, which made it inaccessible to many due to its hefty price tag. This situation persisted until recently, when Jeep decided to shake things up with the 2024 model.

    Yes, the recently launched updated 2023 Jeep Compass now offers a 4×2 diesel automatic variant, starting from the Longitude trim, which is positioned just above the base model. Not only that, Jeep has also made significant price reductions across the variant lineup. So, does this mean you should consider buying the Jeep Compass now? Let’s delve deeper and find out!

    Design & Styling
    In terms of visual updates, the exteriors of the Compass have not undergone major changes, except for some subtle styling enhancements. These include a refreshed grille featuring 3D elements, more body-colored cladding, and new 18-inch alloy wheels.

    The BlackShark edition of the updated Compass, which I had the pleasure of experiencing, comes with a striking black styling treatment instead of chrome. This includes black accents on the bumper inserts, roof, side mirrors, as well as blacked-out Jeep and Compass logos. Personally, I find this edition’s aesthetics to be quite stylish and appealing.

    Additionally, the Compass now features refreshed LED headlamps with daytime running lights, LED taillights, and black roof rails. While the BlackShark Compass sports all-black alloy wheels, the lower-spec models come with 17-inch silver alloys, and the top-spec Model S flaunts a set of new dual-tone alloy wheels, which, in my opinion, is the most visually pleasing variant.

    Interior & Cabin Features
    The cabin of the Compass has also received updates. In the BlackShark edition, the interior offers an all-black treatment with contrast red stitching and inlays on the dashboard. However, other variants showcase a dual-tone brown and black upholstery, which I personally find more visually appealing and less confining.

    Despite the changes in styling, the layout and features of the cabin remain mostly unchanged. You can still enjoy soft-touch materials throughout the cabin, faux leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and power-adjustable seats for the driver.

    The BlackShark Compass, being based on the Limited trim, comes loaded with a host of features offered by Jeep, including a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a wireless phone charger, a multi-functional steering wheel, and a part-digital part-analog instrument cluster. Notably, the rear passengers are treated to both Type A and Type C USB ports, alongside rear AC vents. However, the highlight of the cabin has to be the dual-pane panoramic sunroof.

    Safety is a paramount concern for any SUV buyer, and the Compass ensures a comprehensive set of safety features. As standard, the SUV comes equipped with dual airbags, electronic stability control, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX, a rear parking camera with sensors, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Limited variant and its higher trims offer an additional four airbags, and the top-spec Model S trim includes a 360-degree view camera.

    Engine & Performance
    The updated Compass, including the BlackShark edition, is powered by the same 2.0-liter diesel engine utilized in its predecessor. With the petrol variant no longer available, diesel is the sole option for customers. However, this 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has proven itself with its performance and reliability. It continues to generate 168 bhp and 350 Nm of torque, offering a peppy power delivery and enough grunt to keep you engaged on the road.

    The major update in terms of performance comes in the form of the 9-speed automatic transmission. This edition of the Compass marks the first time a 4×2 diesel automatic setup has been incorporated into the lineup. While the transmission performs well overall, it is important to note that it is tuned for efficiency rather than exhilarating performance. The longer throws may create a slightly laggy feel, especially at lower revs. However, as you move further up the rev band and surpass the 2500 rpm mark, the engine and gearbox work harmoniously, delivering a more engaging and responsive driving experience.

    Prices and Verdict
    Now, let’s talk about the price. The BlackShark edition of the Compass I reviewed is priced at Rs. 26.49 lakh, while the overall Compass range now starts from as low as Rs. 20.49 lakh. This means that the base Compass Sport model has become more affordable by approximately Rs. 1.24 lakh. Compared to the previous version, the updated Compass offers a significantly reduced price tag, making it an attractive proposition.

    However, when considering the Compass as a complete package – including performance, features, and price – in comparison to rivals like the new Harrier and XUV700, the value proposition may not be as compelling. Nevertheless, it is important to acknowledge the strong brand value associated with the Jeep Compass. If you are specifically in the market for a Jeep and have your heart set on owning a Compass, now may be an opportune time to make your purchase.

    Final Thoughts
    Overall, the 2024 Jeep Compass is a significant game changer in the Indian SUV market. With its added diesel automatic option and reduced prices, it presents an enticing proposition for prospective buyers. The Compass continues to offer its distinct combination of capable performance, attractive design, and a range of features. While it faces stiff competition from other SUVs in its segment, its brand reputation and overall appeal cannot be undermined. So, if you are in the market for a reliable and stylish SUV, it would be worth considering the 2024 Jeep Compass as your next ride.

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