• Jeep Compass long term update: 10,550km

Its very first month in our fleet turns out to be a hectic one for the Compass

Like I mentioned last month, I’d been waiting to have the Jeep Compass join our fleet rather eagerly. And unsurprisingly, its very first month with us had me drive it more than any of the long term test cars I have in the past few months! The past month was particularly hectic, which meant I was behind the wheel of the Compass for a lot more than just my daily commute. The SUV got me across the Pune-Mumbai Expressway twice in as many weeks last month and impressed with its highway manners yet again.

It feels as planted as any German luxury SUV (speed limits on the Expressway are a paltry 80-100kmph though), besides also feeling as quiet inside thanks to the excellent cabin insulation. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that the Jeep Compass is one of the best SUVs at its price in terms of driver engagement and feel, thanks to a steering system that’s very responsive and well-weighted. Then there’s the suspension setup that helps it truly glide over the rather large expansion joints on the Expressway. The Compass thus offers a near-perfect balance between ride and handling, which helps it score high in terms of occupant comfort.

Given the speed limits, I was driving the Compass with a light right foot which resulted in excellent efficiency despite the powerful, 170PS and 350Nm 2.0-litre diesel engine. This was enhanced further by the excellent nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission. And that brings me to the fact that I’ll be driving the upcoming Jeep Meridian towards the end of this month. Should be interesting to see how the three-row version will fare with the same setup!

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