2021 Jeep Compass Long Term Reports

Long-term report: July 2022 (end of semester)

I’m very much a creature of habit – so when it’s time for a long-term car to go back to the mother ship, I find it quite a stressful experience. And even though I’ve been going through such experiences for many years now, I still haven’t gotten used to it – in fact, the stress has only increased. And something similar happened when it was time for the Jeep Compass to go back.

Now, even though the Compass has been around since 2017 – a facelift came in last year – and won our ‘Best of 2017’ award and scored the most points that year, I surprisingly never spent much time with it. with the. In its latest avatar, the Compass has major improvements such as a much larger multimedia screen and a digital instrument cluster.

So, how was my time with the compass? Well, I have to say that I really liked most aspects of the SUV. The assurance of its high-speed condition and ability to smother bumps and deliver an excellent ride left me thoroughly impressed. The Alpine sound system, with a subwoofer, is good at producing quality sound. I also like the ventilated seats, not only for the cooling function, but also because they are large, snug and comfortable even on long trips.

Since most of my time with the Compass was in the winter, I also got to enjoy its panoramic sunroof. Visually, our long-term car – the Model S (O) variant – had quite distinctive details. The large front grill, 18-inch wheels and large air dams gave it a premium look. If there’s one niggle, it’s the automatic transmission – despite being a 9-speed unit, the gearbox shifts slowly, which can be frustrating, especially in traffic. This made me miss the paddle shifters, which would have made it much easier to kick down the gears, adding significantly to the driving experience.

Overall, though, the Compass is a hugely capable SUV. It can go off-road, cover long distances and feels robust and plush. The only catch though is that the upper variants of the Compass are now quite expensive.

When it came: November 2021

Current odo reading: 22,540 km

Mileage this month: 1,680 km

Fuel efficiency: 10 km/l

What is good: Ride comfort

What it is not: No

Long-term report: April 2022

It was an eventful month for the Compass; not only because I used it a lot but also because due to a series of events it needed to be in the workshop for a few days and get some much needed maintenance. It all started when a truck’s tire threw a rock, due to Delhi’s currently crumbling roads, against the compass’ windshield, causing it to crack, which rapidly expanded. Around the same time, the engine oil change warning also appeared on the digital instrument cluster, making it time to send the compass in to a workshop.

The overall service process was quite simple. The car was picked up from our office and the insurance paperwork for the windshield was done with minimal input on our part. Eventually the windshield was replaced, and the car came back after an oil change and general inspection. Unfortunately, just a day after the compass arrived, the low DEF light also appeared, but thankfully the DEF refill was done in the office itself, which was a great convenience. Another interesting thing I noticed was the flexible hose for filling DEF that came with the fluid – I had struggled with filling DEF in the Tucson because I didn’t have a flexible hose, which made the task quite difficult – it was a three person job. But with the new hose it was super easy to top up the fluid in the compass.

Driving around Delhi in the summer – with a heat wave, I might add – you can’t help but notice two things about the Compass. One, as much as I love the black interior, I have to add that when parked in the sun, the seats can get hot enough to literally burn your backside. But at the same time, the air conditioning in the car is very efficient, and even though temperatures have already reached upwards of 40 degrees, I have never had to set the air conditioning below the 23 degree mark. Our time with the Compass is coming to an end soon, but before it does, I’m going to try taking it on a long trip over rough terrain – just to see the effectiveness of its four-wheel-drive hardware. That should be the true test for this Jeep.

When it came: November 2021

Current odo reading: 18,740 km

Mileage this month: 1,940 km

Fuel efficiency: 10 km/l

What is good: Ride comfort

What it is not: No

Long-term report: March 2022

Jeep Compass Long Term Report March 2022

It feels strange to say that I’ve never really had any real seat time in the Compass, despite it being on the market for five years, winning our ‘Best of 2017’ award and twice being in our long-term test fleet. Sure, Kapil has raved about how solid the Compass feels and how well it drives, but this is the first time I’ve spent any length of time in Jeeps India’s mainstay. Recently, Jeep India officials spoke with us about their extensive plans for India—you can read more about that elsewhere in this issue—and how India will soon have the largest Jeep product line in the world, after the US, of course . So this would be a good opportunity for me to get used to how Jeeps drive.

My first impression of the Compass is quite positive – there’s a sense of solidity and stability to the way it drives that many of its competitors lack. Even at low speeds, there is a certain certainty to its propulsion.

The suspension is very well set up and handles bad roads effectively. My driving style has always been the opposite of what you would call cautious, and thanks to the Compass suspension, I simply don’t have to worry about potholes, even at high speeds. Even the steering has a nice, heavy feel. Overall, the compass shows a lot of promise, and I hope to discover more of its features in the coming months.

When it came: November 2021

Current odo reading: 16,800 km

Mileage this month: 1,400 km

Fuel efficiency: 10 km/l

What is good: Appearance, suspension

What it is not: No

Long-term report: February 2022

Jeep Compass Long Term Report February 2022

As the third wave of the pandemic subsides, my life begins to return to normal. The office is now open every day, which means I’m back on my daily commute, and as a result the issue of fuel prices has come up again. Sure, fuel is cheaper now than it used to be, but it can still make a big hole in your pocket. Thank goodness I don’t have to worry too much, because I drive a diesel Compass. I’m not a very aggressive driver, unlike my bald, crazy colleague, and despite the traffic, I’m currently getting about 12 km/l, which is pretty good for a decent SUV with four-wheel drive hardware.

When I first got the compass, I dreamed of going on some epic trips with my family, but the third wave wiped that dream out. But now I’m hoping to squeeze in a quick trip before summer sets Delhi on fire. On my daily commute, however, I’ve become a fan of the Compass’ 9-speed automatic. Sure, it’s not the fastest box out there, but it suits my relaxed driving style quite well. And here I disagree with most reviewers – not all slow gearboxes are bad. The engine is the real star of the Compass though – torquey, refined and efficient, it greatly enhances my everyday driving experience.

When it came: November 2021

Current odo reading: 15,400 km

Mileage this month: 2,000 km

Fuel efficiency: 12 km/l

What is good: Practicality, efficiency

What it is not: No

Long-term report: January 2022

Jeep Compass Long Term Report January 2022

In my inaugural Compass report last month, I pointed out that with the start of winter break and the continued closure of schools, it would be a perfect opportunity for me to go on some long road trips with my family. Unfortunately, due to some personal issue, that could not be the case and for the past month I have been stuck in the Delhi-NCR region. But again, this year, once again, the NCR region has seen its fair share of cold weather, which helps to not make me miss my annual winter trips as much.

When it comes to the compass, its performance has been more or less flawless. Sure, the 170bhp engine might be a little on the lazy side, but the 350Nm of torque means progress is flawless, no matter what speed you’re at. And the suspension setup for the Compass … well, it’s perfect. And despite the large 18-inch wheels, the ride comfort is absolutely brilliant. Although I didn’t go on long trips, the occasional high-speed highway drive made me appreciate the high-speed stability of the Compass, which is simply exemplary. And as my colleague Ishan claims, 6 – 8 hours of highway driving in the Compass is an absolute breeze. While the covid situation looks pretty grim right now, I hope we get over this wave soon and come out the other side in much better shape than before. Mostly because it would be nice to resume my regular life and enjoy some memorable road trips before it’s time for me to hand back the compass.

When it came: November 2021

Current odo reading: 13,400 km

Mileage this month: 500 km

Fuel efficiency: 11.7 km/l

What is good: Quality levels

What it is not: No

Long-term report: December 2021 (start of semester)

Jeep Compass Long Term Report December 2021

There was a time when I was a proud caretaker of the Jeep Compass in its previous avatar for quite a few months. And I have very fond memories of the compass from that time. It was comfortable, fast, fairly fuel efficient and handled really well. In fact, we – my family and I – used the compass on more than one occasion for road trips, sometimes even to snowy areas. With its four-wheel drive hardware, the Compass simply sailed past anything thrown at it.

So it’s no surprise that when the new Compass joined our long-term fleet, I jumped at the chance to be its caretaker. One look at the new version was enough for me to really appreciate all the changes and updates it has received. Take the new 10.1-inch multimedia touchscreen for example. It looks great and is great to use – a big upgrade over the small multimedia system of previous variants. Similarly, the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster is also well integrated and offers a lot of information.

The biggest change, however, is the addition of the automatic transmission in combination with a diesel engine. This means you get the convenience of driving an automatic, along with the lower running costs of a diesel engine. Not to mention, the 380Nm of torque really adds a lot of driving appeal to the Compass.

Externally, the compass has also received many updates. I really like the new 18 inch wheels. One thing I don’t like though is the blacked-out front grill, which looks too plasticky for my taste. Also, the car’s Techno Metallic Green looks amazing, but keeping it will be a challenge I’ll have to tackle.

Overall, I really like the new package offered by Compass. The updates have addressed the biggest shortcomings of the previous Compass – the small multimedia screen and the lack of a diesel automatic – and I think the next few months with the Compass will be very exciting. Winter is here and schools are about to close again – a perfect time for a few more road trips.

When it came: November 2021

Current odo reading: 12,900 km

Mileage this month: 380 km

Fuel efficiency: 12 km/l

What is good: Comfortable, build quality

What it is not: No

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