Average overall fuel efficiency including highway driving gave me 10.6 km/l.
BHPian car-go continues his Jeep Compass Sport owner review with fellow enthusiasts.
This owner review is for my Jeep Compass Sport Petrol DDCT which has run ~750km. The first 350 km. was 100% in the city, and the rest 400 km is 90% on the highways (we traveled this weekend by Jeep).
This is a continuation of my first review of getting the car, and therefore quotes the first review in full. I would mostly be specific to the Sport model and differences to higher models. However, I may repeat some points from previous reviews to emphasize such points as completeness for this review.
- The DRLs are lit the entire time the car is being driven. Pardon my ignorance, but don’t be sure about this as the Sport doesn’t come with auto headlights.
- Cruise control is a boon for long stretches on the highways; gives a chance to relax the right leg. Still, resuming cruise control at a set speed (by pressing the resume button on the controls after slowing down) is daunting; the car accelerates like anything.
- Extremely well planted on the road, and no body roll when cornering. This was important for my daughter who has motion sickness.
- During the long drive (200 km going + 200 km return) we were 5 adults and 1 child (my daughter, 7 years old). Heights range from 5’3″ to 5’8″, and my mother-in-law is 68. Although compact, the ride was comfortable for all of them; no concerns at all. There were 4 in the back seats (3 adults + 1 child). .My wife also didn’t feel any back pain related discomfort (she has chronic back pain though).
- Speed build-up was gradual and slow at low speeds, therefore my wife “felt” no acceleration. The only reason she found out the driving speed in the back seat is because of the warning beep when she passed 80 km/h. Nobody felt anything when the car was moving at 90+ km/h.
- No problem is Ingress or egress for elderly people, especially my mother-in-law.
- The bonnet insulates the engine heat well. After driving around 100 km we stopped for tea. My daughter jumped up (with a little help from me) and sat on the hood; it certainly wasn’t hot (unlike my previous SX4).
- My car is in an open parking lot. It withstood three heavy rains recently, and there was absolutely no leaking inside.
- The 8.4″ MID and 3.5″ dash screen were quite adequate for use, including the rear camera view during reverse. Android Auto connectivity has always been seamless with Google Maps running all the time during the long journey.
- Very very adequate luggage space; we packed for the trip, and there was enough room left. At the destination, the shopping increased more and more, and everything went on the back without breaking a sweat.
- TPMS is a welcome addition that was quietly added by Jeep, likely with the April price hike.
- The whole handling of the car was very sedan-like once you get used to it (as I’ve mostly driven before), with great views all around.
- No fog lights though, could not yet test if it would really make sense on a dark night with heavy rain (yet to experience it).
- No rear parcel tray/shelf. I got it separately from the Jeep dealer.
- Manual AC, while adequate, must first be maxed out for effective cooling. Later, the fan can be slowed down to maintain a comfortable temperature.
- The 12V socket is on the back under the AC vent and the USB-A socket was a bit hard to find. Therefore, if you plan to use a tire pump with it, the wire should be long enough to reach the tires.
- While gradual speed build up is good for my wife (no more complaints about me kicking acceleration) it really tests your patience as Floyd de Souza mentioned.
- Haven’t yet been able to satisfactorily figure out how to stop the ignition and restart it at a long traffic signal with auto start/stop disabled (which I do as this can sometimes be both annoying and takes a toll on the engine).
What I don’t care about:
- No sunroof – never felt the need, even when driving such cars in the US; felt so relaxed about it with the soaring temperature outside driving the car with AC on
- No automatic headlights and windscreen wipers – while they’re great tech, were never a big fan of sensor-based electronics; felt satisfied with DRL automatically turning on during driving
- 4×4 and features like ADAS – don’t feel the need (at least not yet, never used them anyway)
- Cellular connectivity – though available through the JeepLife app in higher models, can be added as an option with a MOPAR modem (sold for Rs. 30,000 at Jeep dealerships), but imagining cyber security threats these days makes me nervous; although I know this feature has been a boon to many.
- The manual mode; anyway the car takes too much control and won’t let you shift above certain RPM thresholds as Sharan has already described
The first 35 miles in town gave me 8.9 km/l. Overall average including the highway driving (750km in total) gave me 10.6km/l. Calculations (because I didn’t reset the trip meter for the highway trip) show that I got 12 km/l on the highway. This is good for me, and I expect it will go up a bit when it breaks in after a few thousand km.
More than enough luggage space in the back.
No fog lights; has been dressed with dummy plastic cladding
Separately purchased rear parcel tray from dealer.
No fog light switch on the steering wheel (unlike higher models)
Manual AC controls
3.5″ instrument cluster
Instrument cluster with an average mileage of 761 km.
Door switches; no powerfolding ORVM option, rest as is
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