2021 Jeep Compass diesel SUV replaces my Toyota Corolla Altis


Although not as muscular or as putting because the Tata Harrier, I used to be obsessed with the clear strains and subdued look of the Jeep.

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Moved on from the Toyota Corolla Altis to the Jeep Compass Longitude (O) Diesel early Aug. Right here is our expertise…

My observations


  • Nice freeway experience
  • Responsive engine
  • Stable construct
  • The cabin feels properly constructed
  • Good sound from the ICE (for an OEM, non-branded setup)


  • Jarring experience on damaged roads.
  • Small boot
  • Gentle colored seats will soil rapidly
  • Weak air-conditioning
  • The contact display screen of ICE is a fingerprint magnet
  • No Auto IRVM – would have most well-liked it over the auto-headlamps.

At first…

Little did we predict that we might be altering our present experience – The Corolla Altis. After 6.5 years of possession (largely niggle free), the SUV bug bit us. All my previous automobiles have largely been sedans (aside from the Zen), each different automobile that you simply see on the highway is an SUV or a compact SUV when one begins questioning if you’re lacking out on one thing… So began the hunt to seek out the steed within the avatar of an SUV…

No quips with the Altis although, and it had been a stellar automobile with fuss-free possession the primary 5 years. The battery truly lasted us for five years! However slowly points began creeping up… Really, as I used to be planning to take the automobile for an extended drive out of city, I believed it is likely to be prudent to cost the battery quite than protruding your thumb in the midst of nowhere hoping some good Samaritan would offer you a elevate to get your substitute. When Toyota service got here out, they indicated that the battery was not charging properly, not due to its potential to retain the cost, however due to the defective alternator! Subsequent week and -35k out of your pocket, the battery and the alternator have been changed. In fact, I have no idea how, however components are likely to fail the second the guarantee expires (Murphy’s regulation?).

The automobile was okay for the following 12 months when the service particular person (as a part of the yearly service) indicated that there’s a leak on the left rear suspension and we would have to switch it the following 12 months. Quote estimated for round 6k. Lastly, by the mid of the sixth 12 months, the AC conked out. -25k to position a condenser coil, we determined that possibly we want a change and keep away from turning into too conversant in the good Toyota of us on the service station :-). So we determined to let go of the Corolla Altis with a heavy coronary heart and get a brand new automobile.

Thoughts you, my first alternative was to get one other Corolla Altis, had it been in manufacturing. My previous purchases largely have been driver-oriented automobiles. So, I began dreaming about driving a Civic, possibly the brand new Skoda or the Very good or perhaps a BMW 320d (I can dream can’t I?) till my desires have been shattered when the Residence Minister said that what we would have liked was an SUV. Properly.. SUVs are good. SUVs are good. So, the SUV bug bit us. Properly, no, the SUV bug was thrust upon me (to image this vividly, I want to fondly check with Matrix the film or the Mummy). And to compound this, my son complained that his alternative of color has by no means been thought-about for all of the automobiles that we had purchased up to now. So, we needed to give in to that too. So, the one alternative I had been given was to determine on the model.

Backside line, it was going to be a RED SUV (within the RED nook)!

Within the Blue nook stands…

“Life is concerning the journey, not the vacation spot,” stated somebody (too lazy to lookup). I wish to take this to the acute. Probably the most thrilling moments is when you find yourself prepared for a brand new automobile and you start the journey of evaluating the assorted choices, considering, pondering, debating and brainstorm and justifying the necessity to go for a selected mannequin. After which restart from scratch. You’re looking at an individual who spends 2 weeks deciding which type of trackball to purchase for my laptop computer, one other two weeks deciding from the place I ought to supply it and one other two weeks monitoring the cargo. And I benefit from the course of, a lot to the irritation of impatient members of the family. I even created an excel sheet for calculating which automobile will get you probably the most bang for the buck some years again (in case you ask for it, no, I don’t have it. Have to be obtained misplaced in /dev/null). So many automobiles, so many choices and variants to select from. I used to be having fun with my analysis when push got here to shove and I used to be actually dragged to the primary showroom. However now, I feel all this evaluation doesn’t matter when you cross a degree. Maybe, you need to use them to filter off the manufacturers/automobiles that you do not need. With the remaining, you select one if you simply ‘really feel’ that’s best for you. This is among the ‘coronary heart’ decisions.

The expectations:

  • Ought to be of stable construct
  • All disk brakes
  • No sun-roof. In Chennai? No thanks. In case you would like slowly getting roasted within the baking solar of Chennai, sure. In some way I get very scared after I see younger and older children standing via the sunroof. And we’ve the discussion board pitted with issues of creaky sun-roof operations.
  • And naturally, it ought to be an SUV and RED!

In our quest to seek out the precise SUV that caters to the expectations of all the household, these have been the precise contenders:

  • Tata Harrier / Safari
  • Hyundai Alcazar
  • Toyota Innova (wild card)

We didn’t contemplate MG (Chinese language) although my spouse regrets that we didn’t even give a take a look at drive each time we see one on the freeway. Didn’t contemplate the Kia as properly (security rankings). The automobile is a looker although. Skoda Kushak was making information. However we didn’t go for it as properly (resulting from numerous horror tales within the discussion board).

Hyundai Alcazar

The arrival of the Alcazar was the rationale why my spouse began pestering for a substitute. The automobile was new and based mostly on a variant that sells tons. Put up enquiry, after studying the team-bhp opinions, someway I used to be not too eager to even take a look at drive the automobile. Although the sellers (KUN & FPL) persistently adopted up on our curiosity.

Toyota Innova

We have been truly wanting on the Fortuner (till we heard the value, which was means over our finances).

Having tasted the reliability, raves from our colleagues, consistency of efficiency and naturally resale worth of the Innova, we needed to see why it’s so well-liked. Although not an SUV, we thought we’ll give this car a go to grasp what the hype is all about. Although the supplier insisted that he’ll ship the car dwelling, I most well-liked to go to the showroom (Lanson Toyota, Koyambedu, Chennai) as a substitute. The showroom expertise was lacklustre (not the identical expertise that I obtained after I visited the identical showroom for the Corolla Altis 6 years again). The gross sales woman listed out the variants and organized for a take a look at drive of the Diesel (I’m not positive if it was a V or a Z). However the second I began the car, I used to be greeted with the dancing gear lever! The car, although responsive, appeared to have quantity of physique roll which I used to be not snug with whereas doing the curves. In some way, the size of the car was just like the Corolla. However being seated tall, I didn’t really feel very snug right here as properly. The gross sales woman and a bodyguard (ought to we drive away with the car. They’d one after we take a look at drive the Altis 7 years again as properly) have been busily engaged in their very own dialogue whereas we have been left to our personal technique of exploration to seek out out what a selected gizmo does and the place the brake pedal is (simply kidding). Jogged my memory of my expertise a couple of years in the past after we went to TD a Maruti Brezza. The SA was virtually happening about how troublesome it’s to personal the Brezza and if we’re fortunate and blessed and sacrificed our firstborn baby, we ‘would possibly’ get the automobile as early as 6 months. I feel getting maintain of 1 nonetheless holds good now…

As soon as we got here again to the showroom, the gross sales woman disappeared. We appeared round and ultimately spied her hiding behind a PC doing one thing else! I’m pretty a sedate driver and I do not assume I might have scared her with my driving abilities. We ultimately needed to stroll to her and conclude the session and indicated that we’ll get again to her quickly. Really, we determined to not come again. I do know it’s a nice dependable automobile with a variety of followers who swear by it. However ‘it’ didn’t match what we needed.

Tata Harrier / Safari

At all times been smitten with how the automobile seems to be. Although my spouse was not too eager on going for a Tata automobile (however Tanishq and Titan are okay), I argued, why don’t we give this a attempt? No hurt finished. I used to be extra inclined in the direction of the Harrier than the Safari resulting from it being extra proportionate in comparison with the Safari, although my spouse most well-liked the Safari if we have been to go for a Tata (wanting from the protection perspective (disk brakes throughout) and it appeared a tad greater too). A 5 seater was ample for our household. We thought-about the Safari because the Third-row seat would supply more room when folded down, contemplating the quantity of baggage my household carries round after we go on trip (which features a separate bag that accommodates our spare slippers to make use of, son’s books when he feels he must be in a literary temper, items for our family members after we make mid-way stops and junk meals in a few luggage that might final you until the zombie apocalypse ends). The one draw back was the shortage of disk brakes within the Harrier, although, if I am going for the highest finish, I get 6 airbags.

Initially, on the Tata Gurudev Motors, the salespeople have been a bit reluctant (or confused) after we walked in. However then the sr. SA or the supervisor got here in and took over. He obtained us a Safari automated (Darkish Blue) rapidly for a TD. I felt extra snug whereas driving this car in comparison with the Innova. The suspension was extra agency and the automobile was straightforward to chuck round regardless of the big measurement. I additionally needed to TD the handbook model. However the automobile was unavailable. The SA after the take a look at drive indicated that they’ll get us a Harrier inside a few weeks, however the Safari would take 4 – 6 weeks.

Total, the expertise with Tata was fairly good and the automobile felt good to drive too. In some way, I nonetheless needed to TD a handbook variant earlier than I finalize it. Being from the handbook background, I felt (I’ve by no means pushed an automated), that the gear shifts have been a bit gradual to shift up and also you had a sense that you’ll want to wait a bit for the automated to fit up if you needed to go sooner. Be aware that the shifts have been clean. Simply that it didn’t shift if you needed it to.

The Achilles heel was the quite a few niggles that folks have talked about in numerous boards, that we have been apprehensive of committing 23+L. The automobile (significantly the Harrier) is a looker from many of the angles (aside from the spectacle temple tips about the C pillar). I needed to get the automobile a lot that I needed to provide it one other go earlier than I went to the Jeep showroom.

I needed to check drive the handbook badly. However the SA from Gurudev motors indicated that the handbook variant was out for a buyer TD. I do not assume they’ve a handbook car for TD. So, I visited one other showroom (Lakshmi Motors) close to our dwelling to see if they’ve a handbook variant. Appears like in addition they didn’t have the handbook in hand for TD and took one other TD of the Safari AT on the freeway. Was doing round 80kmph and didn’t discover the steering to be twitchy. The SA to impress us with the sunroof opened the shades. It was midday. After a minute, none of us might stand it and we closed the shades again. It was spacious inside and the Third row when folded gave ample house (although the ground was inclined). We nearly type of decided that this may be one of many last contenders (and the Harrier). The SA additionally indicated that some automobiles (Blue and Grey I feel) have been accessible within the yard in order that we will take supply in per week’s time. The expertise was good right here as properly. If I had to not take a look at drive the Jeep and never learn concerning the numerous niggles, I might have finalized on the Safari or the Harrier (Purple).

The Jeep Compass

Although not as muscular or as putting because the Harrier, someway I used to be obsessed with the clear strains and subdued look of the Jeep. I gave my contact data on the web site. After a few days, an SA was related who referred to as me as much as see what my expectations have been (Diesel or Petrol, MT or AT). I stated I used to be open to any and can swing by the showroom the following Saturday.

Come subsequent Saturday, go to the showroom. My son noticed the Purple Compass within the showroom and instantly stated that we must always get this color!

Whereas we have been trying out the automobile, one other household walked in together with their teenage daughter. The very first thing that the lady did was to get into the automobile, pop opens the sunroof and stands via it! If you end up shopping for a automobile for 20+L, you do have to make sure that every little thing works as marketed and caters to your wants. In comparison with the opposite manufacturers, I felt the Jeep showroom was visited by youthful individuals and {couples} (besides us after all who’re younger at coronary heart). Tata had a wider combine and Toyota had most prospects carrying white ;-).

We have been supplied a TD on a Petrol AT first. The visitors was very excessive and I gingerly edged the car to maneuver ahead till I obtained used to the AT. The engine was clean and as soon as I obtained the dangle of the automobile, I used to be capable of drive comfortably. The gears held on a bit after I pressed the accelerator and there was a slight lag earlier than it up-shifted to assemble velocity. The automobile felt compact sufficient to drive throughout the metropolis. Spouse was pleased with the interiors. The AC was not so chilling although.

Subsequent, we took the TD of the Diesel handbook. The second I began the car, God rays parted from the cloud and fell on the automobile as I attained a way of completeness and a sense that I’ve discovered the chosen one. No, I am pulling your leg… These clouds don’t like to return to Chennai right now of the 12 months. And God rays are virtually in all places as a result of lack of clouds. So, the second I began the engine, there was some shudder and a few engine noise crept in, however the outdoors visitors noise was properly remoted. However the second I slotted the gear to 1st and 2nd, it felt very pure for me to maneuver this car regardless of the mad rush of visitors outdoors. I used to be capable of get into the Third and 4th gear and felt very assured. The clutch was barely on the onerous aspect and had an extended journey. However this TD sealed the deal to go for the diesel. I didn’t wish to give an impression to the SA that I actually appreciated the automobile in order that I can use my negotiating prowess to strike one of the best deal. I did ask for the Petrol handbook, however the supplier didn’t have a TD car within the handbook petrol avatar.

With the kind of engine and the transmission finalized, now got here the following level of dialogue. The variant. We initially have been type of settled on the Sport (base) variant, however ultimately determined to go for the Longitude (O). In comparison with the Sport, the options that we felt as vital have been the larger contact display screen, (spouse needed) roof rails, 6 audio system and the keyless entry for two.5 lakhs extra. The Restricted was the variant that was promoting in greater numbers. What we lacked have been the sunroof, 18” alloy wheels, dual-tone colors and 6 airbags for a further distinction of ~2.5 lakhs. Of which the primary 2 weren’t deal breakers for us. I can at all times do a wrap to get the dual-tone or change the alloys. SA talked about you will get the automobile high painted again for ~23k INR. So, 5l for six airbags was means over our finances.

Okay. With the variant determined, the ultimate sensitive topic was the color. My son was adamant to get the Purple, whereas I and my spouse appreciated the Techno Inexperienced. After a variety of discussions, we lastly agreed (and satisfied my son) to have the Inexperienced as the primary alternative (although the SA was unsure if it will likely be accessible within the Longitude variant) and the second choice was Purple and the third choice Black. I ought to have smelt a rat on my son agreeing to the Inexperienced so simply. Bit extra on that later… The general worth for the longitude variant got here to ~25.6l. Bear in mind, I needed to point out my negotiating prowess. Properly, I meekly requested if there have been any reductions. There have been none. Finish of dialogue. The salesperson out of pity stated that she is going to scale back the insurance coverage by ~50k later. Determined to go for 2 years prolonged guarantee (~40k). Paid the reserving quantity of 50k INR the following day and initiated the method with fingers crossed. The general reserving expertise was fast.

The Wait…

The SA after per week referred to as again and indicated that there aren’t any new automobiles on Inexperienced accessible and it needed to be ordered and shipped from the plant. She indicated that it’d take a few months or extra to pay money for it. Nevertheless, a White Longitude was accessible for supply inside per week. Weren’t too eager on white. She did give us choices of Purple / Black / Gentle silver on the restricted choice. We didn’t wish to stretch our finances and indicated that we have been keen to attend for one of many colors of our alternative.

Treachery!!! Little did we all know that my son was praying to God since our first go to to bump up his desire to the highest. The request appears to have been accepted :-). A few weeks later, the SA once more referred to as us indicating that there are a few Purple longitudes accessible pan India and if we have to block one, to take action instantly. Because it was in our alternative of colors, we determined to go forward contemplating the upcoming wet season and potential COVID wave 3 and to not threat extending supply.

A couple of days later, the SA indicated that the automobile has been blocked in order that we will launch the required funds and that we’ll be getting the automobile in a few weeks. Our first stroll into the showroom was in early Jul. The automobile arrived on the stockyard by late Jul. On getting the VIN, I seen that it was a Feb manufactured car. It was a bit disappointing to know that there was a niche of 5 months. Advised the SA that I would love to try the automobile earlier than registration for a PDI. The SA reluctantly agreed and the automobile was dropped at the showroom a day earlier than registration. We rapidly inspected the automobile (utilizing the team-bhp PDI guidelines) and it gave the impression to be okay, aside from some filth on the seat which the SA indicated she is going to get it cleaned for supply. We gave the go-ahead for registration.

We additionally met with the equipment particular person. I normally get the mudguards and the mats as a part of the usual fitment. However right here, they have been extras that we needed to buy. We determined to get the mudguard and the ground mat (rubber). Had been utilizing the material mats in my Altis and it wore off after a few years, whereas my Fiesta’s rubber mats lasted for ages. The ground mat was costly (~7k). Didn’t go for the boot mat. Maybe I’ll get them when there’s a want later. Requested the equipment particular person to suit it earlier than I take the automobile for supply.

Supply Expertise

Arrived by the afternoon on the D-day to take supply. Not a lot crowd on that day. The SA was engaged in a gathering and a supply coordinator was assigned to us to get the formalities finished. The TV within the showroom displayed the automobile (image of the particular variant and color) and my title wishing glad miles. There was a cake chopping ceremony. We introduced the coordinator with a field of goodies and requested it’s handed on to the SA and all of the workers members. My spouse looking via the equipment show obtained us (me and my son) a few Jeep t-shirts. We have been taken to the supply space and have been introduced with a field containing the same old Jeep knick-knacks (Jeep keychain, a pen, fragrance, a silicone cowl for the distant key, a cap and a tote bag).

As soon as inside, I began the automobile amidst applause, fumbled with the digital parking brake (I nonetheless do after two weeks) and eventually made our means via the busy highway. The automobile had ~100kms within the ODO. I might say that this was the quickest supply that I had skilled, which was good. The automobile had ½ tank full of gas. Made our technique to the Cathedral close by to provide thanks and in return, crammed the tank. The automobile drank round 4k price of gas to fill the tank. Reached dwelling safely. Be aware: The quantity plates weren’t mounted. So the coordinator had mounted a printed strip of paper behind the windshield with the quantity allotted to us. The SA later referred to as us to investigate if we would have liked something and that she would get the quantity plate mounted and activate the linked options (jeep life app) after we deliver again the automobile a few days later.

Put up-delivery expertise (1 month and counting)

I can not seem to determine which angle the automobile seems to be good. I feel it seems to be good from all angles!

We had taken a few drives on the Chennai bypass within the preliminary 2 weeks. Fastag was from Axis and I used to be capable of reload some quantity and was scanned correctly after I crossed the toll. The one quip is that the toll cubicles didn’t acknowledge the tag routinely and the operator needed to name somebody to manually scan the tag to allow us to cross. Unsure why. Maybe the TAG is related to the chassis quantity quite than the registration # or they require a handbook scan for brand new tags for a couple of days. However till now, 90% of the time, the sales space operator calls out to somebody to manually scan the tag. Any ideas, individuals of team-bhp?

[i]Flash ahead: Modified it to Paytm halfway throughout the journey the place the Axis tag did not work. Paid double on a few toll cubicles.

The quantity plates arrived a few days later and have been mounted inside plastic ‘Jeep’ marked frames. We put in the JeepLife app. Took a few tries to register. However someway, I used to be not capable of register with my cell phone (no OTP was obtained). Tried with my spouse’s telephone and it labored and we obtained it enabled. SA instructed us that we will change the quantity later from settings. After we obtained again, I modified the quantity again to mine. Appears like as much as 5 individuals can register for a similar automobile and get updates on the standing of the automobile. No extra driving quick and your spouse will know precisely the place you’ve been each time you’re taking this automobile in real-time too. So, it turns into troublesome should you plan to shock her by shopping for one thing for her as she would learn about it beforehand. I guarantee you that that is the one purpose for my concern. Trustworthy.

Now, I’m able to see the automobile standing (battery, gas, coolant temperature, final journey particulars and even a rating on how I had pushed over the last journey) from the app.

Opted to hitch the Madras Jeep group. However don’t see any actions or occasions there but. Maybe the remainder of the members fled on seeing me be a part of. Appears quiet for now.

Why did we title our automobile The Blaze?

We arrived at Blaze after contemplating the sporty and highly effective nature of the automobile. These are some potential alternate names – Purple Dragon, Brisingr, Purple (from the Indignant Birds fame / Hell boy), Blaze, Carmine, Fiery, Rowan, Firebird, Fireball. Finally, Blaze was chosen anonymously.

Some key observations after a month and 1.5k km

Trip and dealing with:

  • Love the best way the automobile handles on the highways. The experience is clean and the steering affords good suggestions. Not gone past 120 km/h although. Overtaking automobiles is kind of a breeze and you’ve got sufficient energy on faucet if you want it.
  • Although each time I am going past 80 km, you get the ‘chime’ that we aren’t used to in my older automobiles. At 120 km/h, it turns into a steady chime. I do hear an occasional chime after I drop from 100 km/h as properly. Not capable of glean the sample…
  • The automobile appears to be able to dealing with curves properly. However taking the curves with a little bit of apprehension resulting from this warning from the consumer handbook:

  • Within the metropolis, the primary gear may be very responsive and is instantly capable of pull the car. However the second you let go of the clutch, the car begins crawling at 8 – 9 km/h. And I feel you get to this velocity fairly rapidly. In slow-moving visitors, which means that you would need to regulate your velocity (which is normally slower) both by utilizing the brakes or half-pressing the clutch. I normally have a tendency to manage the velocity with the clutch greater than the brakes in my different automobiles and haven’t confronted any clutch issues with them. However with issues within the discussion board on early clutch burnout, I’m a bit frightened. Any ideas? The gears acquire traction after I begin releasing the clutch (possibly throughout the first 25%) whereas on the Honda Metropolis, the gears get traction within the final 25% of clutch launch. I’m not positive which is sweet. However I would like to regulate to it each time I swap automobiles.
  • Steering is mild at metropolis speeds (nearly Honda Metropolis mild, however not there but, however positively higher than the Altis which I felt was a bit heavy) and weighs upon the highways.
  • I managed to stall the automobile a few instances after I forgot to downshift from the Third gear to the 2nd throughout the early drives. However now, I’m extra used to it.
  • The clutch was heavier earlier. However now, I don’t discover it that unhealthy. Maybe, with sufficient exercise to my left leg, my potential to press the clutch has turn into higher.
  • Lately accomplished 1500 km and averaging to ~16.x km/l with 70% on the freeway and relaxation within the metropolis. Pre-COVID, my driving sample was ~90 km day by day. And I used to be utilizing petrol automobiles. Of the 90 km, 40 km was on the freeway. Was fairly pleased with the Altis or the Metropolis which gave round 13 – 14 km each. However with COVID, it’s largely work-from-home until there may be an emergency when I’ve to drive to our native locations or to the office often.

Match and end:

  • Panel gaps are constant
  • The paint high quality appears good. With the Exotica Purple, I don’t discover any orange peel impact on the physique.
  • Whereas using via minor rumble strips, the dashboard stays put (my Honda Metropolis, the sprint vibrates together with me).
  • Initially thought there was some noise after I go over uneven roads. Realized my water bottles rubbing on the aspect door panels have been inflicting the noise. Possibly rubber or felt lining there would possibly assist restrict this.
  • Coming again to a diesel automobile after an extended stint, I discover some quantity of vibration on the gear lever and the steering initially. But it surely tends to turn into smoother after a while.
  • Although velocity deterrents (velocity breakers and potholes) positioned by our pleasant metropolis planners throughout the metropolis have been dealt with properly. At low velocity, on uneven roads, it turns into jarring if you drive via ‘wild terrain’. There are a couple of spots close to my dwelling the place I’m compelled to come across them daily.
  • The automobile appears stable and the bonnet is tremendous heavy. One in all our rituals the following day of taking supply is to take away the garland and the ribbon. A great way to get conversant in a brand new automobile is to know the best way to open the bonnet. That means, in case there may be some concern, you may faux to do one thing helpful below the bonnet quite than fumble with the consumer handbook to learn the way to open it within the first place. The identical goes for realizing the best way to change a flat tire and realizing the place the instruments are and the best way to function them with the intention to get out of an unknown territory rapidly.
  • Principally driving at 80 – 110 km/h. I didn’t hear extreme wind or tire noise whereas driving.
  • I do discover that the skin noise is significantly lowered as soon as I discover myself contained in the automobile. I used to be making an attempt to take a name whereas I used to be ready at a roadside store and was not capable of hear a factor resulting from heavy visitors on the highway. So, went contained in the automobile and shut the door and many of the outdoors noise was filtered out and I used to be capable of hear the opposite aspect clearly. Thoughts you, I used to be not utilizing Bluetooth telephony. However simply listening via my handset.


  • You possibly can hear the digital parking brake partaking and disengaging each time you press or pull the parking brake button
  • Auto-stop is enabled by default. Auto-hold is disabled. I did discover when I’m on pretty steep inclines the place all of the 4 wheels aren’t on the similar degree, the automobile appears to be in some kind of an auto-hold mode despite the fact that it’s disabled. You have to press the accelerator a bit earlier than the automobile strikes. Till then, it seems to be just like the brakes appear to have been engaged. It seems like auto-hold. But it surely was truly disabled. Maybe there may be some mechanism that detects all of the wheels aren’t on the similar degree and a few security function (aside from auto-hold) kicks in to carry the automobile in place?
  • Like the best way, the cornering lamps mild up if you sign a flip. They do present further illumination if you flip
  • Solely 2 airbags, one for driver and the opposite for passenger. 6 airbags might have been supplied as customary for all variants at this worth


  • The tires are R17 Firestones. Take a look at the alloys. These are widespread for Sport and Longitude. The remainder of the upper variants have a distinct fashion.

  • No projector lights. However they’re white lights although. I get used to this. I type of choose the hotter yellow lights although.

Identical at low publicity.

  • A cap-less gas filling system baffles many of the gas attender. One of many attendees tried to open the AdBlue reservoir to fill diesel! The directions point out that after the filling is completed, anticipate ~10 seconds (for the gas to empty). Not one of the gas attendees is affected person sufficient to attend that lengthy…


  • Miss the auto-dimming IRVM. The Altis had it and it was tremendous helpful
  • 1-litre bottle barely suits within the aspect door pocket. With the automobile that drives so properly, why distract the drivers by conserving extra or greater bottles inside attain, thereby limiting us from experiencing the pleasure of nice driving dynamics resulting from frequent restroom breaks :-)?
  • Didn’t understand that the entrance armrest is adjustable and developed shoulder ache. The gear lever was tall and which may have additionally been a contributing issue. However as soon as I adjusted the seat top (am 5′ 7″) and the armrest, I now not face the issue once more.
  • Auto-ac switches off the LED indicator for inside circulation mode. LED indicator for AC can also be off. So, I assume when you choose Auto, it purely goes with the temperature that you’ve set. If I choose AC or Recirculation mode, Auto LED switches off.

  • One-touch window controls are offered for driver and passenger and will be managed by each the driving force and passenger. However solely the driver-side auto-up/down works with one-touch whereas in accent mode. Passenger aspect one-touch doesn’t appear to work in accent mode. Didn’t attempt to stick my neck out to see if anti-pinch works. Unsure whether it is there.
  • You have to rotate the knob that controls the aspect view mirror to the small icon on the backside to get the mirrors to fold. Different automobiles have a separate button to fold otherwise you gently push the rotary knob right down to auto-fold. However when you get the dangle of it, I feel you’d be fantastic.

  • Passenger aspect sun-shade has an arrogance mirror, however no devoted lights.
  • The within plastics are a pale gray. So are the seats. So, they’re prone to get dirty rapidly. Significantly the door sills. Possibly I’ll contemplate getting the scuff plates.
  • The material on the sprint seems to be totally different and refreshing. The identical material is carried over on the door panels.

  • Air con is common. Not just like the one in Altis the place your knuckles freeze off with a 23-degree setting. I don’t assume I had introduced down the temp in that automobile under 23. Right here, we’ve already gone right down to as little as 20. However nonetheless, it isn’t as chilly.
  • The higher portion of the sprint is soft-touch plastic
  • A better have a look at the passenger aspect storage compartment and the material used within the sprint

Driving controls

  • Blanks on the precise aspect of the steering for a 25.6L automobile.
  • The steering mounted management buttons appears a bit stiff to make use of. It takes a little bit of effort to press them. The rocker buttons beneath the steering are softer. The benefit is, you don’t by accident press them whereas utilizing the steering.
  • FCA likes our automobile’s windshield clear. Did the customary windshield wipe after I needed to show as a result of indicator stalk being positioned to the left? As I swap between automobiles, now doing it extra usually on each the automobiles :-). Why cannot we get the indicator stalks to the precise? Ford automobiles even have the identical configuration. The Ford SA indicated that this was a security function as you may at all times preserve one hand (your proper) on the steering whilst you use your left for an indicator or gear shifts. I do not purchase it.
  • The indicator appears to be positioned a bit additional behind the steering and I have to take a little bit of effort to achieve it to sign a flip. I choose to maintain my fingers on the indicator more often than not. Now, I’ve to stretch my fingers a bit to the touch the stalk.
  • Although, all it wants is a delicate faucet to get the indicator to blink 5 instances. Didn’t face this concern in any of my earlier automobiles. Maybe my fingers are quick, so it is likely to be extra pronounced for me.
  • The digital show within the instrument pod at all times begins with a digital speedometer. Even should you swap to one thing else (I preserve them to point out the distance-to-empty, vary particulars), the following time you begin, it switches again to the digital speedo. Would have been good if it maintains my final desire.

That is what I want to see…

  • But it surely at all times begins with a digital speedometer.
  • Fumbled with the parking brake button a number of instances. Right here is a straightforward technique to keep in mind the best way to interact this the precise means. It may be pulled as much as interact and pushed right down to disengage. Similar to the motion you carry out with the standard parking lever. Took a while for me to understand that.
  • Each the aspect view mirrors are progressively convex on the ends, thereby minimizing the blind spots. The All New Fiesta had an identical configuration.
  • One of many first issues that you simply cringe at after you’ve returned to India after a keep overseas is the honking. Properly, worry not. You can be stored snug as Compass homeowners might should stretch their fingers and actually apply a little bit of stress to honk. I feel for India, you do not want a press kind horn. Most would in all probability be higher off with a toggle swap (to function the horn, which might be extra environment friendly)

In-Automotive Leisure System:

  • The music system is one of the best that I’ve skilled up to now (didn’t test the Safari throughout the take a look at drive. I’m positive, in comparison with the six-speaker setup, they’d be higher). However, in comparison with the automobiles that I had pushed long run, this appears to be one of the best seconded by the inventory music system from the All-New Ford Fiesta.
  • There’s provision to attach as much as 10 cell phones. However solely two will be configured for telephony and one for music at any cut-off date. Out of the ten, you may tag 2 of them as your favourites. These I feel can be given desire for telephony and music.
  • Generally, I really feel the ICE contact response lags a bit, significantly if you wish to swap music from one telephone to a different. Different features of the UI seems snappy
  • ICE display screen is crisp and there’s no problem in studying them throughout daylight.
  • ICE display screen is a fingerprint magnet. Now the display screen is peppered with our marks. My mom seen from the again seat and complained why we’ve so many marks on the display screen.
  • Daytime reverse digicam readability is okay. However at evening, it isn’t so clear. See pattern pictures…



  • Two Bluetooth mics, one for the driving force and the opposite for the passenger. I feel the mics placement is spot on. The Altis had the mic close to the AC vent as a part of it is ICE. So, individuals complained that there was a variety of noise after I used to attend calls from the ICE.


  • Boot house appears smaller than what’s being claimed. I used to position two suitcases (one massive and one medium) flat subsequent to one another within the Honda Metropolis / Altis boot after which stack a pair extra on high. Right here, I can’t accomplish that, and should angle the smaller one to suit. However the smaller one interferes with the parcel tray. One in all our family members booked their automobile a couple of years in the past. The one factor they checked was the boot house. No TD, ICE take a look at or checking the options of the automobile and so on., It was the older Maruti Dzire. The SAs would have thought them loopy.

Personally, I feel the sedan’s boot house is extra useable whereas the identical house (as in spec) for a hatchback or SUV would possibly embrace the house above the parcel tray as properly. Using this house would intrude with the rear visibility.

The white and pink apple bag holds our spare slippers should you should know…

Comparability of boot house between the Honda Metropolis and Jeep Compass. Apologies for the blurred Compass boot.

Honda Metropolis:

Jeep Compass:

The instrument equipment and the reflector have Velcro strips to stay them to the boot flooring. This takes up house on the ground in comparison with the opposite automobiles the place they’re normally stored throughout the spare wheel house or below the boot lid. If I have been to get a rubber boot mat, then kits must be stored free or I could have to get a internet.

Area for the driving force appears to be higher within the Honda Metropolis in comparison with the Jeep Compass. Maybe it’s my notion as a result of greater sprint and the protruding ICE within the Compass. My left knee brushes in opposition to the dashboard on the Compass. But it surely was not obstructive or uncomfortable.

Rear seats are strictly for 2. You possibly can accommodate an unlucky Third particular person for brief drives.

Future Mods:

I do wish to preserve my automobile inventory. Sooner or later, maybe, I would contemplate a black wrap on the highest.

Parting shot:

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