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Jeep Compass Trailhawk 2020 Review: Price, Features, Offers, Specs and Variants

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Mar 25 2020 Share this blog

Jeep Compass Trailhawk is just another compass, well for most people looking at it. Not for us, the red “Trail Rated” badges on both sides affirm that there is a beast hidden in a nutshell. Trailhawk, as the name says, is the most hardcore variant of baby Jeep. Priced at Rs. 26.80 lakhs (ex-showroom),  this SUV is the most expensive variant you can buy in India. The new All-Wheel Drive (AWD) SUV now comes with a refined BSVI (BS6) compliant engine that boasts of the better transmission, improved fuel economy, aggressive off-roading capability, and many terrain modes. The magnificent Made-in-India Jeep Compass Trailhawk AWD is available for purchase across every retail FCA dealerships across the country.

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk in red color dual-tone colour scheme


Powered by a Fiat Sourced 2.0-liter BS6 compliant diesel engine producing 174 bhp and 350 Nm of torque paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Jeep Compass Trailhawk is a player giving a tough time to its seniors ahead of its league. In India, the Compass Trialhawk rivals against the like of Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, and Mahindra Alturas G4. 

What’s New

  • New alloys wheels

  • 9-speed automatic gearbox

  • 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system with in-built navigation

  • Rock and Auto off-road driving modes

What we like

  • Refined BS6 compliant diesel engine

  • Silent cabin NVH levels

  • Extreme off-road capabilities

What’s bad about it

  • Paddle shifters are missing

  • The gearbox is not quick

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Variants and Features

Jeep Compass starts from Rs. 15.65 lakhs (ex-showroom) and is offered in 20 different variants. Trailhawk variant is the only 4X4 variant in the model lineup which is priced at Rs. 26.80 lakhs(ex-showroom). 

Model

Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Price

Rs. 26.80 lakhs (ex-showroom)

Key Features

Multi-Terrain Selection Dial


Hill Descent Control


Cruise Control


Engine Start-Stop System


Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control


Distinguishing “Trail Rated” badges

We recommend

We will recommend you to buy the Trailhawk variant without the optional panoramic sunroof if you are planning to go off-road with this little bad boy. Priced at Rs. 26.80 lakhs (ex-showroom) it packs all the features and comfort goodies you would require from your daily commuter.

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How does the big Toyota Fortuner stand against Jeep?

Will Ford Endeavour prove itself like always in terms of drivability?

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Engine and Performance

Jeep Compass Trailhawk thrives on the Fiat-sourced 2.0-liter Multijet II diesel engine which has been tweaked for BS6 emission norms. The Jeep engineers have increased the power output of the engine to 170Bhp and 350 Nm of torque. The new 9-speed automatic gearbox takes the potential of this engine to the next level, from cruising on the highway to crawling steep rocky inclines, it does it all with ease. This friction reduced engine is specially engineered to improve performance, fuel efficiency and lower emissions. With all available driving modes, you can pretty much cross any obstacle sitting comfortably in your driving seat. 

Jeep Compass Trialhawk diesel engine bay

Crank the engine and you will not hear the traditional diesel clatter from the engine. Thanks to the engineers at Jeep who have minimized engine noise but changing some components inside. The ride is smooth and gearbox upshifts quickly keeping the revs and engine load to a minimum. This in return provides a good in-segment fuel economy and comfort. 

Model 

Jeep Compass Trailhawk 

Toyota Fortuner 

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Price

Rs. 26.80 lakhs 

Rs. 33.60 lakhs

Rs. 33.70 lakhs

Rs. 30.70 lakhs

Engine

2.0-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel

2.7-litre DOHC Turbo Diesel

3.2-litre TDCI diesel engine

2.2-litre CRDI turbo diesel

Gearbox

9-speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

7-speed Automatic

Power

170 Bhp @3750rpm

177 Bhp @3400rpm

197bhp @3000rpm

178bhp @4000rpm

Torque

350 Nm @1750-2500rpm

450 Nm @1600-2400rpm

470 Nm @1750-2500rpm

420 Nm @1600-2600rpm

Riding on the highway in 9th gear @1500rpm takes you at speeds of 80-85 kmph which this engine can maintain all day long without any sweat.

How is the Jeep Compass Trailhwak at Off-roading? 

Take Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road, its real playground and you will see a sudden urge to cross big obstacles. This is the effect of all the power on tap and hardcore capability of Jeep Compass Trailhawk. It is rated to crawl at a ratio of 20:1 which can technically climb any steep incline with ease. Put the drive mode into Auto and ECM will smartly calculate the amount of torque to be sent to which corner. Climbing steep inclines is a breeze with 26.5 degrees of approach angle, 31.6 degrees of departure angle and 21.2 degrees of break-over angle approach. We took the Compass Trailhawk to an off-roading test track where every obstacle was maneuvered with ease.Red colour jeep compass trailhawk off-road action

Combined with the advanced 4x4 system, the Jeep Selec-Terrain Dial gives you best-in-class o-roading capability. The Selec-Terrain Dial allows you to select the desired terrain setting from Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rock modes. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk comes with an exclusive Rock Mode, for unparalleled control and capability on the toughest obstacles. For even greater off-road performance, Selec-Terrain is present which includes Selec-Speed Control, exclusively for Trailhawk variant, along with Hill Descent Control.

How much is the SUVs water wading capability?

Jeep takes a battle head-on with the big players but cannot excel in every field every time. Water wading capability of the Jeep Compass is negligent when compared with big shots, for reference - even Ford Ecosport has 500 mm of water wading capacity. 

Model

Jeep Compass Trailhawk 

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Water Wading Capacity

465 mm

650 mm

700 mm

N/A

Off-roading is an easy task for Jeep but getting thru deep slush water crossings may have your skills tested.

Does the new Trailhawk BS6 engine offer better mileage?

Off-roading SUVs are fuel guzzlers, well this is a myth broken by Jeep compass. Powered by a Fiat-sourced diesel engine Jeep utilizes all the power in an efficient manner returning an impressive 16 kmpl. 

Model 

Jeep Compass Trailhawk 

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Mileage (ARAI)

16.3 kmpl

14.7 kmpl

11.5 kmpl

12.5 kmpl

Tank Capacity

60 liters

80 liters

80 liters

70 liters

Range

970 kms

1170 kms

920 kms

870 kms

These figures might not be something great for some, but considering the off-road capabilities Jeep shines in the segment.

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Interior Details

Technically there is no difference in the interiors of a regular Jeep Compass and Compass Trailhawk. But as soon as you open the doors of Trailhawk you will find red trim accents in the interior which go along the theme of the red-black paint job as outside. The quality of materials used inside is top-notch and everything feels soft and premium to touch. 

How is the seating and Comfort inside?

Get into the driver’s seat and you will immediately feel the roominess of the cabin, with a wide front view. Seats are wide and deep which helps you accommodate in your desired comfortable position. Black leatherette seats stitched with red contrast thread gives an overall aesthetic appeal to the interior and color theme.

all-rows seating of 2020 jeep compass trailhawk

 Rear seats are comfortable for three adults but planning a long road trip with the same, might become tiresome. The panoramic sunroof gives the cabin an overall increase of roominess with enhanced cabin feels.

Is the boot capacity offered good enough?

438 litres of boot capacity inside jeep compass trailhawk

Jeep Compass Trailhawk is a crucial choice in the segment where most buyers would prefer a 7-seater over this one. But, if you have a small family and don’t want to spend 30 odd lakhs in the car, Jeep will be the best bet. Typically a 5-seater Jeep beats the Ford in terms of cargo space which proves that bigger size is not always superior.

Model

Jeep Compass Trailhawk 

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Boot Capacity

438 liters

296 liters

427 liters

N/A

Seating

5

7

7

7

With over 438 liters of boot space, Jeep can carry a lot more thanks to its 60:40 split-folding rear seats. Jeep gives the big players a tough time in this department. 

How responsive is the new Infotainment system?

Jeep Compass Trailhawk will keep you in comfort at all times. The infotainment system is a 7.5-inch touch screen unit that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Positioned ergonomically in the center of the dashboard the screen is easy to use and is within reach. Voice commands give the user a benefit over traditional touch inputs while driving, it lets the user keep the focus on road. 

Jeep Compass trailhawk 8.2-inch UConnect infotainment

While driving, you can also listen to directions via the in-built navigation app, or your music via USB Port, Audio Jack, and Bluetooth. So now you can get things done in an instant using both voice and touch.

Infotainment Features

  • 7.5-inch touch screen unit
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Navigation 
  • AUX, Bluetooth, and USB
  • 8 speaker system

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Exterior

Jeep Compass Trailhawk is a bold car that flaunts its sculpted curves and creases which makes it a dignified car. The signature black Hood decal and the front fascia makes the Trailhawk instantly recognizable on the roads. 

Red colour Jeep Compass Trailhawk with signature black grille


The front and rear bumpers have been shaved off to improve its off-roading abilities, which helps it explore the deeper unknown. The Jeep now sits much higher with an increased ground clearance of 27mm. The underbody has been reinforced with high strength steel plates to cover the fragile components.

Model

Jeep Compass Trailhawk 

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Length

4398 mm

4795 mm

4903 mm

4850 mm

Width

1818 mm

1855 mm

1869 mm

1960 mm

Height

1657 mm

1835 mm

1837 mm

1845 mm

Wheelbase

2636 mm

2745 mm

2850 mm

2865 mm

Ground clearance

210 mm

220 mm

225 mm

244 mm

Dimensionally, the Trailhawk is not as commanding as its competition but that’s what gives it an edge over the others. The compact structure makes it more maneuverable in demanding terrains without compromising on looks or proportions. The shorter wheelbase of 263 mm gives it impressive deep dive abilities.

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Safety and Reliability

Jeep has equipped the Compass Trailhawk with all the life-saving safety features to keep you trouble and worry-free during your off-roading adventures. It gets a lot of notable features, of which the Hill Start Assist and Electronic Parking brake stand out to help in varying terrains. 

6-dual-stage airbags in Jeep Compass Trailhawk SUV

The various features offered are listed below.

Safety Features

  • 6-Dual Stage Airbags

  • Electronic Parking Brake

  • Hill Start Assist

  • Electronic Stability Control

  • Rear View Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Competition Check

Jeep Compass Trailhawk vs Toyota Fortuner

Grey colour Toyota Fortuner on hill

Toyota Fortuner is a very able off-roader that has a well-built body that can take a beating. Foolproof engineering from Toyota makes it a tension-free car. But Fortuners are known for its punishing body roll. Except for the front row seats, the rest are not so occupant friendly. Jeep Compass Trailhawk on the other hand, gives us a more polished and well-rounded experience, both on and off-road. The shorter wheelbase and rigid body make it a much better handler than the Fortuner. You are treated with a more powerful and robust engine, better fuel economy and a more premium interior for Rs. 6.8 lakhs less! The Compass is better of the two, hands down. 

Jeep Compass Trailhawk vs Ford Endeavour

Ford Endeavour standing still in desert land

Ford Endeavour is a huge car, to say the least. The sheer proportions make the Jeep look like a much smaller car. But its not only about the looks, as it has got the power to complement its muscle. The robust and powerful engine never feels a lack of power. It has a better-built interior which is coupled with comfortable seats. It loses out on fuel economy but that is expected of a car that delivers close to 200 bhp. If you are willing to shell out an extra Rs 6.9 lakhs(yes, we know that it's a lot!), then you are treated with a much more powerful and dominant machine that will be well worth each extra rupee.

Final Verdict

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is a very intimidating package. It combines power, handling, and features to provide a well-rounded package. In fact, it slots bang in between its competition. If money is a constraint, then the Trailhawk is a wonderful machine that is worth every rupee but if you are willing to shell out a few extra lakhs then the Ford Endeavour will give you an enlarged experience, literally as well, in all aspects.

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