Driving Dynamics – Jeep has fine-tuned the suspension of the Compass Trailhawk and it evidently offers a better ride than the regular Compass. The suspension feels so more pliant now and the ride feels plush. The Trailhawk takes bad roads in its stride and never fumes or complains. The steering response has also improved with it being more communicative and eager to respond. The Compass feels planted over most type of roads but starts understeering when you push it around the corners. The brakes suit the car and offer impressive stopping power.
Off-Road – The Jeep Compass Trailhawk comes with Jeep Active Drive which includes modes like Auto, Sand, Snow, Mud and Rocks. It also gets a 4 Low mode and has a crawl ratio of 20:1. We put the car through its paces in some challenging off-road conditions and it shined over each of the obstacles. The way with which the SUV tackled everything was quite impressive and it barely scraped its underbelly anywhere except a couple of instances where the skid plates got in contact with some rocks. The Trail Rated badging isn’t just a farce, it fits the car really well. With the new bumpers and the increased ground clearance, the Trailhawk has an approach angle of 26.5-degrees, departure angle of 31.6-degrees and breakover angle of 21.2-degrees. The standard Compass has a snorkel height of 720 mm while the Trailhawk’s figure stands at 840 mm. The rear tow hook is super useful, it can pull upto 1.5x the gross weight of the vehicle.