The all new Jeep® Compass is a compact and versatile SUV delivering excellent 4×4 capability, world-class driving dynamics and a distinctive, authentic Jeep design.
Substantial and safe looking, the 1.4 MultiAir II 170bhp auto Limited on test held its own against rivals twice its price – and coming in at a starting price of under £30K, – especially when you consider all the features included as standard, a buyer would certainly get a lot of car for the money.
Here in the UK the Compass comes in a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines and Sport, Longitude and range-topping Limited specifications. All are tech rich with a raft of state of the art safety, performance and comfort gadgetry. Highlights include an 8.4-inch high definition touch screen (or 5.0-inch in the lower specs) Uconnect NAV system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus Jeep Skills – an easy-to-use application which provides off-road-specific indexes to you to allow monitor and thus improve your performance on trails.
Spacious throughout, the Compass can ferry even tall and broad occupants with ease, and has a boot large enough to cope with numerous bulky and awkward items. A power tailgate makes loading and unloading quicker and easier too. Visibility is excellent, and the cabin is well insulated from road, wind and engine noise, and generally a very comfortable and pleasant place to be, front or rear, for even long tedious motorway journeys.
Out on the road the fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering combine to deliver superior on-road driving dynamics. The 1.4 MultiAir on test with Stop&Start delivered 170bhp and 250 Nm of torque.
Head off the tarmac and you’ll experience best-in-class off-road capability with two advanced and intelligent full-time 4×4 systems – Jeep Active Drive and the Jeep Active Drive Low, the latter with 20:1 crawl ratio, each of which can send 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel when needed. Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for optimum drive performance on any surface, and in any weather condition.
There are more than 70 available advanced safety and security features too including Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, Automated Parallel and Perpendicular Park assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and six standard air bags. For added protection, Compass boasts a “safety cage” construction with more than 65 percent high-strength steel. All of this has combined to see the all-new Compass awarded the highest five-star Euro NCAP safety rating in 2017.
The all-new Compass comes with over 70 exclusive accessories to enable you to customise your car to your particular tastes and requirements.
Over all, a stylish, ruggedly handsome SUV that really can handle the rough stuff with ease. It’s the ideal choice for those whose occupation or family life demands more than tarmac pootling. The Limited spec is worth opting for. Driving engagement-wise – arguably it could do with more feel through the wheel, however, given it’s a pretty sizeable SUV, it handles pretty well. www.jeep.co.uk