Drive – Jeep Compass Sport 2WD Review

10 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Jeep Compass Sport 2WD Review
Jeep Compass

Cameron McGavin

Make Jeep Model Compass Sport 2WD Price $26,500 (man) or $28,500 (auto) Engine Size 2.0-litre four-cylinder. 115kW/190Nm Emissions 175g CO2/km Fuel Consumption 7.6L/100km What’s it got? Four airbags, Stability control, ABS Air-conditioning. Cruise control, Trip computer, CD/DVD/MP3 sound system with auxiliary input 17-inch alloy wheels

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We#8217;re not sure whether Jeep#8217;s gawky faced Compass muttered #8220;I#8217;ll be back#8221; as it departed the local compact SUV scene in 2010.

But Jeep, spurred on by the success of its impressive new Grand Cherokee, is having another go with Compass 2012, the sequel.

It#8217;s by no means a massive departure from its predecessor but the American brand has given it a look that mimics the Grand Cherokee, as well as plenty of other refinements.


Price and equipment

The big news here is the new entry-level Sport 2WD model, which drops the price of Compass admission to $26,500 plus on-road costs, or $2000 more if you want the continuously variable (CVT) auto.

Smaller 2.0-litre petrol engine and front-wheel-drive setup aside, the cheapest Compass mirrors the looks and specification of its $28,500 2.4-litre Sport 4WD sibling. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, trip computer, CD/DVD/MP3 sound system and 17-inch alloys.

But there’s no sign of Bluetooth (it costs $450 as part of package that also adds voice control and a USB port) and there are questions over safety. You get front/curtain airbags, stability control and ABS but you’ll need to specify an $800 package that adds side/thorax bags (as well as tyre-pressure monitors and heated seats) to make it truly competitive. And you still won’t get the reversing camera that some rivals offer for similar money.

The Compass has also scored a disappointing two-star rating under stricter new European NCAP criteria. Here, where the ANCAP system has yet to be revised, it rates four stars, which is still behind 2012 expectations.

Under the bonnet

The Sport 2WD is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine rather than the 2.4-litre version in Sport 4WD and Limited 4WD models.

Jeep Compass

Manual versions achieve a 7.6L/100km official economy rating, which isn’t an amazing result for an urban SUV these days. CVT versions are thirstier at 8.2L/100km and we struggled to match that, returning a 9.6L average on our urban/highway test loop.

How it drives

Comfort and practicality

The new Compass maintains the same dash architecture of its predecessor but there are detail changes, including new soft-touch door trims, new lighting and an attractive leather-shod steering wheel.

The cabin ambience, though, lags behind most alternatives. The majority of plastics look cheap, while ill-fitting panels reinforce the scrappy feeling.

There are also functional blemishes, like the lack of steering-reach adjustment and driver’s footrest. The front seats are comfortably cushy but don’t adjust low enough and aren’t especially supportive, and there isn’t a whole lot of storage once you get past the decent-sized centre console bin.

The back seat is roomy and features a reclining backrest but a spongy cushion and lack of centre armrest mean comfort isn’t brilliant, while the cupholders on the transmission tunnel are just asking to be kicked into broken-hood.

The Jeep’s boot, too, is shallow and not really any bigger than your average small hatch. But you get a full-size spare, a handy rechargeable, removable torch and the back seats fold respectably flat, while the flat-folding front passenger seat brings additional versatility.

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