Jeep Compass Review | 2012 Sport Automatic

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Jeep Compass

2012 Jeep Compass Automatic Review


What’s Fresh styling, reasonable

What’s Not: Sub-par gutless engine, side are cost options.

X-Factor: a compact SUV for minimal coin? The has you covered.

Vehicle Style: SUV

Price: $30,500 (plus

Fuel Economy (claimed): 8.6

Fuel Economy (tested): l/100km

Jeep’s latest of the Compass compact SUV now sports new that gives it some of the appeal of its bigger brother, the Cherokee. However it has to make do carry-over mechanicals that do to help its cause.

The interior, is almost entirely shared the Patriot. is not particularly impressive

The 2011 Compass does one significant ace up its sleeve however a retail price that undercuts its rivals.

Quality: The gets the same interior as the updated Patriot, and, to be it’s not quite up to par.

Mismatched panel textures, fitment and a centre console simply flops around, an impression that this is not an that will stand the of time.

Material quality is behind others in segment, to hard, easily-scratched dash

The leather-trimmed steering wheel good to hold and is probably the well-finished item in the entire but that’s no surprise – been pinched from the Grand Cherokee’s parts

Comfort: The floor-mounted rear make it difficult for anyone to get in the centre rear seat, but adequate room for four in the Compass’ cabin.

The manually-adjusted seats have good but a tilt-only steering column and the of adjustable lumbar support conducive to driver comfort.

and legroom is good at both and rear, however the rear squab could do with under-thigh support.

The back seat adjusts for to give passengers some comfort, although it results in a loss of cargo capacity.

The Jeep’s equipment list is sparse, with manual cruise control, trip foglamps, power windows and wing mirrors.

A four-speaker with single-disc CD/DVD/MP3 is the only sound system and Bluetooth phone integration and USB input are cost options.

Back seats up and with the cover in place, the Compass’ measures 328 litres – big enough for a modern pram not much else)

Fold the seats down and a long, floor is created, with a cargo capacity of 1269

Driveability: With only and 220Nm coming from its 2.5 petrol inline four, the is underpowered and lacks pep.

The CVT (a five-speed manual is standard) its best to keep the engine on the but unless there’s more 4000rpm on the tachometer, progress is

Performance is significantly impacted up where the engine is overtasked accelerating the Compass’ 1600kg-odd

We drove the 4WD-equipped model Compasses get a substantially weaker 2.0 engine) which is ok if taken a little way off the beaten track, but need to be wary of the minimal an AWD wagon) ground clearance.

The engine drones at highway (something that’s not helped by the there’s a little wind and, in our test car, trim rattles too.

We noticed a persistent whistle from the windscreen wiper which was irritating during cruising.

Suspension: The Compass has a around-town ride on its standard alloys, absorbing most with ease.

It’s ok on the too, with surface also soaked up by the all-independent (MacPherson Struts at front, at rear).

There’s plenty of body in corners – as you’d of a vehicle this height and some rack-rattle during cornering. Otherwise, the Compass reasonably well and quite

An 11.8 metre turning gives the Compass almost manoeuvrability in carparks as well.

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Braking performance is also and the pedal feel is neither too nor sluggish.

Stopping from speeds however gives the that there’s a lot of weight for the front and 262mm rear to rein in, as though needing assistance from the brake

ANCAP rating: Not rated

features: Standard safety include stability control, control, ABS, EBD and brake Front airbags and full-length airbags are standard across the but curiously side airbags for the seats are a cost option.


Warranty: Three years/100,000km

costs: Servicing intervals are set for 12,000km. For servicing costs, your local Jeep before purchase.

Nissan ST AWD automatic ($34,490) – The has similar power to the Compass and slightly more torque, but it less sluggish around and is a genuinely nice car to drive.

The also has a better-built interior, not to a larger and more practical space. It’s more than the Compass, yes, but is a vastly better product. X-Trail reviews )

Subaru X automatic ($32,990) – entry-level Forester received a new 126kW/235Nm powertrain last but is still saddled with a automatic.

Its interior might be but, like the X-Trail, the cabin quality exceeds of the Compass. (see Forester )

Kia Sportage SLi petrol ($32,790) With a 130kW 2.4 litre engine, the Sportage is the most in this line-up. It has the classiest too, with a build equaling its Japanese competitors.

The Sportage is certainly one of the best in the Compact SUV segment, and well the extra outlay over the (see Sportage reviews )

all prices are Manufacturer’s List and do not include dealer delivery or costs.


the current-gen Grand Cherokee in a new level of comfort, refinement and for Jeep’s largest 4WD (and it into the luxury SUV segment in the the 2012 Compass has failed to do the for Jeep’s compact SUV range.

attractively priced, and quite styled, but when so many of its offer so much more and general driveability for not a lot more it’s hard to recommend the

Have a look if shopping to a budget, but otherwise there are buys out there.

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