Don’t be afraid to set your own course with the new Jeep Compass. With its unrivalled 4x4 core and advanced fuel efficiency you’ll have the confidence and control, whether on the street or the trail, to tackle any obstacle with ease.
It comes as no surprise that the Compass has recently been awarded 5 stars in the 2017 EURO NCAP Safety Test with more than 70 available safety and security features. With 6 standard airbags, multiple active and passive safety features the newest model to the Jeep family delivers exceptional performance and a safe, secure driving experience.
With a seven-slot grille that wraps dynamically around the entire length of the vehicle the Compass exudes the iconic Jeep identity from the beginning.
The contrasting, sloping roofline with muscular arches creates a stunning, upscale profile. Blending athletic styling perfectly with sweeping curves, giving a sophisticated feel to the compact SUV.
Get ready to start your drive in comfort with sculpted, form fitting seats, made from the highest quality materials, adding a feel good factor to every journey, long or short.
Stay in control with the Compass’s steering wheel mounted controls, giving you access to all your on-the-road music, phone call and cruise control necessities. The thoughtfully designed driver cockpit also includes a 7-inch full-colour instrument cluster (on Limited and Trailhawk versions) giving you access to a host of in-car technology.
The Compass really has everything you could possibly want out of a vehicle and more. With an 8.4-inch Ucconect system giving you access to Bluetooth and Navigation.
You can also stay connected with your Smartphone with Apple CarPlay giving iPhone users access to Apple maps, messages, phone and Apple music through Siri voice control. Or if you’re an Android user you can easily and safely access Google maps and Google play through Android auto.
Advanced, fuel efficient powertrain options make the Compass the most capable, compact SUV. There are two petrol and four diesel engine / transmission combinations to choose between depending on your driving needs.
For twenty-four seven torque management and optimal traction the new Compass has two innovative driveline systems offering best-in-class 4x4 capability; Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low, which can automatically switch between 4x2 and 4x4 like a dream.
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The new Compass is far removed from its predecessor and completes the Jeep range, neatly slotting in between the Renegade and the Cherokee. It also marks the first time that Jeep has entered the compact SUV segment – the biggest SUV segment in Europe.
Together with the all-new looks and stretched Renegade underpinnings, the Compass benefits from plenty of tech, spanning advanced safety systems to the latest Uconnect systems, including the sizeable top-spec 8.4-inch touchscreen version.
Notably, in addition to the range’s four-wheel drive models, there’s also a more extreme, off-road focused version in the shape of the Trailhawk.
The Compass utilises a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine with with 118bhp and a useful 320Nm of torque. Acceleration to 60mph takes 10.8 seconds, while flat-out the Compass will achieve 115mph. Economy figures aren't bad, with Jeep claiming 64.2mpg on the combined cycle with emissions of 117g/km. In this case, power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed manual - though an automatic is available too.
It’s no race car, but as an SUV the Compass’s driving dynamics are in line with much of the competition.
The steering isn’t the most direct, but it feels taught and surefooted, Jeep’s work on the fully independent suspension and the use of its unique frequency damping front and rear strut system clearly paying off. While its engines can sound a little strained when pushed, the ride feels quite refined.
Off-road, the Compass is much stronger. Even the front-wheel drive version is a dab hand at negotiating rutted and rocky tracks, but the choice of two four-wheel drive systems – Active Drive and Active Drive Low – take the Compass literally to a higher level.
Of all the models, it’s the specialised Trailhawk that is most capable. With such features as an exclusive ‘Rock’ mode included in its Jeep Selec-Terrain system, a ride height that’s 2.5 cm higher than the ‘normal’ Compass and ground clearance of 216 mm, it’s quite an eye-opener as to what it can tackle.
It’s a Jeep, no mistake about that. If it was all soft lines and flowing curves, then it just wouldn’t be one, but the designers have smoothed off the brand’s traditionally boxy design to give the Compass the contemporary look that’s the hot ticket with compact SUV buyers.
Contrasting with the trademark Jeep touches like the seven-slot grille and squared-off wheelarches, there are the modern and popular SUV additions of a sloping roofline and different coloured roof.
Jeep’s pushing for a premium feel with the Compass and inside it’s tried to reflect this with new materials and technical details. It’s a comfortable place to be with the big centre console helping to create a bit of a cockpit feel for the driver and the cabin’s colours not being unattractive. Some of the plastics could be better, though.
It feels quite well screwed together and as for having the right image it’s an absolute winner – quite simply, there’s no other compact SUV that’s got a pedigree like it.
As a family car that’s a tad out of the ordinary, the Compass stacks up pretty well.
Although it’s wearing the ‘compact’ tag, its interior feels spacious with decent levels of legroom, headroom and luggage space. Notably, there’s a good number of storage solutions, including a multi-level rear cargo floor and, for added convenience, the availability of a powered tailgate.
As well as space, most families want to see a good level of protection and, according to Jeep, the Compass delivers with an eye-popping 70 safety features. There’s the usual myriad of airbags and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system, but what stands out is that the entire Compass range gets the accident-avoiding Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus systems as standard. The availability of such goodies as Adaptive Cruise Control and automated parking means its surprisingly comprehensive specification is bang-up-to-date too.
It’s also easy to get comfortable. There’s no issues with the driving position and the seat and steering wheel offer plenty of adjustment.
With prices starting at under £24,000, the Compass represents good value-for-money. Even base-spec 'Sport' grade cars benefit from a five-inch colour touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system. You also get air conditioning, a suite of airbags and body colour bumpers to help lift the exterior of the car.
Compact SUV buyers who want a true ‘SUV’ that fits with their active lifestyle. It will also appeal to those who want something different to the norm and, from a practical point of view, to those who want versatility and safety as well as individuality. The Trailhawk’s also a worthy option for anyone who’s serious about straying from the beaten track, turning in an off-road performance that’s unheard of in the sector.
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Jeep® Horizon PCP Terms & Conditions:
*Offer available on Compass range ordered between 01/01/19 and 31/03/19 and registered by 30/06/19. 37 month term. Minimum 30% customer deposit required. Jeep Deposit Contribution only available in conjunction with Jeep Horizon PCP. With Jeep Horizon PCP, you may return the vehicle instead of making the final payment. It must be in good condition and if you exceed the agreed annual mileage, you will be charged up to 9p per mile for exceeding 15,000 miles p.a. in these examples. Subject to status. Guarantees may be required. T&Cs apply. At participating Retailers only. Jeep® Financial Services, SL1 0RW.