Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 7.0" TFT Display premium cluster
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Blind spot and cross path detection
  • Cruise control
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electric power steering
  • Forward collision warning plus with mitigation
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit
  • Rear view camera
  • U-Connect hands free phone

Entertainment

  • 9 speakers
  • Beats audio system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Uconnect media centre with 8.4" touch screen, nav system, USB, DAB, 9 amplified speakers with subwoofer and integrated voice command with bluetooth
  • USB socket

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Auto dimming door mirrors
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Chrome fog light surround
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Chrome side mouldings
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Front fog lamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights with LED signature
  • LED rear lights
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear window wash/wipe
  • Silver roof rails
  • Windscreen wiper de-icer

Interior Features

  • 12V power outlets
  • 12V power point in luggage area
  • 230V socket
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 8 way electric adjust front seats + driver memory
  • Advanced multicolour ambient light and LED interior light
  • All weather floormats
  • Boot mat
  • Cargo area lights
  • Child seat anchorage points
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support
  • Driver seat height adjust
  • Driver sunvisor with illuminated mirror
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Electronic seatbelt pretensioners
  • Fold flat passenger seat
  • Front bucket seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Front map lights
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Front sliding armrest with storage compartment
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height adjustable rear headrests
  • Illuminated door entry system
  • Illuminated front cupholders
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Luggage cover
  • Scuff plates on door sills
  • Silver gearknob
  • Storage under passenger seat cushion
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Child safety locks on rear door (inc. tailgate)
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Driver / front passenger multi stage airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side/curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Traction control
  • Trailer stability assist
  • Tyre pressure monitoring display

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and keyless start
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • Speed sensitive power door locks

Emissions

CO

0.197

CO2 (g/km)

138

HC

NOx

0.066

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1956

Compression Ratio

16.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

83

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

90.4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

54.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

60.1

EC Urban (mpg)

46.3

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

140

Based On ID

Coin Description

Multijet

Coin Series

Limited

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

20E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

7

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

2

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

90

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

83

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

64

NCAP Safety Assist %

59

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

Service Interval Mileage

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

10.1

Engine Power - BHP

140

Engine Power - KW

103

Engine Power - RPM

3750

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

258

Engine Torque - MKG

36

Engine Torque - NM

350

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

190

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1638

Height (including roof rails)

1644

Length

4394

Wheelbase

2636

Width

1874

Width (including mirrors)

2033

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

60

Gross Vehicle Weight

2207

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1267

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

714

Max. Loading Weight

592

Max. Roof Load

68

Minimum Kerbweight

1615

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.1

On The Road

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Summary

You get the impression that customers in the mid-sized SUV market want Jeep to succeed. They may not have bought its cars in the recent past, but they'd like to have been able to credibly consider them. Now, they can once more. This Compass may not be the most sophisticated affordable model of this kind you can buy, but unlike its predecessors, it's now a tough and tempting way to buy into this macho marque. It may not meet the purist perception of a 'real Jeep', but it's the peoples' idea of one. A car you purchase picturing yourself at a beach barbeque, tailgate open, its speakers hinged downwards blasting the Blues towards the crashing waves. If it cost RAV4 or Freelander money, you still might think twice - but it doesn't, competing instead with Far Eastern budget brand rivals that still lack credibility in this sector. Credibility of course, is something the Jeep name has never lacked. Good to see it then, with products now worthy of that famous badge.

Background

Jeep has a heritage going all the way back to 1941, but models capable of competing in volume areas of the SUV sector have only arrived in fairly recent years, cars like this much improved Compass. Previously, the brand tried to campaign in the mid-sized part of this segment with its Cherokee range, but that model's now been pushed up-market a little to compete with slightly more serious volume-band mid-sized SUVs like upper versions of Toyota's RAV4 and Honda's CR-V. In the past, Jeep has compromised on-tarmac prowess in pursuit of rock-hopping credibility. No longer. This Compass will still go further in the muck than most of its Qashqai-class rivals but the idea now is that you shouldn't be constantly reminded of the fact on the school run. Just as importantly, this model's smarter 'mini-Grand Cherokee' looks will need to be more than skin-deep, blended with a value proposition strong enough to lift this Compass clear of other class competitors. If Jeep has pulled all of this off in this car, then its prospects may yet look bright.

Driving Experience

The Compass line-up is based around a Multijet diesel engine range. There's a 120bhp 1.6-litre unit and a 2.0-litre powerplant available in either 140 or 170bhp guises. There's also a 1.4-litre petrol unit with 140 or 170bhp. Four wheel drive is only available on the 170bhp petrol model or the 2.0-litre diesel. The 170bhp 2.0-litre diesel comes with a 9-speed auto gearbox, boasts a lusty 380Nm of pulling power and will be the primary choice of towers. This Compass model shares its underpinnings with Jeep's Cherokee, so you'd expect even mainstream variants to be more capable than the average family Crossover if you ever take to the wilds. Four-wheel drive models get rear-axle disconnect, which improves efficiency by switching to two-wheel drive when all-wheel drive isn't required. In the unlikely event that you're likely to be off roading frequently, you might be interested in the flagship Compass Trailhawk variant, which uses the top 170bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine and features extra body cladding, higher ground clearance, a low-range gearbox and steeper approach angles. This derivative features the 'Jeep Active Drive II' chassis that gets a two speed power transfer unit, which includes torque management and low range gears to lock the front and rear drive shafts for low speed grunt.

Design and Build

The exterior looks of this Compass model are less daring than is the case with the brand's smaller Renegade SUV. Trademark Jeep elements include the large, seven-slot front grille and the trapezoidal wheel arches and the contrast colour roof is a smart touch. The sharp LED headlights look good too. Inside, the fascia features plenty of soft-touch plastics but the overall design isn't as characerful as is the case with rivals like Peugeot's 3008. A few touches of black gloss plastic lift the ambience and the seats look smart and feel supportive. As with most new Fiat Group models, in the centre of the dash of this one, you'll find a 'Uconnect' infotainment screen, available in either 5, 7 or 8.4-inch sizes, depending on the model you select. This monitor controls the navigation, entertainment and other in-cabin heating systems: we'd prefer if the ventilation controls had remained with old-fashioned knobs. It's not always very intuitive to be stabbing away at a touchscreen. At the back, shoulder room and legroom are both good, but if you get a version fitted with the panoramic sunroof, adult headroom is restricted. The 438-litre boot is roomy too - a fraction larger than a rival Qashqai's. It's annoying though, that you can't flatten to the rear bench without coming round to the side doors.

Market and Model

Jeep is slotting this Compass in between its Renegade and Cherokee models. Pricing is in the £23,000 to £36,000 bracket and there are three trim levels, 'Sport', 'Longitude' and 'Limited', plus a further off road-orientated 'Trailhawk' variant at the top of the range. Standard equipment across the range includes air conditioning, a 'Uconnect' touchcreen infotainment system with a DAB audio set-up and Bluetooth, alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitoring, and remote central locking. Plusher models add larger aluminium wheels, roof rails, body coloured door mirrors and handles, cruise control and front fog lamps, plus a larger 8.4-inch screen with sat nav for the 'Uconnect' infotainment set-up. On to safety. All models get the expected things - Isofix childseat fastenings, tyre pressure monitoring, an energy-absorbing steering column, hill start assist to stop you from drifting backwards on uphill junctions and twin front, side and curtain airbags. To try and make sure those 'bags won't be needed, there's plenty of electronic assistance. ESC stability control and Electronic Roll Mitigation of course, plus 'All speed traction control' and a 'Brake Traction Control System' to offer extra grip on start-off or through the bends. The ABS braking system features 'Panic brake assist' and 'Ready Alert Braking' to quicken emergency stops. There's a 'DST' 'Driving Steering Torque' system to counter scary oversteer on low-grip surfaces. And 'Trailer Sway Control' will come in useful too if you'll be fitting a towbar and doing some towing.

Cost of Ownership

Jeep has worked hard to improve the efficiency of this Compass model. As well as improving the efficiency over its brick-like forebear, the nine-speed transmission in top variants offers a contribution to lowering frictional losses. With fewer open shift elements in the gearbox, drag losses due to multiple parts rotating relative to one another are reduced, improving fuel efficiency. The MultiJet common rail injection system's engine management, also optimises economy, introducing tiny quantities of fuel with the main injection cycle. The 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine also incorporates ""Stop/Start"" technology that improves fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions. Drivers can deactivate this via a button on the dashboard and an icon displays in the instrument panel to indicate the Stop/Start status. The rear axle disconnect feature on 4x4 variants further helps to improve fuel efficiency. So to the figures. The volume 138bhp 4WD variant manages 49.6mpg on the combined cycle and 148g/km of CO2. Of course, the ultimate figures you achieve will depend very much on how you drive, something you can monitor and improve if you've downloaded the infotainment system's 'Uconnect LIVE' app onto your smartphone. This gives you an 'eco:Drive' section that enables you to develop your driving style, save fuel and check your car's CO2 emissions in real time. During each trip, 'eco:Drive monitors four driving parameters: acceleration, deceleration, changing gears and speed variation.