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Day 358 | a day in the life of an average guy. Here's my honest review of the 2018 Jeep Compass Limited.
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2018 Compass Trailhawk: The rugged Trailhawk packs 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, Active Drive Low four-wheel drive system with 20:1 crawl ratio, Selec-Terrain traction control system, off-road suspension, hill descent control, skid plates, black hood decal, and Ruby Red tow hooks. Available on the Latitude trim, the Popular Equipment group adds lots of features including an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start ignition, dual-zone climate control, Uconnect 4 with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, a 7.0-inch instrument panel driver’s display, and a 115-volt power outlet. Performance and Fuel Economy Powering all Compass models is a 180-hp, 175-lb-ft of torque 2.4-liter I-4 engine that delivers an EPA-rated 23/32 mpg city/highway with the standard six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive and 22/31 with all-wheel drive. When backed by the six-speed automatic (only available in front-wheel drive) the Compass is rated at 23/31 mpg. The nine-speed automatic can only be paired with all-wheel drive and delivers 22/30 mpg. In Motor Trend testing, the all-wheel-drive Compass Limited hit 60 mph in a slow 10.5 seconds and hit the quarter-mile in 17.8 seconds at 76.1 mph. Safety The 2018 Jeep Compass received a four-star overall safety rating out of five stars from the NHTSA. The 2018 Jeep Compass is considered a 2017 Top Safety Pick for receiving the highest rating of Good in all crash tests and the highest rating of Superior for the front crash prevention test by avoiding both a 12- and 25-mph frontal collision thanks to the automatic emergency braking feature found in the Advanced Safety and Lighting group. That feature group also consists of forward collision warning, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic high beams, and HID headlights. The Safety and Security group includes blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensitive wipers. Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room) The 2018 Jeep Compass offers 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 59.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The Nissan Rogue Sport has between 19.9 and 22.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats and between 53.3 and 61.1 cubic feet with the rear seats down. Legroom for the Compass is 41.8 inches for the front seats and 38.3 for the rear seats. Technology The Compass comes standard with the Uconnect 3 infotainment system displayed on a 5.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and media hub that consists of two USB ports and an auxiliary port. The Uconnect 4 system can be displayed on either a 7.0-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen and adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (SiriusXM satellite radio is optional on the 7.0-inch display and standard on the 8.4-inch display). The Uconnect 4C system (8.4-inch touchscreen) features a navigation system and adds SiriusXM Traffic Plus, Travel Link, and Guardian (remote start/stop, honk the horn, turn off the lights, and lock/unlock doors). The standard six-speaker audio system can be upgraded to a nine-speaker Beats audio system. What We Think In a three-way comparison that included the Compass Trailhawk, Rogue Sport AWD, and Subaru Crosstrek, the Compass finished in second place. The Compass’ acceleration was the slowest (9.4 seconds to 60 mph) and fuel economy was also the lowest of the three. The engine revs slowly and is loud and the nine-speed automatic transmission shifts slow but it smoother than in other earlier Jeep models. On the road, “The steering wheel loads up nicely through corners, and the off-road-oriented tires start to squeal far before the Jeep is ever at risk of losing grip. The Compass Trailhawk’s ride is also particularly noteworthy—it eats up harsh pavement and potholes without transmitting any of the impacts into the cabin.” We didn’t care for the interior’s cheap components and seats that lacked lateral support. Off-road capability was very impressive: “Even in its default Auto mode, the Compass stomps through the off-road obstacles. Placed in Snow or Sand mode, the Jeep exhibits seemingly endless traction.” “If all-wheel-drive capability is your priority, the Trailhawk might seem to be the best option. However, our winner [the Subaru Crosstrek] proved to be just as capable off the beaten path while even better to drive on pavement,” we concluded. In 2018 Motor Trend SUV of the Year testing, the Compass Trailhawk and Limited 4×4 did not make the finalist cut due to the lack of power and the slow-shifting transmission. However, we did like the crossover’s new styling, value, and off-road capability. FULL REVIEW http://www.motortrend.com/cars/jeep/compass/2018/ "SUBSCRIBE NOW"
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2018 Jeep Compass
Autocar’s Car of the Year joins the fleet; will familiarity lessen or broaden its appeal?
Memories come flooding back. This doesn’t feel like déjà vu…. I’ve actually been here before! That overriding feeling of solidity, that battle tank-like build, the feeling of near invincibility. And I’ve only just driven out of the gate.
Just 800m down the road, it has me going ‘wow’ again with its King Kong-like swagger. Frequented by overloaded trucks that bomb up and down the road all day, our shortcut to the highway is full of massive craters and XXL-sized sinkholes. Other cars crawl or tippy-toe around the broken patches, but I find that if I just lift off the throttle and ‘unload’ the suspension, the Compass just sails over everything. The tough-as-nails suspension pummels everything into submission, as the Mercedes-style Frequency Selective Damping makes the shocks go supple. Yes, there is some mild pitter-patter and some of the holes in the road thump through, but the manner in which the Jeep ‘muscles’ over everything is just special. Boy, does this car deliver a strong first impression? And it doesn’t just deliver it – you’re slam-dunked, totally immersed. I can’t wait to take on some of our not-so-nicely-paved coastal roads in this car. What a long-distance tourer this six-speed, four- wheel-drive Jeep is going to make. The Raan of Kutch, Himalaya passes, the Far East . . . yeah, those too.
Our long-termer is also exceedingly comfortable. The Compass may be built on Fiat’s Small Wide 4X4 platform, but the driving position is anything but Latin. While the Italians prefer a driving position akin to a water skier, with arms outstretched and legs bent, the Jeep’s Yankee-spec seat is more Harley than Hayabusa; like sitting on a sofa, arms relaxed. And though the sumptuous white leather seats may be a touch impractical, I just love that they offer so much support to my thighs and shoulders. That feeling of being hewn from a single block of metal carries on inside as well. The dash feels tough enough to dance on, the doors shut with a solid ‘thunk’ and even the door locks ‘clack’ shut like pieces of military hardware. And then there are those incredibly thick A- and B-pillars that also deliver a massive sense of security; American cars have to pass strict rollover crash tests, where the roof and pillars have to take a lot of punishment. The all-metal cue-ball-topped gear knob too feels fantastic to hold, especially when it’s cooled by the air con vents.
Since we’ve got the car, I’ve done quite a lot of commuting in traffic; plenty of stop/start stop/start. And it’s here that the Jeep needs some getting used to. The clutch’s bite point is bit sharp, the action is snappy and once the 2.0 Multijet diesel is past 2,000rpm, throttle responses are so aggressive that driving it smoothly in traffic needs a bit of attention. The diesel engine is also quite loud under load. It has a nice growl at low and medium speeds, and there’s no strain or boom except near 5,000rpm, but this certainly isn’t one of those diesels that have passengers guessing what fuel the engine uses. What also bugs the hell out of me is that noisy fan or blower. I like to have the air con really blowing when I get into a hot car, and that means it feels like there’s a hurricane in the cabin for the first 10 minutes of my drive. Apart from being noisy, this also makes talking on the phone over the Bluetooth a real challenge. It’s a difficult choice – drop the fan speed and feel hot or shout over the din. Not nice.
Niggles apart, what we expect to discover over the coming months is just how much the Compass continues to impress us. Will small issues become big irritants? Will we discover new areas where the Jeep isn’t quite up to class standards? Or will the fundamental strengths of our Car of the Year carry it upwards and onwards? One thing’s for sure, we’ll put the Compass right under the microscope.
Distance covered 15,813km
Price when new Rs 21.91 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Test economy 16.3kpl (overall, as tested)