JEEP

JEEP COMPASS SW SPECIAL EDITIONS 1.6 Multijet 120 Night Eagle 5dr [2WD]

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2157 g/km

WHAT'S THE POINT?

Can Jeep's new generation Compass successfully show the brand's softer side? June Neary checks it out..

Will It Suit Me?

Ask any Jeep dealer and he'll tell you that his wares aren't made for hairy woodsmen from the back of beyond with mud splattered boots and a squirrel for a hat. He'd be limiting his market somewhat if he didn't. He'd be right too. Most modern Jeeps are as civilised as the next SUV vehicle but they do have a certain rough 'n' ready image which is handy to an extent but can put some people off. If you still imagine the average Jeep owner prowling the forest with a shotgun looking for his tea or playing the banjo on his front porch, it's about time you modernised that view. This second generation Jeep Compass could be the car to help you do it. Jeep enthusiasts were less than keen on the Compass when it was first launched back in 2007. At the time, it was the 'softest' Jeep the brand had made and they were concerned it might dilute the marque's illustrious off-roading heritage. What it did do is open up the prospect of Jeep ownership to a group of buyers who may not have considered one before - the kind of mainstream clientele who had driven the boom in compact Crossover sales. This much more competitive second generation Compass model continues that good work, more effectively ticking all the basic mid-sized SUV boxes - a high driving position, chunky looks, decent practicality and a lack of really heavy duty off-road underpinnings which should lead to decent performance on the tarmac. I thought I'd check it out.

Practicalities

From straight ahead, you'd instantly pick the Compass out as a Jeep product: the characteristic grille and lights are highly recognisable. Move round to the rear three-quarter view and things aren't so cut and dried, the tapered C-pillar looking pretty generic. Nevertheless it's a smart piece of styling, albeit one that could use some bigger wheels. What's quite remarkable about the Compass is how small it is when you get up close. Despite the beefy styling cues, it's not a lot bigger than a Ford Focus, though of course it rides a little higher. That makes is a surprisingly manageable proposition and will appeal to buyers daunted by the prospect of driving a large SUV around town. The Compass is still a Jeep, albeit a more road-biased one, and it can still do better than most mid-sized SUVs off-road. The approach and departure angles (ie the car's ability to climb onto and descend off steep inclines) are also a good deal more aggressive - in the time-honoured Jeep tradition. The rear seat is intended to be able to properly seat three adults but thanks to a high centre transmission tunnel which restricts middle occupant space, that'll only be for short journeys. Three kids will be quite happy though and a couple of adults will be able to relax in some comfort, thanks to decent head, leg and shoulder room and the way that the backrest reclines by 12-degrees. Behind, there's 438-litres of luggage capacity in a thoughtfully designed boot area.

Behind the Wheel

If you're after one of those compact SUVs that drive just like the sportiest family hatchback, then I need to say right up front that this isn't one of those. But if you haven't driven anything from this class of car for some time, you might be surprised by just how little adjustment will be required if you're switching over into one from something Focus or Astra-sized. You'll like the high-set driving position, the good all-round visibility and the way that the gear lever falls naturally to hand. As for the mechanicals, well 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.

Value For Money

Prices start at around £23,000 - so a bit more than a Nssan Qashqai but significantly less than, say, a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. 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.

Could I Live With One?

I think there's a lot to be said for an all-American Jeep that's affordable and a little softer around the edges. The Compass might not be the last word in sophistication but it's a tough customer that's also reasonably amiable on the road. If you're still of the opinion that Jeep only caters for he-man off-road drivers and well-heeled buyers seeking big luxury SUVs, the Compass can set you straight.

  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Rear window wash/wipe
  • Rear window defroster
  • Solar control glass
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers

  • Advanced brake assist
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Traction control

  • Cargo compartment organiser
  • Cargo compartment carpet
  • Cargo compartment cover

  • Electronic roll mitigation
  • European suspension

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • U-Connect hands free phone

  • Forward collision warning plus with mitigation
  • Active speed limiting device
  • Electric power steering
  • Rear view camera
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Parksense rear park assist system

  • Start/stop system

  • Instrument cluster- 3.5" Monochrome TFT Display
  • Temperature and compass gauge
  • Media centre electronic storage
  • Instrument panel
  • Vehicle information centre

  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Aspheric door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Door mirrors with indicators

  • Front and rear air vents

  • Battery run - down protection

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

  • Front tow eye
  • Gloss black badges
  • Diversity antenna
  • Lower body cladding - black
  • Black window sourround
  • Removable short mast antenna
  • Black grille
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Black roof rails
  • Rear skid plate
  • Chrome side mouldings

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Automatic headlights
  • Gloss black fog lamp bezels
  • Daytime running lamp system
  • Headlamp off time delay
  • Halogen reflector headlamps
  • Front fog lights with cornering function
  • LED rear lights

  • Rear air conditioning and heater vents
  • Dual zone climate control

  • Passenger assist handles
  • 12V power outlets
  • Coat hooks
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Overhead console
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Luggage cover
  • 12V power point in luggage area
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Cargo tie down loops
  • Centre console with sliding armrest
  • Satin chrome gear knob
  • Full length centre console
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • 230V socket
  • Front sliding armrest with storage compartment
  • Illuminated front cupholders

  • Advanced multicolour ambient light and LED interior light
  • Illuminated door entry system
  • Cargo area lights
  • Front map lights
  • Front map reading lights

  • Winter pack - Compass 9Z8
  • Technology pack - Compass

  • Passive pedestrian protection
  • Dual note electric horns
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Child safety locks on rear door (including tailgate)
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Driver / front passenger multi stage airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring display
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts

  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • Front bucket seats
  • Electronic seatbelt pretensioners
  • Driver's electric lumbar adjustment
  • Driver seat height adjustment
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Child seat anchorage points
  • Front head restraints
  • Height adjustable rear headrests
  • Centre rear 3 point seat belt
  • Front passenger seatbelt alert
  • Front seats back map pockets

  • Capless fuel filler
  • Occupant detection system
  • Keyless entry and keyless start
  • Premium security alarm
  • Speed sensitive power door locks
  • Remote locking fuel filler flap
  • Immobiliser

  • Trailer sway damping

  • Driver sunvisor with illuminated mirror

  • CO2 (g/km): 130
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.051
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 157

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 79.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 80.5
  • CC: 1598
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 44.8
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 68.9
  • EC Combined (mpg): 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 82533
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 64
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 59
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 120
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Night Eagle
  • Coin Description: Multijet
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 7

  • Engine Power - BHP: 120
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11
  • Top Speed: 115
  • Engine Power - KW: 88
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 236
  • Engine Torque - NM: 320
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2033
  • Height: 1624
  • Height (including roof rails): 1629
  • Wheelbase: 2636
  • Length: 4394
  • Width: 1874

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1505
  • Max. Roof Load: 68
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1267
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 450
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 714
  • No. of Seats: 5

  • Pearlescent paint: £0
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £0
  • Body colour steel roof: Included
  • Bicolour paint with black roof: £400
  • Additional Bicolour paint with black roof: £400

  • Trailer tow pack - Compass: £650

  • Metallic - Brilliant black: £0
  • Metallic - Hydro blue: £0
  • Metallic - Minimal grey: £0
  • Metallic - Magnesio grey: £0

  • Pearl - Vocal white: £0

  • Solid - Colorado red: £0

  • Additional Bicolour - Minimal grey with black roof: £400
  • Additional Bicolour - Hydro blue with black roof: £400
  • Additional Bicolour - Magnesio grey with black roof: £400
  • Additional Bicolour - Vocal white with black roof: £400
  • Bicolour - Colorado red with black roof: £400

  • Premium cloth - Black: £0

  • 19" black aluminium wheels: £700
  • 18" Black Alloy Wheels: Included

  • Full size spare wheel: £150
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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