JEEP

JEEP COMPASS SW 1.3 T4 GSE 4xe PHEV Trailhawk 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.3s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

The Compass 4xe sees Jeep at last bring plug-in hybrid tech to compete with established rivals in the mainstream mid-sized SUV segment. This isn't the kind of Jeep you'd have ever pictured yourself owning. But might the Compass 4xe be one you could credibly consider?

COMPASS GETS A FRESH DIRECTION

Jeep's Compass 4xe blends PHEV tech with a famous badge. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Compass 4xe sees Jeep at last bring plug-in hybrid tech to compete with established rivals in the mainstream mid-sized SUV segment. This isn't the kind of Jeep you'd have ever pictured yourself owning. But might the Compass 4xe be one you could credibly consider?

Background

In the last few years, we've had to get increasingly used to the idea of a Jeep you've the option of plug-in. Not one as a total EV (though that can't be far off) but various models featuring the brand's '4xe' plug-in hybrid tech. We first saw it with the little Renegade, following which '4xe' versions of the Wrangler, the Grand Cherokee and, as here, the mid-sized Compass have been launched. The Compass gains the PHEV tech as part of a package of wide-ranging updates made to this 'MP/552'-series model, a car just first launched in 2018. That design couldn't have justified this 4xe variant's quite exalted price point in its original form. But with a smarter look and a much improved interior with considerably enhanced media connectivity, it stands more chance against a tough crop of better established volume brand plug-in hybrid rivals.

Driving Experience

You may have read elsewhere that the Compass 4xe has the same PHEV powertrain as the smaller Renegade 4xe. Well, yes and no. With most plug-in Renegades, the four cylinder 1.3-litre petrol engine this powerplant works with is of the lower-output 130bhp variety, with total output 187bhp. Only the top rarely-chosen Renegade Trailhawk 4xe features this PHEV powerplant mated to that 1.3-litre engine in 178bhp form (total output 237bhp), which is the powerplant combination that features with both Compass 4xe variants. Either way, this set-up features an engine allied to an electric motor on the rear axle, creating a four-wheel drive model with a 6-speed auto gearbox When fully charged, you can expect up to 30 miles of electric-only driving range when the 11.4kWh battery is fully charged. This PHEV variant offers the usual choice of driving modes that you'd expect with a car of this kind, in this case either electric only, Hybrid or one that enables you to save charge for future use in city driving. As you'd expect from the output figure quoted earlier, 4xe performance is quite sprightly: despite this electrified version's extra kerb weight, it'll hit 62mph in 7.5 seconds. And if you want to attempt any kind of off road traversing in a model of this sort, this Compass 4xe would by far be the best choice thanks to its better traction and body clearance from the ground.

Design and Build

Apart from the badgework, there's no external clue here that this Compass is of the PHEV rather than conventional non-electrified variety. This second generation 'MP/552'-series Compass design has been given a darned good recent wash and brush to justify the premium pricing here. There's the usual 7-slot front grille, but flanking it are bolder headlamps now featuring full-LED technology. You can have a contrast colour roof if you want, the tail lights are now also of the LED kind and the trademark trapezoidal arches can house Iarge wheels of up to 19-inches in size, allowing you to make the appropriate statement in the gym car park. What's more significant though, are the changes which have taken place inside, where the cabin gains a new 10.1-inch 'Uconnect' infotainment central screen that works up to five times faster than the previous display and incorporates Alexa integration, automatic over-the-air updates and "Hey Jeep"-activated voice functionality. This monitor also incorporates 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring wireless technology so that you can connect and access two smartphones at the same time without having to connect a cable Perhaps even more importantly, the interior now looks and feels more European - as perhaps you'd expect now that this model is being built in Italy. There's lots of storage space and two adults will be comfortable on the back seat, though it would be a bit of a squash for three. Out back, there's a 438-litre boot. It's annoying though, that you can't flatten to the rear bench without coming round to the side doors.

Market and Model

Jeep isn't bothering with poverty specs for this 4xe variant, which costs just over £10,000 more than conventional non-electrified 1.3-litre petrol derivatives of this car - think around £40,000 as a price starting point. Obviously, you'd expect to pay a premium here, not only for the PHEV tech but also for the all-wheel drive system that comes with it. That starting price applies to the least expensive 'Trailhawk' version: or there's an identically-priced eco-themed 'Upland' model; the top plusher 'S' version retails at around £1,000 more. As you'd expect from a PHEV, you can only have 4xe variants with an automatic gearbox, this one featuring six speeds. Equipment includes a 10.1-inch 'Uconnect' central screen with navigation, wireless 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring and "Hey Jeep" voice functionality. 18-inch glossy black diamond alloy wheels are standard, with 19-inch alloys optional on the 'Limited' model. The headlights and tail lights are of the LED variety and you can have a powered tailgate with a kick sensor. Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist both come standard, along with Traffic Sign Information and Intelligent Speed Assist.

Cost of Ownership

Whether the PHEV 4xe variant will make economic sense for you will of course depend on how much you keep it plugged in. If you don't, you'll merely be driving around in a pretty heavy petrol-powered Jeep and there's nothing very frugal or efficient about that. But use the battery to its fullest and the WLTP figures suggest that, with the entire 30 mile driving range regularly maximised, official fuel economy will be rated at between 141.2 and 156.9mpg. You'll never actually record that in real motoring of course, but you should get fuel figures comparable to those of the old diesel variant: and the low CO2 figure of up to 44g/km will help with your BiK tax payments and VED tax disc. Insurance is group 29E. For reference, the non-electrified 1,3-litre model (which costs £10,000 less) records up to 40.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 152g/km of CO2.

Summary

You sense a clearer perspective with this product now. Its original form, this 'MP/552'-series model was a car from an American brand with Italian parentage and engineering, made in an Indian factory with an outdated dependence on diesel and none of the powerplant electrification the market was looking for. Now, everything from the production plant to the smart 10.1-inch Uconnect infotainment screen is unashamedly Italian and under the bonnet of this 4xe model is the plug-in hybrid tech that customers in this class seem to want. You can't help thinking that all this has come a couple of years too late to really save this model in its segment, but it does provide something appealingly different in this sector. And there's more off piste ability here than you'll find in any rival, though you still wouldn't want to attempt anything too gnarly in one of these. Better to conquer the speed humps of the school run in your Compass 4xe and park it suggestively on the grass verge when it's time for the kids to get out. Jeep means something different these days. And this car encompasses exactly that.

  • Heated rear window
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Deep tint privacy glass
  • Power windows - driver and passenger express up/down
  • Rear windshield washer/wiper
  • Windshield wiper de-icer

  • Automatic electronic hold brake
  • AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Rain brake support
  • Energy recovery system
  • All speed traction control
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill descent control
  • Electronic parking brake

  • Cargo compartment organiser
  • Cargo compartment carpet
  • Cargo compartment cover
  • All weather floormats with Jeep logo

  • Off road suspension
  • Electronic roll mitigation

  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go
  • Intelligent speed assist
  • Active speed limiting device
  • Electric power steering
  • Selec-Terrain system for Trailhawk with sport mode
  • Full speed forward collision warning plus mitigation
  • Active lane management
  • Traffic sign recognition (TSR)

  • Drowsy driver detection
  • TBM - Connected services (e-call)
  • 160 MPH primary speedometer
  • Instrument cluster- 10.25" TFT Colour display
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Media centre electronic storage
  • Instrument panel
  • Vehicle information centre

  • Gloss black exterior door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Aspherical driver's exterior mirror
  • Door mirrors: power adjustable and folding, heated with auto folding function and indicators

  • Speakers in satin chrome silver
  • Front and rear air vents

  • Battery run - down protection
  • E- launch
  • Boost and load point shift
  • Electric drive
  • E-creeping
  • E-Parking
  • E-Queueing
  • Battery skid plate
  • EV/PHEV mode 2 charging cable
  • My easy charge card

  • USB A type - second row
  • Media hub (USB A-C TYPE)
  • Uconnect 5 R1 Radio - Low 10.1" display
  • Global telematics box module (TBM))
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB host flip
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Bluetooth audio streaming

  • Gloss black badges
  • Removable short mast antenna
  • Black window surrounds
  • Body colour door handles
  • Neutral grey exterior accents
  • Skid plate shield - transmission
  • Skid plate shield - fuel tank
  • Skid plate shield - transfer case
  • Skid plate shield - front suspension
  • Accent/body colour bumpers
  • Belly pan - underbody protection
  • Coastdown and run-in optimization
  • Front/rear grey insert
  • 4XE badge/ E TORQUE badge
  • Black mic grille/neutral gray rings
  • UK front number plate bracket
  • Lower bodyside cladding in black
  • Compass badge
  • Trail rated badges
  • Rear fascia
  • Jeep badge
  • Black side roof rails
  • Trailhawk hood decal
  • Front fascia/belly pan skid plate
  • Black DLO
  • Trailhawk badges gloss black

  • LED reflector headlamps high with segmented DRL
  • Headlamp off time delay
  • Smartbeam headlights
  • Neutral gray headlamp bezels
  • Headlamp leveling system
  • Third brake light
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rear fog lamps
  • LED front fog lamps
  • LED rear lights
  • Auto high beam

  • Rear air conditioning and heater vents
  • Dual zone temperature control with preconditioning capability and heater

  • Cargo load floor
  • Dash insulation
  • Glovebox with damped door
  • Driver assist handle
  • Internal rear grab handles
  • Rear seat armrest with cupholder
  • Vinyl wrap steering wheel
  • Red interior stitching accents
  • Leather wrapped gear knob
  • Armrest stitching in red
  • Auxiliary 12V rear power outlet - rear cargo area
  • Spare wheel storage insulation
  • Cargo tie down loops
  • Centre console with sliding armrest
  • Full length centre console
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Passenger assist handles
  • Coat hooks
  • Overhead console
  • Heated steering wheel

  • Cargo area lights
  • Glovebox light
  • Illuminated door entry system
  • Front map reading lights
  • Interior door handle LED lamps
  • Front map pocket LED lamps
  • Overhead dome LED lamps

  • Power pack - Jeep

  • Driver's front airbag
  • Passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Front and rear side curtain airbags
  • Electrical steering column shaft lock
  • Rear door child protection locks
  • Jeep call assistance label
  • Front passenger airbag detector
  • Dual tyre pressure - lum changes
  • Front side airbags
  • Front passenger airbag
  • Tyre pressure monitoring display
  • Dual note electric horns
  • Rear seat belt reminder

  • Centre rear 3 point seat belt
  • Front seats back map pockets
  • Fold flat passenger seat
  • Child seat anchorage points
  • Heated front seats
  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • Driver seat height adjustment
  • Front head restraints
  • Front height-adjust seatbelts

  • Passive entry and keyless go (Key fob without panic button)
  • Power locking fule filler door
  • Premium security alarm
  • Capless fuel filler
  • Occupant detection system

  • Red rear tow hook
  • Trailer sway damping

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 17" alloy wheels

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 11.4
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 47
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 44
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 47

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 70
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 86.5
  • CC: 1332
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • Coin Series: Trailhawk
  • Coin Description: T4 GSE 4xe PHEV
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 29E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 240
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - BHP: 240
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.3
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Power - KW: 177
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque - NM: 270
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1850
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/60 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Wheelbase: 2636
  • Width (including mirrors): 2033
  • Height: 1659
  • Height (including roof rails): 1664
  • Length: 4398
  • Width: 1819

  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 68
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 37
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 600
  • Max. Loading Weight: 540

  • Parksense rear park assist system: Included
  • Parkview rear backup camera: Included

  • Power liftgate release: Included

  • Mode 3 cable: £300

  • 6 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £700
  • Bi-colour paint with black roof: £1,100
  • Body colour steel roof: £0

  • 12V auxiliary power outlet - 2nd row: Included
  • Cloth/Vinyl - Trailhawk - upholstery: Included

  • Technology and Convenience Sustainability: £1,750
  • Premium Pack - Compass (Sunroof and handsfree tailgate): £1,600
  • Ventilated leather seats pack - Compass Trailhawk: £2,750

  • Solid - Black: £0

  • Bicolour - Glacier silver with black roof: £1,100
  • Bicolour - Graphite grey with black roof: £1,100
  • Special solid - Blue shade: £700
  • Special solid - Glacier silver: £700
  • Special solid - Graphite grey: £700
  • Bicolour - Blue shade with black roof: £1,100
  • Bicolour - Alpine white with black roof: £1,100
  • Bicolour - Colorado red with black roof: £1,100
  • Special solid - Alpine white: £700
  • Special solid - Colorado red: £700

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat: Included
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar adjustment: Included
  • Driver seat 6 way manual adjust: Included
  • 6 way manual adjust front passenger seat: Included

  • Temporary spare tyre with Steel wheel: £275
  • Fix and go 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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