BUYERS GUIDE - SOFT-ROADERS
Jeep made many claims for the Compass and Compass Trailhawk models , but ‘ best-in-class 4×4 off-road capabilities’ required proof, because it ignored the fact that Suzuki’s Grand Vitara has much better low-range gearing.
The 2018 Jeep Compass was available
in four different trim configurations: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk, but only Limited and Trailhawk were 4WD models, with Jeep Active Drive,
full-time 4×4 system. Active Drive Low, with a 20:1 overall reduction was standard on Trailhawk.
Both 4WD systems included Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, providing four modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud) and an exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model. Also on Trailhawk was Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control.
The Trailhawk had 17-inch off-road tyres, 25mm-raised ride height, skid plates and Jeep signature red front and rear tow hooks
Compass featured a disconnecting rear axle, but Active Drive engaged when 4WD traction was needed.
Towing capacity of all Compass models was a low, 900kg.
The Compass had fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive Koni frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and electric power steering.
Compass had monocoque construction with 65 percent usage of high-strength steel.
Five engines were available in the USA, but for Australia the choice was narrowed to the petrol 16-valve, 2.4-litre, Tigershark four-cylinder engine with MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic, variable valve-actuation and a two-litre turbo-diesel.
Limited could be had with petrol or diesel power, but the Trailhawk was diesel only.
The standard transmission in Limited and Trailhawk models was a nine-speed automatic.
Storage solutions included a mesh side pocket in the front passenger foot well that could hold a notebook or tablet device.
There was a multi-level rear cargo floor and a power tailgate.
All 2018 Jeep Compass models were equipped with Uconnect 7.0, 8.4 or 8.4NAV with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features. Other infotainment features included SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian services that provided real-time information.
Seven air bags were standard and other available safety features included: Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines and electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation.