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.
Jeep Australia revealed the MY20 Jeep Compass line-up, in June 2020, with the Night Eagle entry model, followed by the Limited, Trailhawk and all-new S-Limited.
New across the range was a Uconnect 210mm (8.4-inch) display and satellite navigation, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind spot monitor and rear cross path detection and forward collision warning.
The Jeep Night Eagle had 18-inch black alloy wheels and black appointments.
The S-Limited model featured 19-inch grey metallic aluminium wheels, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and black roof. Interior highlights included black leather seats, black headliner and anodised gun metal interior accents.
Highlights for the Trailhawk variant, in addition to Limited features, included leather-trimmed seats with power adjustment, memory and lumbar adjustment for driver and passenger, and remote proximity keyless entry.
RRPs started at $36,950.