The name “Jeep” has long been associated with legendary off-roaders like the Wrangler, a truck that spawned a million imitators, from Europe through to Asia. Its abilities, honed and developed on California’s infamous Rubicon Trail, grant owners the boundless freedom, borne of unparalleled go-anywhere ability.
But that isn’t to say that the brand doesn’t also have its civil side. Jeep has been producing refined, luxurious full-sized SUVs for years—an expertise that it now applies to its crossover line, represented here by the Jeep Compass.
The Compass is Jeep’s first crossover, introducing a new level of comfort and flexibility to the brand’s discerning buyers. This second-generation car boasts an all-new chassis and engine, elevating it to a new level of safety and economy, and bringing some European flair to this most American of crossovers.
The magic starts under the hood, where the Compass boasts an environmentally-friendly turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that boasts the power of a bigger 2.4-liter engine, while delivering the fuel economy of a 1.4. On the open road, 20-22km a liter is achievable thanks to a seven-speed automatic transmission, which allows the engine to tick over at just over idle at highway speeds. That transmission is not a true automatic, but rather an automated dual clutch system, which requires less maintenance and fewer fluid changes than a standard automatic.
Around town, the Compass is light and relaxing to drive. Despite its imposing SUV-like looks, its tidy size makes it easy to maneuver and park. Finger-light steering and a standard reverse camera making the latter particularly easy. There’s a lot of head room and leg room, front and rear. The rear seat, in particular, easily matches that of bigger crossovers, and rear air-conditioning vents are a godsend in Manila traffic and heat.
Adding to the cool ambience is the aesthetically pleasing interior. A sleek and minimalistic design, with subtle hexagonal accents that hint at the brand’s military/utilitarian heritage. It straddles the fine line between sporty and luxurious with verve. Leather-and-fabric seats with tight stitching and a premium feel, sitting under a full-length panoramic sunroof – tinted to keep the heat out, but clear enough to see the stars through on those night time drives. The integrated Uconnect touchscreen – no cheap aftermarket stereo here – is mated to a six speaker sound system with crisp sound and deep bass notes. With optional Apple CarPlay, it provides quick and easy Spotify and Waze integration for your daily commute.
But when the desire to hit the open road takes you, the Compass has the space to take everything you need with you. Even with a spare-tire and toolkit installed, there’s an incredible 800 liters of space in the back, big enough for a pair of full-sized golf bags or camping equipment and clothing for all. Fold down the rear seat and that jumps to 1,700 liters, big enough for a bicycle or two.
And once you get to where you’re going, you don’t have to leave the Compass parked out by the road. While not an out-and-out off-roader, the Compass’ generous ground clearance and high-mounted bumpers assure you that you won’t get stranded on rough farm or beach-side trails. Bouncing around on these backwoods roads reveals a character that is refined and silent, even on the roughest of roads.
Out in the great unknown, multiple 12-volt outlets front and rear, as well as a standard USB jack, give you the ability to charge electronic gadgets and outdoor accessories like air pumps, coolers and lights with ease. And if you’ve forgotten your tent or mosquito net, you can lay the rear seats down flat and stretch out, underneath a blanket of stars.
While the Jeep Compass may not have the extreme off-road ability of the legendary Wrangler, it has that same sense of adventure, balanced against everyday usability. In package that’s useful, economical and stylish. If you're looking for a step up from the vast sea of crossovers, the Compass may just be the right fit for you.
If you're considering getting one, now would be the perfect time to do it: Jeep Philippines is giving a P365,000-discount on the Jeep Compass until December 31, 2020. Price slashes like this don't come very often, so allow yourself this indulgence if you feel that this is the SUV for you.
To know more about the Jeep Compass, you can inquire at the following Jeep dealerships:
Alabang Zapote Road, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Clark Auto Zone M.A. Roxas Highway Clark Freeport Zone Angeles City, Pampanga
1008 EDSA Greenhills, San Juan City
Laus Group Corporate Center, JASA, San Jose City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Cebu City
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