2019 Jeep Compass Range Review | carsales

2019 Jeep Compass Range Review | carsales


The new Jeep Compass range looks like this! But which one would we spend our money on? carsales sting
Entry level, mid and top spec and special offroad credentials! Choosing the right model for your needs and
budget can be tricky… So we’re breaking it down for you. The all-new Jeep Compass is a small SUV – bigger
than a Renegade and smaller than a Cherokee and there are four trim grades, front or all-wheel-drive,
petrol or diesel engines, manual or automatic transmissions. With over $15,000 separating your entry-level
and top-spec variants, there’s definitely some research to do and decisions to make
– and under here is a good place to start. The Sport and Longitude are powered by the
same four-cylinder front-wheel-drive petrol engines, while the Longitude is limited to
an automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive Limited is the only Compass
to offer two engines – petrol or diesel – and is paired to a nine-speed automatic
transmission. The top spec Trailhawk offers the diesel powertrain
only. The diesel being the pick of engines, we reckon. Reversing cameras and cruise control are standard
across the range. Five star safety ratings and seven airbags
are common to all four vehicles, but safety and driver assist technologies vary. Autonomous emergency braking and lane departure
waning are a cost option on all Compass models. It’s also worth noting that adaptive cruise
control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are not offered on Sport or
Longitude – and will cost you in the other two. A divide between these two – and these two
becomes evident as the difference in price grows. If you’re thinking about ongoing maintenance
costs you’ll notice the Limited is the only Compass to feature 18-inch alloys. Jumping into the Limited it definitely feels
like the premium pick – these full leather, 8-way electric adjust heated seats are just
part of that. Sport & Longitude feature 5.0-inch screens,
you’ll need your key to start, there’s no sat nav, and no Apple carplay or Android
Auto. The Limited and Trailhawk upsize to 8.4-inch
screens, a larger instrument cluster, satellite navigation, apple carplay and android auto,
digital radio and dual zone climate control. The Limited also has push button start, a
nine-speaker sound system with subwoofer. Voice command and Bluetooth are standard. If these inclusions and upgrades are what
you crave, the Radio Package available on the Longitude is worth the investment. If you’re serious about your offroading,
the 4×4 system is your answer – but in the Limited or the more sophisticated trail rated
Trailhawk? …it adds under body skid plates, three tow
hooks, off road suspension, hill descent control, rock mode and a full size spare. But you’ll be swapping plush for robust
when you opt for superior offroad credentials. Second rows are comfortable and offer generous
spacious for three occupants. The boot is big enough to take what most will
throw at it. Sport and Longitude have 60:40 split fold
seats while the Limited and Trailhawk have the extra flexibility of 40:20:40 split folds. A five-year 100,000km warranty and five-year
capped price servicing sits across the range. The turbo-diesel Jeep Compass Limited is where
we’d put our money. Its 4×4 driveline combines with the best kit
as standard. Option the extra safety equipment for a competent
off roader fit for the whole family.

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