Jeep Compass review - Engines, performance and drive
Terrific off-road, especially in Trailhawk spec, but the Compass loses ground to rivals on tarmac
On the road, the Jeep Compass is not quite as planted as the best crossover rivals, but feels competent enough. There’s too much body roll if you attempt to take corners with gusto, and the chassis begins to feel unsettled at higher speeds that cars like the SEAT Ateca take in their stride.
The steering is decently weighted and the ride composed – at least on smooth tarmac – but the overall experience is less fun than the best rivals. That disappointment was exacerbated in the top 2.0-litre diesel model that we’ve tried by a noisy engine and a slow-to-respond nine-speed auto gearbox.
Off road, the Trailhawk version with its extra low range gear ratios, should make mincemeat of pretty much any of its more road-focused rivals.
There are two petrol options in the Compass, starting with the 138bhp 1.4 MultiAir unit. It makes 230Nm of torque, and helps the Compass do 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds. If you want a punchier petrol model, there’s a 168bhp version of the same engine with 250Nm, but that only comes with four-wheel drive and the nine-speed auto box. The 0-62mph dash takes 9.8 seconds and top speed is 126mph.
Diesel options begin with the 118bhp 1.6 MultiJet. It has 320Nm of torque and two-wheel drive to manage 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds. There’s a 2.0 MultiJet II with 138bhp, which comes with four-wheel drive only but a choice of manual or auto gearboxes. Torque jumps to 350Nm with this engine, while 0-62mph comes up in 10.1 seconds, or 10.5 seconds for the auto.
The punchiest diesel is the 168bhp 2.0 MultiJet II, and like the top-spec petrol it comes with 4WD and the nine-speed auto. It will do 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds. All the diesel models have the same top speed of 122mph.
In this review
- 1Jeep Compass reviewStylish, comfortable and more usable off-road than the average crossover, the Jeep Compass has plenty to offer
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingTerrific off-road, especially in Trailhawk spec, but the Compass loses ground to rivals on tarmac
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsLatest Jeep models are pretty efficient, although the off-road capability exerts a price
- 4Interior, design and technologyCrisp exterior style has showroom appeal, but the Compass is a little dreary inside
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Jeep Compass is spacious and roomy, in spite of its sporty roofline
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Compass has excellent safety scores, and much of its tech is tried and tested