All-new Jeep Compass gets its Australian bearings

Jeep’s latest core SUV line-up in Australia is complete, with the launch of the all-new Compass.

By Barry Green

Jeep’s latest core SUV line-up in Australia is complete, with the launch of the all-new Compass.

Positioned between the Renegade and Cherokee models, the Compass comes to market with a choice of 2.4-litre Tigershark petrol or 2.0-litre diesel four-cylinder engines and three transmissions (six-speed manual, six-speed auto and nine-speed auto) for a total of five powertrain combinations in four different specification configurations: Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk.

Manufacturer’s List Prices (not inclusive of on-road costs) start at $28,850 for the front-wheel-drive Sport with 129kW/229Nm petrol engine and six-speed manual, rising to $44,750 for the 4×4 Trailhawk with 125kW/350Nm diesel engine and 9-speed auto. A five-year warranty and five-year capped price servicing applies.

The Compass features more than 70 active and passive safety and security features and has a five-star ANCAP safety rating across all variants.

Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) points to superior ride quality and handling, thanks to a fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering.

The Trailhawk delivers best-in-class 4×4 capability thanks to its unique, off-road specific equipment that combines standard Jeep Active Drive Low and Selec-Terrain system with an exclusive ‘Rock’ drive mode, FCA says.

ADR combined cycle fuel consumption ranges from 5.7 litres/100km (Limited and Trailhawk diesel) to 9.7 (Limited petrol).

Standard equipment on the Sport includes 17-inch alloys, reverse parking camera, seven airbags, touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and digital radio. The Longitude adds rain-sensitive windshield wipers, auto headlamps, fog and cornering lamps, roof rails, privacy glass and powered driver’s seat lumber adjustment.

Limited buyers score Jeep Active Drive 4×4 system, Jeep Selec-Terrain Traction Management system, leather seats, 18-inch alloys, 8.4-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED tail lamps, 9-speaker BeatsAudio including subwoofer, 7-inch full colour instrument cluster, powered 8-way driver’s seat, powered 4-way front passenger seat, front/rear park sensors, park assist, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, push button start and auto dimming internal rear vision mirror.

The Trail Rated Trailhawk gets extras: Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 system, Jeep Selec-Terrain with Rock Mode, off-road suspension, raised ride height, recovery hooks, hill descent control and full-sized spare wheel.

Limited and Trailhawk buyers can also option a $2450 Advanced Technology Group pack, consisting of Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, exterior mirror courtesy lamp, power lift gate, Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop & Go), auto high beam and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detect.

For our drive of the Limited and Trailhawk, click here.