THE ALL-NEW JEEP COMPASS ADVENTURE
WE PUT JEEP’S ‘GO ANYWHERE DO ANYTHING’ DNA TO THE TEST
Last week I was assigned the enviable task of scrutinising the new Jeep Compass Limited. Other entrees in this range will be the Sport, Longitude and the Trail Hawk (released in Summer 2018). I ran it deep into the mires of Lewes before arriving at an off-grid Treehouse; headquarters for a foraging and game butchery school called Hunter Gather Cook. Let me give you my thoughts, in no discernible order on the Jeep Compass.
The Jeep Compass comes in the traditional colours you'd expect, however some notable additions such as the Bright Blue and the Bronze Metallic have been included. First impressions - looks wise, it made me think of the XC-40 on steroids. It has harder lines down the body, giving it more machismo without making it 'boxy'.
The interiors came with full heated leather seats, though that's only available in the Limited and the Trail Hawk editions. The steering wheel was also heated and after hours spent trudging around the woods, ill-equipped in my porous, canvas-lined trainers, those mini delicacies felt like gifts from the gods. In the version I drove, the interior leather lining paired with the crocodile grain dashboard in black, gave a very business-like aesthetic and actually meant the cabin space felt a little dark.
There was a handy USB port for the phone. I always forget the infotainment system plucks the media from your phone and seemingly plays them without your consent. Luckily I have impeccable taste in music and nothing could have been more appropriate for a drive through the wilderness than the theme to Crocodile Dundee resonating through the woofers. The speaker system by the way, rocks!
That said. I couldn't locate a decent housing for the phone which might be a trite pedantic for me to highlight (it's hardly a shortcoming in the grand scheme of things), but I'm not a car nut, I'm a lifestyle blogger. A car nut will tell you that Jeep delivered 1.4 million cars in 2016, that the Renegade is their best-selling SUV, that Compass has over 70+ safety features including forward collision warning, lane sense departure warning, that the shell is 65% high strength steel and so on. Forgive me but I need a place to plonk the blower whilst I'm charging it (If anyone reading this has a resolution to this problem or maybe there was something within the consul that I missed, then please leave a comment below).
Overall 23k is a very reasonable price point. It handles confidently, I did find the reverse camera feature extremely useful when negotiating some tricky in-out turns. The doors have a very edifying clunk-shut sound. They also open really wide, an awesome gaping aperture for you to leave the car comfortably. This would be more my go-to SUV purely because it has a great physical character. It has a maturity, plenty of storage around the cabin, and those leather seats, God I'm missing those already.