Jeep's updated Compass SUV is now on sale in Australia, following its international unveiling last year as part of a range-wide overhaul of the Chrysler Group's line-up.
Re-joining the Australian range after a three-year absence, the Compass gets Jeep's redesigned family face and a makeover in the cabin, featuring new soft-touch materials and a new steering wheel with wheel-mounted control
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Power is provided by a pair of 2.0 and 2.4 litre petrol engines, with the range-topping Limited variant available with the 2.4 litre mill only.
The entry-level 2.0 litre engine produces 115kW at 6300rpm and 190Nm of torque at 5100rpm.
The 2.4 litre petrol engine, also featured in the Patriot, delivers marginally higher numbers: 125kW at 6000rpm and 220kW at 4500rpm.
Depending on the variant, transmissions include a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic with a manual shift mode.
In 2.0 litre form, fuel consumption for the manual is listed at 7.6 l/100km, while the automatic returns 8.2 l/100km.
For the 2.4 litre engine, fuel consumption is listed at 8.5 l/100km for manual models, and 8.6 l/100km for the CVT auto.
Four- and two-wheel-drive configurations are also available in the manual and CVT versions of the Sport model, while the top-shelf Limited variant is available in CVT 4WD trim only.
The four-wheel-drive system is Chrysler's Freedom-Drive system, delivering on-demand all-wheel traction, along with a selectable Lock mode.
The suspension package across the range includes MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. Braking is managed by 294mm ventilated discs at the front and 262mm solids at the rear.
Standard features for the Compass in Australia include keyless entry, 17-inch aluminium wheels, fog lamps, cruise control, and the usual: single-zone air-conditioning, power windows, and powered/heated exterior mirrors.
Optional extras include with the Compass include Chrysler's UConnect media system with iPod connectivity and nine speakers, satellite navigation and a powered sunroof.
Safety features standard across the range include all-row side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes, front driver and passenger head restraints, electronic roll mitigation and hill-start assistant.
With the rear seats folded flat, the Compass offers 1357 litres of rear cargo space.
- Compass Sport - 2.0 litre Manual 2WD - $26,500
- Compass Sport - 2.0 litre CVT 2WD - $28,500
- Compass Sport - 2.4 litre Manual 4WD - $28,500
- Compass Sport - 2.4 litre CVT 4WD - $30,500
- Compass Limited - 2.4 litre CVT 4WD - $34,000
Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.