a Jeep without penalty, it’s finally possible

Arriving with us in 2017, the latest generation of Compass exceeded 200,000 sales in Europe. But the competition is fierce, and the Compass had to reposition itself and erase its biggest flaws, starting with a substantial ecological penalty and an average finish.

We got behind the wheel of the four-wheel drive version. What are the new features of this restyled version? By switching to hybridization, does this Jeep still deserve its blazon? Can you drive a 4X4 without breaking the bank in gasoline?

A Compass that evolves discreetly

At first glance, it takes a trained eye to recognize this restyled version. Yet the Compass has a new grille, LED headlamps, integrated fog lights, while the colors and rims also evolve.

But it was under the hood that the Compass evolved the most last winter, adopting a plug-in hybrid engine. The heat engine is assisted by a 60 hp electric unit, located on the rear axle.

The power is available in 190 and 240 hp depending on the version. But the first advantage of this architecture called 4xe is to allow this Jeep to retain all-wheel drive. This Jeep remains above all a 4X4.

A completely revised interior

It is once behind the wheel that you become aware of the new features brought to this Compass. The new dashboard offers new materials that are much more opulent, with leather upholstery, but also new technologies.

The digital instrument cluster makes its appearance, while a second screen animates the Uconnect infotainment system via its 10.1-inch panel. The induction charger completes this technological update. But what about on the road?

A good rolling machine

Our test model, a Trailhawk version, is adventurous and chic. With its block of 240 ch, the times are effective, while the traction of the whole is excellent. Handling side, behavior is healthy with a fairly efficient front axle.

Too bad the steering does not offer the precision and consistency of the segment references. Comfortable and quiet, the Compass is a good rolling machine. We would have liked more intuitive and less intrusive driving aids.

The maintenance in the line is brutal, the recognition of the panels sometimes hesitant, but these aids have at least the good taste to be easily disconnected via a simple key.

An economical Jeep at the pump

The main revolution is hidden under the hood. By becoming a plug-in hybrid, this Compass offers itself the luxury of being able to drive entirely electric. The manufacturer announced 49 km at the start of our test.

A value that we approached very closely during our test on the secondary network. What also allow to be exempted from malus.

In terms of prices, Jeep is taking advantage of this update to reposition its offer with an excellent price / equipment ratio. A way to face more serenely his second part of his career.

Fiche technique Jeep Compass Trailhawk 240 ch 4xe

Engine: 1332 cc, 4 valves per cylinder

Cumulative power: 240 hp @ 5,750 rpm

Battery power: 11.4 kWh gross – 8.9 kWh useful

Fiscal power: 10 CV

Gearbox: automatic, 6 speed

Fuel supply: direct petrol injection

Supercharging: turbo

Maximum speed: 200 km

0/100km/h :7.3 sec

Four-wheel drive

Empty weight: 1935 kg

Length: 4.40 m

Width: 1.82 m

Height: 1.66 m

Tank: 37 L

Recharge time:

5 hours on standard plug

2 hours on 7.2 kW Wallbox or public terminal

Range measured in 100% electric mode: 47 km on secondary network

Consumption achieved during the test: 8.1 liters / 100 km

Price of the model tested: € 48,700, € 0 penalty

Compass range from: € 31,500

Compasses come with 2 years of scheduled maintenance, VIP customer care, and access to events organized by the brand.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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