2018 Jeep Compass Review | Asian Car Guide
September 21, 2020

2018 Jeep Compass Review

2018 Jeep Compass Road Test, Review

2018 Jeep Compass

The Jeep originated before the beginning of World War 2, when the US army, anticipating the need, called for designers and manufacturers to come up with ideas for a reconnaissance and general purpose all-terrain vehicle, which then was manufactured during the war by both Ford and Willys (the Japanese army actually had their own 4×4 scout car, the Kurogane type 95, from 1936-1944).

After the war Jeeps began being produced as civilian vehicles, under Willys at first, then AMC, then Chrysler, along the way being emulated by Land Rover and a host of other followers, until due to overwhelming popularity nearly all car brands now produce what are now known as SUV’s.

So how goes the originator now. The answer is quite well, with a wide range to choose from including Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Renegade,Wrangler (which is modelled most closely to the original army jeep), Wrangler Unlimited (four doors) and the mid-sized generation 2 Compass, now all-new. The Compass is most similar to the Cherokee in the range, more compact, about 23 cm shorter, and with attractive hatch/crossover looks.

The Compass shares Jeep’s usual 4 trim-spec variations of Sport, Longitude, Limited, and Trailhawk, with prices from $28,850 for the basic manual transmission Sport to $44,750 for the Trailhawk.

2018 Jeep CompassThere are two engines to choose from, a 2.4 Litre petrol supplying 129kW and 229Nm, or 2 Litre multi-jet diesel of 125kW and 350 Nm, coupled with 6 speed front wheel drive Manual/Auto, or 9 speed 4×4 Auto transmission. We had the top of range, 2L diesel, 9 speed Auto 4×4, TrailHawk to try out, with claimed 5.1 Litre/100km highway and 6.7 L/100 urban fuel use figures, which mean pretty low costs for long distance touring. If you need something for reasonably heavy towing duties then the 2 Litre diesel might be a bit small (although rated at 1500kg Maximum Towing with Braked Trailer, 450kg Un-braked), you might need 3litres, but otherwise this engine is a good practical choice.

We found acceleration fairly gradual at initial take off, but once going the car is quite zippy and gets along well, does the job very well on the highway, overtaking easily. The off road suspension of this model is well balanced around corners and recovers quickly going over bumps and speed humps, and the steering behaves well. Overall a satisfying feeling car to drive.

Below are some Trailhawk features, including those it inherits from Sport and Longitude variants-

5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating, 17-Inch Alloys, Reverse Camera, 7 Airbags, 5.0-Inch Touchscreen, Bluetooth Phone & Audio Streaming, 6-Speaker Audio, DAB+ Digital Radio, Leather Steering Wheel, 3.5-Inch Instrument Cluster Display, Electric Park Brake, Rain Sensitive Wipers, Auto Headlamps, Fog & Cornering Lamps, Roof Rails, Deep Tinted Privacy Glass, Bright Side Window Surrounds, LED Ambient Interior Lighting, Power Driver Lumber Adjust, Fold Forward Passenger Seat, Trail Rated, Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 System and Select-Terrain with Rock Mode, Off-Road Suspension, Raised Ride Height, Unique Front and Rear Facia, Black Anti-Glare Hood Decal, Red Recovery Hooks, Hill Descent Control, 4 Underbody Skid Plates, Trail Rated Badging (this signifies its off road competency), Full Size Spare Wheel, Cloth & Leather Seats, All Weather Floor Mats, Reversible Cargo Mat, Natural Grey Exterior Accents.

2018 Jeep CompassThe Trailhawk is the variant which is most setup for off road work, especially with its raised height and off road suspension, hill descent control and notably a lockable low gear range, underbody skid plates, along with bright Ruby Red front and rear tow hooks. It’s stated approach, cross-over and departure angles of 30.3°, 24.4° and 33.6°, running clearance of 225mm and wading depth of 480mm are all very respectable figures, however this car doesn’t seem to be for full-on cross country work, but very competent when used sensibly within its capabilities, over rutted dirt tracks on hills and even crossing shallow streams. Looking at it you can see it is most at home on paved roads, but when used with care will enable you to safely have good times and experiences when called upon. Otherwise, around town, a recommended choice to consider.


Pricing: from $28,850 – $44,750 plus on road cost

Engines: 2.4L naturally aspirated petrol – 129kW @ 6400, 229Nm @ 3900

or 2L multijet turbo diesel – 125kW @ 3750, 350Nm @ 1750

Transmissions: front wheel drive 6 speed manual/auto or 9 speed auto 4×4

Dimensions mm: L 4398 W 1819 H 1657 WB 2636,

Towing kg: 1500kg Braked Trailer, 450kg Un-braked)

Tare Weight 1621 kg

Fuel: unleaded petrol or diesel, tank 60 Litres

Economy: 5.1 L/100 highway, 6.7 L/100km urban

CO2 emissions gm/km: about 200 petrol, 150 diesel

From: assembled in Fiat’s Indian facility, manufactured in Brazil.


The Compass is covered by Jeep’s 5 years / 100,000 km warranty. There is also 5 years of capped price servicing. It is recommended the petrol variants are serviced every 12 months / 12, 000 km and the diesels every 12 months / 20,000 km.