Chase new adventures with confidence: New Jeep Compass Longitude

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The name “Jeep” is synonymous with heavy-duty all-wheel transport. It proved its mettle during WWII, providing invaluable service by transporting soldiers, armaments, and even howitzers through all kinds of terrain. 

That rock-solid reliability is passed on through all subsequent Jeep models, including the Jeep Compass. 

Rugged but refined 

If the shape looks familiar, it’s because the Jeep Compass gets its inspiration from the iconic Jeep Cherokee, a much-loved SUV that has been in the market for decades. You could say the Compass is the Cherokee, albeit on a smaller scale. 

The compact Compass retains the macho image of its bigger sibling. The front fascia has an angular look and features Jeep’s trademark seven-slot grille.

From the side, the Compass looks boxy. The squarish wheel openings—a departure from the more traditional round ones—not only look at home, but are a design decision, mainly to accommodate larger diameter wheels. The 225/60 R17 tires with 5-spoke rims provide traction. The combination also looks extremely proper with the overall design. 

The rear also looks elegant—neither bland nor loud—considering the large taillights. The switch for opening the gae is located at the bottom of the plates. Meanwhile, the edge of the hold, while wide enough, is a bit higher off the ground. The big dual exhaust pipes lend a much-appreciated sporty touch. 

The roof rails also add to the Compass’ rugged look, and they are actually usable, too! They let you carry cargo or bikes when fitted with proper racks. 

The Jeep is powered by a 16-valve, 1.4L MultiAir Turbo gas engine mated to a 7-speed dry dual clutch transmission. This combination has a respectable output of 162hp @ 5,500rpm and 250Nm @ 3,000rpm. 

Acceleration is a bit slow because of turbo lag, but when the rpm hits 2,700, the full power of the big turbocharger is unleashed. Overtaking is definitely fun in this one despite the heavier curb weight. Fuel economy is surprisingly frugal, with an 8-10kpL in city driving (as rated by the trip computer). 

Overall ride is firm but comfortable despite the large tires. The expansive windshield gives a commanding view of the road ahead. 

Interior

The dark interior has a subdued elegance. The mixture of dark gray leatherette with patterned fabric has a different kind of charm to it.

The 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and the front passenger seat have excellent lumbar and leg support. Same is true with the rear passenger seat. 

The dash layout is clean and simple. The thick steering wheel has the usual control buttons for the information selector in the gauge cluster and remote telephone button, but no access to the infotainment system. Speaking of, the Uconnect infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and has a 7-inch touchscreen that also doubles as the display for the rear camera. 

Much-appreciated are the three charging ports, generous leg room and ceiling clearance, and rear air-conditioning vents for dedicated passenger cooling. 

Cargo area is also bigger than its contemporaries, with 438 liters of available space, which is deep enough for tall items. The Compass’ front seats fold forward, while the rear seats fold flat 60/40. There’s also a two-level adjustable rear cargo floor, cubbyholes, and a tonneau cover for added security.

Meanwhile, the massive dual-pane panoramic sunroof looks awesome and gives added natural illumination. 

Adventure-ready 

Weekend warriors and those with active lifestyles will appreciate the stylish and capable Jeep Compass. Its wide cargo space and foldable seats mean you can load an array of sport equipment such as bikes, surfboards, golf clubs. 

The roof rails can also be used to carry more cargo. You can either install a pair of bicycle racks or roof racks for additional space. 

Thinking of going camping? No problem! You can load all your stuff in the Compass and on the roof. Rocky terrains pose no problem either with this crossover’s high ground clearance. 

Whatever activities you may have planned, whether formal, informal, or rugged, the Jeep Compass Longitude is ready.

Speed says 

The Jeep Compass is one of the bigger compact crossovers that have passenger comfort in mind. Generous space abound, ensuring a comfortable ride whether in traffic or long trips. While it may have fewer accouterments compared to its competitors, it more than makes up with solid reliability, space, and power.

Auto Nation Group, the official distributor of Jeep in the Philippines, is making ownership of the Compass easier, with up to P365,000 discount on the Jeep Compass this December. You’d be able to drive home a brand-new Jeep before this year comes to a close! 

Words and photos Earl Manalansan

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