Finding your way with Jeep Compass: an honest review

For 2014, Jeep is adding more important upgrades to their original 2007 Jeep Compass design. The first design, overseen by Jeep’s former owners, DaimlerChrysler, was intended to be a smaller, more fuel-efficient model. DaimlerChrysler also aimed to make it a cheap model, however, and so sacrificed some of Jeep’s trademark luxury features for this earlier version. As a result, some felt this former version had an overly-loud engine, a sparse interior, and a problematic and sluggish automatic transmission. The new upgrades bring the Compass back in line with Jeep’s outstanding reputation for 4×4 vehicles and make it a fantastic investment.

Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass

Having already redesigned the Compass’s exterior in 2011, Chrysler has excelled themselves with the 2014 New Jeep Compass and its upgrades. Buyers can rest assured that not only have they replaced the original CVT automatic transmission with a new Hyundai-designed six-speed step-gear automatic but they have also made a serious luxury-overhaul on the interior.

They have even taken many steps to reduce the noise of the model and its engine, including the introduction of a new acoustic-laminated windshield and noise-resistant gears.

The 2014 Jeep Compass comes in three different specifications: the Sport edition, the North edition and the luxury Limited version. All versions are fitted with improved safety features as standard, including seat-mounted side airbags and new rear, curtain and front seat airbags. It also benefits from hill start assist, rough-road detection, stability control and ABS.

The standard Sport model is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels, extra chrome trim, new headlight and taillight layouts, new badge design and roof rails. Jeep have done a luxury-overhaul on the inside and included a dashboard with new chrome finish sections, an mp3-compatible stereo, air-conditioning, new-look dials, keyless entry and cruise control.

The upper-level North model is fitted with all these features, as well as Bluetooth, USB, a six-CD changer, a luxury leather steering wheel, tinted sunscreen glass and an auto-dimming main mirror.

Finally, the top-level, luxury Limited model is a million miles away from the original 2007 DaimlerChrysler Jeep Compass and its flaws. The Compass Limited model includes all of the above features, as well as a widely praised backup camera, powerful halogen headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels and a new grille design.

On the inside, no expense has been spared and features include heated front seats, automatic air-conditioning, perforated leather seats, a 6.5 inch touch screen and a massive 40GB hard drive to cover anyone’s music needs.

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