2014 Jeep Compass | new car review
Simple and affordable
Bland, doesn't stand out from rivals
The 2014 Jeep Compass comes bearing the new face of Jeep, although without the aggressive cutting edge as seen on its sister models. It still has an angry expression, and looks tidy, but it just doesn’t stand out. This is not a bad-looking car, but nor is it a remarkable one.
The interior of the Compass does feel a little more cramped than its Japanese rivals, but beyond that there is little to pick fault with. The interior is plain but stylish, and the seats are comfortable. We give Jeep a big thumbs-up for a nice-looking steering wheel though!
While the Compass is capable of going off-road, courtesy of full-time AWD, it doesn’t come with an array of off-road features, which means any dune bashing you wish to do will be restricted to small sand mounds. The UConnect infotainment system is optional, but seems to function very well.
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There are two versions of the Compass on offer in the UAE; the Sport and Limited. Both cars come with the same straight-4 2.4 litre engine, as found across the fleet, which is known for being robust. The Sport starts at AED 109,999 and the limited starts at AED 119,000. The limited comes with additional styling features.
The compact-SUV market is becoming a ferocious battle ground, and there is barely a car-maker in the world that hasn’t pitted a contender. The need for a standout quirk is important, and with the Compass that quirk is missing. This is a good car, there is no doubt about it, but why should you buy one instead of a Honda CR-V? Exactly.