Review: Jeep Compass 4xe is great for a great price

Review: Jeep Compass 4xe is great for a great price


Hybrids are coming to many and the Jeep Compass S 4xe is no exception, bringing a plug-in hybrid package to a very high price.

Based on the S Series, the Italian SUV – yes, it comes from Melfi, Italy – brings the power already seen in the Pernambuco brothers, however, with additional electricity on the rear axle.

Therefore, leaving the mechanical AWD traction aside, the Compass 4xe (“four for e”, in the English pronunciation of Jeep), takes a 60 horsepower electric motor and maintains the front with a 1.3 Turbo.

Fueled only by gasoline, the Jeep SUV offers four-wheel drive and promises to be very economical, but we will see below how this works.

What seems to be dysfunctional, immediately, is the high price of R$349,990. We will also see if it will now pay off for those looking for performance and economy.

on the outside…

Visually, the Jeep Compass 4xe in the S series is not very different from the national model, except for the Blue Shade color, only for Italian. It also has a panoramic sunroof.

Beautiful dark 19-inch wheels, full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, as well as fog lights and taillights, make it similar to the national one, but there are differences.

On the roof, for example, there are no longitudinal bars as in the Brazilian one, but the mirrors, roof and upper arch are black as in the S Series in Goiana/PE.

To see the difference more, it is important to examine all the symbols, which have a blue finish, showing the hybrid proposal of the Compass S 4xe.

It’s important to note that although it’s not a petrol car (not a convertible either), the Compass 4xe retains the dual exhaust and other elements from the T270 model.

Inside…

Inside, the atmosphere is the same as the national Compass, but the leather seats have different stitching, as well as a console with special controls for the 4xe.

The digital cluster has a unique presentation and functionality, such as the steering wheel, which increases the commands associated with it. However, there are no paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

There’s a decent smartphone charger and dual-zone air conditioning, along with a 10.1-inch multimedia display with Android Auto and CarPlay.

The multimedia screen also has five 360-degree tracking views, as well as hybrid system functionality and unique loading settings.

It is pleasant, it has a driver’s seat with electric adjustments, including lumbar, while in the back, passengers have air outlets for more comfort.

The Alpine audio system is good, as is the sunroof and connections, including USB-C, as well as power sources such as a 127-volt socket in the back seat.

The trunk of the Jeep Compass 4xe is somewhat modest, with a spare tire, an Alpine subwoofer and access to the rear seat, with 420 liters and an electrically operated lid with a sensor.

Through the streets and roads…

The Jeep Compass S 4xe is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that is still “two wheels stuck” in the standard version and we are not talking about a self-driving plan.

It has a hybrid proposal and can work only on battery power, but if the owner wants, he can forget all that and run almost like the T270, including drinking as well.

The thing is, in this case, with manual changes and the roar of the GSE 1.3 Turbo, the Compass S 4xe will not go very far because of other details, which we do not appreciate in PHEV cars.

Before getting to that, let’s go to the power train, which combines the Firefly 1.3 Turbo from the T270, with 180 horses equivalent to 5,750 rpm and 27.5 kgfm from 1,750 rpm.

Ethanol? Forget, because it comes from Italy and they only drink oil derivative there. Along with it, the Jeep has an electric motor with a power of 60 horsepower and 25.5 kgfm on the rear axle.

The layout is similar to that of Volvo’s PHEV vehicles, but differs significantly in operation. When starting it in Hybrid mode, the Compass 4xe has a full battery (50 km range mark).

From what the name says, Hybrid, Compass 4xe was supposed to use the battery for a while and then start charging and connect it to the combustion engine.

However, it goes and goes on battery power only. It can even accelerate a little more when it makes the electric motor push.

In the city, so it only goes up to zero load and the 1.3 Turbo engine kicks in. Therefore, what was 50 km / l decreases with the use of T270, reaching 6.5 km / l under certain conditions.

Then the thing loses its fun when the oil level starts to drop rapidly. You can block the energy returned to the battery, but that will take a long time.

It’s only in Sport or e-Save mode that things change a bit, which makes the engine charge the battery and keep it charged for later use. Interesting is that there is an Electric mode, using only energy.

On the road, for example, this is used up to 130 km / h, but a distance of 50 km is actually no more than 30 km, depending on where you drive.

And that’s how our route is on the coast of São Paulo, imagine in the mountainous areas.

In everyday life, for charging at home or on the street, you can leave 1.3 Turbo separately.

The Jeep account gives 25.4 km / liter in the urban cycle, it is obvious to use more battery and sometimes the engine, if he is ready to work.

Putting it in Sport mode, Compass 4xe lives up to 240 horsepower, which, according to the brand, allows the SUV to go from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.8 seconds and with a final speed of 206 km / h.

On the road, the Jeep indicates 2,000 rpm at 110 km / h, but there is support from electricity and a battery that asks for a charge. By the way, talking about spin, Compass 4xe with zero power looks like T270.

There are six gears that can be shifted manually on a lever, but it lacked paddle shifters, which would have put it closer to the old Lexus NX hybrid.

Remember that the 1.3 Turbo pushes something more when needed, but the electric reduces this load when it is used directly by combustion, an average of about 14.5 km / l on the road.

A lot depends on the traffic conditions, the route and the load on board to get a good driving experience. It is better to save part of the energy for use in certain situations, such as climbing mountains.

Recharging the Jeep Compass 4xe, in this case, is a must, simply because the 1.3 Turbo with some help from electricity and with zero battery does not get you very far.

It’s 36 liters that go fast, so it’s important to fill the Jeep at home or on the street. At first, it is interesting to adjust the load of the car itself.

In high climate, charging can bring down the network if you use a lot of load, such as air conditioner, shower and high power appliances connected to the residence.

If it is a time when the consumption is not very high, you can put it in this high mode, which allows charging for 4 hours, but at least 20 hours.

The wall box allows for a quick charge (80%) of 100 minutes or a slow (full) charge of 9 hours. The cool thing about the charger is that the pins are 10 amps, the same rating as the indoor sockets.

You can plan the days of the week and when to stop paying for the car. Even in ungrounded outlets, it charges well, which is another advantage.

In addition to the routes already mentioned, the hybrid Compass also has Sand / Mud (sand / mud) and Snow (snow), as well as re-stopping with a small brake on two levels.

This speeds up the recovery of the battery, especially on steep slopes, although you have to push the car on the accelerator, using energy.

For off-road use, it has 4 × 4 closed, 4 × 4 reduced and descent control, all so that the Compass 4xe resembles the national TD350.

In this, the 4xe holds the so-called “two wheels” or one of the legs, if you prefer, in the old world … Although in the case of AWD traction, that is not the intention, because the remote road will always continue. .

As for handling, with good power, with electric power to help push or even on its own – don’t think that with only 60 horsepower it drags – the Compass 4xe drives very well.

The suspension is balanced, like the national one, as well as good braking action and response. Electric steering is also pleasant, as well as behavior in curves.

The well-sized Jeep Compass 4xe to drive in Brazil, even with 19-inch wheels, shows the same benchmark as the national one and even has the full ADAS package.

Along with that, on the road, he has his eyes on cars, lanes and everything else, ensuring a pleasant and safe journey.

For you…

The Jeep Compass S 4xe is a very complete car and, with the exception of the paddle shifters for that manual shift, it only asks for a few extras to make up for its high price.

One of them is a memory for the driver’s seat, as well as an electric adjustment for the passenger. In addition, there are many things, such as direct parking, for example.

Bars on the roof are not needed, but would be helpful for viewing, while the column offers options for viewing various information, being more than the standard versions.

It has a home charger that does not require an adapter, a light charging indicator in the process, which can be seen from a distance and a good combination of driving options.

In the market, however, it now faces direct competition from the Tiggo 8 Pro Plug-in Hybrid assembled here, which costs R$ 80,000 less, has 77 more horsepower and 7 seats.

Still, in terms of products, Jeep Compass is not at the top of the market unfortunately and its characteristics are known, even with a different proposal. right? What do you think; what do you think

Dimensions and numbers…

Jeep Compass S 4xe 2022 Technical Data Sheet

Engine/Transmission

Number of cylinders – 4 in line, turbo

Engine capacity – 1,332 cm³

Power – 180 hp at 5,750 rpm (petrol)

Torque – 27.5 kgfm at 1,750 rpm (petrol)

Electric (rear) – 60 hp at 0 rpm

Electric torque – 25.5 kgfm at 0 rpm

Transmission – 6-speed automatic with shift lever

Combined power – 240 hp

Combined torque – 53.5 kgfm

Performance

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 6.8 seconds

Top speed – 206 km / h

Rotation of 110 km / h – 2,000 rpm

Urban consumption – 25.4 km/litre (petrol)

Highway consumption – 24.2 km/litre (petrol)

Suspension/Operation

Front – McPherson / Rear – Multilink

electricity

brake

Front and rear discs with ABS and EDB

Wheels/Tires

19″ alloys and 235/45 R19 tyres

Dimensions/Weight/Capacity

Length – 4,404 mm

Width – 1,819 mm (without mirrors)

Height – 1,645 mm

Between the axles – 2,636 mm

Weight in flight mode – 1,908 kg

Tank – 36 liters

Trunk – 420 liters

Price: BRL 349,990

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