June 30, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Jeep Compass Longitude

The Urban Crossover Jeep

The 2nd generation Jeep Compass which replaced its fugly predecessor back in 2017 got a fairly large discount recently, while supplies last, which makes it actually cheaper than the most inexpensive Renegade in our Philippine market. There will be a facelifted model due with updated packaging coming eventually but if you are one of those Jeep fans than find the Renegade a little too small then the Compass Longitude model may be the unique crossover that you are looking for with 15 bhp and 15 lb-ft more torque from the same Multiair 1.4-liter engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. It actually uses a stretched version of the same platform on the Renegade by 2.6-inches and it truly resembles its larger Cherokee and Grand Cherokee siblings unlike before.

Isabel and James in the 1st Gen 2012 Jeep Compass in the US

Our test unit seen here in Granite Crystal Metallic clearcoat is also available in Bright White clearcoat and Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl. The front vented discs are 12.0-in while the rears are 10.9-in solid discs. The chunky 17-inch x 7J alloys are wrapped with 225/60R17 99H Yokohama Geolandar SUV BluEarth tires.

The infotainment system is handled by a 4th generation Uconnect with 7-inch display through a 6-speaker system with Apple CarPlay® support and rear camera. The rear signature LED lighting is nice while the twin exhausts also look and sound purposeful. I wish the front projector halogen headlights and fog lamps were LED to match the rears and cast better illumination at night. The rear seats are versatile, fairly spacious and they do have rear air vents which is essential. Its most direct competition in our market is the Mazda CX-30 FWD PRO which has more standard equipment and performs dynamically better with less power. 

The Jeep Compass has a lot of potential, it can be very competitive if packaged better but as it stands now, it is a tall compact wagon with good 8.2-inches of ground clearance, uncommon looks, and personality.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1368 cc
Cylinder Head sohc 16V
Fuel Injector Port Injection Intercooled Turbo, Atkinson-Cycle, VVT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 160 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 184 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Transmission 7-speed DCT

Performance

Top Speed 194 km/h (121 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 10.9 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 14.1 Km/L Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,480,000.00 (Promotional Price after P370k discount from P1,850,000 SRP)
What's Great Jeep-pedigree, comprehensive driver aids, panoramic roof, good-looking, larger than the Renegade.
What's Not So Packaging needs improvement, non-Trail-rated front wheel drive only, new facelifted model coming soon.
C! Editors Rating 8.5/10
© C! 2003-2021. All Rights Reserved. Designed by