Friday, April 15, 2011

Jeep Compass 2.2 CRD Limited 2WD: nosta the road test

The extent of the changes can not be restricted only to end restyling, unable to describe the evolutionary leap in terms of content and perceived quality. This is actually a new model, the most interesting and square, with engines of more substance, last renovated interior and aesthetic pleasing than the previous generation with frontal frog.

On the second attempt and then abandoned the Jeep Compass and special quirks to become smaller Grand Cherokee, Jeep car flagship of the new styles and the first model under the aegis of Chrysler. Of course, some detail is even less than what the competition offers (especially when analyzing the behavior and road), but the leap forward is still significant and tangible.

See for example the interior. All of the dashboard plastics are assembled with care and precision, you do not feel creaking overall appearance is also nice, thanks mainly to the presence of the UConnect system with 8.4-inch touch screen. With the quality of the couplings can therefore compensate for the use of certain materials elegant, sturdy and functional but just as basic.

Note on hand for the seats, comfortable and lined with good skin, which helps the driver to sew a near perfect driving position: support for the left foot is great, steering wheel and fully adjustable seat and also the center armrest fixed does not interfere with arm movements. Negative rather than the visibility both front and rear.

The Compass is the subject of our test engine equipped with the 2.2 diesel version of 136 bhp and construction Limited, offered the only front-wheel drive. The four-cylinder Mercedes source delivers maximum power at 3,600 rpm and, accompanying the 136 hp with 320 Nm of torque, arranged almost geometric uniformity since the smaller schemes.

Acceleration and recovery turn out to be far more than satisfactory, despite the declared number (0-100 km / h in 11.5 seconds) inviting to drive with extreme track stand while pushing past the 3,000 rpm does not justify insistence on pursuing it. This engine is smooth and reveals very regular in particular between 1,800 and 2,800 rpm and allows the compass to move with ease, in spite of a total of 1,680 pounds.

The six-speed manual transmission is proved correct in the grafts and soft in the movement, unlike the clutch that requires an above average effort. Unconvincing when the brake pedal, which is also pretty hard to press. The driving performance of Compass suffers from a rather sharp pitching, which occurs mainly during acceleration: stamping firmly on the gas pedal, wheel straight or turned, the muzzle pointing up and steering wheel consequently becomes lighter , causing an unpleasant effect of buoyancy.

Nothing dangerous, but a physiological reaction and counter them easily (simply lift the foot to rebalance the structure). At moderate speeds the U.S. crossover is pretty easy, intuitive and immediate, safe and without reactions. Less convincing the steering wheel, soft when parking or when traveling in the city but not very precise in the corners or along highways and secondary roads.

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