While Jeep isn’t quite hybrid with the Compass e-Hybrid yet, it’s an exciting and exciting step in that direction. The Compass itself has now become a contender in the extremely talented family SUV market with a bit of a Jeep addition, even though the model doesn’t have all-wheel drive. Its biggest problem, however, is that the power of competition combines more effectively and the deals available on the internet. Hyundai Tucson or Kia Sportage. It will be interesting to see if Jeep can react to make the Compass even more competitive.
As if all the different kinds of crossbred The above suggestion was not confusing enough, along with Jeep car with its latest form of electrification. Named e-Hybridit is available here in Compass as well as smaller, older Extend.
Located somewhere between mild hybrid and full hybrid, the e-Hybrid will power the car with just electric power, but only at very slow speeds and for a few hundred yards if you’re lucky. So it’s more of a cross than a light cross, but less of a cross than a full cross. And, of course, Jeep also offers 4xe plug-in hybrid over its entire range; they seem to have accounted for a third of the total sales.
Jeep has, so far, avoided switching to parent company Stellantis’ platform, developing its own technology for now – although we suspect that All-electric mini Jeep will use the familiar CMA architecture.
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Much of what’s under the Compass, however, is new, starting with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The engine was selected for its efficiency and suitable for hybridization, with a belt-start generator installed – as in mild hybrids – to help with smooth restart. The gearbox has a 19bhp electric motor housed in the gearbox housing.
The 0.8kWh 48v battery sits in the car’s central spine, while this is a front-wheel drive-only Jeep – there’s no four-wheel drive option, so the idea of the rides goes anywhere. anywhere in an e-Hybrid will have to be unloaded or you will have to purchase another version.
Start the starter button and while the car is running, the engine is not; Jeep calls it Silent Start. You then switch to e-Launch, which uses the electric motor to get the car going before the gas engine quickly jumps in to help.
At very slow speeds, e-Creeping uses electric power where a traditional petrol car would rush forward at a tick, but when stopped/started again jams. E-Queue means you can stay silent in heavy traffic. Then there’s e-Parking, which uses electric power at parking speeds, plus an e-Bo boost to provide a little extra power if needed during sharp acceleration.
Jeep didn’t call this a ‘self-charging hybrid’, preferring to say that it ‘doesn’t require external recharging’. In fact, the brakes do a good and well-tuned job of transferring power back to the battery – you guessed it, it’s called e-Braking.
So how does it feel in action? If you’re gentle with the throttle, you’ll enjoy soothing silence during initial acceleration and yes, in traffic and when parking, electric power can take care of everything. But it’s not surprising that it doesn’t take long or with just a gentle bend of your right leg that the gas engine kicks in. It’s pretty unobtrusive, but there’s a bit of shake and jitter when switching power modes – maybe a software update could smooth things out even more.
The combination can get a little messy at times, such as if you’re slowing down at a detour and suddenly require more power. It arrives quickly, but there’s also the confusion because the system thinks you’re running on electricity-only power, only to have the engine kick in all of a sudden.
On the go, the dual-clutch transmission is smooth enough, the engine is quiet, and on the highway everything is impressively quiet. However, the trip is not quite complicated. You feel pretty much everything, though the suspension does a decent job of softening the worst bumps.
There isn’t much excitement from the performance either, despite being electrically boosted – this Compass lacks a bit of power when you actually put your foot down as the ten-second 0-62mph time proves. And despite the nice, thick steering wheel, the car’s dynamics are also pretty steady.
But does all that smart electrification help keep costs down at the pumps or when it comes to VEDs or corporate car taxes? Jeep says the e-Hybrid will use 15 percent less fuel than previous petrol versions and perform better than similar diesel auto SUVs – the published average of 46.3mpg isn’t bad, while 139g/km CO2 means corporate car tax at 32 percent cents for the next tax year – both numbers are slightly worse than fully hybrid rivals.
While many other things have changed with the latest Compass to improve quality and technology, space has not – but that’s not a bad thing. Room in the back is good – although third passengers will have to place their feet on either side of the battery tunnel. Boot space is fine too, at 438 liters, meaning the hybrid system shouldn’t have any effect on practicality.
Our Compass e-Hybrid comes in a new eco-focused Upland version, using recycled materials on the seats and dashboard – and the inside feels smart and premium. You also get a 10.1-inch infotainment system with all the connectivity you’d expect and functions remotely via app, a digital display and a host of safety and assistance features. Standard drivers include Highway Assist – an easy-to-use Level 2 autonomous driving system that combines adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.
It’s a premium price, however, which, at £35,895, puts the Compass e-Hybrid against some talented full hybrids like Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. If you can forgo some recycled accessories and kits, ranges start at £32,895 for the delightfully named Night Eagle edition.
|Model:||Jeep Compass e-Hybrid Upland|
|Engine:||1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol plus 0.8kWh . battery|
|Power / Torque:||128bhp/230Nm plus 19bhp/55NM . electric motor|
|Transmission process:||Seven-speed automatic, front-wheel drive|