Jeep Compass 4xe: experience driving the plug-in hybrid

José Manuel González Torres

More than seventy years have passed since Jeep started production of its first SUV: the Willys Overland. Despite the constant challenges of the automotive industry, the firm has tried to stay true to the adventurous philosophy that characterizes its product. The electrification of the four-wheel park represents an unequaled challenge for all manufacturers, but it is especially fond of those with a smaller and more specialized range. The Italian brand does not understand defeats and has put its batteries to update its portfolio, with the sole objective of standing up to the new era of commitment without losing its essence. It does so by presenting the plug-in hybrid variants of the Jeep Compass and Renegade, very different models from each other but which demonstrate that being respectful with the environment is not at odds with the off-road character.

He Compass 4xe, a logo that will identify them as plug-in versions, uses a hybrid system that gives it the Zero sticker from the DGT. With this badge you will be able to circulate without problem, and not only on the most difficult roads in the mountains, but also on the streets of Madrid and Barcelona. Jeep resorts to the combination of a new 1.3 GSE gasoline engine, with powers of 130 and 180 CV, along with a small 44 kW (60 hp) electric drive. In this way, the Jeep Compass 4xe will be able to circulate up to 50 kilometers in 100% electric mode, without emitting a single gram of CO2.

If you are looking for an off-road vehicle with true off-road capabilities, but you also need a vehicle capable of meeting the challenges of everyday traffic, the Jeep PHEV range can be your best alternative. The Compass 4xe is already in the dealerships of the brand with prices that start from the 43 200 euros for the access model. The commercial offer is structured in three trim levels: Limited, Trailhawk and S. During its presentation around the Jarama circuit, we were able to test all its facets, from country driving to fast-track driving. Now we tell you. We also took the opportunity to learn about the facelift of the traditional combustion model, with the arrival of a model 1.3 Turbo GSE 150 CV.