The Jeep Compass received a comprehensive facelift in 2021 which included a number of visual tweaks, a redesigned interior, and a revised powertrain lineup. Since Carscoops has staff residing in Europe, we thought it would be a nice idea to try out the EU-spec model in its flagship plug-in hybrid form so we can see how well it does against similar-positioned rivals in the electrified SUV segment.
The Compass is available in Europe with a wide range of engines including Stelantis’ turbocharged 1.3-liter petrol producing 128 hp (96 kW / 130 PS) or 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS), the 1.6-liter turbodiesel producing 128 hp (96 kW / 130 PS), the brand-new E-Hybrid with an electrified 1.5-liter petrol producing 130+20 hp (97+15 kW / 132+20 PS), plus two 4Xe plug-in hybrid variants with a combined output of 187 hp (140 kW / 190 PS) and 237 hp (177 kW / 240 PS) respectively.
Most importantly, the latter are the only four-wheel-drive variants thanks to the eAWD system, further increasing its potential on and off the beaten track. Thanks to the 11.4kWh battery, the Compass 4Xe has the ability to travel 47-49 km (29-30 miles) with electric power alone, allowing zero-emission mobility in everyday use for those who have easy access to a charger.
Luckily, we got our hands on the most powerful Compass 4Xe in the flagship trim called 80th Anniversary. Naturally, the special edition comes with a long list of standard equipment, including the digital instrument cluster, the 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, and all of the latest ADAS from Stellantis’ parts bin, while it has a few Easter eggs that won’t go unnoticed by Jeep fans.
US readers will know that the Compass 4Xe is not available in North America. When we asked Jeep if they are planning on bringing it to the other side of the Atlantic, they said that the 4Xe vehicles are “market-specific” and declined to discuss future product plans. However, there are rumors that the 4Xe could make it stateside in the first half of 2022 as a 2023 MY.
We will be driving the Jeep Compass 4Xe both inside and outside the city for the next few days, so let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below.
Photo credits Thanos Pappas for CarScoops and Jeep