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The 2021 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the range-topping Compass, and is clearly differentiated by a small badge standing out proudly in red and silver with just two words – ‘Trail Rated’.
Prepared as the most capable off-road model in the Compass lineup, the Trailhawk has a redesigned front bumper for improved approach angle, revised rear bumper and an off-road suspension package that lifts running ground clearance to a claimed 225mm, up from the Limited 4×4’s 212mm, and an increased maximum wading depth of 480mm.
Trailhawk also offers Jeep’s Active Drive Low 4×4 System for off-roading in what is an SUV platform.
The system has a Drive Mode selection, a 4WD Lock which suggests that it locks drive 50:50 front to rear, and then there’s the 4WD Low button. This isn’t low range and while it touts a 20:1 crawl ratio via 4WD Low, engaging 4WD Low doesn’t change the crawl speed the Compass Trailhawk is capable of. Rather, 4WD Low forces the vehicle to start in first gear rather than its default of second gear, tweaks the throttle sensitivity, and tweaks the stability control and brake traction control, which Jeep calls a Brake-Lock Differential System.
The dashboard is dominated by the 8.4-inch touchscreen which controls everything from climate, to your phone, and navigation, and uses Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for connectivity. The Compass runs the latest-generation Uconnect (and we’re writing up a longer review of the system) and it’s a ripper of a system, easily one of the best infotainment units you’ll find on any car in this segment. The menu structure is easy to follow and the buttons respond beautifully to the first touch. Using the virtual audio and climate controls is much easier than using the hard switchgear at the base of the dashboard.
The Jeep Compass has been awarded a five-star ANCAP rating, scoring 35.93 points out of 37. Standard safety equipment across the range includes reversing camera, seven airbags, speed limiter, tyre pressure warning, stability control, roll mitigation, traction control and trailer sway control. The Trailhawk adds front and rear parking sensors and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
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