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The India-made Jeep Compass SUV has recently scored a 5-star rating in a crash test conducted by the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme a.k.a. the ANCAP. India being the sole manufacturer of the right-hand-drive (RHD) Jeep Compass SUV, Australia and New Zealand are among the export market for SUV. It was just early this month that Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) started exporting the Compass to Australia and New Zealand and the rating applies to all variants built from September 2017.
The Jeep Compass tested by ANCAP was introduced in Australia and New Zealand just early this month and the model comes with 9 airbags, which includes – dual frontal, side chest and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags and a driver knee airbag are standard. Furthermore, the Jeep Compass also comes with other smart safety features like – autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support systems (LSS) are available as options on some variants. Also, a manual-set speed limiter is fitted as standard.
During front impact test, protection levels for the drive and front passenger’s head and knee were good, while the chest and lower legs protection were rated just acceptable. During side-impact and whiplash test, the driver’s head, upper body and the neck all had good protection. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the frontal offset test. Pedal and steering wheel displacements were well controlled. All doors remained closed during the crash.
As mentioned earlier the ANCAP tested the latest 2017 model of the Jeep Compass, particularly the Longitude 2WD variant. The SUV comes with a total kerb weight of 1510 kg and is powered by the 2.4-litre petrol engine. The India-spec model, however, comes with the same structural dimensions and largely similar safety features but it is powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 2-litre diesel engine.
Interestingly, the left-hand-drive (LHD) of the Jeep Compass also scored a 5-star rating when the Euro NCAP did a crash test back in September 2017. This tells us Jeep has truly given a lot of importance in making the Compass not only fun and stylish but also a comfortable and safe SUV. This is also one of the reasons why the Jeep Compass was awarded the NDTV Car of the Year 2018 by us.[“Source-ndtv”]