The old Jeep Compass was a rubbish car. Introduced in 2007 to the already very competitive ‘soft roader’ section of the UK car market, it was one of Jeep’s first tentative steps away from the cuboid Cherokee and pseudo-military Wrangler on which it had built its reputation. But with a drab interior, weak engine range, two-star Euro NCAP rating and divisive appearance (it resembled a Willys MB that had been microwaved) the Compass never really found its way, and lost out to more compelling rivals. With the bar set this low, Jeep can be confident that its new Compass will comfortably outperform its predecessor. The fact that the TV ad campaign for this car focuses on the word “recalculating” is presumably a nod to this - the old car landed so far wide of the mark that the new one is a complete re-working, tasked with establishing the Compass as something you might actually buy on purpose. It’s fair to say that the 2018 car is a fairly … [Read more...] about Jeep Compass review – a good car, but is it good enough?
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Another month, another new SUV. Or so it seems from our commentary box. The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan was launched last month in Malaysia, and it joins the traditional core of the SUV market, a class dominated by stalwarts such as the Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail and Mazda CX-5. Two of the Japanese trio will be replaced locally soon, which means more new SUVs. There have been Korean and European outliers before – the Hyundai Tucson/Kia Sportage duo had reasonable success during design-led purple patches, and the Ford Kuga offered a dynamic drive with a non-Asian badge – but the Honda-Nissan-Mazda stranglehold is what a new entrant must attempt to break today. The original Tiguan did not have the stature for it (literally), but VW wasn’t really trying to go mass market in Malaysia then either. Enter the new Tiguan, which comes on the scene as Volkswagen is in rebuilding mode. Despite the low tide the brand is riding on locally, new handlers Volkswagen … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Volkswagen Tiguan reviewed in Malaysia