The recently launched Jeep Compass has attained the maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP’s crash tests. The popular crossover was tested for adult protection, child protection, pedestrian protection and driving assistance safety systems.
The Compass managed to score high marks thanks to what Jeep calls its ‘safety cage’. Sixty five per cent of this cage is constructed of high-strength steel which ensures high torsional strength. The Compass also gets 70 active and passive safety systems.
Safety systems fitted as standard on the Compass range available in Europe include active driving assistance systems. These include forward collision warning and lane sense departure warning, which combine radar and video camera technology to recognise potential collisions. The systems also alert the driver with audio and visual warnings. Also, under certain conditions, these systems use the electronic steering (EPS) to assist the driver.
The car also has adaptive cruise control, which maintains distance from the vehicle ahead and in certain circumstances, can bring the vehicle to a full stop without driver intervention. Jeep is also offering blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection which notifies drivers reversing out of parking spaces about vehicles crossing behind.
Not all of these features come standard on the Jeep Compass sold here in India. The car misses out on the radar-based active driver assistance features. However, it does get six airbags (in top-spec trim), ABS, EBD and ESP as standard.