If you like cars, these two motors will pique your interest…
By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist. Follow on Instagram @tbarnesclay
The Compass offers a bunch of attributes that includes 4×4 off-road capability as well as contemporary and authentic Jeep design.
In Britain, the Compass offers petrol and diesel engines for different powertrain combinations and four configurations: Sport, Longitude, Limited – and Trailhawk, offering Trail Rated 4×4 traction.
Having driven the Limited 4×4 2.0 Multijet-II model recently, I reckon the Compass is a compelling proposition. Why? Because it delivers open-air freedom and an array of safety technologies. What’s more, you’re assured of a comfortable and connected driving experience on or off the beaten track.
Fast Facts (Jeep Compass Limited 4×4 2.0 Multijet-II 170)
- Max speed: 122mph
- 0-62 mph: 9.5s
- Combined mpg: 44.8
- Engine: 1956cc diesel turbo
- power (PS): 170
- CO2: 166g/km
- Price: £35,350
Volkswagen VW Arteon
Volkswagen’s Arteon is a roomy coupe that chucks in some style to boost the VW Passat’s family-friendly formula.
The Arteon’s large grille makes sure it sticks out from other coupes, but the well-built cabin isn’t quite as striking. The digital instruments are cool, but most of the interior has been appropriated from the more conservative Passat.
The space inside the Arteon is fantastic though, and the seats very comfortable. The car will seat a family-of-five – with rear seat passengers getting masses of legroom. The boot is enormous, too.
One of the best powertrains for the model is the 2.0-litre 150ps diesel mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It packs enough punch and is economical – achieving up to 50.4mpg.
On the road, it soaks up potholes well, particularly when you move the optional adaptable suspension into ‘comfort’ setting. There’s also a stack of technology to keep you out of harm’s way. For instance, the car comes with adaptive cruise control; there’s also gadgetry that will automatically pull over and stop the Arteon if it senses you’ve dropped off at the wheel. No surprise then that this Volkswagen achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating during crash testing.
So, not only is the Arteon a good-looking and practical coupe, but it’s also a car well matched to family motoring.
Fast Facts (VW Arteon Elegance TDI 2.0 150PS DSG)
- Max speed: 137mph
- 0-62 mph: 9.1s
- Combined mpg: 50.4
- Engine: 1968cc diesel turbo
- power (PS): 150
- CO2: 118g/km
- Price: £35,440