A DAY ON THE SANDY BEACHES OF SCHEVENINGEN, OFFROAD.
Last month JEEP invited me to do a test drive with the new JEEP Compass on the sandy beaches of Scheveningen in The Netherlands. JEEP is mainly focussing on the outdoor sports enthusiasts with their new model. To set the mood they’ve hosted the JEEP drive-in cinema, where they showed the epic kitesurfing movie ‘Chapter One’, in association with Mystic. After which kitesurfing and surfing lessons were given by, before we put the pedal to the metal and drove the Compass into the off-road clinic on the beach. In this review, you can expect to find the cold hard pros and cons for this vehicle, but also a bit of inspiration to get you into the right mood before driving off into the golden sunset.
WARMING UP: CHAPTER ONE
If you’re like me and you’ve always wanted to try kite-boarding, this movie will definitely pull you over to the dark side. The locations they’ve chosen to do kiteboarding in this movie are definitely bucket list material. To name a couple: Fiji, Hawaii, Necker Island, Brazil, and Cape Town.
If you don’t have any travel plans and love to road trip, you might want to consider ‘The Garden Route’ in South Africa. Praised as one of the most beautiful road trips in the world, this is definitely worth your while. And it’s got a couple of amazing spots to do (kite-)surfing as well.
KITEBOARDING ON MY NEXT ROADTRIP
So what would you do if you could go anywhere in the world? Do anything you’d want to do? For me the answer to that question is simple: drive off into the sunset towards the ocean, where it’s nice and sunny during the day and the waves are perfect for surfing or other watersports.
Am I a pro-surfer? No. Definitely not. But there is just something about that feeling, the freedom you have when you can go anywhere you want and are you’re fully focused on what the elements of nature bring you.
Since i’ve never tried kitesurfing before, this was the most opportune moment to try.
And I loved it: after getting the kite up in the air the main aim was to get the 2m2 kite under control, learn the techniques of steering before stepping it up to a 9m2 kite.
Even with little wind, the 9m2 kite pulled me up off the ground and carried me for a couple of meters before landing. Combining both the elements of wind and water, kiteboarding is something you really should try on your next road trip.
OFFROAD WITH THE JEEP COMPASS
So without further ado, let’s talk about the new JEEP Compass. According to JEEP:
“The Compass offers the best 4×4 off-road capability in its class, with excellent dynamic on road driving capabilities and a set of new user-friendly connectivity and safety technology. When we’re talking offroad the Trailhawk-edition has the best 4×4 capacity in it’s segment. The standard gear of the JEEP Compass meets the demand of customers in terms of off-road capability. The JEEP comes in four different configurations: Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk, and is available with a Diesel or Gasoline engine.”
The Jeep Compass is beautifully designed, with a distinctive seven-slot grille on the front of the compact SUV, trapezoidal wheel arches, loads of windows and the roofline make this one stunning car to look at (and drive in). The model that I drove in also had a dual-pane sunroof, which provided a real open-air experience. Great feature for when the days are soft and warm, and you don’t want to miss out on feeling like you’ve spent some time outdoors.
If you’re a wheel geek, you’re in for a treat: the compass has a total of seven different wheel design. The new model rides on 16″ (standard on Sport and Longitude), 17″ (standard on Trailhawk and Limited and optional on Longitude), 18″ or 19″ tires (both optional on Limited) providing drivers with confident traction in all road conditions.
The interior design of the new jeep sports a centre stack, which houses the 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen. The centre console neatly integrates the functional features of the Jeep Compass, including gear-shift selection, Selec-Terrain controls, electronic parking brake, engine stop-start (ESS) controls, climate and volume control knobs, and easily-accessible media charging and connectivity ports within the cubby bin.
For more info on the specs and pricing of the new JEEP Compass, check out the full spec sheet here
The Offroad Clinic
As said, I’ve put the Jeep Compass to the test on the offroad course JEEP made on the beach of Scheveningen. The Compass Active Drive 4×4 system sends engine power to the front axle only, but when needed the Compass reroutes the necessary power to the rear of the car, which you could really feel in the parts of the course where there was loose sand. You can even provide 100 percent torque to any one of the four driven wheels.
Crossing over differents bumps, humps and corners at high speeds. There are a couple of things that really stand out: first of all, the compass takes every challenge without some much of a sound, the car is rigid. Secondly, the all-wheel-drive system saved me a couple of times providing perfect amounts of traction when necessary.
At the end of it all, I’m wondering: Was the course to easy? Am I such a good driver? Or is it just a great offroad car? The one thing I do know: I want to drive this on my bucketlist roadtrip: From North to Norway, to South in the Sahara.
Some mouth-watering pics
Oh and don’t forget to drool over some amazing pictures of the different configurations below: