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It’s fair to say we’re not the biggest fans of the new Jeep
Compass. Shoddy on the inside, over-compromised on- and off-road, noisy
engines… not good.

But maybe, just maybe, a decent tune-up by Startech can save
the Compass. 

Appearing just a couple of months after the Jeep went on
sale in the UK, the Startech version must be an improvement, surely?

‘Fraid not. It’s the most generic of tuning jobs: chipping
plus exhausts plus stuck-on body bits. We won’t descend into vulgar metaphor,
but suffice to say it’s like polishing something that shouldn’t - and indeed
physically can’t - be polished.

Startech could have had the common decency to do something
with the Compass’s dreadful interior, but all you get is some leather-covered
door trim and something described as ‘high-gloss silver-coated loudspeaker
mouldings’. Not even bling. 

You might be glad for the chipping at least - the 2.0-litre
diesel engine gets an extra 39bhp, boosting overall power to 177bhp, which
could at least prove useful for escaping the disappointed glances of

Certain factions of the TG office reckon the Startech
Compass is the ugliest tuning job around at the moment. That <a
href=”/content/news/stories/1026/”>might be a bit harsh</a>,
but here’s TG Associate Editor Bill Thomas’s verdict, delivered after ingesting
several heavy sedates to recover from the initial shock of the Compass. 

“This is not a real Jeep, it’s a Dodge Caliber hatch
with a soft Jeep-esque body bolted onto it,” says Bill.

“So it doesn’t do off-road too well and it looks, well,
it looks. The guys at Startech have chipped it, but they’ve chipped Chrysler
Neons in the past. Say no more. The Patriot looks more Jeep-like and is better
off-road. Go for that, not this.”

The Startech Compass? Just say no, kids.

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