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After two and a half years and 37,000 trouble-free miles, I traded in my 2015 Renegade Latitude for a 2018 Compass Sport. I really liked my Renegade, but I just couldn't love it. Whenever I drove my wife's 2014 Dodge Dart that had the same 2.4L engine, but a six-speed transmission, I would remark to myself of how much nicer the Dart was to drive. The engine was so much more responsive. When I pushed on the gas pedal, the engine immediately revved up and my speed increased. With the Renegade, it was always an effort to merge into traffic. It was even scary at times at short onramps as the Renegade just didn't want to get going. In the all too common slow and go traffic on Los Angeles' freeways, it would slow just fine, but getting it back up to from 2 mph to 25 mph was always such an effort and I had to constantly deal with cars merging in front of me because I couldn't stay close enough behind the car in front.

In every other way, I really liked the Renegade and I will miss owning such a unique-looking vehicle. My new Compass Sport has the same 2.4L engine, but has the six-speed transmission (only available in the Sport - all other trims include the nine-speed). When I test-drove it, I found the difference to be remarkable. My dealer gave me a decent trade-in amount and there were some rebates so I was sold.

However, I stuck with the same orange color. Here they both are.
 

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The new Compass was my fave car at the 2017 Geneva motor show.
It was sadly not out when I needed to buy a car last year.

What were you other engine choices over there?
 

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Just the 2.4L. Transmission choices are 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic (Sport only), and the 9-speed automatic.
 

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I've said this before in other threads, and it's too late here... But for others reading this thread:
If you want your 9 speed Renegade to skoot, use the manual shift mode. Keep the rpm above 2500 (even better above 3k). I really like the transmission after I started doing that. It's almost as much fun as a manual and waaaaay better than letting it pick the gears for you.
 

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I've said this before in other threads, and it's too late here... But for others reading this thread:
If you want your 9 speed Renegade to skoot, use the manual shift mode. Keep the rpm above 2500 (even better above 3k). I really like the transmission after I started doing that. It's almost as much fun as a manual and waaaaay better than letting it pick the gears for you.
I actually got used to doing just that, but there's a reason I get the auto trans in my vehicles. I'd personally rather not, but more power to you if you find it fun.
 

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Robewil, from your photo side-by-side, looks like the the compass is wider from the outside, is it roomier on the inside?
 

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Believe it or not, the Renegade is slightly wider. The Renegade is also taller. However, the Compass is a bit longer so there is more legroom in the back. I haven't actually measured, but I believe the cargo area is slightly longer, although the Compass has an angled back-end that diminishes the capacity somewhat compared to the Renegade's upright back-end. Honestly, the interior of the Compass doesn't seem all that different than in the Renegade. It doesn't have all that headroom the Renegade does, but it's enough for me at 6'1".
 

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But the Renegade with the six speed manual and the 1.4 Turbo will rip the tread off of any set of tires....

When the turbo hits the right RPM and the right gear, it will bury your head into the back seat!


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But the Renegade with the six speed manual and the 1.4 Turbo will rip the tread off of any set of tires....

When the turbo hits the right RPM and the right gear, it will bury your head into the back seat!


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I have the 1.4T manual trans and that is very true.
 

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Was looking at the Compass today.

Only petrol available here is the FWD 1.4.

And no rear A/C vents (yet again) and the front centre vents are off the 500L so basically
don't throw much air back for the hound. A pretty useless package for me then.
 

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The new Compass was my fave car at the 2017 Geneva motor show.
It was sadly not out when I needed to buy a car last year.

What were you other engine choices over there?
https://www.jeep.com
Here is a link to the U.S. site. Our options/packages are rather limited.
I test drove a new Compass, 6 speed. It felt somewhat cramped inside, less head room. I'm 6' feet tall and thin.
I much prefer the 1.4 turbo, but the 2.4 does well with a manual trans. Build quality seemed the same as the Renegade. I'm not sure how "made in India" will affect sales.
 
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