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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2005. - 2008.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2006. - 2011.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4

Dimensons & Outlines

4485 mm
1735 mm
1590 mm
387 liters
1629 liters
60 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4405 mm
1810 mm
1630 mm
334 liters
1277 liters
51 liters
2005 Subaru Forester
2006 Jeep Compass

Engine

Subaru
2.0 EJ202
Petrol
4 - Boxer, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1994 cc
162 hp
186 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Chrysler
2.4 World
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2360 cc
170 hp
220 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1365 kg
9.7 s
197 km/h
12.3 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
9.3 l/100km
220 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1435 kg
10.7 s
183 km/h
10.5 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
8.7 l/100km
206 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1380 kg
11.9 s
190 km/h
12.3 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
9.3 l/100km
220 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
cvt - gears
1450 kg
11.3 s
185 km/h
11.5 l/100km
8.3 l/100km
9.5 l/100km
226 g/km

Expenses

4500 EUR
Price from
3300 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 5-door suv body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Subaru-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 162hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp engine designed by Chrysler.

Safety

Unfortunatelly, neither of the two vehicles was submitted to the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) testing. This makes it virtually impossible for me to pick one over the other and I'm generally against buying such cars as the safety should really always come first. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the American car offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Subaru does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Subaru with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Jeep badge with 4.0 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Forester as average reliability-wise, and Compass is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the Japanese car rank it on average as 4.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Subaru is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 197 kilometers per hour, 14km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the American car, averaging around 8.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (32 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 7% difference compared to the Japanese car.


Verdict

Subaru appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the American car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Subaru being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Jeep. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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