Whats it feel like?
With a series of detailed but minor changes, the Trailhawk offers a driving experience similar to that of a compass with similar specifications. In our test conditions on wet Italian roads, the biggest difference can be attributed to the tyres. The all-terrain tyre for all types of off-road use offers greater grip than the normal car, although the margin is much smaller in the dry, while the smaller diameter wheels also mean a small improvement in acceleration.
The performance of the Trailhawk is sufficient, but no less than you would expect from a car of this mass with a torque of 280 lbs. Reasonably quiet at low revs, the 2.0 litre diesel engine does much more than make a fuss when looking for performance and may require a certain throttle squeeze before the gearbox and engine decide on their next move. Both are happier on a cruise where the ninth gear can be used to get a good result and offer a comfortable cruise.
In addition to the increased suspension height, the suspension adjustment remains the same, which means that the Trailhawk can fall a little short on poor surfaces. Sharp knocks can result in a similar sharp knock, while larger ripples can be left to settle slowly afterwards, although body roll is well controlled. Steering is energetic enough, though light to the touch, and much of the weight comes from a self-centered action of artificial feel. However, if you can get the Trailhawk into its comfort zone, it will surely impress, as it offers more off-road capability than the vast majority of buyers would consider using.
On the inside, the Trailhawks black cabin needs more of the colour sparkles than it receives, and the quality of the material is no more than adequate; suggesting that construction quality will not worry key players in this sector, although the standard specification is good.