The American brand’s new compact SUV brings plenty of desirable features, but one area is a big letdown. After a tough few years, Jeep is having a mini sales resurgence, and its new Compass SUV should help that continue. Here is everything you need to know about the new Jeep Compass.
This is the cheap Jeep. The compact Jeep Renegade is no longer offered here, so the upgraded Compass is the brand’s most affordable option. It’s priced from about $42,000 to $56,000 drive-away, and the model we tested was the mid-range S-Limited, available from about $51,000.
Closer in size to the Toyota C-HR than the larger RAV4, the Compass is more expensive than many mainstream rivals. To compensate, Jeep has loaded the S-Limited with an enticing array of equipment.
The impressive-looking cabin is designed around a digital driver display and giant 10.1-inch central touchscreen with satnav, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, and inductive smartphone charging, along with a seriously punchy nine-speaker Alpine stereo.
Some of the cabin plastics are a little hard to the touch, though. It’s powered by a 2.4-liter petrol engine linked to a nine-speed auto and all-wheel-drive. The warranty covers you for five years or 100,000 kilometers.
An urban-focused machine that’s much easier to live with than the truck-like Wrangler, the Compass S-Limited is packed with creature comforts. Plump for a $2950 premium package, and you get a huge sunroof, heated and cooled leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and a handy 360-degree camera.
We’re happy to report there are physical buttons and knobs for the dual-zone climate control and electric adjustment for the driver’s seat that accommodates a wide variety of bodies.