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2021 Jeep Compass review: Well equipped SUV is easy to live with

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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.

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VALUE

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.

COMFORT

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.

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