Jeep Compass review - Reliability and Safety
The Compass has excellent safety scores, and much of its tech is tried and tested
While the previous Compass was no great shakes on the safety front, with a two-star rating from Euro NCAP, the latest one is a far more attractive proposition. It was tested in 2017 and earned the maximum five-star score - and remember that the current Euro NCAP tests are far tougher than the ones the original Compass underwent.
Adult occupant protection was awarded a laudable 90 per cent protection rating, while child accident protection scored 83 per cent; the Compass only has two sets of Isofix mounts in the rear seats. Among the safety features that will be included on various trim levels is Jeep’s Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Information System, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view reversing camera. Four-wheel-drive versions obviously benefit from the added traction that this provides in wintry conditions, which will be of special interest to owners in out-of-town locations.
It’s a bit early to comment on reliability, except to point out that much of the Compass’s engine, platform and electronics technology has already been tried and tested on the Renegade – as well as FCA Group sister models such as the Fiat 500X. Build quality is good too, so we don’t envisage too many problems.
2018 saw Jeep bump up its existing three-year warranty cover to five years, as part of the company's 5-3-5 aftersales package. This provides warranty cover for 5 years or 75,000 miles - whichever comes first - and also includes three years' servicing and five years roadside assistance.
As mentioned, Jeep is currently offering three years of free servicing with all of its current models, Compass included. This covers the cost of parts, lubricants and labour for the first three years or first three services as indicated by the car's computer, whichever comes first.
In this review
- 1VerdictStylish, comfortable and more usable off-road than the average crossover, the Jeep Compass has plenty to offer
- 2Engines, performance and driveTerrific off-road, especially in Trailhawk spec, but the Compass loses ground to rivals on tarmac
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsLatest Jeep models are pretty efficient, although the off-road capability exerts a price
- 4Interior, design and technologyCrisp exterior style has showroom appeal, but the Compass is a little dreary inside
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Jeep Compass is spacious and roomy, in spite of its sporty roofline
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThe Compass has excellent safety scores, and much of its tech is tried and tested