Jeep Compass review - Interior, design and technology
Crisp exterior style has showroom appeal, while refreshed interior adds extra quality and onboard tech
The Jeep Compass is certainly a prettier car than its predecessor, and the design has plenty of modern showroom appeal. It retains Jeep’s trademark seven-slot grille, but wraparound LED headlamps, a sculpted bonnet and deep lower grille give the front a funky feel that's something of an evolution of the larger Grand Cherokee.
The jaunty styling is carried along the side of the car with kicked up rear quarter-lights and distinctive squared-off wheelarches. The contrasting black roof visually lowers the car for a slightly racier feel, yet there’s an element of luxury provided by a big chrome trim strip that separates the roof from the door tops, running on to create a striking trailing edge for the angular rear pillars.
A facelift in 2021 saw some minor exterior updates, with a wider lower grille included along with full LED headlights fitted as standard across the range.
While the exterior is as pleasing as the Jeep’s main rivals, the pre-facelift interior didn't score quite so highly, and it all felt rather characterless and bland. In response, the manufacturer has given the Compass a welcome boost in interior quality, also introducing a new dash design, a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen with the manufacturer's new Uconnect 5 infotainment system and a 10.25-inch digital dash.
The seats have a quality feel and the chunky steering wheel is nice to hold, but otherwise cabin quality isn’t quite up to the standard of rivals.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The infotainment system is a significant improvement, with a processor that’s five times faster than before, according to Jeep. However, it’s still not the most intuitive set-up to use and response times and screen resolution could still be better, although Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard.
In this review
- 1Jeep Compass reviewStylish, 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, with the 4xe plug-in hybrid model offering around 30 miles of all-electric drive
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingCrisp exterior style has showroom appeal, while refreshed interior adds extra quality and onboard tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Jeep Compass is spacious and roomy, in spite of its sporty roofline
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Compass has excellent safety scores, and much of its tech is tried and tested