It's roomy, refined, well equipped and handles well. It also has Jeep's traditional rugged good looks.
It's slow, doesn't ride very well and looks a bit cheap inside. The boot isn't the biggest, either, and the optional CVT gearbox is jerky.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There's a 2.0-litre diesel bought from Volkswagen, or a 2.4-litre petrol with either manual or continuously variable (CVT) automatic transmission. Most people will buy the diesel, which at least perks up once the turbo is up and running. The petrol never feels to have anywhere near the claimed 168bhp, especially with the CVT gearbox.
Ride & Handling
The Compass is the first front-wheel-drive Jeep, with the rear wheels only being brought in to help when extra traction or stability is wanted. It handles tidily, with decent steering and control of body movement, but the ride can be jittery despite all-round independent suspension - another Jeep first. Some tremors are fed through the steering column.
Considering the large frontal area and big mirrors, wind noise is minimal at UK speeds and the engines aren't noisy unless revved really hard. However, the CVT gearbox doesn't always shift smoothly and there are rattles from the unoccupied rear seat on bumpy roads.