Jeep owners more used to fuel figures in the low 20s will be amazed to find that the Compass diesel has a combined figure of 43.5mpg. Even the petrol does 32.5mpg as a manual. Running costs should be reasonable, then, and buying the car is relatively painless, too, but resale values might not be at the levels of the class best.
Jeep Compass quality & reliability
The Compass is a $15,000 car in America, and appears to have been built down to that price. The plastics are brittle and shiny, there are exposed metal clasps and seat runners and the dash sections don't fit together snugly. Jeep reliability is not fabulous, either, though to be fair this is a new kind of car for the company.
Jeep Compass safety & security
From the safety perspective, you get pretty much the lot, including anti-roll-over protection, stability control and six airbags. The part-time four-wheel-drive system does its job well, too, enhancing stability and traction. Keyless entry and an alarm help to keep thieves out.