The interior layout, fit and finish
The Jeep Compass gives you plenty of adjustment for the front seats and steering wheel to allow the driver to get comfortable, and standard lumbar adjustment improves back support. Visibility is good, with a high driving position that offers a decent vantage point over the bonnet, not unlike what you’ll find in the Range Rover Evoque.
Sadly, the Compass doesn't match the Evoque's simplified interior design. On the plus side, it does have a new version of the Jeep UConnect infotainment system. You get a sizeable 10in touchscreen that looks high-definition sharp, and while the menu layout is a little easier to get on with, there are still too many small icons used that are hard to hit on the move.
For instance, the air-con controls share the same space as the ones for the stereo and, weirdly, the screen on/off button. Plug-in hybrid models get a row of controls below that to switch between modes, but the button to increase regeneration when you lift off the accelerator is miles away from them, next to the infotainment screen. the Ford Kuga has a much more cohesive layout.
What’s more, the Compass can’t even match the far less expensive Skoda Karoq for interior quality. Yes, there are some soft touch materials across the top of the dashboard and door cards, but the texture looks like it was modelled on rhino skin and feels just as rough. The rest of the materials feel cheap, especially the hollow-sounding indicator and wiper stalks.