Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
While the four-wheel-drive Compass is impressively capable off road, its on-road manners are far less inspiring. It's smoother-riding than the previous model, but it is still easily unsettled by slight road imperfections and doesn’t offer the compliant, comfortable ride you get from rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008.
The Compass's steering is especially poor, feeling too light and disconcertingly vague. This isn’t such a problem for town driving, but at higher speeds it robs you of confidence, as does the fact that there's a fair bit of body roll through corners.