Media and infotainment
Media charging and connectivity is good and there’s a decent visual display via the intelligently designed 8.4-inch infotainment system with BeatsAudio TM DAB radio and touchscreen controls. The GPS was excellent, although the voiceover didn’t cut out the radio as with some marques. Visually well laid out and intuitive, the Jeep Compass Limited is equipped with nine speakers located around the cabin that provide an excellent surround sound with a generous subwoofer. And the Apple Car Play was superb – just engage Siri and you have your iPhone dashboard up on the screen in front of you.
I love being high up – it’s fabulous having such superb rear and front visibility. Especially useful on motorway drives as well as in slow-moving traffic. I definitely feel a lot safer in the Compass than in a low-slung Sportster.
Drive options in the 4×4-equipped Jeep Compass Limited include Sand, Snow and Mud. Alas, I had no need for any of them since I was mainly on tarmac, but I know from the previous Jeep drives just how efficient these options are.
This SUV doesn’t exactly hug the road, but the suspension was great – very comfortable and supportive without any of the softness and willowing I’ve experienced in some SUVs. Acceleration is not the fastest (0-62mph in 9.5) but since this isn’t a track car it’s hardly an issue. Top speed is a respectable 122mph – I took it to a ton on the motorway and it still felt like 80. Way too many cop cars hiding in bushes now though.
Braking in the Compass is excellent: smooth, and not the slightest judder when I have to reduce speed quickly so as not to miss an exit. She glided down to 30mph without a moan.
As you’d imagine, boot space is generous in the Jeep Compass with adequate room for 2 large suitcases and multiple shopping bags. And the rear seats can be folded flat providing additional space. Interestingly, when you pull down the armrest in the rear seats there’s a gaping hole to the boot. Jeep calls this a Trunk Pass-Through. It did look a little odd but could be used for feeding small animals or shoving naughty children through the gap.
I didn’t do much dusk and night driving but for the short journeys I did make, I liked the Compass’s front projector beam headlamps and signature LED lighting strip. The headlamps automatically came on when it got dusk. I felt seen and forward visibility was excellent.
The JEEP Compass Limited is economical too: I did 312 miles in half a tank (it holds 60 litres) with motorway and town driving, but of course, this is a diesel engine, so let your conscience decide. Jeep quotes 49.6mpg. The car’s Co2 emissions are listed at 148.