Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Well-built Compass cabin feels robust
  • Larger Uconnect screen an improvement
  • Rather button-laden compared with rivals

Jeep Compass: what's it like inside?

In the same way that the exterior of the Jeep Compass lacks the charm and distinction of the smaller Renegade, it’s a similar story once you climb aboard.

There’s not a lot to pick fault with, it just all feels a bit ordinary.

Material and build-quality of the Mexican-built left-hand drive models we tested felt on par with the majority in this sector, and the UK versions sourced from Jeep’s Indian plant aren't any different. Trailhawk models have red accents to match the anodised finish to the exterior detailing.

The Compass's cabin is modern, but lacks the Renegade's charm

European- and American-spec models appear to have a wide palette of colours to choose from for their interiors, but in the UK we only get black or grey.

Survey the steering wheel and lower console fore and aft of the gearlever and the Compass seems button-heavy, but everything is easy to learn and is clearly labelled, including the drive-mode selector with its rotary control.

Much better is the responsive 8.4-inch Uconnect multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The graphics are crisp, the sat-nav rendering smooth, although whether the 5.0- and 7.0-inch versions are as impressive remains to be seen.

  • Front seats are supportive and comfy
  • Ride quality on motorways is good
  • Pity it’s not as well-sorted at low speeds

Jeep Compass: which is most comfy for me?

Stick to smoother roads and motorways and the Jeep Compass is unlikely to give your passengers much to grumble about from a comfort perspective. It’s stable, won’t list excessively in bends and there’s a decent amount of space in both the front and back.

Where the facade slips somewhat is over particularly rutted surfaces or road furniture such as ironworks or speed bumps. The Compass’s damping is too firm to deal with them compliantly, making the Jeep lurch about over them, transferring much of the jolt to the occupants.

Curiously, venturing off-road seems to cause it less of an issue over rougher terrain, although it has to be pointed out this is done at a much slower pace.

Up front the seats feel supportive and comfortable, those in the back much flatter and contourless in comparison. Specify the panoramic glass roof and the situation’s less positive in the back as it impinges severely on headroom. Kids will likely be fine, but adults less so.

Road and wind noise are kept in check but the clatter of the diesel engine’s disappointingly apparent when making progress from low speeds.