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  • Launched in 2018
  • Crossover
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2018
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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heycar editorial team

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heycar editorial team

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Flawed, expensive and dated SUV

Best bits

  • Rugged image
  • Trailhawk is good off-road
  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating

Not so great

  • Doesn’t feel as premium as its price tag suggests
  • Old-fashioned and unrefined to drive
  • Base-spec models are particularly grim

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Overall verdict on the Jeep Compass

"Buying a Jeep Compass over more competent and affordable alternatives like the Peugeot 3008 or Skoda Karoq requires a strong desire to be different. It feels pretty cheap and dated inside, while it’s nothing special to drive. Still, the Jeep brand image might be strong enough to convince some buyers to part with their money, and the expensive Trailhawk model is pretty cool in a rugged kinda way."

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The popularity of the crossover SUV market means you’ll no longer turn heads or impress your neighbours if you buy a Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Karoq - no matter how competent they might be. The Jeep Compass offers something a little different, with a rugged image and genuine off-road ability.


It’s based on the same platform as the smaller Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X, sharing petrol and diesel engines with other models in the Jeep range. Unfortunately, the diesel engines, in particular, are noisy and unrefined, while the automatic gearbox is frustratingly slow to respond.


It’s not a nimble handler, either, with overly light steering and roly-poly body control. Still, that’s a small price to pay if you wish to venture off the tarmac. It’s not going to keep up with a Jeep Wrangler when the going gets tough, but the Compass Trailhawk ticks a lot of boxes for off-road enthusiasts - with its lifted suspension, hill-descent control and underbody skid plates. It’s expensive, though.


The Compass interior is practical, with enough room for four adults and a boot that’s pretty much as big as alternatives (although it’s far from the best in class in this regard). It lacks the showroom appeal of rivals, though, with lots of brittle finishes and an overwhelming amount of buttons.


The line-up starts with the Compass Sport. This is a fairly basic choice, with a tiny five-inch infotainment system, 16-inch alloy wheels and cruise control amongst the specification highlights. The mid-spec Longitude is our choice of the range, with nice-to-have features like an 8.4-inch navigation system, ambient lighting and dual-zone climate control.


The Compass Limited is a flashier option with 18-inch wheels, chrome exterior highlights and an upgraded Beats sound system. Then there’s the aforementioned Trailhawk topping the range, with its extensive list of off-road features.


All models come with a wide range of standard safety kit, which has helped get the Compass a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. This includes a forward collision warning system which can apply the brakes if it detects an impending collision, as well as a lane departure warning feature which will nudge the steering if it looks like you’re straying from your lane.


While the latest Jeep Compass is far from perfect, it is significantly better than the original model that was sold between 2008 and 2015. Fortunately, a brief hiatus of the Compass in the UK (not that anyone missed it…) means you’re unlikely to get them confused on the used market.


Some of its flaws could be forgiven if the Compass was cheap. But it’s not. New prices start significantly higher than a Nissan Qashqai or Kia Sportage, while high-spec models are up against the Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3. You’d have to really want a Jeep badge.

Is the Jeep Compass right for you?

Are you dead against buying a competent but unexciting crossover like the Nissan Qashqai? In which case, it’s easy to see the appeal of the Jeep Compass. You’d probably be better putting your reservations to one side and buying a Skoda Karoq or a bigger choice like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V, though.

What’s the best Jeep Compass model/engine to choose

You probably don’t want a low-spec Compass Sport model as this feels particularly basic. The Compass Longitude is better, with highlights including an 8.4-inch navigation system, part-(faux) leather seats and a useful reversing camera. Higher-spec models are pricey and difficult to justify, especially compared to more premium rivals.

What other cars are similar to the Jeep Compass?

The Jeep Compass is a slightly left-field alternative to cars like the Skoda Karoq, Peugeot 3008 and Nissan Qashqai. In terms of pricing, it also competes with slightly bigger SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 - and you could even compare it to premium cars like the Volvo XC40 or Jaguar E-Pace. You probably shouldn’t, though.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is it worth buying Jeep Compass?

We'd think twice before buying a Jeep Compass. While we like the looks and the image, the car itself is not on a par with rivals and can't compete on quality, price or equipment. Jeep also has a poor track record for reliability.

Georgia Petrie

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Georgia Petrie

Is the Jeep Compass reliable?

Jeep does not have a good reputation for long term reliability and often performs badly in owner surveys. In the 2020 HonestJohn.co.uk Satisfaction Index, Jeep came bottom off all the manufacturers with owners dissatisfied across the board, especially in areas of fuel economy and build quality.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

Is the Jeep Compass a good car?

Jeep has a rugged image and the Trailhawk is good off-road, but it doesn't feel like a premium car and the car feels very dated when driving on-road.

Russell Campbell

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