What is it?
The Jeep brand is synonymous with proper off-roaders, so it seems fitting that the Compass should be engineered to be more capable than its rivals on the rough stuff. But that very trait has also proved to be the car’s biggest hindrance to mounting a charge on its best-selling class rivals.
This is a car that comes with Chapman strut rear suspension with high-strength steel links and an isolated subframe to enhance its ability on the rough stuff, but it faces rivals that are often nicknamed soft-roaders for their unashamed road bias. Truth is, the vast majority of buyers in this segment don’t ascend rocky inclines as often as they fill the boot with a weekly shop.
The Compass Limited may appeal to a wider audience, however. It gains road-friendly additions such as a premium leather interior, an 8.4in touchscreen with Apple Carplay/Android Auto and a whole host of driver assist features that make driving a chunky SUV like this on the school run easy work.
There’s also dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and heated seats with electric adjustment, and our car featured standout options such as 19in alloy wheels (£700), a panoramic sunroof (£1200) and HID headlights (part of the £600 visibility pack).