Now facing stiff competition in the shape of Hyundai’s Tucson, Nissan’s Qashqai, Dacia’s Duster, and many more, Jeep’s latest revisions to the Compass have some serious work to do. Read on for the full low-down.
Having first hit showrooms in 2017 it’s no secret the Compass is getting a little long in the tooth. And in such a crowded sector, it can ill-afford to lag behind key rivals in terms of tech and spec. But rather than pull the plug on its family-sized SUV and start from scratch, Jeep believes a nip here and a tuck there, combined with a dash of extra equipment, should be enough to prolong the Compass’s life for a while longer.
Here's everything that’s changed for the 2024 Model Year.
Now with over 80 standard safety and security features to its name, the Compass is more protected than ever before.
For starters, all models receive Drowsy Driver Protection and Full-Speed Collision Warning with Active Braking – two systems designed to save lives in case of tired drivers. There’s also Pedestrian/Cyclist Automatic Emergency Braking, Active Lane Management, and Rear Cross Path detection, to further bolster the Jeep’s safety credentials.
Tactile new technology
The 4x4’s infotainment displays have also been reworked to provide a setup befitting of the 21st century. A 10.25-inch frameless full-colour TFT instrument cluster is one of the biggest in class, while a standard 10.1-inch digital central touchscreen is five-times-faster than before and boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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Trimmed to tackle rivals
To streamline the buying process, Jeep has refined the Compass range into four key trims – of which Altitude, Summit, and Overland are all new, while Trailhawk remains at the very top for those after all the bells and whistles teamed with maximum off-road ability.
The entry-level Altitude models feature a generous amount of kit, including all that you would expect: 18-inch alloys, heated mirrors, and ergonomic seats with powered lumbar. Plus, there’s a few welcome surprises: automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and passive keyless entry are often optional extras on more premium marques, but come as standard here.
Ascending the range you’ll reach Summit next, offering some blacked-out styling tweaks, roof rails, larger 19-inch wheels, and ventilated leather seats.
The Overland spec is for those who prioritise function over form, with smaller alloys wrapped in mud and snow biased tyres. Added ground clearance and an easily washable vinyl interior, also contribute to a more rugged appeal.
And, as mentioned above, the top-flight Trailhawk trim is designed for those who want to have their cake and eat it too. Maximum 4x4 ability and all the trappings of luxury combine to make a Compass worth coveting.
A welcome boost
The new Compass benefits from the choice of two electrified powertrains. The first is a mild-hybrid setup utilising a 1.5-litre circa 130 bhp petrol, mated to a 48V electrical system. This allows the Compass to capture energy that would otherwise be lost when braking or accelerating.
A more expensive 4xe plug-in hybrid will also feature. With stronger performance and a suggested electric range of around 30 miles, this should be the pick of the range.
While we’re yet to receive official confirmation of pricing for the rejuvenated Compass, starting figures should be broadly similar to before.
As with most facelifts, Jeep’s revisions to its mid-sized 4x4 are welcome if somewhat unremarkable in nature. Do you think this latest refresh will be enough to tip the scales in the Compass’s favour, or should Jeep have started with a clean slate?
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