Jeep isn’t a brand renowned for launching new models all the time, so it’s quite big news when major changes are made.
And just in time for 2022, Jeep is refreshing its mid-size Compass. Slotting above the Renegade and beneath the Cherokee, this model gets a range of revisions that aim to improve both the quality and technology.
Here are five things you need to know about it.
Plug-in hybrid available for the first time
Jeep is putting a lot of effort into its electrified models and following on from the arrival of the Renegade 4xe, the American brand is now launching a new 4xe version of its Compass.
Combining a 1.3-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, the Compass hybrid puts out an impressive 237bhp, which lets it reach 0-60mph in just 7.3 seconds. It also uses a 11.4kWh battery, which allows for an electric range of 30 miles once fully charged. It means the Compass could be impressively affordable to run if plugged in frequently – Jeep claims around 150mpg and 44g/km CO2 emissions.
Completely redesigned interior
One of the main changes on this new Compass are on the inside, with the interior getting a complete overhaul. Jeep says it aimed to give the cabin a ‘more modern, sophisticated style’ and it’s done exactly that.
The dashboard, centre console panels and door panels have all been redesigned, while the quality has improved dramatically, too, with much better ergonomics than before as well. The new centre console also provides more than triple the storage space than before, which really helps to improve everyday usability.
Plenty of additional technology
The Compass’s levels of technology have also been greatly improved, not least thanks to a new 10.1-inch touchscreen, which runs on the brand’s latest Uconnect 5 operating system, allowing for plenty more connected services. Featuring Amazon Alexa integration, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and lots more, it’s a huge step up over its predecessor.
Elsewhere, all models get a new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, along with a powerful wireless smartphone charger.
It’s the first Jeep to get Level 2 automated driving
Jeep has also worked hard to improve the Compass’s level of safety equipment, and this new model is the brand’s first model in Europe to offer Level 2 automated driving.
The main new feature is Highway Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane centering, and can automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed and trajectory, though drivers do need to stay in full control of the vehicle with their hands on the wheel.
One of the best things about the Compass beforehand was the way it looks, with its chunky styling really helping it to stand out from the crowd.
It’s no surprise that Jeep hasn’t changed the formula too much, though there are subtle styling updates to look out for, which have helped to keep the Compass looking fresh. The changes mainly affect the front end, with the model getting a more ‘layered look’ and new full LED headlights, which are fitted as standard to all versions.
The new Jeep Compass is on sale now, with prices starting from £29,895.Enquire on a new Jeep Compass