The exterior may not have seen much of an upgrade but it’s a whole different story in the cabin. Jeep has overhauled the entire interiors taking it up a full notch in terms of luxurious feel and sophistication. The beige over black scheme has been ditched in favour of a full black setup and there’s a new dashboard, infotainment screen, instrument cluster, as well as steering.
The multi-layer dashboard gets leather inserts as well as this large chrome strip that runs from end-to-end. In fact, in a bid to raise the cabin’s appeal there are chrome inserts in the steering wheel, gear lever, around steering controls, and a large nice bezel around the infotainment screen. What’s more, there are swathes of gloss black to contrast the chrome inserts and add to the premium appeal. Of course, gloss black means, you will have to deal regularly with fingerprint impressions and visible dust particles.
The design of the steering is new as is this full digital instrument cluster which is bright, filled with cool looking modern funky graphics, and provides you with a wealth of information in a quick and easy to access manner.
However, the highlight of the front seats is of course this massive 10.1-inch floating display. It’s running on Jeep’s latest UConnect system. It’s an HD display with clear and crisp graphics. You get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 360-degree camera functionality, and even voice command for hands-free functionality.
What’s more, you get loads of connected car technology, online software updates, and even a dedicated Jeep App as has become the case with any manufacturer offering such a kind of system nowadays.
In terms of dimensions, the Compass remains unchanged so you get the same amount of space at the back as was offered with the pre-facelift model. This means the excellent legroom and wide seat base have been carried over making this quite a comfortable space. You sit a little high as compared to the front seats but it is not a bad place to be in. Features here include AC vents, USB charging socket, 1.0-litre bottle holders, and coat hooks.
The rear space is quite a value offering on most fronts except for the shoulder room. It’s good for two to travel in comfort but will be a bit of a squeeze if you want to fit in three healthy-sized adults in a comfortable manner. The boot space of 438-litre is segment standard and is capable of holding multiple bags which, of course, can be expanded courtesy the 60:40 split-folding mechanism for added practicality.