The 2020 Jeep Compass receives several minor updates this year. The majority of the changes include newly available features for the cheapest Compass—the base Sport model. It can now be ordered with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and more with the Safety and Security package. Likewise, the Advanced Safety package unlocks even more desirable content such as adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, forward-collision warning, a leather steering wheel, and more. The top-tier Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk trim levels get a new Luxury Seat package that brings a power-adjustable driver’s seat, memory driver’s seat, and ventilated front seats. The trio also receives a newly optional Alpine sound system. Velvet Red Pearl Coat will join the paint palette later in the model year.
The interior of the Compass is comfortable, functional, and has enough space for four adult passengers. The materials used are acceptable but not exactly upscale—but then again, neither is the price, and the Compass is at least as well outfitted as much of its competition. The back seat of the Compass is neither the largest nor the smallest of the cars in this diverse, small-crossover class. It’s hardly a luxury sedan, either, but high seat bottoms in the back seat mean that passengers’ legs are fully supported, and even long rides can be comfortable. Despite its boxy exterior and what at first appears to be competitive cargo volume, the Compass is not the roomiest of its set. It has luggage space enough for an airport run but long trips could be a squeeze, and in-cabin storage space is somewhat lacking. The rear seatbacks angle slightly upward when folded, and the Compass held only 17 carry-on suitcases with the seats stowed.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Jeep’s Uconnect system is one of our favorite infotainment setups, and we’re glad to see it included as standard across the Compass lineup. The Uconnect system is simple to use and responds quickly to inputs, and no matter which Compass you choose, you’ll be treated to a well-organized touchscreen-infotainment system with a USB port and an auxiliary input.