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2017 Jeep Compass Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Jeep Compass was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass' interior is a step above the outgoing model's cabin. It has higher-quality soft-touch materials. There is little outside wind and road noise, but engine noise does creep in. The Compass' seats are comfortable, and there is plenty of head- and legroom in both rows. The infotainment system is easy to use, and the Compass has about-average cargo space for the class.

  • "Tasteful styling drapes the 2017 Compass with sheet metal emulating the top-of-the-heap Grand Cherokee, but the biggest boost comes via an upgraded cabin. Call it Grand Cherokee Lite. The interior of the Compass is a much nicer place to spend time now courtesy of better soundproofing, upgraded soft-touch materials, supportive contoured seats and a paucity of cheap-looking hard-plastic trim." -- Autotrader
  • Inside, the new Compass supplants the old one's low-rent interior with modern wares that recall the interiors of the costlier Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee in both design and material quality. Brittle-feeling control stalks and door-panel switchgear, though, are shared with the cheaper Renegade." -- Car and Driver
  • Many cabin surfaces are padded, and all-black or two-tone color combinations are offered. The overall look is more businesslike than flashy, but it's certainly appropriate to the price." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

The Compass seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Additional standard features include 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a flat-folding front-passenger seat. Available features include heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

The seats are supportive and spacious. Though five adults will fit, it's only comfortable for four on long drives. There's plenty of leg- and headroom in the front and rear seats, but if you opt for the available sunroof, headroom in the rear seats decreases.

The Compass has one full set of LATCH car-seat connectors in each of its rear outboard seats. The middle rear seat has one upper tether anchor. The Compass' LATCH systems have not yet been evaluated for ease of use by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • "Slide into the back seat and it's reasonably comfortable for a 6-foot adult. There's no lack of legroom, to be sure. However, our particular Limited was equipped with the dual-pane sunroof, which cut into headroom back there. If you plan to carry tall adults in that backseat with some frequency, skip the sunroof." -- Autoweek
  • The Compass also offers considerably more cargo space and rear-seat legroom than the Renegade, but because it's not as tall and upright as the smallest Jeep, the Compass offers less headroom. Four 6-footers -- five in a pinch -- can ride comfortably." -- Autotrader
  • Inside, there's sufficient headroom and legroom both front and rear to comfortably accommodate four full-size adults. The biggest limitation of our sunroof-equipped Limited was in rear-seat headroom, which was 'only' sufficient for those up to about 6-feet tall; part of that was due to the comfortably high seat cushion (adults don't ride 'knees up'), and part to intrusion of the sunroof's housing dipping below the level of the ceiling. Ingress and egress are a snap." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2017 Jeep Compass comes standard with a 3.5-inch driver-information display, push-button start, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system, two USB ports, and the UConnect 5.0 infotainment system, which includes a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and hands-free calling and text messaging.

Available features include rear park assist, lane departure warning with steering assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, full-speed forward collision warning, remote keyless entry with proximity entry, a 7-inch driver-information display, and two upgraded UConnect systems: UConnect 7.0 and UConnect 8.4.

The UConnect 7.0 system features a 7-inch touch screen and adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio. UConnect 8.4 includes an 8.4-inch touch screen and adds predictive traffic and weather, voice command, and Siri Eyes Free.

All of the Compass' UConnect systems are easy to use. They have logical and well-organized menus. The touch screens are reactive and respond to smartphonelike gestures such as pinch-to-zoom and swiping. Climate functions are adjusted using traditional knobs and buttons, which are easy to reach.

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  • "Replacing the old Compass's dated multimedia systems are a trio of Uconnect touchscreen units that measure 5.0, 7.0, and 8.4 inches, the largest also available with navigation. As with the Uconnect systems found in other Fiat Chrysler products, the 8.4-inch unit we played with was quick to respond to touch inputs and easy to use. A handful of hard buttons located near the HVAC controls ensures that even the least tech-savvy operators can complete basic multimedia commands." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Compass benefits from having the latest FCA Uconnect technology, including a new, optional higher resolution 8.4-inch touchscreen with the latest and greatest software. The new Uconnect builds upon the goodness of the old one, with easy-to-use icons, simple menus, excellent legibility and quick functionality." -- Cars.com
  • "Jeep says the Compass is the first to get the next-generation UConnect infotainment system, which showcases a brighter and sharper screen that is quick to respond to swipe-and-pinch inputs, much like a smartphone. … Other tech highlights include the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and a long list of driver and safety assistance features including lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The Compass has 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 59.8 cubic feet with them folded. Standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a flat-folding front-passenger seat increase cargo-carrying versatility. An optional power liftgate makes loading the vehicle easier. Some critics complain that the Compass lacks interior storage space for smaller cargo items, but others point out that the hidden compartment below the cargo floor is handy.

  • "The new Compass keeps the cool fold-flat front passenger seat that lets owners carry ladders, long 2x4s and such inside. And there's a new configurable multilevel cargo floor for managing different loads." -- Autotrader
  • "There's about a one-inch drop to the folded rear seat backs, but that doesn't impede the ability to easily slide long items forward. The front passenger seat folds flat to extend the cargo area even farther, and there's also some hidden space beneath the cargo floor. A power liftgate is available on all but the base Sport." -- Consumer Guide
  • "My biggest quibble with the interior is a near total lack of front storage space. Cubbies and storage pockets are few, with only the front cupholders to hold a larger smartphone, and then not very securely." -- Cars.com

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