Jeep Compass heads into 2024 with new updates
Jeep’s mid-size SUV gets revised trim levels for the new year, along with some tech enhancements
- New range of trim levels
- Choice of two hybrid engine options
- Updated safety technology
Jeep’s mid-size SUV, the Compass, will head into 2024 with a handful of updates and a revised trim lineup. Having been on sale since 2017, the American firm hopes these changes to the Compass can keep it relevant in the ultra-competitive SUV market for another year. It will need to hold its own against the likes of the Peugeot 3008, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Qashqai if it’s to win sales from UK buyers.
What’s new with the Jeep Compass for 2024?
Jeep has kept the changes to the Compass minimal, focusing on interior tech and a revised equipment specification across the trim range. All models come with a 10.1-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – Jeep claims the touchscreen interface is now five times faster than before. The driver gets a 10.25-inch digital instrument display, too.
There’s plenty of safety tech, including drowsy driver detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance.
The three new trim levels on offer are Altitude, Summit and Overland, replacing the outgoing model’s Limited, S and High Altitude versions. The Trailhawk remains as the top of the range model, with a focus on off-roading. Whichever trim level you choose, you can pick between two engine options, both hybrids.
Altitude models come with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic high-beam headlights and a pair of electrically adjusting, heated side-view mirrors with gloss-black caps. Inside, you’ll find cloth and vinyl seats, along with adaptive cruise control and keyless go.
Upgrade to Summit and the wheels grow to 19-inches, there’s a black-painted contrasting roof, and you get LED lights, privacy glass, roof rails and parking sensors. The seats are also leather, plus the driver’s chair is now electrically adjustable.
The Overland model has some off-roading inspired tweaks, including chunkier tyres, extra ground clearance and a different bumper, along with cloth or vinyl seats that Jeep claims can be easily cleaned.
Top-spec Trailhawk models get extra off-roading goodies, including protective skid plates under the car and a ‘select-terrain’ drive mode system that even includes a ‘rock’ mode. The model also comes with 17-inch wheels, contrasting roof and leather seats.
On top of the trim levels, buyers can pay extra for the additional ‘safety’, ‘premium’ and ‘winter’ packs, which include a host of extra options ranging from a 360-degree parking camera to heated seats and even ‘Level 2’ autonomous driving.
What engine options can I choose from?
The e-Hybrid model uses a 128bhp, 1.5-litre petrol engine assisted by a mild-hybrid system, driving the front wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Unlike most mild-hybrids, this system allows for limited fully-electric driving at low speeds and when manoeuvring.
The pricier engine option is the 4xe plug-in hybrid, which uses a 1.3-litre petrol engine working alongside an electric motor, good for up to around 30 miles of pure-electric driving. Buyers will have a choice between 187bhp and 237bhp models, both coming with a six-speed automatic and four-wheel drive.
What does this mean for car buyers?
Now entering its eighth year on sale, the Jeep Compass sits in the highly-competitive market of mid-size SUVs. While rivals such as the Peugeot 3008 and Kia Sportage have leaped onward with their modern looks and tech-filled interiors, the Compass remains relatively old-school. Not much has changed for 2024, but the revised trim lineup should make picking your Compass model that little bit easier.
Where the Jeep stands apart is its genuine off-road ability, which impressed us during our in-depth test. It’ll go further off the beaten track than most other family SUVs, which could prove useful to buyers who frequently depart from the tarmac.
The 2024 Jeep Compass is available to order now.
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