The Jeep compass is back in its 2022 avatar with quite a few upgrades compared to the outgoing 2021 model, making it one of the segment’s most feature-packed and affordable propositions. Offered at a base MSRP of $27,985, the 2022 Jeep Compass gets a host of upgrades in the form of an updated interior and exterior design, a new Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system, and many more interior and safety technologies that come standard with the higher trims .
Along with that, a new plug-in hybrid variant of the Jeep Compass is expected to launch later this year, which would make it one of the segment’s most fuel-efficient offerings. Dubbed the 4xe trim, it’s also more powerful than the current petrol-powered monikers. Apart from that, the excellent safety and fun to drive character has seen changes. Competing with the likes of the Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV4, here are 10 things to know before getting the 2022 Jeep Compass.
10/10 Exterior looks striking
The 2022 Jeep Compass retains the exterior design of the outgoing 2021 model and sees minor cosmetic updates. But these small changes make this compact SUV more desirable than rivals like the Subaru Forester and Hyundai Tucson, both of which are relatively bland in comparison. The best-in-class width of the Compass also offers outstanding road presence.
Coming with 5 two-tone exterior colors and a single monotone exterior color, the 2022 Compass looks gorgeous for a relatively affordable family SUV. The blacked-out grille with chrome surrounds for the 7-slots and the chrome lip near the air dam add to the character. 18″ alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights and a host of exterior options add to the character.
9/10 Comes loaded with features
This is a compact SUV that will put even the more expensive offerings from Europe to shame, especially when it comes to the features on offer. Offered in 7 trim configurations, the 2022 Compass gets many interior features like a tablet-style touchscreen infotainment system with UConnect, leather upholstery, heated and power seats and many more with the higher trims.
Exterior features like LED headlights with LED DRLs, power door mirrors, 19″ or 18″ alloy wheels depending on trim, lip spoiler, cornering lights, LED taillights etc. are standard. All safety and driver assistance technology is also on board. However, the bass sport trim lacks some of these features.
8/10 The interior looks very modern
Ever since the Jeep Compass received a mid-life update back in 2020, it’s been a favorite among SUV buyers. The main change received during this update is a new interior design and a host of technology and features. It’s easily the most premium interior in the segment and is a notch above the Subaru Forester, which comes with reasonably hard plastics in the interior.
The interior of the Compass gets leather inlays and is a notable change from before. The silver and chrome accents also add to the freshness. Apart from that, it offers features like dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery etc., which makes it look and feel quite exclusive.
7/10 Not the most capable petrol engine
One of the areas that doesn’t see any changes is when it comes to the powertrain on offer. The 2.4L naturally aspirated Multi-Air inline-4 engine offered with the Compass produces a reasonable 177 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to FWD or an AWD drivetrain, with AWD accommodating multiple off-road modes.
One of the main USPs of this engine has to be the excellent level of refinement, which makes it very smooth and quiet on the roads. The low performance is also sufficient. But with the lack of forced induction, the 2022 Compass doesn’t feel exciting to drive. With this engine under the hood, the car could do 0-60 mph in 9.3 seconds and has a top speed of 117 mph.
6/10 The gearbox is a bit unclear
There are two different transmissions offered with the 2022 Jeep Compass. The base Sport and Latitude trims of the Compass that come with FWD powertrains get a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. It gets driver selectable modes and AutoStick sequential shift control. However, the transmission is slow in operation. It’s not the smoothest of the lot either.
All other details on the Jeep Compass that comes with the AWD powertrain get a more advanced 9-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Although it is much faster than the 6-speed unit, it is still not as quick and smooth as the one in the Hyundai Tucson. Still, with the 9-speed to play with, it’s an excellent proposition for the US highways.
5/10 Reasonably fuel efficient
Fuel efficiency is on par with competitors in the subcompact SUV segment. If you choose the FWD variant, the 2022 Compass returns 22 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway, for a combined gas mileage of 25 MPG. The Compass also comes with a 13.5-liter fuel tank, and this helps the car achieve a highway range of 418 miles.
However, the AWD variant guzzles a little more fuel on the highways, which makes it not as fuel-efficient as the FWD variant. The AWD variant returns 22 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. As a result, combined gas mileage of 25 MPG is offered as well. This equates to a highway range of 405 miles. However, the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester offered a better fuel range.
4/10 Also available in PHEV form
What makes the 2022 Compass even more impressive is that Jeep also plans to launch the plug-in hybrid powertrain-equipped Jeep Compass in the coming months. This 4xe moniker would get the 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to an electric motor at the rear, making a total of 177 hp for the highest trim of the Compass.
There will also likely be a base trim that gets a lower setting. While fuel efficiency numbers haven’t been revealed by Jeep yet, it’s sure to beat the gas mileage numbers posted by all its internal combustion engine rivals. However, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 comes with an impressive PHEV powertrain that provides excellent gas mileage.
3/10 Infotainment is very polished
Ever since the mid-life refresh that the Compass received back in 2020, it has received some notable changes, making it one of the segment’s most compelling offerings. The main highlight has to be the superb touchscreen infotainment system. But with this 2022 iteration, Jeep has taken the infotainment game up a notch with the introduction of a tablet-style Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system.
The Uconnect 5 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system can easily be considered the best infotainment in the lot. The interface is top notch, with no lag anywhere in the UI. The screen is bright and vibrant and there’s no learning curve needed to use it either. All features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, navigation and many more are also standard. If you want an even bigger screen, the Latitude Lux trim gets the 10.1-inch infotainment system.
2/10 Lots of safety and driver assistance technology
All the necessary features required to make the car safe are present in the 2022 Jeep Compass. This impressive list of safety features includes ESC with RSC, ABS with EBD, airbags, side impact beams, tire pressure monitoring system, backup camera, traction control and many more.
Many driver assistance features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, collision mitigation system etc can be had with the help of optional packages. Although this 2022 moniker has not been crash tested by the NHTSA, the outgoing 2021 model earned a 4-star overall crash safety rating.
1/10 Capable handling skills
Drive the 2022 Compass a little enthusiastically, and you’d be quite impressed with how this reasonably heavy and tall subcompact SUV handles on the road. The body roll on offer is well under control and the car feels more fun to drive than the Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.
With the independent front and rear suspension with anti-roll bars and gas pressure shock absorbers, the 2022 Compass drives more like a low-slung sedan. The understeer is only present at the limits, and mid-corner direction changes are handled well. The chassis is very communicative, and the steering scales up quite well at higher speeds. It provides excellent feel and feedback as well.