2020 Jeep Compass long-term update: Infotainment and technology

Base by name, but not by nature. Compass Night Eagle has a solid inclusion of technology.

  • The 8.4-inch system is a good size with lots of features
  • Strong standard security inclusions, including AEB
  • 220V electrical outlet is unique and practical
  • Some extra USB sockets would be nice
  • Dated multifunction display
  • Halogen headlights are also old-fashioned

It includes the compass in its cheapest form, given the catchy Night Eagle nomenclature.

If you’re keen to know less about infotainment and more about the long-legged roadtrip capability of the Compass Night Eagle, it’s worth taking a look at our Empty Esky trip to southern New South Wales, through tourist areas ravaged by forest fires and shutdowns during the tumultuous year 2020.

But now, back to our regular programming. The main system consists of 8.4-inch screen property, with Jeep’s well-known and easy-to-use operating system Uconnect. Most important of all is that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both present and stand for, and are considered so important nowadays. In our time with the car, Android Auto worked (in my case) without any problems.

In addition, there is built-in map navigation (if you forget your cable or run out of reception) and digital radio.

The system is easy to navigate and use. When your smartphone is mirrored, the relationship between the screen means that there is an extra bar with buttons at the bottom, which makes it quite easy to use.

And in something similar to other Jeep and FCA vehicles, there is plenty of technical information such as battery voltage and oil temperatures to take part in on your road trip – or through traffic.

2020 Jeep Compass Night Eagle
Engine 2.4-liter four-cylinder petrol
Power and torque 129kW at 6400rpm, 229Nm at 3900rpm
Transfer Six-speed automatic
Drive type Front-wheel drive
Net weight 1446 kg
Fuel claims combined 7.9L / 100 km
Turn circle 11.07m
ANCAP safety rating (tested year) Five Stars (2017)
Warranty (years / km) 5 years / unlimited km
Main competitors Kia Seltos, Subaru XV, Honda HR-V
Price tested (excl. Road costs) $ 36,950

The multifunction display in front of the driver is a bit more basic. The liquid crystal display feels dated and is small. Even if the basics are covered well enough: digital speed reading, fuel economy and driver assistance systems.

When your phone is connected to the USB socket, there is only one 12V socket left for other devices. So consider adding a USB adapter to the small center console to keep your passengers happy.

Passengers in the second row also get a USB and (unique to the segment) 220V socket under the air vents, which I used to succeed in charging a MacBook Pro. It charged, but jumped off every now and then.

The reversing camera provides enough clarity to be efficient in use, and considering that you also have rear parking sensors and an 11.07 m turning circle, reverse parallel parking is an easy deal.

In addition, Jeep’s own Collision Warning Plus (autonomous emergency braking) is an important part of the five-star ANCAP safety rating from 2017. There is also blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic warning and non-adaptive cruise control.

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Projector halogen headlights do not have the same type of hole type as LED headlights nowadays, and can be improved.

But it 2020 Jeep Compass Night Eagle turns out to be an impressively equipped model with bass specifications. It feels far from stripped down and is worth considering for this price range. But as we have noted before, there is no shortage of competition among small and medium-sized SUVs.

So consider the compass, but also shop around.

Sam Purcell

Sam Purcell has been writing about cars, four-wheel drive and camping since 2013, and is obsessed with everything that goes on and on about what he can remember. Sam joined the team at CarAdvice / Drive as Terrain Editor 2018, after cutting the teeth of Unsealed 4X4 and Pat Callinans 4X4 Adventures.

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