When we think of premium subcompact crossovers, most tend to look at Asian offerings. We don't blame them. After all, the Geely Coolray, Toyota Corolla Cross, and Honda HR-V are solid and stylish choices. But Jeep wants a slice of that lucrative market, and they plan to do that with the updated Compass.
As far as facelifts go, this is an extensive one, but you won't know it just by looking at the exterior. From the outside, it looks like a minor model change with a few tweaks here and there. It gets a slimmer pair of headlights, along with a tweaked seven-slot grille, and a new front bumper. Jeep says the new bumper isn't there just for aesthetics. They say it's higher off the ground, giving it a better approach angle. That's something vital for off-roaders.
There are a few changes to the rest of the vehicle's body. All 2021 Compass variants get new wheel designs and trim changes. The rear also gets new tail light clusters and some tweaks to the bumper. The 2021 Compass is available in five variants, namely the Sport, Longitude, Limited, S, and Trailhawk (top-of-the-line). There is also a limited-run variant dubbed the 80th Anniversary Edition.
While the exterior changes are minor, the interior updates are extensive. Jeep changed almost everything inside the Compass, and we think it's for the best. The new dashboard has a different shape with a two-tier design, slimmer air-conditioning vents, a rearranged center stack, and a larger touchscreen.
The infotainment system packs the latest Uconnect 5 system, and Jeep claims its processing speeds are five times faster than before. It also comes with Apple and Android CarPlay Auto, TomTom navigator with interactive 3D visualization, natural voice recognition, and Uconnect Services. The new digital instrument cluster brings the Compass to the modern age, and it can be personalized to suit the driver's preferences. As for the door panels, those are also redesigned for the 2021 model year.
Jeep expanded the options list for safety equipment as well. This crossover is available with Level 2 autonomous driving capabilities thanks to its expansive active safety features. These systems include Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Assist, Drowsy Driver Alert, and Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, just to name a few. The Compass is also available with Highway Assist that combines Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Centering. This helps the vehicle adapt to the road conditions ahead while keeping it within the lane at all times.
As for powertrain options, there are five to choose from. It includes two turbo-gas engines, one turbodiesel, and two plug-in hybrids. Both turbo-gas engines use the 1.3-liter GSE engine but have two outputs. The base model makes 130 PS while the higher-spec version puts out 150 PS. The turbodiesel has a displacement of 1.6-liters and pushes 130 PS. As for the 4xE plug-in hybrids, those are available with 190PS or 240 PS outputs.