The 2012 Jeep Compass, all said, has a pretty roomy and versatile interior layout. But cargo space is limited, and whether referring to ride quality or cabin noise, refinement is lacking.
For four adults, the Compass's interior does the job; seats tend to be quite short and lacking in support, so it's no long-haul highway cruiser, but the driving position is upright yet quite carlike. In back there's enough headroom for most adults (although legroom is a bit tight), and the bench is among the hardest, flattest ones we've tested. Also, while the Compass got some upgrades inside for 2011, with soft-touch surfaces for the door panels plus all-new upholsteries (and items like backlit door switches and window controls). The new materials go a long way toward improving first impressions, but they still feel on the cheap side.
But the interior is well laid-out and comes with plenty of cubbies and bins for storing smaller items, plus a number of innovative features, like a rechargeable flashlight and outward-facing tailgate speakers.Cargo space remains limited, as there's not a lot of space behind the back seats and the cargo floor is somewhat high. And the Compass cabin isn't all that refined in other ways; the ride tends to be a bit too soft in corners, yet too pitchy over rough pavement. And while Jeep has added more noise insulation, these models still have a surprising amount of engine noise when accelerating or on coarse road surfaces.