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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Plenty of on-board storage spots
Kelley Blue Book
Adult-size headroom and legroom
Cut-rate interior materials pose a significant liability
The 2008 Jeep Compass’ cheap interior and engine noise offset its decent passenger space and comfort.
Nearly all testers like the passenger accommodations of the Compass. This model offers plenty of room for four occupants, with five not being uncomfortable. Edmunds characterizes the interior of the Jeep Compass as spacious and comfortable. ConsumerGuide is another fan of the interior space offered by the Jeep Compass, describing the headroom and legroom of this 2008 Jeep as "adult-size." They also like the softness of the seating, faulting only the level of support offered by the flat seats. Cars.com mentions the standard cloth upholstery is stain-resistant.
Beyond the passenger accommodations, things get decidedly less rosy for the 2008 Jeep Compass. Edmunds is less complimentary regarding its cargo capacity, which is at the lower end of the spectrum for vehicles in this class at only 53.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. ConsumerGuide rates the Jeep Compass about average for cargo room, with the handy fold-flat seats and a removable floor liner for easy cleaning offsetting the marginal space with the seats up. Still, Kelley Blue Book is impressed with the abundance of storage options, stating, "Plenty of on-board storage spots are available to stow water bottles, CDs and what-have-you."
Regrettably for Jeep, the interior of the Compass does not have the same quality in its components. "Cut-rate" is an often-used term when describing the interior of this particular 2008 Jeep. Edmunds writes, "Cut-rate interior materials pose a significant liability." ConsumerGuide also describes the interior of the Jeep Compass as having a "cut-rate feel." In addition, Edmunds notes unfortunate "build quality issues" in their Compass test vehicles, with visible edges of poorly fitting interior pieces.
The interior noise of the Compass also undercuts any quality feel. Edmunds notes how loud the vehicle is with the optional CVT. Although ConsumerGuide points out some unrefined engine growl when accelerating, they describe the wind noise to be under control, and find the 2008 Jeep Compass to be quieter to the mechanically similar Dodge Caliber.
The 2008 Jeep Compass has comfortable seats and sufficient space, but suffers from cheap interior materials and lackluster cargo space.