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2008 Jeep Compass Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Jeep Compass was new.

The 2008 Jeep Compass's five-seat cabin almost universally fails to impress. Most reviewers approve of its front-seat comfort, citing good head- and legroom, but many find fault with the interior styling, which lacks good quality fit and finish.

As the Detroit News explains, the Compass could be greatly improved if Jeep spent "a few more dollars to upgrade the interior materials."

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Seating

The majority of reviewers find the Compass' front seats especially comfortable and roomy. USA Today describes them as "shaming the chairs in some much-higher-price machines." The Family Car and CNET also give the seats (particularly the front) a thumbs up.

Consumer Guide notes ample headroom in front, but has a complaint about the rear seats, noting that the "flat, soft seat lacks support . . . [and] may prove uncomfortable on longer trips." Motor Trend also observes that the rear seats aren't quite up to par: "The taller front seats also allow better rear-seat foot room -- the space back there has good headroom, but tight knee room even with the backs of the front seats scooped out."

A major plus for the Compass is its ease of entry and exit, aided by a lower ground clearance than its Jeep siblings. Cars.com concludes that its cabin is "easier to enter than any of the other Jeeps.'"

Interior Features

According to many reviews, Jeep hopes the Compass will appeal to women buyers. But as Automotive.com explains at length: "I can't name too many females with an affection for hard, cheap surfaces, plastic panels painted like metal, leather that could pass for vinyl, Starbucks-unfriendly cupholders, stingy storage space, a blaringly loud and incessant warning chime, and a rectilinear dashboard plagued with inelegant bulges and craters."

The Detroit News compares the Compass' interior favorably with that of its sibling, the Dodge Caliber, but feels that "the materials still seem cheap, especially on a fully loaded $25,000-plus car [their test model], with traces of flashing on the edges of the plastic trim." The Associated Press also agrees with this sentiment, calling the interior "chintzy, with a lot of hard plastic pieces and at least a couple with ragged edge."

On the plus side, Jeep has improved the standard features list for 2008. While air conditioning was previously an option in all front-wheel-drive models, it's now standard equipment on all but the base model. Regardless, power windows, mirrors and door locks are still just optional. A tilt steering wheel is standard, yet a driver's seat height adjustment is optional. The base Sport is equipped with an AM/FM stereo with CD player and auxiliary input jack, and the Limited includes heated front seats and cruise control. An especially cool option on all models is rear-facing speakers that fold down from the liftgate for tailgating or picnics.

Jeep has livened up the two-tone interior for 2008 as well. The dashboard now includes a bit of chrome trim, which also graces the door locks, door handles and radio knobs.

Cargo

A few reviewers aren't too pleased with the cargo area inside the Compass. Edmunds finds fault with the amount of space, explaining that "young families may find this SUV's low cargo capacity problematic when loading up a stroller and a dog." And Car and Driver notes that the Compass has a "smaller cargo capacity than its competitors." Cargo behind the rear seat is 22.7 cubic feet, which increases to 53.6 cubic feet with the rear seat folded flat. For flexibility, the rear seats also recline. Still, Cars.com notes that cargo space is merely "adequate."

As for interior storage, the Chicago Tribune admires the Limited 4WD's center console armrest, which has a flip-open cover "that holds and conceals your cell phone or MP3 player."

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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