Prices start with the Sport manual, which has cloth-covered seats, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels, six-speaker sound system, and the 2.4-litre petrol engine with front-wheel-drive. Spend more on a Sport and you can have the six-speed automatic gearbox.
Walk past the Sport to the more costly Longitude, and you keep the 2.4-litre petrol with the automatic gearbox. You also get electric lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat, and fold forward front passenger seat with storage under the seat cushion.
You also get a leather wrapped gear shift and LED ambient lighting.
Headlights switch on automatically when it gets dark, there are front fog-lights, lights that shine into corners when you indicate, and wipers operate automatically when it rains.
Roof rails, to help carry additional cargo on top of your Compass.
Deep tinted privacy glass which stops people seeing in and helps insulate the cabin on a sunny day.
A Premium Audio Package is available for the Compass Longitude at extra cost, and adds a bigger 8.4-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
connectivity and dual zone climate control, which allows the driver and front passenger to set their own air-conditioning or heating settings.
Spend more again for an all-wheel-drive Compass Limited and gain the features in the Premium Audio package, including the 8.5-inch touchscreen, as standard.
You also get leather seats and the sound system is better with a further three speakers, making it nine including a subwoofer. Headlights are brighter, bi-xenon, units, and there are front and rear parking sensors (which help you judge how close you are to obstacles), and Park Assist which reverses into a parallel or perpendicular parking spaces for you.
Standard features unique to the Limited include bigger 18-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, push button start, passive entry, and ‘Keyless Go’, which lets unlock the car and drive away without taking the proximity key from your pocket or bag. The front seats have heating and eight-way power-adjustment for the driver and four-way for the front passenger.
The all-wheel-drive system includes a terrain traction management system, which lets you select different driving modes for driving on sand, mud and snow.
The Limited comes standard with the 2.4-litre petrol engine and six-speed auto, with the 2.0-litre diesel and nine-speed auto powertrain costing an additional $2500 – which we reckon is worth the extra cost.
Choosing a Limited also allows you to add, at extra cost, active driver aids
from the Advanced Technology Group pack. These include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-path detection (for more on these features, please open the Safety section below). It also includes auto-high-beam, and adaptive cruise control.
Other options for the Limited include two-tone black roof and dual pane sunroof.
While the Limited has a luxury focus, the most expensive Compass is the off-road oriented Trailhawk. The Trailhawk matches the Limited for most appointments (seat material is cloth, with leather optional), but comes with the 2.0-litre diesel engine nine-speed auto gearbox as standard.
The Trailhawk also rides higher, so that it can clear obstacles more easily, and has different front and rear body mouldings that do not extend as far past the wheels, which helps when nudging up to and driving off obstacles. Steel plates under the body protect the engine, fuel tank and other vitals from off-road damage. Wheel size shrinks back to 17 inches, with tyres are designed for off-road use.
The Trailhawk also comes with hill-descent control to help with tricky off-road slopes, red recovery hooks, anti-glare hood decal and all-weather floor mats.
For extra cost you can include some of the features that are only standard to the Limited, including leather seats, powered and heated front seats, push button start, passive entry and Keyless Go.
The Advanced Technology Group package can also be added to the Trailhawk, as can the dual-pane sunroof.