It’s a pretty cruisy drive in the Jeep Compass. The handling is great, the steering not stiff and with a 2.4-litre petrol engine, there’s enough power to get me up hills and around town fast. Though it is loud when you push it up a hill, it sounds like it’s taking a lot of effort. It’s a tiny bit slow on take off but once you get going it’s zippy and I felt good driving it.
The size also makes it easy to park, for an SUV, and this really impacts your day-to-day driving, especially if you’re like me, going in between work, school, daycare and the billion other places young children seem to need to get to.
I’m constantly looking for parking spots. At 11.1m the turning circle is a decent size so you can squeeze in U-turns whereas in a bigger car you might need to do a three-point-turn. It's just another one of those things that gets annoying if you have to do it 50 times in one day.
As suspected, I did not need to use the off-road capabilities in my week of driving, and if you’re just doing the suburban route it’s unlikely you will need them, either. But for weekends away when you have to drive along tricky dirt roads, climbing and descending big hills, it’s good to know there’s more traction than usual.