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BabyDrive Verdict

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is a very cool looking little car! It was smaller than I was expecting but I was looking forward to getting inside it, taking it for a spin and putting it through our BabyDrive testing!! Let's see how it fared…

Well, the Compass was indeed small! It didn't come out too badly on the boot capacity test, holding 11 shopping bags when empty. Or I could fit the Mountain Buggy Duet twin stroller flat on its front with two shopping bags on it.

The Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle also fitted with two shopping bags or the Mountain Buggy Nano compact stroller fitted with nine shopping bags.

There were three very clearly labelled top tether points in the boot, which were easy to connect to, and ISO Fix between the seat base and seat back of the two outer rear seats. These were not within plastic guides and I found them really difficult to connect to.

I managed to fit two child seats in the back of the Compass: A rear-facing Britax Graphene and forward facing Britax Maxi Guard Pro. Apart from the tricky ISO Fix connectors, the child seats were easily installed.

Storage in the cabin was not the best; the glove box and central console storage box were very small and there was no glasses case or real area in front of the gear lever for a phone to charge, even though the sockets were there. The door bins are quite small; the front ones will just hold a large refillable water bottle and a wallet, while the rear ones will only hold a 600ml bottle.

There are two cup holders in the front that were a good size to hold most vessels from a disposable coffee cup to my large refillable water bottle. The best storage in the Compass is the hidden compartment underneath the passenger seat!

In the back, there are two cup holders in a fold-down armrest in the central seat back but it does bring the whole seat back forward, creating an opening all the way through to the boot! I found this couldn't be used when child seats were installed as there was not enough room between them for it to come down.

I found the media system in the Compass looked very cool and stylised but it was very busy and cluttered screens that were not easy to navigate at all. It does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto though.

The Compass was good fun to drive but it grunted like a tractor, which I found surprising for such a small car! It was also quite a hard ride and bounced rear passengers about a bit.

The seats were very uncomfortable as was the legroom in the front footwell where the central console bulged into your left foot and left nowhere to rest it!

I found the aircon and central console buttons and dials far too disorganised and cluttered, especially being a distracted and busy mum I just want them to be simple.

The Compass scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017 and has seven airbags as standard.

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