Jeep Compass 2023: Which trim level should you pick?Back to 'Expert guides'
The Jeep Compass is a great-looking SUV that offers a premium alternative to more mainstream family cars. With a premium look and impressive standard specifications, it’s also one of the few SUVs in its class that can claim to have true off-road capabilities.
But if you want to lease one, what’s the next step? Deciding that leasing is the best way to finance your Compass is just the start. Now you’ve got to think about things like colours and, most importantly, trim level.
The best Compass trim level for you will of course be subjective to your own requirements, as well as your budget. In this guide, we take a look at the current Compass trim level offering. Which one should you go for?
Jeep Compass trim levels 2023
- S Model
- High Altitude (special edition)
Jeep Compass Limited
The Limited is technically the entry into the Compass range, but don’t let that make you think it isn’t a very well specified car; all models feature stunning 18in alloy wheels which really set the car apart from its rivals. Combined with a host of external contrasting black and chrome, it’s an imposing looking vehicle.
On the inside, you’ll find it comes packed with the latest tech including Jeep’s new Uconnect intelligent infotainment system. It’s all operated by a 10.1in HD touchscreen, while the driver benefits from another vivid 10.25in monitor for the digital driver display.
Other impressive standard features include adaptive cruise control, full LED headlights, wireless phone charging, a parking camera and a leather-trimmed dashboard. All in all, it stands apart from similarly priced rivals in terms of spec, and this is just the start of the range.
The Compass Limited is available with with the mild-hybrid 1.5-litre petrol option, or the plug-in hybrid 1.3-litre unit. The latter comes as standard with Jeep’s ever impressive four-wheel drive system.
Jeep Compass S Model
If you want to add a little pizazz to your Compass, the S Model is a great starting point. Several external upgrades help it stand out from the Limited, including larger 19in alloy wheels and a contrasting gloss black roof.
The bumpers are also slightly different too, with body-coloured accents giving it a really premium look. Off-road capability takes a step up too, with a driving mode standard across all drivetrains (Sand, Mud, Snow and Sport).
On the inside, things have taken a step up too. There’s a full leather interior with memory padding, while the excellent infotainment unit now features navigation as standard. There’s also the addition of an electric boot tailgate too – perfect for those shopping trips when your hands are full.
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
For all intents and purposes, you can consider the Trailhawk the range-topping Compass. But it might not be for everyone; it adds in Jeep’s ultimate four-wheel drive package. It’s really aimed at those that need the extra off-road ability. For starters the alloy wheels are now 17in to accommodate snow and mud tyres.
Aside from the off-road specific rims, it gets all the extra accoutrements of the S Model on the outside – including a choice of several bi-colour paint options. The eagle-eyed will also notice it gets a raised suspension, and there’s some off-road specific extras such as extra body protection and towing hooks.
Inside, you’ll find that the seats are now ventilated leather, with 8-way adjustability and memory function as standard. As with the outside, you’ll notice a range of Trailhawk specific badges and trim pieces have been added. In the boot, a full-size spare wheel is also included too.
As the spec clearly shows, this model is for those that want to prioritise off-road ability above all else. As such the Trailhawk is only available in four-wheel drive form in conjunction with the plug-in hybrid petrol engine, while the gearbox adds an impressive hill-descent control that can tackle the toughest of declines.
Jeep Compass High Altitude
The Compass line-up also currently includes the High Altitude special edition. It’s based on the S model, but adds numerous extras including 19in gloss black alloy wheels, powered seats and a number of unique colour options.
The High Altitude are available in Alpine White, Solid Black and Colorado Red. The High Altitude features the 1.5-litre 130hp e-Hybrid drivetrain, which utilises a smooth seven-speed automatic gearbox.
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Hopefully this guide will give you food for thought when it comes to choosing your new Compass. If you already know which model you’d like, you can check out and compare prices on the UK’s very best lease deals.