Infotainment and technology are two of the major strong points of the 2020 Jeep Compass Night Eagle for one main reason: there is the same high-featured unit right across the Compass range.
That includes the Compass in its cheapest form, which is given the catchy Night Eagle nomenclature.
If you’re keen to know less about the infotainment and more about the long-legged road-tripping capability of the Compass Night Eagle, then it’s worth having a look at our Empty Esky journey into the south of New South Wales, through tourism areas ravaged by bushfires and lockdowns in the tumultuous year of 2020.
But now, back to our regular programming. The main system comprises 8.4 inches of screen real estate, using Jeep’s well known and easy-to-use Uconnect operating system. Most importantly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both present and accounted for, and considered so important these days. In our time with the car, the Android Auto (in my case) operated without any problems.
On top of that, there is native mapping navigation (if you forget your cable or run out of reception) and digital radio.
The system is easy to navigate and operate. When your smartphone is mirrored, the ratio of the screen means there is an additional bar of buttons along the bottom, which makes it pretty simple to use.
And in something similar to other Jeep and FCA vehicles, there is plenty of techy information like battery voltage and oil temperatures to peruse on your road trip – or grinding through traffic.
|2020 Jeep Compass Night Eagle|
|Engine||2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol|
|Power and torque||129kW @ 6400rpm, 229Nm @ 3900rpm|
|Drive type||Front-wheel drive|
|Fuel claim combined||7.9L/100km|
|ANCAP safety rating (year tested)||Five stars (2017)|
|Warranty (years / km)||5 years / unlimited km|
|Main competitors||Kia Seltos, Subaru XV, Honda HR-V|
|Price as tested (excl. on-road costs)||$36,950|
The multifunction display in front of the driver is a little more basic. The liquid-crystal display feels dated and is small. Although, the basics are covered off well enough: digital speed readout, fuel economy and driver-assistance systems.
When your phone is plugged into the USB point, there is only one 12V outlet left over for other devices. So, consider adding a USB adapter into the small centre console to keep your passenger happy.
Although, second-row occupants get a USB and (unique to the segment) 220V outlet below the air vents, which I did use to reasonable success charging up a MacBook Pro. It was charging, but did drop out from time to time.
The rear-view camera offers enough clarity to be effective in use, and considering you’ve also got rear parking sensors and an 11.07m turning circle, reverse-parallel parking is an easy affair.
On top of that, Jeep’s own Collision Warning Plus (autonomous emergency braking) forms an important part of the five-star ANCAP safety rating from 2017. There’s also blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and non-adaptive cruise control.
Projector halogen headlights don't have the same kind of punch as LED headlights these days, and could be improved.
However, the 2020 Jeep Compass Night Eagle proves to be an impressively equipped base-specification model. It feels far from stripped out, and is worth consideration at this pricepoint. However, as we have noted before, there is no shortage of competition amongst small and medium SUVs.