2018 Jeep Compass vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Sibling differences

The KL Jeep Cherokee and MP Jeep Compass both ride on the same platform, and look similar. We compare the differences in their design, size, and powertrains in this side-by-side comparison.

2019 Jeep Cherokee facelift - front, Trailhawk, redCherokee
2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk - front, red and blackCompass
The two cars share many design cues, especially after the Cherokee's facelift, and ride on versions of the same platform, but they are clearly different cars.
2019 Jeep Cherokee facelift - new headlamps, grille, bumpersCherokee
Jeep Compass Limited - front, silverCompass
The Compass has a shorter grille that's not bent, like the Cherokee's.
2019 Jeep Cherokee facelift - rear, Limited, silverCherokee
2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk - rear, red and blackCompass
As the Compass is a lot shorter (4,420mm vs 4,623mm, or 174 inches vs 182 inches), its rear quarter light is smaller and ends abruptly. The Compass also has a floating roof look.
2019 Jeep Cherokee facelift - interior, two tone, silver, dashboardCherokee
2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk - interior, dashboardCompass
Although their dashboards are similar in design, they're different enough to be unique. The Compass is narrower (1,820mm vs 1,859mm, or 72 inches vs 73.2 inches. You can see this difference in its much narrower center tunnel section.
2019 Jeep Cherokee faceliftCherokee
Jeep Compass LimitedCompass
The Cherokee's facelift is inspired by the Compass, and the new tailgate design (with the license plate moved up from the bumper) is the most obvious detail.
2019 Jeep Cherokee faceliftCherokee
Jeep Compass LimitedCompass
To match its smaller size, and price, the Compass' most powerful engine is a 2.4-liter I4, while the Cherokee is available with either a 2-liter turbo I4 or a 3.2-liter V6.
2019 Jeep Cherokee faceliftCherokee
Jeep Compass LimitedCompass
As well as being shorter and narrower, the Compass also has a shorter wheelbase (2,640mm vs 2,700mm, or 104 inches vs 106.3 inches), and is not as tall (1,650mm vs 1,681mm, or 65 inches vs 66.2 inches).

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Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson

News editor — Joshua deals with numbers for a living, but cars are his lifelong passion. He loves all, from his dream Stingray through to his first car, a Mercury Tracer.


2018 Jeep Compass vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee: Sibling differences