tough question because to be honest whenever something "new" comes out you never really know how it will do until it has time in the saddle.
I can say that our new to us 2017 Compass is performing well. The 2018 Compass's I saw at the lot look solid. In reading up recently a lot of "issues" seemed tied to things like the older CVT transmission, some quirky issues with software with the 9sp Auto transmission, and some corrosion issues with 2007ish? models that I would hope by now are history.
At the end of the day unless you "wait" until something is proven you kind of have to do your due diligence, examine, and test drive and see if you are happy.
Many owners here are happy, and a few are not (there is a do you regret thread)
good luck in your shopping and I hope you find what is right for you!
Proud owners of a new to us certified pre-owned
2017 Jeep Compass 75th Anniversary Sport