Well, first off, welcome to the forum! Some very good questions you have, and I'm sure others will be able to chime in on this, also.
First, all bias aside, I think the Compass would be a nice upgrade from the PT Cruiser. There is definitely more interior room/cargo space, and despite the gripes from some, I think the interior is appointed nicely. I opted for the sunroof, and for as much as I wash my vehicles, I never had a problem with it leaking, but yes, it is not an uncommom problem, and there was a bulletin issued to address this and correct it.
As for the CVT, I personally like it, find it very smooth, but that's why it's called a CVT, you never feel it shift as it raises/lowers engine RPM's as needed rather than shifting through a pre-determined set of gear ratios like in a regular automatic. I'm not a race car driver, either, although I have raced the Compass haha, but I always had plenty of get-up-and-go to be able to move through traffic and avoid trouble shall I say. It does tend to feel a little underpowered when it comes to accelerating going uphill, particularly merging into traffic on an incline, but it does overcome itself, but for a 2.4L it's a great vehicle that offers excellent MPG's, I got 30 out of mine.
Yes, if I had it to do over again, I would absolutely buy a Compass! I think they are stylish yet fun and as far as the Rallye goes, if you can't find one with the options you are looking for, there is always the Rallye kit from Mopar, and maybe you can talk the dealer into giving you a deal on that!
Don't know if this helps, but that's my condensed review, and hopefully it shed a little light on your questions. You planning on a test drive any time soon? Again, welcome to the forum, I hope you enjoy it here, and any other help you need, just ask!
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My 2007 Jeep Compass Sport, Bright Silver Metallic, 26E, CVT II, Driver Convenience Group, Sunroof, Trailer Tow Prep Group, 4x2
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