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Jeep Compass (2018–)

Last updated 28 May 2019

Rarer than a Kia Sportage or Nissan Qashqai. The Jeep badge will appeal to some.
Disappointing to drive. Interior pretty gloomy. Doesn't stand out in any particular area.
Updated 20 November 2017
Prices for Jeep Compass announced

It starts at £22,995 OTR for the 1.6 MultiJet 120 MTX FWD. In the UK, the Compass range is powered by two petrol...

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The Jeep Compass is America's take on the Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq. It's based on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X, albeit extended to offer more interior space.

It's available with a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines in the UK, along with five equipment levels: Sport, Longitude, Night Eagle, Limited and Trailhawk.

The diesel engines are noisy and unrefined, while the automatic transmission is clumsy and slow to respond. It's not a car that'll impress in the corners, either - there's lots of body roll and, on two-wheel-drive models, the front wheels will run out of grip surprisingly early.

But some will be willing to overlook its lack of on-road prowess in favour of its genuine off-road capability. Just like Land Rover, Jeep plays hard on its reputation as a maker of cars that won't leave you stranded in the rough stuff. While the Compass isn't exactly a Wrangler, four-wheel-drive models can more than cope with a rutted track or wet field.

The Trailhawk model in particular is intended to appeal to off-road enthusiasts, with its lifted suspension, hill-descent control and underbody skid plates.

The Compass interior is practical, with a boot that's on par with most rivals - and enough space for four adults should you feel the need. It's not up to the standards of the Skoda Karoq in terms of finish, with lots of hard surfaces and an almost overwhelming amount of buttons True, it's functional and does feel like it will cope with a tough life, but it's not got the same showroom appeal as most of its rivals.

With prices starting in the region of £24,000, the Compass is considerably more than a Nissan Qashqai or Kia Sportage. You get a reasonable amount of kit for your money, but you could soon be nudging £30,000 for high-spec models. That puts it in the same region as the Volvo XC40 - against which it simply isn't comparable.

List Price from £23,405
Buy new from £20,297
Contract hire from £219.16 per month

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