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on Wednesday 27 November 2013

Ten Second Review

Jeep’s arguably makes most in 2.2 CRD 4WD form as tested here. the smaller Patriot now dropped the British line-up, this of the brand’s compact 4×4 be capable in the rough at the same as satisfying the lifestyle set. help that it has a front end apes the design of the plush Cherokee and a cabin that some classier chrome and soft-touch plastics.


held out a surprising amount of before gingerly bringing its soft-roader to market. Here was a built on uncompromising reliability and prowess in the rough stuff but it only too well where the was.

Staying out of the burgeoning for compact road-going 4×4 would have been a one to justify at the shareholders meeting, so bit the bullet and the Compass arrived in 2007, predating its slightly Patriot sister vehicle by a of months. But although both shared their basic with the Mitsubishi Outlander and, because of the tie-in the Japanese marque and PSA Peugeot the Peugeot 4007 and Citroen as well – neither in the UK and, after a period of dismal sales, were shuffled out Jeep’s UK showrooms. But now the is back looking a lot smarter with a range-topping Mercedes-sourced engine, aiming to pack an bigger value punch.

Driving Experience

The petrol of the range kicks off with a drive 154bhp 2.0-litre but most Compass customers go for this new Mercedes-sourced 2.2-litre rail turbodiesel, offered 134bhp and front-wheel drive or and four-wheel drive – teamed with manual

The car we’re looking at here is the CRD 4×4 Limited model the higher output version of the motor, and a part-time four-wheel system with a lockable power split. Performance is gutsy with plenty of power from modest This is just as well refinement tails off significantly if you the engine harder.

It’s best to use the slick gearbox to tap into the ample of torque. And once in top, the is a relaxed enough motorway with a surprisingly supple

B roads present more of a though, exposing the Jeep’s than exemplary body and tendency to be unsettled by bumps. and inconsistent steering doesn’t making it difficult to place the with much confidence or and there’s plenty of road from the tyres on coarse In other words, it’s no on tarmac.

However, its 4×4 look much more with 20 degree approach and angles and a whopping 2000kg trailer towing capacity.

Design and Build

Think Grand Cherokee (the model doesn’t look so different to its predecessor) and you’ve got the of the new Compass in a nutshell. Although the car’s boxy profile, its squared-off wheelarches, thick, C pillar and hidden rear handles, has been retained, the new end’s seven slot and big badge look substantially up-market than the rather treatment of the outgoing model.

The 4×4′ message hasn’t diluted, though. By comparison, like the Nissan Qashqai and VW look just a little

Inside, the elevated driving hasn’t changed but the dash has re-styled to good effect. The display is particularly neat and and the switches for the climate control and sat-nav are conveniently laid A shame, then, that the of soft-touch plastics is confined to the and centre cubby.

Much of the rest of the dash feels hard and looks as if it be easily scratched.

The cabin plenty of room for four with more than head- and rear legroom, but the transmission tunnel means a central rear passenger has to sit legged. And although the boot is it’s not as deep as those of rivals. Usefully, however, the seat backrests fold (or very nearly) and the cabin is with handy stowage trays and cup holders.

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Market and

The Compass range starts the 2.0-litre petrol-powered Sport priced at just under Entry-level cars come air-conditioning, alloy wheels, and rear electric windows, control and an MP3 socket. The Sport+ adds a USB socket, climate and Bluetooth connectivity.

Topping out the is the 2.2 Limited which, at just £24,000, is about £1500 than an equivalent VW Tiguan or Kuga and comes with upholstery, heated electric seats, part-electric driver’s adjustment, a six-disc CD autochanger.and

Every Compass has six airbags, control, and a system that can individual wheels to stop the car over. What’s more, front head restraints are to minimise whiplash injuries in a shunt. An engine immobiliser and a Category 1 Alarm make harder for thieves.

Cost of

No new vehicle can dodge the efficiency and although the Compass isn’t a setter in its sector, its running won’t break the bank. All the are Euro 5 compliant, the most being the lower-powered version of the Mercedes diesel which a combined fuel economy of 46.3mpg and a carbon dioxide of just 161g/km, a figure wouldn’t look bad on a family Go for the punchier 161bhp car and you get 42.8mpg and 172

Insurance is sensible and residual while never a Compass point, are expected to improve this latest model.

2.2 CRD shows off the Compass at its best. this eep may stil be a little round the edges. But for those who their 4x4s to be tough and off road, it should hold of appeal.

There are a number of refined and stylish rivals out but few offer as much equipment for the

There’s enough Jeep DNA to it presents a more purposeful than your average 4×4 soft-roader but the Compass a reasonably composed prospect on the Go for this diesel model and it solid value.

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