What is it?
The first fruit of Jeep’s self-proclaimed ‘product led resurgence’. Next week, the first of the American SUV brand’s revised models, enhanced under the auspices of the Fiat Group, goes on sale in the UK: the facelifted Compass.
With the smaller Patriot now dropped from British showrooms, this compact 4x4 will be Jeep’s entry-level model for the medium term. It’s got a new grille, headlights, bonnet and front bumper for a smarter and more expensive look, while on the inside there are some classier chrome trims and soft-touch plastics.
The Compass range starts with the very reasonable 2.0-litre petrol-powered Sport model, priced at £16,995, which becomes one of the very first cars that Jeep has ever sold outside of the US without all-wheel drive. There’s a sub-£20k, front-driven, 134bhp diesel option too.
Our test car was the 2.2-litre CRD 4x4 Limited model, running a new-to-Jeep commonrail turbodiesel engine sourced from Mercedes-Benz, and a part-time four-wheel drive system with a lockable 50/50 power split. Priced at under £24k, it’s about £1500 cheaper than an equivalent VW Tiguan or Ford Kuga; and coming with leather upholstery, heated electric front seats, Bluetooth – and 161bhp – it offers generous power and standard equipment for the money.