Compass points the way car review
By Peter Hayward
SOME five years ago Jeep launched its smallest 4x4, the Compass, which was also the first with all round independent suspension.
It’s still a 4x4 of course, but unlike all the company’s other products, here it is an active system to help keep you going in difficult conditions on road as well as off.
It uses front wheel drive for most road use, bringing the rear wheels into play when the front ones begin to lose traction.
As well as being smaller and having independent suspension, it was the first Jeep to beat 40mpg, courtesy of the excellent 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine bought in from VW. There is also a 2.4 petrol but it’s going to be a lot more thirsty.
The good suspension setup gives decent comfort and handling on road and it is still capable off-road within limits.
And prices for earlier cars are now down to quite reasonable levels compared to other 4x4s.
The Compass is about the same size as Ford Focus but feels more roomy inside and of course, has a higher driving position giving a great view.
There is space for four or five in comfort, a decent sized boot and equipment is up to a very good standard for the price.
Price: Pay about £4,000 privately for an ’07 07-reg Limited, or £6,300 from a dealer for an ’09 09-reg
Mechanical: 138bhp, 1,968cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox
Max speed: 117mph
0-62mph: 11.5 seconds
Combined mpg: 43
Insurance group: 13
CO2 emissions: 177g/km
Main rival: Nissan Qashqai
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