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Jeep Compass

6/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Jeep Compass

£24,745£34,290

Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

More an SUV than a soft-roader. Patchy dynamics but well finished and has good off-road ability

The Compass is more of an SUV than a soft-roader. And it’s closer to European tastes than stereotype American ones. It’s got diesels, it’s space-efficient, it’s reasonably well-finished, it goes around corners. People will buy it for the Jeep name, even if this Jeep’s substance doesn’t have the all-American feel that say a Ford Mustang does. But at the same time it’ll benefit from Jeep’s American branding of freedom and ruggedness.

Trouble is, in pitching for Europe its dynamics are patchy. The noisy powertrains and hard low-speed ride drag it down.

But the off-road ability, good infotainment and strong exterior looks will pull it back up for enough people to assure Jeep’s sales growth plans.

Our choice from the range

This is the one we'd pick...

Jeep Compass front three quarters
Jeep

2.0 Multijet 140 Longitude 5dr

£28,555
N/A
54mpg
10.10s
140bhp
138g/km
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