Jeep Compass points the way

20 Dec, 2010 10:34am Nathan Milward

Junior SUV looks to Grand Cherokee for new face, fresh diesel engine adds punch and boosts mpg

The Compass is finally heading in the right direction! Jeep’s facelifted junior SUV has been revived with a new grille that apes the look of its Grand Cherokee big brother and banishes the gawky styling of its 2007 predecessor.

On sale here in April, the fresh Compass sits above the cut-price Patriot off-roader. It gets the same new 161bhp 2.2-litre diesel for added punch and economy of around 43mpg. 

Aside from the treatment of the traditional seven-slot grille, the new model is marked out by a power bulge in the bonnet, standard 17-inch alloys and redesigned back lights, as well as a body-coloured rear spoiler and chrome tailpipes. 

Inside, the improvements are modest, with soft-touch materials, a new centre armrest, steering wheel-activated controls plus boosted standard equipment, including hill-start assist and side curtain airbags. 

Beneath the surface, the 2011 Compass remains largely unchanged, apart from tweaked suspension to improve roadholding. Prices are likely to start at around £19,000 for the 158bhp 2.0-litre petrol. 

Unlike the Patriot, the Compass will only be available as a 4x4.

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