The Limited Compass tested here might be the third-highest of four trim levels but, starting at £31,495 and costing more than £36,000 with options, it will seem prohibitively expensive to many, and rightly so given its various weaknesses.

Included as standard are 18in alloys, privacy glass, electric leather seats and several bits of off-road-related hardware – and so assuming the car will be used predominantly on traditional roads, cheaper Longitude trim represents better value. The wheels are an inch smaller, but included are a reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the larger 8.4in touchscreen and dual-zone climate control.

Richard Lane

Road tester
Jeep fares comparably against VW Tiguan, although premium-badged Volvo beats both in depreciation stakes

Further down the line, the Compass is expected to hold its value reasonably well – almost identically to a comparatively priced Tiguan, in fact, though some way behind the XC40, which is our current pick of the class.

But given its modest power output, the Jeep should certainly return better fuel economy than it does. Its touring figure of 44.8mpg is only marginally better than the much more powerful D4 XC40 and some way off the slightly more powerful Tiguan TDI 150, which managed more than 50mpg.

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