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WHAT: Jeep Compass 2.2 CRDI Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), 2143cc, 134bhp, 6spd manual gearbox, front-wheel drive, CO2 of 161g/km, VRT is 24pc. €447 annual road tax.

COST: From €30,000. Model on test from €33,000. Delivery, related charges extra.

TARGET MARKET: Families, couples who need 'lifestyle' vehicle.

PLUS: Looks, equipment (leather), technology, front-wheel drive.

MINUS: Great lump of undercarriage beneath steering wheel. Some of interior surfaces not great, SUV antipathy.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Air con, heated front seats, electric windows/folding mirrors, electric front seats, Hill Start Assist, removable and rechargeable interior lamp, cruise control, rear seat splits 60/40.

OTHERS TO CONSIDER: Skoda Yeti, Nissan Qashqai, Suzuki Vitara, Ford Kuga, Toyota RAV4, VW Tiguan.

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