The Jeep Cherokee offers incredible off-road performance. Thanks to its powerful 2.8-litre CRD diesel engine and huge ground clearance, there's very little that can stand it its way. However, on road, the Cherokee's firm suspension means the car is bouncy and uncomfortable, the engine is noisy and sluggish, and the steering and brakes are unresponsive. Space is poor inside for such a large car, both for passengers and luggage, and the dashboard is bland and made from low quality materials.
Aiming to prove that Jeep can build cars that handle as well on the road as off it, the Compass is a Sports Utiility Vehicle that aims to blend the traditional practicality of the firm's cars with a welcome dose of comfort and luxury. The all-new Compass is available in either two and four wheel drive and is styled to resemble it's recently re-launched larger brother, the Grand Cherokee.
Price £17,455 - £24,215
The latest Grand Cherokee retains Jeep's legendary off-road reputation, but adds a plusher cabin, much like the Range Rover. Standard kit is generous, including alloy wheels, part-leather trim, climate control and electric seats. The cabin is very spacious, but four-people can travel in comfort. Available in the UK with only a powerful 3.0-litre CRDi diesel, the model range is limited. Comfort and interior quality falls just short of European rivals, but even the base-model is very well equipped.
Price £38,615 - £59,595
Jeep has a impressive reputation for building rough and ready off-roaders, but the Patriot is designed to be more comfortable. As a result, it's easier to live with than uncompromising 4x4s like the Wrangler and Cherokee. It's also affordable and very well equipped. It mixes impressive performance on road with limited off-road ability. Practicality is impressive, but the Patriot's interior disappoints with its shiny plastics and hard surfaces. Put simply, it lacks the quality feel of many of its rivals.
The Jeep Wrangler is an American institution, and can trace its roots right back to the WWII Jeeps of the early 1940s. Think of it as America's Land Rover Defender - unstoppable off-road and very hard wearing. It's never been quite as popular in the UK as it is the USA, as Land Rover is so well established in the British market, but the Wrangler is a worthy alternative in terms of its capabilities. It's as butch as they come with rugged, retro looks, too.
3 & 5 Doors
Price £27,315 - £31,670