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Jeep Compass SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

Two hybrid options should make the Compass reasonably cheap to run,

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The Jeep Compass may have go-anywhere aspirations, but most UK buyers will stick to the road – so it needs to be economical on the school run, shopping trips and on family holidays. There isn’t a diesel engine any more, but the range of petrol and hybrid engines should offer low enough running costs.

Jeep Compass MPG & CO2

The most economical version of the Compass is the plug-in hybrid. It’s officially capable of 156.9mpg, 44g/km of CO2 and an electric range of approximately 30 miles but all these figures depend on how often you charge the battery and the types of journey you do. The 4xe’s small CO2 output result in an appealingly low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band for company-car drivers.

Next up is the new e-Hybrid version, which promises 46.3mpg. Having a smaller battery than the Hyundai Tucson or Toyota RAV4 hybrids means it’s also not quite as economical, while the Compass e-Hybrid isn’t the cheapest SUV on the block either. CO2 stands at 139g/km, putting it in quite a high BiK band.

The other option is a 128bhp 1.3-litre petrol, which is capable of 40.9mpg with CO2 emissions of 157g/km. That’s less than the 44.8mpg you can achieve in the Nissan Qashqai but not unreasonable for a mid-size petrol SUV. It’s about the same as the old four-wheel-drive diesel model could achieve.

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), the Jeep Compass will cost the standard annual rate in VED (road tax), with the hybrids costing £10 a year less. Spec it to over £40,000, however, and the car will be subject to a surcharge in the first six years, taking your annual tax bill to nearly £500.

Insurance groups

Insurance for the Jeep Compass shouldn’t be off-putting, with new petrol versions sitting in group 18 out of 50. The 4xe plug-in hybrid gets a considerably higher group 29 rating.

Warranty

Like all new Jeeps, the Compass comes with a three-year warranty. The ‘5-3-5’ deal, comprising five year’s warranty and roadside assistance plus three years’ servicing cover is no longer offered. As such, Jeep’s warranty broadly matches what you get from Volkswagen, SEAT, Peugeot and Nissan. Hyundai offers a five-year warranty (with no mileage cap), while Kia, MG and SsangYong provide seven years of cover and Toyota offers up to 10 years’ warranty.

Servicing

Jeep offers service plans to allow you to pay for scheduled servicing in bitesize monthly payments. For the brand’s 80th anniversary, it launched the Jeep Wave programme that includes three years’ free servicing, roadside assistance and exclusive benefits. Jeep Wave is free for all new Jeep buyers.

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