What alternatives should I consider to a used Jeep Compass 4x4?
If you want a car that works well both on and off the road, then the Land Rover Freelander is the car to beat. It still has its flaws, but it is one of the most reliable Land Rovers made in recent times. It is a comfy drive and it also comes with a much more inviting interior than the Compass. You will have to pay a bit more for the Freelander, but it does feel like you’re getting more for your money.
If you want a low-priced alternative that is still quite capable off road, then the Dacia Duster is worth a look. Entry-level Access is perhaps a bit too basic (it doesn’t even have a radio as standard) but mid-level and above examples are much better equipped and don’t cost an unreasonable amount more. You won’t have the same commanding driving position, but it is a lot cheaper to run.
If you really must have a Jeep, then the much newer Jeep Renegade costs similar money to a late model Compass. And for that you are getting a much newer vehicle with a much more up-to-date infotainment system and lower running costs, all thanks to smaller petrol and diesel engines.