Yup, European models may be different.
HIDs would actually probably be OK in the Jeep Compass, or at least the American edition, because of its nice cut off point. However, it is still technically illegal in the states, and it may not reflect right onto the road as the housings were not designed for HIDs. For your high beams though, you could try it, since other drivers shouldn't see those anyway. Be aware of the risks though: installing HIDs can be very tricky with the newer, modern electronics in these Jeeps. You have to do it right and possibly with BOW (bulb out warning) cancelers.
2012 Jeep Compass Sport 4x4
2.4L I4, CVT II, Freedom Drive I
2010 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
4.7L V8, 545RFE, Big Horn Edition