The highly acclaimed Jeep Patriot 2.0 CRD Sport, already winner of a green award, has been named 4x4 of the Year by specialist magazine 4x4 and MPV Driver.
The Patriot has been attracting customers from competitor brands such as Land Rover, Nissan and Honda, since its launch in the UK in June this year. With nearly 800 sales to date, the Patriot appeals to customers that want a vehicle that is capable on- and off-road but who also want the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a family hatchback.
Commenting on the award which was announced in the December edition of the magazine, Bob Murray, Editor of 4x4 and MPV Driver, said: “The Jeep Patriot is quicker than the Land Rover Freelander 2, more able off-road than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV 4, pumps out less CO2 than the Nissan X-Trail and has a boot around the size of the VW Tiguan’s.
“The Patriot is a cracking car to drive and promises to be a decent ownership proposition. It adds a welcome dash of adventure and US style to a sometimes bland SUV market. At last you can have your American pie …. and eat it, too!”
The publication recently awarded the Jeep brand the Gold Award in its Green 4x4 awards ahead of all other manufacturers of 4x4s and SUVs. They praised the Patriot as being the most economical 4x4 ever to wear the Jeep badge and the least polluting with their low CO2 emissions compared to manufacturers with smaller vehicles.
Simon Elliott, Managing Director of Chrysler UK, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this top award for our latest model in the Jeep range.
“This ‘Eco-Jeep’ offers motorists everything they look for when buying a car - a fuel-efficient diesel engine capable of nearly 43mpg, an impressive list of standard equipment, four-wheel drive technology, a spacious interior and high levels of safety and reliability all at a very affordable price.”
The Jeep Patriot is available in Sport or Limited trim and offers a choice of manual and automatic transmissions. Prices start from £15,995.
All new Jeep vehicles come with a three-year/60,000-mile peace of mind warranty package, supplied with European roadside assistance, and a seven-year unlimited mileage anti-corrosion guaranteePublished 30 November 2007