2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
From the outside, nothing has changed with the revised Jeep Patriot. But its interior has clearly won. And who knows that the softly flushed US climber is one of the most economical SUVs in its class?
By Stefan Grundhoff
There are more spectacular jeeps than the Jeep Patriot, which still looks quite young. It's not for tough off-road use and a slap in the face of the down-to-earth Jeep fans who have been driving a Wrangler or Grand Cherokee through the thicket for years. The Americans, next to Land Rover, the veteran in the field, had simply slept through the trend towards soft all-wheel drive years ago and had to be demonstrated by Toyota RAV4, BMW X3 and other Asian models. Late, much too late, the Compass and Patriot models brought new hope for the inner city jungle. The angular and clearly more harmonious Patriot can look forward to a revision in the 2009 model year.
Cheap charm almost entirely gone
If you had wished that there had been slight adjustments and revisions on the outside, these would have been limited to the interior. The dashboard of the predecessor, which seemed too inexpensive, has disappeared as well as door panels or covers, which with their cheap charm not only offend discerning eyes. Unfortunately, the plastic-look frame headrests survived the otherwise coherent model maintenance.
Even those who order the noble Limited equipment with heated partial leather seats have to come to terms with the anything but decorative plastic monsters on the back of the head. The new cockpit, on the other hand, has a clearly high-quality appearance and the cargo space, which is now carpeted, creates a much more atmosphere than before.
New sat nav
The anything but convincing navigation system has entered the Chrysler Group's eternal hunting grounds. Although the current model cannot keep up with the best of its kind, it uses modern technology with its hard drive and corresponding Bluetooth and iPod connections. The trunk of the 4.41 meter long American swallows a maximum of 1357 liters.
6.4 liters of diesel
The drive of the Jeep Patriot remains unchanged. For the time being, the volume engine remains the two-liter pump-nozzle engine with turbocharging from Volkswagen. The 103 kW / 140 PS and 310 Nm torque do their job properly and from low speeds in the mid-size Jeep. The engine is known to be powerful, but still quite rough.
Not much of the improved noise insulation that the Jeep Patriot is said to have received as part of the facelift. After all, its consumption is limited. With 6.4 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, the American is one of the most economical cars in its class. And all of this without expensive efficiency measures. The top speed is just under 190 km / h.
From 25,290 euros
The 1.6-ton American is powered solely by the front axle on dry roads. However, if one of the two wheels spins, up to half of the engine power is transmitted to the rear axle via an electronic clutch. Anyone who knows in advance that the ground is slippery can also switch on the 4x4 drive manually and enjoy the 20 centimeters of ground clearance.
The base price for the 170 hp Jeep Patriot 2.4 Sport is 25,290 euros. However, the 2.0 CRD Limited, which starts at 30,490 euros, should be much more interesting for most customers. The sensible navigation system costs an extra 2,320 euros.