Drive – Jeep Patriot Sport Review

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Jeep Patriot

Cameron McGavin

Make Family Patriot Series MK Year 2009 Badge Sport Doors 4 Seats 5 Manual Engine Configuration In-line Gear Num 5 Cylinders 4 Country Origin Description STATES Overall Green Rating 4.5 Fuel Type Petrol – Unleaded ULP Description 4X4 On Demand Warranty KM

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It took until 2007 to cash in on its cred and develop a light-duty

Shoppers in the segment suddenly had two the Compass and Patriot#8221; to choose

Now Jeep is eyeing a bigger of the pie with an updated version of the There’s a comprehensively revised and other package revisions.

Price and equipment

Pricing at $29,990 (plus on-road and costs) for the entry-level Sport or $32,990 (plus costs) for the variable automatic transmission as tested here.

That the Jeep right at the sharp end of the 4WD class but it’s not a stripped-out With air, power heated mirrors, keyless

CD/MP3/DVD sound system and it matches the competition. The lack of control and a diesel option are two omissions, but go for the CVT and cruise is thrown in.

Under the bonnet

The Patriot’s petrol four has been over without change. In of its headline 125kW and 220Nm #226;#8364;#8221; more or less you get in any number of rivals – not a tragedy.

In CVT form tested it delivers a smooth, accessible of power that ties in with relaxed urban and driving. Response isn’t but it is, for the most part, quiet and

Throw a few passengers and some into the mix, however, and a of low-rev pulling power is The previously admirable refinement, goes out the window, replaced by a wheezy, high-rev soundtrack.

The Patriot’s economy, though, is to fault. Jeep claims a 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres for the manual and for the CVT. We averaged 9.7L/100km our combined urban/highway loop.

How it

The Patriot’s suspension was given a once-over to reduce noise The ride soaks up small and big alike and copes well rough, unsealed surfaces, tyre noise isn’t invasive.

Only noticeable wind at highway speeds – a of the bluff, tough shape the cabin’s general calm.

The is also quite agile and to drive. The steering is pleasantly and the balance responsive and secure, there’s not a heap of grip the 17-inch tyres.

Its effective 4WD system, 4WD lock mode and ground clearance endow it class-competitive slithering skills.

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and practicality

Smarter design, low-sheen plastics and the odd flash of have given the Patriot’s ambience a boost over its scrappy predecessor. However, the is now merely acceptable rather class-leading.

Functionally, the cabin is a mix of the good and the OK. heaps of front-seat space, the are comfortable and the leather-shod steering is nice to hold. Stain-resistant and a handy removable, rechargeable in the boot are other bright

There are also some points. Taller occupants test the limits of back-seat while intrusive cup holders on the tunnel make carrying in the back difficult.

The boot, is short, shallow and barely than a small hatchback’s. The seats fold flat, and you get a full-size spare wheel.


The Patriot gets front and curtain airbags, brakes and stability control, seat-mounted side airbags a option. It hasn’t been crash-tested but the structurally similar Caliber rates a respectable NCAP stars.




Spacious and clever cabin; drivetrain; confident road weird front styling; value. 3 Stars. Price $32,990 plus on-road and costs.

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