Drive – Jeep Patriot Sport Review

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Jeep Patriot

Cameron McGavin

Make Jeep Family Patriot Series MK MY2009 Year 2009 Badge Description Sport Doors 4 Seats 5 Transmission Manual Engine Configuration Description In-line Gear Num 5 Cylinders 4 Build Country Origin Description UNITED STATES Overall Green Star Rating 4.5 Fuel Type Description Petrol – Unleaded ULP Drive Description 4X4 On Demand Warranty KM 100000

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It took Jeep until 2007 to cash in on its off-road cred and develop a light-duty four-wheel-drive.

Shoppers in the segment suddenly had two soft-roaders the Compass and Patriot#8221; to choose from.

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

Price and equipment

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

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

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

Under the bonnet

The Patriot’s 2.4-litre petrol four has been carried over without change. In light of its headline 125kW and 220Nm numbers #226;#8364;#8221; more or less what you get in any number of rivals – it’s not a tragedy.

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

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

The Patriot’s economy, though, is difficult to fault. Jeep claims a class-leading 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres for the manual and 9.1L/100km for the CVT. We averaged 9.7L/100km over our combined urban/highway loop.

How it drives

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

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

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

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

Jeep Patriot

Comfort and practicality

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

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

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

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


The Patriot gets twin front and curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control, with seat-mounted side airbags a $600 option. It hasn’t been independently crash-tested but the structurally similar Dodge Caliber rates a respectable four NCAP stars.




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

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