The new petrol agent helps accord the Patriot an added dosage of refinement. Unfortunately, any allowances are apace baffled by the lacklustre achievement and bargain interior. Admitting this, the Jeep has a lot to acclaim it as a ancestors car. Affluence of space, a able four-wheel-drive arrangement and acceptable amount all assignment in its favour. However, we’d still go for the diesel. It may be beneath soothing, but it performs bigger on the alley and at the pumps.
That’s Jeep’s affirmation for its new petrol-engined Patriot. The company’s asperous entry-level archetypal now gets a able 168bhp 2.4-litre motor with a self-shifting CVT gearbox. We’ve already approved the agent version, and begin it a little asperous about the edges. Is this alternative any better?
Step up to the Patriot and there are no beheld clues as to which assemblage is beneath the bonnet. You get the aforementioned bluff, cocked stance, angular bodywork and arty grille.
The berth is unchanged, too, which agency poor affection plastics and bargain switchgear. Even the accepted covering of this top-of-the-range archetypal fails to lift the autogenous ambience.
There’s affluence of space, though, and it’s accessible to get adequate abaft the wheel. Turn the agitation key and the 2.4-litre fires up with little noise. This agent has been accordingly developed with Hyundai and Mitsubishi, and it’s a big advance on the oil-burner. It’s a smooth-revving assemblage that is added aesthetic than the diesel, alone acceptable advancing at aerial revs.
Unfortunately, you’ll accept to assignment the motor adamantine to accomplish any appropriate progress, and although the six-speed CVT automated box gives bland gearchanges, it blunts performance.
What’s more, admitting the direct, able-bodied abounding steering, the anatomy is appealing uninspiring. And bound arena approval ensures that austere off-roading is out of the question.
Nevertheless, at £18,795 the 2.4 Bound is acceptable value, and the Jeep ancestry is acceptable to be a above draw for those absent article a little altered from their ancestors car.
RIVAL: HYUNDAI TUCSONThe Tucson is bigger equipped, and the 2.7-litre V6 serves up added go. It’s additionally absolutely congenital and has a five-year assurance – but at £19,692, the Hyundai is added expensive, while the 173bhp motor is abundant on fuel.