Advantages Good fuel economy, the SUV to drive if you feel guilty for driving an SUV !
Disadvantages ...Needs Satnav as standard for those long journeys
Unlike its siblings...the patriot retains its classic jeep "boxy" styling that undeniably harkens back to the Cherokee. Its a true off-road compact utility vehicle with low gear transmission..kinda like the "Swiss Armyknife" of SUV's...versatile, functional, capable and able to go anywhere.Handling is aided by standard electronic traction and stability control with roll sensors that adds confidence to the Patriot's smooth, but soft response. The front end pushes slowly into turns without much feedback. But the rack & pinion steering is signature "Jeep Quick" and light. On open roads the patriot is a snap to manoeuvre around car parks and city streets..it's no hatch, but there's something bordering on fun here !
The 2-litre diesel engine - taken from Volkswagen - pushes out 138bhp and 229lb/ft of pulling power, meaning acceleration from 0-62mph (100kph) in 11s and a top speed of 117mph...though it felt more like 10s with chatter at high revs. With a 6-speed gearbox, the gear stick is very ergonomically placed to enable driving. In general its performance holds up very well.Inside...the Patriot has invitingly supportive stadium seating and head room is ample ie 2nd row seats are slightly above 1st row, meaning people in the back can see over the drivers head and see all around them. The interior surfaces are dominated by hard plastic. Plenty of room for four but a wide transmission tunnel makes it difficult for a centre rear passenger. The boot is a good size at 536 litres. The rear cargo area features a removable, washable vinyl load floor for those muddy wellies or boots...a nice touch !
One of the favourite features I like...is the available cargo-area light that doubles as a torch...it might seem "gimmicky" but the next time you puncture a tyre at night whilst driving you'll be glad its there. One key area of complaint is the headlight on/off switch, located on the turn signal stock. When signalling for a left turn, its possible to turn off the headlights unintentionally.Side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability programme with electronic roll mitigation are standard.
With a diesel engine the Patriot manages a combined 42.2mpg and emits 180g/km of carbon dioxide meaning an acceptable annual tax bill of £165. Any enticing compact SUV at great value since it undercuts all of its mainstream rivals by at least £500., that offers choices its competitors do not !
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