Jeep - Patriot
We reckon this is one of the best interpretations of traditional Jeep styling. The Patriot?s rugged enough to have a presence, without looking needlessly aggressive.
For an SUV, the Patriot handles adequately and always feels safe. Dynamic shortfalls that we know stem from this crude chassis are masked by the Patriot's larger size.
The cheap feeling cabin isn't the best place to spend a long journey, although the seats themselves are comfortable enough. The ride can get a bit choppy, but it's on a par with its rivals'.
The interior plastics give a bargain-basement impression, although some owners might prefer to call them rugged. Overall, Jeep?s build quality has improved with recent models, but the brand does have a reputation for poor customer satisfaction.
Both engines feel sluggish from standstill, although the diesel has plenty of mid-range urge for towing. Zero to sixty takes 11 seconds with the 2.0 litre CRD, while the top speed is 117mph.
The Patriot isn't as large as a Freelander inside, but there?s plenty of room for four passengers and their luggage.
A 40mpg combined fuel figure is impressive for an SUV - in fact, it's comparable with some family hatchbacks. Low emissions also mean cheaper tax, but Jeep parts can be more expensive than other European brands'.
It's the cheapest SUV on sale by some margin, and comes with generous equipment. The fact that all models have four-wheel-drive as standard reinforces the value proposition.
Sat nav is a 'dealer extra', which means an aftermarket unit fitted at extra expense rather than one fitted on the production line. The standard CD stereo is excellent, though, as you might expect from an American car.