JEEP’S iconic Wrangler shows it can still come to grips with anything as it takes 4×4 Magazine’s 4×4 of the Year, Hardcore class for the second year running.
The award comes from the specialist publication’s panel of expert judges, who put the rugged US-built off-roader above some extremely capable competitors. The title was awarded specifically to the four-door Wrangler.
Jeep’s new Grand Cherokee also received a Highly Commended accolade in the Premiums category of this year’s awards.
In awarding it top honours, the 4×4 of the Year competition judges praised the Wrangler’s value for money, comfortable interior, off-roading ability, towing prowess and iconic design.
“The Jeep Wrangler remains 4×4 Magazine’s Hardcore Class champion. It effortlessly demonstrates its off-road capabilities with immense power and torque, while delivering a gorgeously low, first crawler gear for when finesse is needed,”
says Nigel Fryatt, editor, 4×4 Magazine.
“All this in a comfortable, well equipped interior. Our only real criticism? There should be more of them around.”
“It’s the classic 4×4 vehicle that is instantly recognisable the world over. The Jeep Wrangler is the essence of what Jeep stands for and we’re honoured to receive a top award such as the Hardcore 4×4 of the Year,” says Steve Zanlunghi,
managing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK.
“We’re especially happy to win in consecutive years as it speaks volumes for the design and capability of the current generation Wrangler.”
The diesel-powered, automatic Wrangler returns 34.9 mpg (34.0 mpg 4-door) on the combined cycle and has a CO2 figure of 213 g/km (217 g/km 4-door). Prices start at £27,315 OTR for the two-door Wrangler 2.8 CRD Sahara, rising to £31,670
OTR for the four-door 2.8 CRD Overland Axle +.
Now with lower emissions of 198 g/km together with fuel consumption of up to 37.7 mpg (combined), the new Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel range also offers real value in terms of running costs. The new Grand Cherokee range starts at £36,995
(OTR) for the 3.0 CRD V6 CRD Laredo, rising to £49,495 (OTR) for the 3.0 V6 CRD Summit.