Jeep Wran­gler is 2019 SUV of the Year

Saturday Star - - LIFESTYLE -

THE 2019 Jeep® Wran­gler Ru­bi­con – the most ca­pa­ble sport util­ity ve­hi­cle (SUV) ever – has been named Four Wheeler “2019 SUV of the Year”.

The award is given an­nu­ally by the ed­i­tors of the off-road en­thu­si­ast pub­li­ca­tion.

“The Wran­gler Ru­bi­con is packed full of in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy, fully mod­ernising the Jeep ex­pe­ri­ence, yet ca­pa­bil­ity, com­fort and user-friend­li­ness have only been im­proved upon,” said Sean Hol­man, group con­tent direc­tor for Four Wheeler.

Over the course of a week, the pub­li­ca­tion’s judges con­ducted a va­ri­ety of tests span­ning more than 1600km of ter­rain that in­cluded pave­ment, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks, mud and snow, at el­e­va­tions rang­ing from sea level to more than 2700m.

Dur­ing the off-road test­ing, judges eval­u­ated vis­i­bil­ity from the driver’s seat, four-wheel-drive sys­tem se­lec­tion and per­for­mance, tyre per­for­mance and dura­bil­ity, en­gine power and cool­ing, trans­mis­sion func­tion and cool­ing, sus­pen­sion tun­ing, and per­for­mance and trac­tion con­trol sys­tem func­tion.

Judges spent time on the road eval­u­at­ing driv­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics such as han­dling, ride qual­ity, in­te­rior com­fort and steer­ing feel.

Other fac­tors taken into con­sid­er­a­tion in­cluded price, fuel ef­fi­ciency, tyre size and ramp travel in­dex, which tests sus­pen­sion ar­tic­u­la­tion.

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