Nothing’s more glamorous than a Jeep with all the trimmings. No, not that jeep, but the American Jeep, the brand that brought us nameplates like the Wrangler and the Renegade. The Jeep brand has been around since the early 1900s, and they’re still here today giving those who want rugged refinement.
Not afraid to get dirty but still want something that you can take out to the town? The Jeep brand’s got you covered, but which model is right for you? Think of the Jeep lineup as a see-saw, if you want refinement, you’ll have to give up some of the ruggedness, and if you want more refinement, you have to give up some of the ruggedness, so let’s help you decipher which model will be the best one to get.
Let’s start out with the most compact model in the lineup. The Jeep Renegade is the most road-going model that they have to date, and it is also the smallest which means that it is probably the easiest to drive. It can work well as a city crawler thanks to its small dimensions and its very manageable engine.
With a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, it makes a decent 147 hp and 230 Nm of torque, and is the most affordable Jeep to date, it goes for just P1,490,000. If you want a Jeep, but are on a budget, the Renegade is your best bet. Not bad considering that you get a premium brand name for such an attainable price tag.
If you want something bigger and slightly larger, then you can set your sights on the Compass. Find your way to the dealership and bring home a Compass if you’re into a rather refined SUV from the Jeep brand. Still equipped with the same 1.4-liter engine, it makes slightly more power than the Renegade and is rated at 162 hp and 250 Nm of torque that comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
It’s a more imposing vehicle in comparison to the Renegade and is larger in exterior and interior dimensions. So as a result, you get a model with a greater presence on the road. Also, it’s not that expensive to get into. It’s surprisingly affordable at P1,480,000 and comes with all the features that you need in order to navigate the urban jungle.
Now, we move over to the quintessential Jeep model, the Wrangler. This is the Jeep to get if you want an actual Jeep. This model is the culmination of what the brand is all about. Rugged performance and high in value as an SUV to keep for years to come. It’s equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and it uses Jeeps capable 4x4 system that allows you to conquer almost any trail that you throw at it.
Relatively unchanged over the years, the model’s been the cornerstone of Jeep’s design, so much so that it is the default model that people recognize when the Jeep brand name is mentioned. You better save up for this icon, however, since its most affordable variant sits high at P3,690,000. It’s the ultimate doomsday machine, but there is something that’s even more monumental in the lineup.
If you’re into the rugged looks of the Wrangler, but want something a little longer, then the Gladiator is for you. Wrangler upfront, Gladiator in the rear. The model features a rear bed that just looks oh so right paired with the rugged fascia of the Jeep brand. Consider this, the model is essentially a Wrangler with extra length and a more substantial cargo area. Then again, that cargo area is exposed. It’s like buying the equivalent of a limo, but rugged.
To deal with the extra weight, the Gladiator features the largest engine in the Jeep lineup, with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 hp and 352 Nm of torque. To haul the weight of the car and then some, the model rightfully requires the best that Jeep has to offer. It’s still off-road capable, however, sporting Jeep’s capable 4x4 system. Be prepared to pay for all of that jazz, as the Gladiator starts at P3,890,000.