JEEP Ireland sponsors Hell&Back

Jeep Ireland To Sponsor HELL & BACK

Jeep® Ireland will sponsor the adventure race series, HELL & BACK, in 2018 with four events taking place across the weekends of the 16th / 17th June and 29th / 30th September 2018.

The sponsorship will include two Jeep® challenges. The first will test competitors at the start line with the “Hang Tough” challenge. Contestants will test their strengths by hanging from a monkey bar for as long as possible to compete for an exclusive cash prize of €500.

This year, Jeep® has revamped one of the most popular HELL & BACK obstacles, “Hell on Earth”, where participants will have to run, jump and crawl over and under muddy mounds, featuring Jeep® vehicles to make it to the finish line.

As part of the sponsorship programme, Jeep® will support all HELL & BACK events, providing a fleet of 4x4 vehicles, including the all-new Jeep Compass, the Renegade and the iconic Wrangler. Additionally, competitors will be able to visit the designated Jeep® area at Hell & Back to experience the full range and buy exclusive Jeep® merchandise.

Perfect Partnership for Jeep

“We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with HELL & BACK for their challenging race series,” said Paul Hunt of Jeep® Ireland.

“The HELL & BACK ethos is very much in line with that of Jeep®. We’re not only passionate about adventure, but encourage people to challenge themselves too – and everyone who takes on the HELL & BACK course certainly does that.

This exciting sponsorship will allow us to get the Jeep® brand in front of adventure-seekers and their families – showcasing our range of premium vehicles (including our wide range of 4x4s) to a potentially new audience.  Across the four events we’ll also be supporting our dealer network by encouraging people to sign up for test drives as well as take advantage of our latest offers," he added.

Jeep® Ireland will soon be hosting a number of competitions on their Facebook page, giving followers the chance to win 30 free race admissions.

Those who have registered their interest in Jeep® will also be eligible to receive a 10% discount code which can be utilised on the HELL & BACK registration page, for the upcoming June event.

Aidan Walsh, Director of Operations at Alive Outside said, “We are delighted to have Jeep® on board as a HELL & BACK Sponsor for 2018. HELL & BACK is all about pushing through and conquering the elements that are thrown at you, whether that’s the temperamental weather conditions, the gruelling natural environment or the torturous man-made obstacles – qualities that are as relevant to Jeep® as they are to us. We hope 2018 is the start of a long and successful relationship between HELL & BACK and Jeep®, an iconic international outdoors brand.”

2018 Jeep Renegade

2018 Jeep Renegade Arrives With Price Reduction

Jeep Ireland has revealed pricing and specification details for its 2018 Jeep Renegade model range, which will feature restyled interiors and enhanced specification. The new Jeep Renegade range goes on sale from €21,950, a €1,000 price reduction versus the previous model, with savings to be made throughout the range.

Standard equipment on the entry 'Sport' model includes the next generation UconnectTM infotainment system with 5" touchscreen display, USB / Aux-in ports and 6 speakers, Bluetooth phone / audio streaming, 16-inch alloy wheels, multifunction steering wheel with audio controls and air conditioning.

This model is offered with the 1.6 e-torQ petrol (110hp) from €21,950 and the same model with the 1.6 MultiJet diesel (95hp) is available from €23,200.

The 'Longitude' specification adds 17-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, front fog lamps with cornering function, body coloured exterior mirrors, dual zone air conditioning, rear park distance control, cruise control with speed limiter, Apple CarPlay and Android AutoTM functionality and a new UconnectTM 8.4-inch infotainment / navigation system.

With a price reduction of €1,500 versus the outgoing model, the Longitude trim is offered with the 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo petrol priced from €25,800, the 1.6 MultiJet diesel (120hp) priced from €26,450, and the 2.0 MultiJet (140hp) with all-wheel drive priced from €30,450.

The top of the range 'Limited' trim includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated leather multifunction steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, forward collision and lane departure warning, front and rear park distance control, chrome exterior pack featuring chrome front grille, exterior mirrors, exhaust tailpipes and roof rails, and a premium 7" TFT colour cluster display.

Reduced by €2,300, the Limited trim is available with the 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo petrol priced from €28,300, the 1.6 MultiJet diesel (120hp) priced from €28,950, and the 2.0 MultiJet diesel (140hp) with all-wheel drive priced from €32,950.

Jeep Compass

New Jeep Compass To Arrive In January

The new Jeep Compass will go on sale in Ireland in January starting from €27,995.

The new SUV from Jeep will be available with three diesel engines and one petrol.

The 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo petrol engine (from €30,145) has 140hp and comes in front wheel drive only with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Diesel options for the new Jeep Compass include the 1.6-litre MultiJet (from €27,995) with 120hp or 140hp. Both variants are mated to the six-speed manual transmission, with the latter coming in 4x4.

There's also a powerful 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel with 170hp and a nine-speed automatic transmission with 4x4.

The Jeep Compass will be offered in Ireland in three trim levels: Sport, Longitude and Limited.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lights, leather steering wheel with audio controls, air conditioning, cruise control, forward collision warning plus, lane departure warning plus and a 60/40 split folding rear seat.

Longitude specification adds 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, dual zone air conditioning, rear park distance control, reversing camera, power folding exterior mirrors, 8.4" infotainment/navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and keyless entry and go.

Limited trim adds 18" alloys, halogen projector headlamps, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, heated steering wheel, a 560W BeatsAudio infotainment/navigation system, dark tinted privacy glass, front and rear park distance control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross path detection and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

Caroline Kidd

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Price Cut For Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Ireland has announced details for the updated 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, now available at Jeep dealers nationwide, starting from €70,950.

The 2017 model has a new Start&Stop function and electric power steering, which helps to achieve a 14g reduction in CO2 (down to 184g/km), compared with the previous model. Fuel economy has also been improved to a claimed 40.4mpg on diesel versions.

New colours have been added with some mild exterior styling tweaks and the addition of acoustic glass now improves the cabin experience.

Inside there's a new gear lever and revised centre stack. There is now the ability to select between different drive modes (Sport, Comfort or Normal).  The Rear Park Assist safety feature now includes a ‘Stop' function up to 11kmh.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee starts at €70,950 for the Limited 3.0L V6 CRD 250hp, a reduction in price of over €9,000. Key standard equipment includes 20" alloy wheels and Bi-Xenon headlights as well as black leather trimmed upholstery and a Uconnect 8.4inch smart-touch navigation system.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0L V6 CRD 250hp now costs €76,850, a saving of over €13,000.

The Grand Cherokee Summit 3.0L V6 CRD 250hp is now €82,450, a saving of over €14,000.

The range-topping Grand Cherokee SRT is a high performance SUV and is now priced at €109,950, a saving of over €10,000. It features a 6.4-litre V8 HEMI engine delivering 468hp plus 20-inch ‘Black Vapour' SRT alloy wheels with high performance Pirelli tyres and a Quadra-tracTM active on-demand 4WD system.

Caroline Kidd

Jeep Cherokee Ireland review

Jeep Cherokee 2.2-litre 200hp 4WD Review

Jeep Cherokee Ireland review
The Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep brand is synonymous with tough, off-road vehicles, with a history stretching back to the Willys Jeep used by the Allied Forces in World War II. The famous Jeep name has become a generic name for a 4x4 and these ‘jeeps’ have since broken through into the mainstream - you’re now just as likely to see one on the school run as you are on a farm.

But among the many soft roaders and faux-SUVs, the Jeep brand, just like Land Rover, has instant credibility. Depending on your social conditioning you will think Jeep are cool because a) the Willys Jeep helped win the war for the Allies or b) Alicia Silverstone’s character Cher drove a Jeep Wrangler in Clueless and it was like, OMG, so amazing.

I fall into the latter camp but even I couldn’t probably stand the rough and tumble of a soft-top Wrangler on a damp Irish commute.

Of far more relevance to the Irish market is the Jeep Cherokee, which these days is sporting ruggedly soft roader/crossover looks, yet in 4x4 guise it still has the guts to take you off road.

Jeep Cherokee Ireland review
Jeep Cherokee: The new range topper is a 9 speed automatic 2.2-litre diesel with 200hp

The current Cherokee has been in Ireland since 2014 but the addition of a new 2.2-litre diesel means it’s up for review again. This car has a lot of presence, and it looks quite upmarket and premium, especially in darker colours. There is just enough chrome to be tasteful rather than tacky, some fabulous bling bling polished chrome 18” alloys, and the striking light signature and classic Jeep seven slot grille at the front ensure it stands out from the crowd as something a bit different. The same can’t be said for the styling of the rear, which is much more generic, but overall I think the Jeep’s distinctive looks are one of its biggest assets in this crowded SUV market.

We have to talk about pricing very quickly in this review because in those terms the Cherokee sits at the more premium end of the market, though it would be more comfortable compared to more mainstream rivals. Entry into the range is at €38,350 for a front wheel drive model with a 2.0-litre diesel producing 140hp with motor tax of €280 per year.

Four wheel drive models start at €48,350 with a 2.2-litre diesel with 185hp and a 9 speed automatic gearbox. A higher powered 2.2-litre diesel (200hp) automatic now sits at the top of the range with a list price of €55,850 and motor tax of €390. There is not much between the engines in terms of fuel economy with the FWD diesel manuals claiming 53 mpg and the 4x4 diesel automatics claiming 50 mpg.

The interior has a tough, durable look with some soft touch materials at the top of the dash but too many hard plastics to live up to the premium pricing. It does well in terms of technology – there is a colour TFT digital display with driver information positioned between the rev counter and the speedometer, and a large touchscreen for infotainment and navigation in the centre of the dash. The seats in the Limited trim on test are a highlight - large, comfortable, finished in soft nappa leather, electrically adjustable and with a heating and ventilating function. You couldn’t ask for much more!

Jeep Cherokee Ireland review
The interior of the Jeep Cherokee

There is space for five in the cabin though the transmission tunnel for the 4x4 does protrude into the middle passenger’s legroom. But the footwells are large and the squared off roofline offers good headroom. The boot is a generous 591 litres and an electric tailgate comes as standard.

There are three trim levels for the Irish market – Longitude, Longitude + and Limited – and standard equipment is good from base including alloys, front fog lights with cornering function, silver roof rails, dual zone air con, auto lights and wipers, rear park assist, cruise control, electric windows and mirrors, and electric parking brake.

The test car had the 200hp diesel mated to the 9 speed automatic, and no surprises the Cherokee can move pretty niftily with 440Nm of torque available and 0-100kmh taking just 8.5 seconds. You can hear the engine gurgling away at idle though it never gets too raucous in the cabin out on the open road, and the car is well insulated from road and wind noise. This is a comfortable car for the long haul, though the ride can get choppy and less smooth off the beaten track when encountering rough/uneven surfaces.

Refinement is good, but the Cherokee does fall short of the idea of a ‘premium driving experience’. There is always a shadow of the off road to the on road driving manners, like the Cherokee really just wants to get on with the tough stuff. The steering is heavy which makes it less of a breeze for town driving and parking, though it’s direct and good for the turn in during out of town driving. It doesn’t feel very dynamic when presented with a series of corners, and the body lurches quite stodgily should you try to take these cornering manoeuvres on with a bit more zest, yet the grip of the 4x4 system masks most of these ills to a point where the Cherokee gets by as large, comfortable transport for a family with attitude.

Jeep Cherokee Ireland review
Jeep Cherokee: The big car with attitude

4x4 Cherokee’s come with Jeep Active Drive I which is billed as an efficient four-wheel drive system that can automatically switch between front and all-wheel drive when required. The Selec-Terrain system offers different four-wheel drive modes for different surfaces like snow, mud and sand, so you can find the setting that best suits the conditions in front of you and the car will do the rest.

The Cherokee is not cheap. It performs well, if not brilliantly, for a modern SUV. It would be easier to forgive the Cherokee its shortcomings if it wasn’t priced as a rival to the likes of Land Rover, Audi, BMW et al, which have more the aura of refinement and luxury to them. Yet it’s hard not to like this Jeep, it’s well equipped, it’s capable, it looks good, it’s different and it’s a Jeep. An actual Jeep. Like, totally cool.

Caroline Kidd

Model Tested: Jeep Cherokee Limited 2.2l 200hp 4WD
€55,850 (Range starts €38,350)
2.2-litre turbo diesel
8.5 seconds
CO2 Emissions: 
Motor Tax: 
€390 per year