Jeep Wrangler scoops top award

The Jeep Wrangler has been honoured with the 4x4 of the year title, in the extreme category.

The compact sport utility vehicle topped the list leaving competitors lagging behind, including the Land Rover Defender and Lada Niva.

Specialist publication 4x4 Magazine presented the award to the vehicle, recognising its off-roading capability, style and equipment.

Hils Everitt, editor of 4x4 Magazine, said: "The modern Wrangler offers a cracking all-round package for the 4x4 buyer. The three-door version is best left to 1 hardcore individuals, but the way-more-practical five-door version is definitely worth a closer look.

"There's a choice of manual or auto, and equipment such as leather wrapped steering wheel with cruise control, Uconnect Bluetooth and climate control. For the second year running, it's the all-round package and value for money that means it out-scores rivals to take our top spot."

Commenting on the Wrangler's success, Nigel Land - director of Chrysler and Jeep in the UK - said: "It's well known the world over, but still it's great to see the Jeep Wrangler being recognised by experts for what it does best - extreme off-roading. There's lots more to come from Wrangler, which we are looking forward to showing our customers in 2011."

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