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1.6L FWD vs 2.0L 4x4 (120 hp vs 140 hp)

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Hi everyone!

I'm living in France - already a Jeep owner (old Wrangler) and looking for a small SUV to do long distances with (2000km a month) and also have fun for camping/adventure on the weekends with the kids.

I completely disregarded the Renegade at first (just a FIAT in disguise!) but since test driving this week I've fallen in love with the vehicle. For me it was mainly the aesthetics to get used to; once I realized the real Jeep in it, it's game over for me. :)

So, now, I have some tough decisions to make. Color, model, all of that. Trailhawk model is out of the question here as it's 35,000K euro (nice markup!). I don't get the pleasure of going to a dealer and having them help me find my perfect Jeep. It's more like "know what you want, then search the country for someone selling that". C'est la vie... :)

So the good news is that there is a cool new limited series Jeep hanging around in France: Night Eagle.

The color is fantastic. The wheels are indeed too small, but can change that in a year or two when it's time for a tire change.

Engine: this is the big question. It's easy to find the 1.6L FWD, and they're 3K cheaper.

The 2.0L is attainable, but I'm unsure of the actual value.

Question: the 2.0L is 100kg heavier, and adds 20hp. Assuming the Jeep is fully loaded - will there be much difference between the 1.6L and 2.0L engines?

Aside from the 4x4 functionality - yay or nay on 2.0L over the 1.6L? :)

Thanks in advance!
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I made a test drive with the 1.6, but I have bought the 2.0 4x4 AT9Low. I decided for the 2.0 because I wanted an automatic gear box, otherwise I would have chosen the 1.6 engine. After 9 month and 35000km fuel consumption is at 6.9L/100km, the 1.6 was about 1 Liter less on the test ride.
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