Jeep Grand Cherokee
"The higher spec models, namely the Overland, Summit and SRT 8 versions get more advanced and capable four wheel drive systems."
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee starts at a tad over £48,000, yet most of its rivals cost more and offer less in terms of equipment and specification…unless that is, you are prepared to spend mightily on top.
That said, much of the credible opposition are good high integrity off-roaders, and some of them amongst the best.
Let’s face it though; how many of us go anywhere near the off roading capability our 4x4s offer? In truth we spend most of our in-car time enjoying creature comforts and technology that have very little to do with climbing the road equivalent of Everest.
Yet we like to have the confidence and safety a proper rugged 4x4 grants; so where the Jeep Grand Cherokee scores highly, is in probably succeeding more than most in offering genuine off roading capability with high equipment levels and state of the art technology, yet coming in slightly cheaper than the rest. Remember, this is a Jeep, that icon of battle travel in the Second World War. Credibility proven.
There is certainly a more European friendly look to the brand’s latest model, available as either a 3.0 litre v6 diesel with 247 bhp, or a massively powerful 6.4 litre V8! There are two trim levels (Overland and Summit) available, equipped with the level electric seats, dual zone climate control, cruise control, and an 8.4 inch touchscreen media system with Bluetooth and DAB.
All diesel models come with four wheel drive, eight speed transmission, and an active off road system. The higher spec models, namely the Overland, Summit and SRT 8 versions get more advanced and capable four wheel drive systems. The higher spec models also get air suspension as opposed to the steel suspension on lower spec cars; we’d recommend you go for air for ride comfort, but being a big strong Jeep, whilst refined it is a relatively high effort car to drive which as it happens makes it quite enjoyable behind the wheel. Many so called ‘refined’ cars these days can be so lacking in feedback in the interest of driver and passenger comfort that they put you to sleep. Yet all model specs of this car are good off-road regardless of what you choose.
Comfort and space
Where this one scores highly is armchair style cabin comfort, almost every conceivable item of technical and electrical software equipment available on modern cars, plenty of storage points, good all round visibility and very generous luggage space. The boot is 782 litres in volume; it is wide with no awkward ‘lips’ to overcome when loading the kitchen sink. It is vast back there, with useful underfloor storage for valuables or loose items. There is no seventh seat, but put all the back seats down and you have a second home…or at least an extra bedroom.
The Jeep Cherokee is both clever and cheeky for whilst there are indeed competitors out there, none quite strike the clever bargain this one does.
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