The Commander is reasonably capable on-road and very capable off it. It comes well equipped and is more of a challenge to the Discovery than might be imagined
12 May 2006

What’s it like? Big and bold. The Commander has been designed to appeal to those who like the old, square Cherokee, first imported to the UK in the early ’90s. Unfortunately, the design is not as well resolved, though it’s better looking in the flesh than in photographs.What's it like? The interior mixes the industrial (Allen bolts in the dash mirror those on the wheelarch extensions) and the luxurious (swathes of leather and walnut wood).Under the bonnet is a smooth, refined V6 turbodiesel borrowed from Mercedes. Off-road, the Commander takes command, with the kind of boulder-bashing ability for which Jeeps are rightly famous. On-road it’s not bad either, with good body control in corners and no shortage of urge. Just watch out for any crests in the road, which send the car bobbing furiously like a pogo stick.Getting into the rearmost seats is tricky, too, but although there’s little legroom, six-footers will fit. Boot space with all three rows of seats up is negligible.Should I get one? Maybe. It’s not as refined as a Discovery or XC90, and the third row of seats is harder to access, but it’s better than a Land Cruiser to drive, and comes well equipped for the money.Rory Lumsdon

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