What is it?
This is the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee in the higher spec Overland trim, which brings a long list of luxuries such as a sat-nav system, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control as standard.
Through an earlier road test of the entry-level Limited trim we’ve already established the latest spec Grand Cherokee is a quantum leap better than the model it replaced and, save for weak off-road credentials and poor interior quality, up there with the best of its rivals.
What’s it like?
It’s an entirely credible car to drive, an experience which is underpinned by the V6 motor, which delivers a highly competitive 237bhp and 406lb ft. That equates to 0-62mph in 8.2sec – plenty fast enough in a near 2.5 tonne vehicle.
At higher revs it is coarser than rivals, but not by much, and at a cruise it is perfectly quiet enough despite being linked to an automatic five-speed gearbox that, while adequately smooth, doesn’t deliver the last word in refinement.
The chassis is tight and poised and the suspension compliant in almost every situation; only the biggest pot holes upset the car, even with the large 20-inch wheels fitted to our test car.