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Credible and appealing, but top-end spec pushes price very high

Our Verdict

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The current Jeep Grand Cherokee is almost indescribably better than its predecessor

Jim Holder
29 March 2012

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.

The interior is a nice place to be, but is not quite the success of the car’s dynamics. While road and wind noise are nicely suppressed, it’s roomy in the front, back and boot and the driving position and visibility are mostly good, minor disappointments come in the form of the quality of the leather and other trim materials. They are decent enough in isolation, but don’t quite stand the test of comparison with rivals.

Should I buy one?

Let’s get this straight: the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a good car. However, you’re going to have to weigh up how much kit you want for your budget very carefully before committing to buy this Overland model.

At this price you are firmly into Land Rover Discovery and BMW X5 money. Sure, you won’t get nearly as much kit as standard on either rival, but in our estimation both are marginally better ownership propositions.

Which way you go depends on your priorities – while we find the entry-level Limited trim level easier to recommend, if you buy this we can still state unequivocally that if you opt for the Jeep then you are unlikely to be disappointed.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 CRD V6 Overland

Price: £44,995; 0-62mph: 8.2sec; Top speed: 126mph; Economy: 34.0mpg; CO2: 218g/km; Kerb weight: 2280kg; Engine type: 6 cyls, 2987cc, diesel; Installation: Front, longitudinal, four wheel drive; Power: 237bhp at 3600rpm; Torque: 406lb ft at 1800rpm; Gearbox: 5-spd automatic

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2 April 2012

Its still good value for the money though comparable in price with an Evoque of high specification.

2 April 2012

I highly doubt that the kerb weight is 1280kg...

2 April 2012

Indeed, i'm guessing that's a typo and the actual number starts with a 2. Unless they've made it from cardboard

2 April 2012

[quote Fidji]I highly doubt that the kerb weight is 1280kg..[/quote]

I see that the figure in the article has been amended to 2280kgs although they did say it was near 2.5 tons earlier in the article. Maybe they will change the spec information from petrol to diesel soon.

2 April 2012

[quote Fidji]

I highly doubt that the kerb weight is 1280kg...

[/quote]

It's now been corrected to 2280kg, but like Maxycat said, the CRD isn't a petrol...

2 April 2012

Has it been crash tested yet, if its like other recent Chysler/Jeep offerings I would stay well clear.

2 April 2012

It shares the same platform as the new Mercedes ML so it should do very well

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2 April 2012

"At this price you are firmly into Land Rover Discovery and BMW X5 money. Sure, you won’t get nearly as much kit as standard on either rival, but in our estimation both are marginally better ownership propositions."

....this is a vehicle to buy when it is 2 years old...probably half price or less £18k?

Then it will be a different proposition - much cheaper than a L-R/X5/ML!

Saw one the other day on the road in white (a colour I dont normally hold with on a 4x4) and I have to say it looked terrific.

2 April 2012

I find it odd that Autocar can say that it has poor off road Credentials.... Having seen what it can do, Only the Discovery would keep up with it in the segment. The Jeep would leave the rest for dust.......

2 April 2012

[quote Citytiger]Has it been crash tested yet, if its like other recent Chysler/Jeep offerings I would stay well clear.[/quote]

http://www.euroncap.com/results/jeep/grand_cherokee/2011/460.aspx

4 stars, and a very similar score overall to the Jaguar XF, interestingly.

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