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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