You don’t need a lengthy test drive to know that this Jeep rides like no other in history; you can tell before the end of the road. The chassis feels tight and poised, the suspension compliant and nuanced. You might wonder if you’ve stumbled into a Mercedes by mistake.
And, of course, although only in part, you have. But Jeep is to be congratulated for making the most of its proprietary underpinnings and creating a car with a ride quality you’d need a Discovery to beat. Indeed, its biggest fault is that on larger optional wheels it can stumble into and rattle around in big potholes, leaving hanging in the air the suggestion that on standard 18in rims it would be better still.
It’s not a bad thing to drive, either, at least by the standards of two-and-a-quarter-tonne SUVs. Despite quite soft springing, the dampers are always on top of the car’s mass, checking the body as it rises over crests or sinks into dips.
On dual-purpose tyres, there’s surprisingly good grip and even, would you credit it, something approaching feel through the steering. There are all-out American sports cars that haven’t cracked that one yet.