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Jeep Grand Cherokee: Test Drive Review

Date: 16 March 2012

America's answer to the Range Rover is the Jeep Grand Cherokee - a cut-price alternative to the British company's luxury 4x4 stalwart promising similar levels of off-road ability and equipment. The latest diesel version has managed to creep over the 30mpg mark to 34mpg with emissions of 218g/km. A figure like that will render it obsolete for many, but it's competitive with equivalent luxury 4x4s such as the Infiniti FX30d.

Jeep's entry-level Limited model tested here represents good value in terms of the amount of kit it offers: Xenon headlamps, automatic wipers, dual-zone climate control, heated leather seats and keyless entry are just a few of the standard features in addition to a wealth of off-road driving aids. The let down inside is that the cabin seems cheaper and less sturdy than that of rivals.

The 3.0-litre CRD 240hp V6 diesel engine is arguably the Grand Cherokee's strongest feature. It's smooth, refined and adept at hauling the car's considerable weight even at motorway speeds. Other aspects of the driving experience are less polished, though, the worst of which is the uncomfortable ride.

Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD Limited
VerdictLuxurious for the
money but the appeal
is strictly limited for
fleets mainly because
of its high costs


Luxurious for the money but the appeal is strictly limited for fleets mainly because of its high costs