High spec 4x4 with

grand performance

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee, front
Jeep Grand Cherokee, front, off road
Jeep Grand Cherokee, side
Jeep Grand Cherokee, rear
Jeep Grand Cherokee, interior
Jeep Grand Cherokee, boot

AT £45,000, the latest Jeep Cherokee comes loaded with kit and yet undercuts its heavyweight 4x4 competitors.

I recently had a short drive in the Overland, in the middle of a three model range and it impressed me with a wide range of abilities.

There is only one engine option - a 3.0-litre diesel V6 shared with the Mercedes M-Class - with which it also shares its chassis and running gear.

Performance is strong on the road, with plenty of urge, but kickdown is a little slow - in the way of many automatics - when you really need it.

Off-road capability is excellent - as you would expect from a Jeep - with hill descent control and low-range gears.

It's an easy-to-live-with long distance cruiser but the ride is fidgety at times on rougher road surfaces.

However, air suspension does give poise and a positive feel most of the time, plus good handling and road-holding.

Inside it is beautifully equipped and very refined, with electrically adjusted and heated leather seats, aircon, alarm, alloys, cruise, sunroof, a full size spare wheel, parking sensors, sat nav and traction control.

Some of the plastics are a let down though and not really good enough for this kind of price level.

 

FAST FACTS

Price: £45,000

Mechanical: 237bhp, 2,987cc, 6cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 5-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed: 126mph

0-62mph: 7.9 seconds

Combined MPG: 34

Insurance Group: 38

C02 emissions: 218g/km

Bik rating: 35%

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles

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