While the Grand Cherokee might be the oldest model in Jeep’s range, this is an SUV that still has plenty to offer.
Unlike plenty of its rivals, it’s a formidable off-roader, while buyers get plenty for their money too. If you’re a fan of American car styling, you’ll also love the Grand Cherokee’s chunky and bold appearance, while a ludicrous performance version is also on offer. More on that later.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re looking at buying one…
What engines are available?
It’s a rather simple engine line-up with the Grand Cherokee, with one diesel available in the SUV’s regular line-up, and a monstrous petrol unit in the hottest version.
The diesel unit is a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 unit, which produces 247bhp and a huge 570Nm of torque. It comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which delivers power to all four wheels. In terms of performance, the Grand Cherokee can accelerate from 0-60mph in eight seconds and hit a top speed of 126mph. The only downside, though, is that it’s not the most efficient – Jeep claims it can return 29.7mpg, with CO2 emissions of 208g/km.
At the complete opposite end of the spectrum, there is the Trackhawk version, which utilises a monstrous supercharged 6.2-litre V8 – one of the last of its kind. It produces a huge 700bhp and 868Nm of torque, making it the most powerful SUV on sale today. Despite the Grand Cherokee’s weight, it can accelerate from 0-60mph in a thrilling 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 180mph. Don’t buy this model for its efficiency, though, as it returns just 16.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 395g/km.
What trim levels are offered?
Three grades are offered, with equipment highlights and pricing as follows…
Overland – from £54,350
Standard equipment is seriously impressive, and includes bi-Xenon LED headlights, electric front seats, an electric boot, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated seats all round and a heated steering wheel. It also gets 20-inch alloy wheels, blind spot monitoring, air suspension, a reversing camera and an 8.4-inch touchscreen with online services and satellite navigation to name but a few features.
Summit – from £56,750
This version adds active noise cancellation technology, which aims to minimise road sound, along with a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, an Alcantara headlining and self-levelling headlights. It also adds a suite of safety kit – including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and self-parking functionality. In short, it leaves you wanting for very little.
Trackhawk – from £89,999
The big star on this top-spec model is its mighty engine, though a host of other performance features are added – including yellow Brembo brakes, launch control, adaptive sports suspension and a more advanced four-wheel-drive system. Sportier styling is also added, along with upgraded leather upholstery, red seat belts and carbon fibre interior accents.
What about personalisation?
There isn’t a huge amount of choice with the Grand Cherokee, though 11 different colours are offered – including metallic, pearlescent and tri-coat shades. Highlights include Walnut Brown, Velvet Red and Ivory White, though the latter is the tri-coat option, which costs a pricey £2,000. The only other option is an extended leather pack on Overland and Summit versions, while matt black wheels are offered on the Trackhawk.Enquire on a new Grand Cherokee