Jeep Grand Cherokee

 jeep grand cherokee

GRAND CHEROKEE SW SPECIAL EDITION - 3.0 CRD Trailhawk 5dr Auto



BEST PRICE

£50,380 

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Jeep's Grand Cherokee has been usefully updated, adapting itself smartly to a changing market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
GRAND CHEROKEE SW SPECIAL EDITION
3.0 CRD Trailhawk 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£50,380.00
GRAND CHEROKEE SW DIESEL
3.0 CRD Overland 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£51,780.00
GRAND CHEROKEE SW DIESEL
3.0 CRD Summit 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£54,180.00
GRAND CHEROKEE SW SPECIAL EDITION
6.2 V8 HEMI Supercharged Trackhawk 5dr Auto
PETROL
£87,109.00

Ten Second Review

You'd like a Jeep Grand Cherokee; the surveys certainly seem to bear that out, one recently voting it one of the 'Top 10 best cars to own in the UK'. This revised version gets electric power steering with selectable modes, a little extra electronic safety prowess and a slightly nicer interior. Otherwise, it's much as before, so it's big, plush and practical and the 4x4 underpinnings are still as tough as ever. Economy and emissions have improved but lag behind the class best.

Background

Jeep has come a long way in a short time. It's a company with over seventy years of history behind it, but for many, Jeep's Year Zero was 2009, when the company filed for bankruptcy. Since then, it has emerged like a muddy phoenix from the ashes, and sales have doubled worldwide. Part of that has been due to customer confidence from the takeover of the Chrysler Group by Fiat, the rest has been down to improved products being sold at competitive pricing. That part's hardly rocket science. The latest Jeep Grand Cherokee continues that trend. Although the true bloodline of Jeep is best expressed through its Wrangler models, the Grand Cherokee is the big money spinner and the company's success or failure hinges on this product line more than any other. In short, it's a car that it can't afford to get wrong. With no little pressure to succeed, Jeep has continued to improve this latest Grand Cherokee.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
184
CO2 (g/km)
208
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
83
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
92
CC
2987
Cylinders
6
Cylinder Layout
V6
Number of Valves
24
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
COMMON RAIL
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
NORTH SOUTH
Compression Ratio
16.5:1
Transmission
AUTO
Gears
8 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
29.1
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
40.9
EC Combined (mpg)
40.4
EC Combined (mpg)
35.8
General
Coin Series
Trailhawk
Coin Description
CRD
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
2
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
7
Special Edition
True
Special Order
False
Based On ID
82740
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
43E
Service Interval Mileage
12500
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Timing Belt Interval Mileage
100000
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
96
Badge Power
247
Badge Engine CC
3.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Generation Mark
4
Safety Concerns?
False
Performance
Engine Power - BHP
247
Engine Power - PS
False
Engine Power - KW
184
Tyres
Tyre Size Spare
FULL SIZE
Wheel Type
18" ALUMINIUM
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Weight and Capacities
No. of Seats
5
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Driving Experience

The 3.0 CRD badge you'll see on the back of most Grand Cherokees would suggest that the Jeep has that redoubtable Mercedes-derived engine under its bonnet, but instead it's a unit built by Fiat in collaboration with VM Motori which generates a maximum power of 250PS and torque of 570Nm, which is right in the sweet spot for a vehicle of this size and weight. A slick ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard across the range, helping efficiency and response. At typical motorway speeds, the Grand Cherokee will typically be registering around 1,800rpm. If all of this sounds a bit worthy, you could instead opt for the Grand Cherokee SRT. This gets a 6.4-litre V8 engine good for 468PS and is capable of accelerating to 62mph in just 5.0 seconds. Believe it or not, but this behemoth actually handles as well. The key change made to this improved model comes with the addition of an electric power steering. You can alter the feel of this set-up via selectable drive modes (Sport, Comfort or Normal). Off-road, the Grand Cherokee is as tough as ever. A low-range transfer box makes light work of serious mud plugging and a set of diff locks mean that owners will be kept moving where most rivals would find themselves at a momentary traction deficit. Most models come with steel sprung suspension, but to experience the Grand Cherokee at its best, you really need the air suspension that's standard on models from the Overland up.

Design and Build

The styling updates made to this model back in 2014 gave it a lot more streetside presence and Jeep has wisely not tampered with these, deciding only to give this updated version a wider palate of colours. It's still instantly recognisable as a Jeep, but these days this car now has far more of a contemporary look with smaller, meaner HID bi-xenon headlights leading off what the stylists hope is a more muscular, athletic look emphasised by a steeply raked windscreen and high waist line. Inside, the dash is much as before, with an intuitive design to the control layout, the centre console dominated by a touch screen developed by stereo specialists Harman Kardon. Like high-end Jaguar and Mercedes models, the main dial pack features a TFT screen which can be configured to show an 'analogue' or digital speedo, as well as sat-nav instructions or details of the drive logic of the 4x4 system. Detail changes include the addition of a smarter, more substantial premium gear lever to replaces the old aircraft-style e-shifter, plus there are detail revisions to the centre stack that include Sport and Start/Stop buttons. Space isn't bad, but there's no seven seat option which will strike it from the lists of some, although the 782-litre boot is reasonably good. Rear headroom is acceptable, although foot space is a bit pinched if you have tall front seat occupants. There's an automated tailgate that, like most examples of its ilk, is maddeningly slow.
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