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Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

Pune has beautiful early winter mornings, and I was excited to drive the Grand Cherokee. I have fond memories of its predecessor, and just like with the previous generation of Cherokee (I only drove the SRT), I wanted to drive the GC up a winding road to get it out of its comfort zone.

And the plan for the day was to check out some trails and do some Jeep stuff. Isn’t it? Too bad the SUV didn’t come with a nanny so that we wouldn’t climb rocks in a Jeep. In an SUV! Even though it was hard to say no, we still wanted to learn more about this top-of-the-line American SUV.

Design of the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s

It’s just right! It’s hard for me to find something wrong with the way this SUV looks. If you close your eyes and believe in a traditional luxury SUV, you might picture the Grand Cherokee. It has clean, straight lines, strong shoulders, a commanding stance, and a road presence that no SUV can match.

From its famous seven-slat grille to its squared wheel arches and simple headlights and taillights, the SUV looks good from every angle. The 20-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels are big and chunky and add to the GC’s rough look.

It’s a design that will hold up well over time and still look modern in a few years, which is half the battle won in bringing the few HNIs to Jeep showrooms. You want to be seen in the cars you drive, especially in this segment, and the GC is the best at that.

Interior and features of the Jeep Grand Cherokee

When you walk inside, it’s the same as before. It’s one of those SUVs you can drive like you’ve had it for years as soon as you get in. Every feature is easy to use, and the driver’s seat puts the tip of the hood in the driver’s line of sight.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive enough to eat up miles all day, there’s leather everywhere, and the wooden finish on the dashboard and doors give the GC a high-end look and feel, but it’s still not as luxurious as some German competitors in this segment. The seats can be changed in 8 different ways, and the driver’s seat can also be set to remember its position.

They are ventilated and cooled, and the steering wheel can even be heated. Even the back seats can be heated, which is nice but also a bit much. Heated seats in SUVs in good in a few places in the north, but most owners will be from a few Tier-1 cities. Since the car is a CKD and not a CBU, Jeep could have built it better.

You won’t be bored if you sit in the front. The passenger gets a 10.25-inch screen to watch films and other things, which doesn’t distract the driver. The neat design of the outside and inside is continued by a digital instrument cluster that is the same size as the other instruments.

The screen on the center console and the music controls behind the wheel are both easy to use. The small paddle shifters are a little disappointing, and if you put too much lock, you won’t be able to shift up or down a gear. Most owners will spend a lot of time in the back seat, where the problem is that the floor is quite high.

The seat is comfortable, but if you’re going to drive for a long time, you need a lower floor. The back seats can be leaned back, and there is enough legroom and headroom. There are also sun blinds, so if you don’t mind sitting with your knees up, the back seat will work for you.

The Grand Cherokee has all the tech you can expect in a top SUV. You get ADAS, front collision warning to active braking, lane assist, blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera that can be very helpful when off-roading, a camera for the IRVM, and eight airbags.

Engine for the Jeep Grand Cherokee

The GC’s design is impressive, both in motion and on paper, but the powertrain leaves much to be desired. Under the hood is a 2-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger that helps it make 400Nm and 268bhp.

Most of this is in the GC’s strong midrange, so it doesn’t have much spring in its step until its midrange. Once there, the SUV will happily drive along, but if you step on the gas pedal more, the small capacity of this 2.1-tonne SUV shows its limits. Higher up in the rev range, the GC is eating gas at an alarming rate to keep you interested.

We didn’t get a chance to do a fuel run in the short time we had with it, but the onboard computer showed 4.3kmpl, which made me start doing math. The full is 87 liters, and the reserve is close to 95 liters. That’s between 400 and 500 km on a 10K tank. Without a V8 rumble, burning so much dinosaur juice is not fun.

Then there’s the 8-speed automatic transmission, which makes this powertrain like any other. Was it a mistake for Jeep to offer this 4-cylinder engine when it could have been paired with a V6, V8, or hybrid? I believe so. Even if a person is refined and easy to get along with, that isn’t enough to win hearts.

Riding the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Aside from how it looks, the Grand Cherokee’s best feature is that it can go off-road. But the SUV sold isn’t the trail-rated version, so the Quadra-Trac 4×4 system doesn’t have a rock mode. Still, the Jeep drives like a Jeep on a dirt road. It doesn’t care much about the bumps and does a great job of making the trail flat.

The spec car is better off with steel springs than with air suspension. The second one would be more exciting at slow city speeds, but the first one is more durable and won’t cost as much to keep up. It is set up on the soft side, which means that if the SUV is driven too hard around corners, it rolls and understeers. However, it is a big step up from its predecessor.

Conclusion

If looks were all that mattered, I’d choose the Grand Cherokee. If you keep your cars for a long time, the GC will still look modern in many years. It doesn’t have to follow the latest seasonal design trends. But the Jeep’s powertrain takes away some of the personality it needs so badly.

As a top-of-the-line SUV, the GC leaves a lot to be desired. It does what it’s supposed to do, but only if it’s a luxury SUV driven by a chauffeur or if it’s only used for eating up highway miles. There’s also off-roading, which you can do if you’re brave enough and have the right tires. But if you’re willing to pay a little more, there are a few other options in the segment.

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