Muscular engines have no trouble powering the Jeep's bulk; not as good on-road as a BMW X5
Disappointing materials and ergonomics for a car of this price and calibre
Reasonable kit but a disappointing crash-test score
Jeep has performed poorly in recent reliability surveys
No option of seven seats. High boot floor reduces load space
Electric leather seats, climate control, a heated steering wheel and electric sunroof are standard
Choose from a thirsty 6.4-litre petrol or butch 3.0-litre diesel (we'd suggest the diesel). It's not bad to drive on-road, though not as accomplished as a BMW X5. Off-road is where it excels, with high ground clearance and high-tech aids to help you cross the most rugged terrain. It's not as hushed as the best big 4x4s and the light steering isn't very informative.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee's interior is disappointing. Drivers will find their feet cramped in a footwell with no footrest. For such a big car, there's not a huge amount of room inside. There's no seven-seat option, and even a fifth passenger will find the wide tunnel between their legs awkward. The boot is large, although the high floor makes loading heavy items or arthritic dogs more difficult.
There are plenty of safety systems on board to help prevent an accident or reduce the impact if you have one. However, the Grand Cherokee scored only four stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, with 81% for adult protection and only 69% for child protection.
Jeep featured close to the bottom of the table in the 2012 What Car? reliability survey.
The Grand Cherokee is cheaper than an Audi Q7 or BMW X5, but doesn't hold its value as well or offer a seven-seat option. The diesel engine is the more frugal (ok, only half-sensible) choice, with a claimed 34mpg but high emissions put it into the top tax band. At least there's plenty of equipment as standard.