Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Essentials

  • Price from £37,995
  • What Car? says: 2 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 34.0mpg
  • What is it? A mighty off-roader but no match for the best big 4x4s.

Great

  • Fantastic off-road: there are few places the Jeep can't take you
  • Cheaper than most rivals in the premium off-roader sector
  • Loads of equipment as standard

Gripes

  • Interior looks and feels cheap for a car at this price
  • Running costs are going to hurt, even for the diesel
  • The dog won't appreciate the high-set boot floor
  • Drive

    Muscular engines have no trouble powering the Jeep's bulk; not as good on-road as a BMW X5

  • Inside

    Disappointing materials and ergonomics for a car of this price and calibre

  • Safety

    Reasonable kit but a disappointing crash-test score

  • Reliability

    Jeep has performed poorly in recent reliability surveys

  • Space

    No option of seven seats. High boot floor reduces load space

  • Standard and extras

    Electric leather seats, climate control, a heated steering wheel and electric sunroof are standard

  • What's it like to drive?

    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.

  • What's it like inside?

    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.

  • How reliable is it?

    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.

  • Should I buy one?

    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.