Buyer’s guide to the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Buyer’s guide to the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Looking at Jeep’s largest and most luxurious model? Here’s what you need to know

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?

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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?

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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.

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