2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee review – What Car?

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

2013 Jeep Grand review

The Jeep Grand has always lagged behind such as the BMW X5 and Volkswagen Touareg for finesse, but this updated car change that.?

The biggest is the arrival of a new eight-speed automatic which brings CO2 emissions to a competitive 198g/km for both the diesel (available exclusively in a new Laredo trim), and the more 247bhp version.?

A V8 petrol model is due to follow, although will appeal only to the extravagant.?

The revised Grand gets sharper exterior including LED running lights, the interior has been freshened up digital driver readouts and an touch-screen.

There are five Laredo, Limited, Limited Overland and Summit.

Laredo and Limited models on steel springs and have a system that can send up to of the engine’s torque to either the or the rear wheels, depending on traction.

Pricier Overland and versions get air suspension and a more four-wheel-drive set-up that torque vectoring to shuffle between individual wheels as

All diesel Grand Cherokee come with a low-ratio and a ‘Selec-Terrain’ system that you to optimise the car’s electronics for types of terrain.

What’s the Jeep Grand Cherokee to drive?

The new eight-speed automatic is much better than the ‘box it replaces. The closer and silky changes allow you to smoother progress, and kickdown is sharper when you ask for a sudden of acceleration.?

There is a Sport mode, but is barely worth using. It the gearbox hold on to ratios for and only serves to highlight how the diesel engine becomes at revs.?

In fact, even the gearbox in its standard setting, the Cherokee is far from the quietest big Substantial engine noise the cabin at motorway speeds, or under moderate acceleration, neither wind nor tyre are too much of a problem.?

Our initial drive highlighted the old-school of the models with steel they suffer from of wallowing body movements discourage any thoughts of going corners quickly.?

The ride could also be because it becomes jarring sharper bumps and never fully settled.?

Our UK drive was to air-sprung Overland and Summit and these do a better job of controlling the considerable weight. That the Grand Cherokee still as sharp to drive as a BMW X5, and the damping effective enough to make the truly comfortable.

There’s plenty of body float on roads, too, and the steering is

All of this doesn’t mean the Cherokee is unpleasant to drive; in cruising it’s relaxing However, on any remotely taxing it feels decidedly cumbersome.

What’s the 2013 Jeep Cherokee like inside?

The interior has been thoroughly The big new touch-screen is simple to use and brightens up the dash, while a colourful, readout now displays a digital and rev-counter, plus a mind-boggling of extra info, from conditions to fuel economy.

there are still some materials in the cabin, so the Grand lacks the sense of exacting that most people in this class will

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Rear space remains which means there’s of leg- and headroom. The boot is too, at 782 litres, although a shame the load floor is and there’s no option of a third row of

All Jeep Grand Cherokee come with dual-zone control, automatic wipers, USB and inputs, and roof rails.?

The trim option has front and parking sensors, a rear-view leather upholstery, a powered electrically adjustable and heated seats, plus a stereo while the Limited Plus sat-nav and 20-inch alloys.

The is even more generously with a panoramic sunroof and safety features, including a monitor and adaptive cruise with forward collision

The range-topping Summit gets a Harman Kardon stereo, with various style

Should I buy one?

There’s a certain charm to the Grand and the new automatic gearbox has made butch-looking SUV more pleasant to and more fuel-efficient than before.

It’s still a formidable too, and is undoubtedly cheaper than almost all of its rivals.?

for all this, the Grand Cherokee too far off the pace when it comes to composure and interior quality, many of its rivals offer seating capacity.?

With an TDV6 version of the impressive Rover Sport arriving in and a new BMW X5 with dramatically reduced CO2 following in November, things are set to get tougher for the big Jeep.

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