Drive – Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo V6 Review

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still tweaked for off-road

Engine can be thirsty and needs to ovecome hills

You’d the explosion in four-wheel-drive sales the past decade would been a boon for specialist brands such as Jeep. Not so. The one of the mainstays of a growing range, fewer these days it did about a decade ago.

The Cherokee, too, is not as popular as it was.

But a new model with styling, new engines and sharp should give the chunky a shot in the arm.

At $45,000 plus on-road the entry price is 25 per cent than the previous model, pits the Grand below luxury competitors and bang in the spot of the mid-size sports vehicle segment.

Price and

It may be cheaper than ever but the Cherokee isn’t left for gear, even in the entry-level model. An extensive list dual climate-control airconditioning, front seats, 18-inch wheels, power windows, control, rain-sensing wipers, front seats, trip and, impressively, a reversing

There are brighter auto-on headlights, while the audio includes Bluetooth functionality our audio streaming wouldn’t properly) with voice and a 30-gigabyte hard drive for songs on board.

Safety gear includes control and seven airbags, a full-size spare tyre is Further up in the Grand Cherokee the V8 Overland adds leather a sunroof, blind-spot warning and collision warning alert but the approaches $70,000.

Under the

The V8 may be the performance king and the coming the economy king but the new Pentastar V6 is the affordable in the range, suggesting it be the most popular.

With of power it’s well and there’s a healthy 347Nm it up, though the latter kicks in at a 4300rpm, meaning it prefers engine revs.

Acceleration is average, though there’s no the Cherokee’s bulk, especially on It’s not helped by the five-speed which could do with ratio.

But build revs and the V6 is smart

Those looking to tow big loads may to go for the alternative engines, which are to pull up to 3.5 tonnes; the V6 is still at 2268 kilograms, though.

consumption isn’t as convincing, the Grand Cherokee slurping to 14 litres per 100 kilometres, up on the claimed of 11.4L/100km.

How it drives

Jeeps always excelled off-road and the model should follow with a dual-range 4WD system helps apportion drive to wheels with traction.

was also fitted with the Quadra-Lift, which has five and modes.

A ”park” mode the car to make it easier to get in and out, the Off-Road 2 height raises the clearance to a towering 270 millimetres (52 higher than normal). also a new system that the various electronics and off-road to on-road, snow, sand/mud and

On bitumen, the Grand Cherokee is improved. Decent control the body isn’t wallowing. The is firm but in a controlled manner works in town and on open albeit with a shudder short bumps.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Steering great, though, with sloppiness.

Comfort and practicality

interiors (and those of American brands) have been fitted with hard plastics and the sort of to detail given to garden

The Grand Cherokee is a monumental in overall ambience. Stylish highlights, nice lighting and finishes create a relaxing, atmosphere. Controls are well and logical, while the colour lets you display your own

The multifunction steering wheel good.

The seats are comfortable and the bench split-folds to create space for the modest load which comes with a cover. There’s also a split tailgate. However, the could be larger, the foot-operated brake can hit your lower leg driving and the indicator stalk has too features – it also the wipers and high beam.

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Mitsubishi LS

Price $44,990 Engine 4-cyl turbo diesel, (manual), 350Nm (auto) use/CO2 emissions 8.3L/100km and (manual), 9.8L/100km and 259g/km Safety 4-star ANCAP 6 airbags; stability control. Rugged off-road ability; equipment; diesel efficiency. Average on-road dynamics; driving position; dated high floor. Our score 2/5

Nissan Pathfinder ST Diesel

$48,490 Engine 2.5-litre turbo diesel, 140kW/450Nm use/CO2 emissions 8.5L/100km and (manual), 9.0L/100km and 238g/km Safety 4-star ANCAP 6 airbags; stability control. Capable off-road; strong flexible interior; decent Cons Noisy engine; steering; could do with interior storage. Our score

Overall verdict

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The tempting price is the clincher for a off-roader that makes for those who don’t need seats.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee

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