|Even with its air suspension cranked to its highest position, the |
Grand Cherokee can't match the clearances of the Wrangler
with ARB lift kit – but it's close.
- The outside mirrors that tilt when reverse is chosen. Nothing new here, but many others' tilt to the point of being useless. Jeep has got it just right and the big mirrors make reversing on- or off-road a pleasure.
- The factory satnav is one of the more intuitive I've used. Why do some manufacturers have to make the controls as difficult as possible to fathom out?
- Fuel economy of the Hemi V8. Okay, it guzzles gas but for a petrol V8 it's good and has been using little more than the slightly dreary 3.8 V6 in my Wrangler that doesn't even have the aural advantage of the Hemi's muted rumble.
- Good quality paint job – better than I've seen on some of the Japanese product. Chrysler seems to do paint really well.
- The way the tyres stick out past the 20-inch alloy rims; you'll have a hard job curbing one of these, and they also provide a measure of protection off-road. Hope they have strong sidewalls, though.
- The way the diffs are tucked out of the way, thanks to the all-independent suspension.
- The way it's still good off-road despite the all independent suspension.
- The practical two-piece tailgate; hardly a Jeep exclusive but always nice to have.
- That when fitted to the V8, the five-speed transmission isn't quite as bad as it could be (an eight-speed is the go in the latest Range Rover Vogue TDV8).
- The sensible "quick-flick"sequential shifting arrangement.
- Grand Cherokees have always made me want to drive aggressively, especially in red like the one I've been in. Not good.*
- Raked-back A-pillar and a dash that swoops towards the front-seat occupants offer a much less spacious feeling than a more upright design, such as the Range Rover Vogue.
- Seriously dislike the foot-operated parking brake, whether it's on a Jeep or anything else.
- True, the interior's better, but the plastic trim around the lower doors and lower dash is still naff.