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heycar review

      Launch year
      2011
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Diesel
David Ross

Written by

David Ross

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heycar rating
Much improved well equipped SUV

Best bits

  • Big strong 4x4 that’s ideal for towing
  • Vastly improved from 2013 facelift
  • Has genuine off-road capability

Not so great

  • Steering lacks feel and handling is wooly
  • Interior quality not up to premium standards
  • Old fashioned features like foot-operated parking brake

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"When it comes to SUVs, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the elder statesmen in a market that’s increasingly dominated by johnny-come-latelies. It’s a distinctly old school 4x4 in some respects with a big 3.0-litre V6 engine and proper off-road ability that few rivals can even begin to match."

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In fact, not much this side of a Land Rover Discovery can cope with the same extreme terrain. Yet the Grand Cherokee does this while still providing good on-road manners and impressive comfort. Yes, it may not have the status of a Land Rover but the Jeep offers a lot for the money.


It’s very well equipped as standard and even the mid-level Limited models get things like heated steering wheels, heated seats (even in the back) plus an electric tailgate and a reversing camera. These would all be pricey options on most of the competition.


That helps offset the fact that the interior isn’t up to premium standards, despite big improvements that came with a facelift in 2013. Top models get leather on the dash and doors, but that can’t hide lots of hard plastics lower down.


The changes in 2013 were more than just cosmetic though. Jeep completely overhauled the Grand Cherokee, so much so that to drive, it’s pretty unrecognisable from the original 2011 car. With new steering and suspension plus a stiffer body and a new eight-speed gearbox, the Jeep drives so much better.


It remains comfortable too with an excellent ride quality on cars fitted with self-levelling air suspension. Those who want to tow trailers and caravans will want this too. Even the models on standard springs are smooth, if a little wallowy.


The Grand Cherokee comes with a strong 3.0-litre V6 diesel that gives plenty of pulling power. Another plus for the caravan brigade. But even if you’re not towing, you’ll appreciate that low down performance when you want to execute a swift and safe overtake. There is also the bonkers SRT model with its 700PS V8 engine.


In 2018 Jeep introduced a five-year warranty (including roadside assistance) which is a useful bit of extra security if you’re buying a model that’s only a few years old and shows that Jeep clearly has added confidence in the build quality of its cars.


With reasonable running costs for a big SUV, a vast boot and plenty of space for growing teenagers, the Grand Cherokee is an excellent family car. You can also drop the back seats if you’re using it for hauling stuff around. It can be both a workhorse and refined cruiser in one day.


A good value for money SUV then and one that makes a refreshing alternative to the usual SUVs you’ll see on the neighbours' driveways.

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3.0 CRD Night Eagle 5dr Auto

  • 2018
  • 22,500 miles
  • Vertu Jeep Beaconsfield
  • Buckinghamshire, HP91QJ
Price:£28,000
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Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee right for you?

If you want something that’s a little different from the standard SUVs around, the Jeep Cherokee is an interesting choice. Like a Land Rover, it has genuine off-road ability, especially if you go for an Overland or Summit model as these have a more advanced off-road system and a low 4WD range.


It has lots of appeal to caravan owners or those looking for a strong tow vehicle and as it’s well equipped as standard, you’re getting a lot of SUV for your money. It may be used as a workhorse but the Jeep is still refined and comfortable, much more so than rivals like the Mitsubishi Shogun.


What's the best Jeep Grand Cherokee model to choose?

It’s best to avoid the pre-2013 facelift models as Grand Cherokee models after that are better in every respect. So much so that it’s like comparing two different cars. The facelift models are easy to spot by the thinner LED headlights. Aside from the bonkers V8 SRT model, the only engine is the 3.0 CRD but it’s plenty strong enough in the Grand Cherokee.


Being a Jeep, there’s a high level of standard equipment on all models so you won’t find any back to basics models in the range. Limited models represent good value but the Overland has a bit more kit on it and there are plenty on the used market - it’s this we’d suggest going for. 


The Laredo is the entry-level model and came with a less powerful version of the diesel, so we’d avoid it if you want the Grand Cherokee for its pulling power.


What other cars are similar to the Jeep Grand Cherokee?

If it’s a proper strong 4x4 that you’re after - and one that can tow - the Mitsubishi Shogun represents a lot of car at an affordable price. It’s far from sophisticated but it’s excellent off-road and pretty much bulletproof in terms of build. 


There’s also the Land Rover Discovery 4, although there are question marks over long term reliability.  If you want to maximise your money, other Grand Cherokee rivals to look at include the Kia Sorento (a favourite with caravan owners) and the SsangYong Rexton


Of course, there’s no shortage of more road-based SUVs that are equally as strong such as the BMW X5, Mercedes ML or Volkswagen Touareg, although you’d be looking at something a few years older than a Jeep for the same money.

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification