This diesel engine is a peach and I can't see why anyone would want or need the big V8. I say this as someone who has never owned a diesel before.
The ride is much more European than previous Grand Cherokees with very little if any wallow or lean when cornering. Running costs are OK considering it's such a big car and I've been doing quite a few short trips - overall it's achieving mid 20s and touches 30mpg on a motorway cruise: this in a car that's only done 4000 miles.
I love the cabin as it's a great place to sit and a touch of Americana. It has eveything you'd want or need and the satellite-navigation/CD system combination with a great sound system makes it an easy place to live with. The combined cruise and audio controls on the steering wheel are a clever and practical design.
True, the cabin is not in the BMW or Mercedes league (of which I've owned a number), but then its true price (after negotiation) is a long way from its Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes ML or BMW X5 competitors, and I can't see them being worth the five-figure premium for a similar specification.
If you don't want to follow the crowd and like a bit of character, then try the Grand Cherokee, you won't be disappointed.
OK - so I've only had my Hemi for 24 hours. This is my third grand - the first was a 4.0 Laredo, the second a V8 (4.7).
I'm somewhat of a hardened Jeep fan, having used these vehicles for what they are intended (the rough stuff, of which there is an abundance in Africa)- so I've tended to ignore the on-road compromises.
I have on a few occasions helped friends in Prado's and Dicovery's out of embarrassing situations with my previous vehicles - one incident when my mate's Discovery was bogged down in beachsand with the lagoon on one side and the rising tide on the other - so I have personally experienced the legendary off road capabilities of the Grand and I have been places with my Jeeps where other so-called competitors have backed off or come unstuck.
My new Hemi has just blown my mind - I never knew a pukka 4x4 could feel so good on the road too (I have driven the latest Discovery and while its a good vehicle, it doesn't feel as taut and together as the Grand).
So far, all I can say is awesome - I'm sure I'll update my review once I've had more time with it and done some offroad work.
Bought this car a year ago and it has done 17,000 miles. Absolutely nothing wrong so far. Everything is ticking perfectly. Great car to drive with a superb engine. Have driven it in heavy snow, mud and rain and off course on the motorways with big joy. Would recommend this car to anyone. Visited service centre once for general check up and that's about it ! You can buy one for 26k which is a lot cheaper then Discovery especially after reading the reviews .
This car is a massive change from the old car. I owned a 4.7 limited previously and it was ok, but this car is unbelievable. the cabin has been redone with top notch materails. the space it good and jeep have decided aginst 3r
3rd row seats to give you more boot space and boy do you get it.
The 5.7 litre hemi is a fantastic engine. It really brings back memories from the origional hemi (Dodge Challanger, Plymouth 'cuda) and the performance is unbeatble in a 4x4. 0-60 in under 6.5 secs - you don't get that too often.
Fuel consumption is good with around 18 in town and 24 out on the motorway.
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