Despite the Commander’s weight and barn-door styling, the 3.0 V6 turbodiesel does a sterling job of propelling it along. The five-speed automatic gearbox is smooth and, linked to the diesel, the vehicle makes decent progress. Speed fans will prefer the throb of the 5.7 V8 petrol, which can reach 62mph in just 7.4sec.
Jeep Commander 4x4 ride & handling
The Commander is a hugely impressive piece of kit in the wilds. However, it falls some way short of the class leaders when it comes to on-road comfort and handling, because it fidgets on bumps and lists through corners, and is accompanied by vague steering.
Jeep Commander 4x4 refinement
The Commander's upright styling generates some wind noise from around the top of the windscreen, which can be wearing on longer journeys, but other sources of noise are generally well suppressed. The diesel V6 is too loud during hard acceleration.