Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Grand Cherokee is not a cheap car, but it does cost less spec-for-spec than its main rivals. Average clamed economy of 37.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 198g/km are competitive, but depreciation is likely to be steeper than on rivals such as the BMW X5 and Land Rover Discovery. The SRT8 is predictably expensive to run but, given the performance on offer, its premiums aren’t unjustified.
We’d recommend going for an Overland model if you can stretch the budget, because the air suspension it has makes a big difference to the way Jeep handles and drives. It has more kit, too.
The Jeep scores fairly well with regards to safety. It has front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, plus various systems to warn you if you’re about to have an incident. However, it’s disappointing that the car scored only four stars out of five in Euro NCAP crash tests.
Jeep scored poorly in our most recent reliability survey, however, coming 35 out of 37 manufacturers tested. The warranty’s a conventional three-year, 60,000-mile affair, but you do get three years’ roadside assistance, too.
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