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Jeep Grand Cherokee (2005–2011)

Last updated 26 March 2015

Bold and chunky styling, excellent 3.0 CRD diesel engine, superbly capable off-road, well equipped as standard, good-sized boot, great for towing.
Overly light steering and bouncy ride, interior let down by some cheap-feeling plastics, not available with seven seats like many other 4x4s.
Updated 7 November 2014

Reader received UK VOSA recall N46 concering his 2005/55 Jeep Cherokee Sport: Fuel tank at risk of rupture if rear ended. Told to go to dealer and have inspected to see if cross-car beam can be fitted....

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Introduction

Jeep has a rich heritage in 4x4s and the Grand Cherokee is its most well known model. Unlike many other modern four-wheel drive cars, it's actually designed to go off-road and is more than capable of tackling very tricky terrain, helped by some advanced 4x4 systems.

It's also powered by some impressive engines, the most popular being the excellent 3.0 CRD that's also used by Mercedes-Benz. This smooth yet strong V6 was made the only engine choice in 2010, when the thirsty V8 petrols were dropped from the line-up.

On road the Grand Cherokee is less impressive however. It doesn't feel very agile, especially when compared with more road-focussed 4x4s such as the Volkswagen Touareg and can seem bulky in town or when trying to park. The steering is very light and lacks feel too, so twisting roads aren't much fun.

It's a good long distance car though, thanks to a comfortable interior and a soft (although often bouncy) ride. There's also plenty of space for four adults and a huge boot, making it a great family car. Interior quality could be better, but add in generous levels of standard equipment and the Grand Cherokee looks a decent buy - although it's a much better option used rather than new.

But perhaps the big fly in the ointment is the Land Rover Discovery. True, it's more expensive and you don't get as much 4x4 for your money, but it feels more upmarket and is far better on the road, as well as being equally immense in the rough stuff.

Owners' reviews

5
comfortable,reliable excellent value for money.
4
excellent value, extremely capable off road, comfortable. all good!
4
Best 4x4 by far
4
Nice to drive
4
big bold brash but surprisingly good
5
Superb value for money - buy one!
 

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