Jeep Grand Cherokee Review 2024

Jeep Grand Cherokee At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Don't expect to see lots of Jeep Grand Cherokees on the road. Its high price tag and below-par interior make it difficult to justify objectively. That exclusiveness adds to the appeal, though, and there's something pretty cool about a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's also exceptionally capable off road, while its plug-in hybrid powertrain means it's not totally stuck in the past.

+Cool image. Impressive off road. Lots of standard equipment. Spacious interior.

-Expensive to buy and run. Plug-in hybrid system feels a generation behind. Interior isn't up to scratch.

We've been waiting a while for the new Jeep Grand Cherokee to arrive in the UK. It's finally here - with a premium price tag pitching it against the best SUVs from the BMW X5 to the Land Rover Defender and even the Range Rover Sport. It's not without its charms and a small number of buyers will appreciate its off-road capabilities. But will struggle it for appeal against other, more impressive SUVs. Find out in our Jeep Grand Cherokee review.

There are four trim levels available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee range (Limited, Trailhawk, Overland and Summit Reserve) with prices starting from around £70,000. Certain models take a more off-road-focussed approach, which makes sense if you're in the market for a luxury SUV that can almost keep up with the iconic Jeep Wrangler when the going gets tough.

Curiously, Jeep offers the Grand Cherokee with just one engine in the UK. This is a plug-in hybrid, combining a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol with a pair of electric motors. It suits the Grand Cherokee pretty well, providing punchy-enough performance and the ability to travel in serenity for short distances. It has its limitations, though - its relatively small battery means the engine will noisily jump into life sooner than you might like, while it's also not a particularly capable tow car.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with four-wheel drive, naturally, and we've found it to be very capable off road. A Land Rover Defender will have the edge in extreme conditions, but if you're looking for an armchair with some genuine mud-plugging credentials, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a respectable choice.

It's fine on the road, too, although most buyers of £70k-plus SUVs have expectations a little more than 'fine'. Its automatic transmission is a little dimwitted, while the steering is lethargic and it'll roll around in corners. Refinement is respectable, though, while it makes a perfectly competent motorway cruiser.

The interior is nothing special - neither posh enough to make buyers think twice about a Range Rover, nor robust enough to tempt you away from an Ineos Grenadier. There's lots of technology on offer, though - it's just a shame most of it is a bit laggy and feels like it's from an SUV made at least five years ago. Special shout out to the optional digital display on the passenger side of the dashboard which is pretty cool.

It's quite a large SUV, clearly, and that does translate into lots of interior space. The interior isn't the biggest in the class, though, while you can't get the Jeep Grand Cherokee with seven seats in the UK. We can't help but feel that most family buyers will be better saving a heap of cash by buying a Skoda Kodiaq instead.

Anyway, even Jeep isn't expecting the Grand Cherokee to sell in huge numbers in the UK. That's perhaps what gives it its biggest appeal: park one of these on your driveway, and it's unlikely that anyone else in the cul-de-sac will buy another in a higher specification or better colour. The Jeep badge is desirable, too, while the Grand Cherokee is arguably less 'try hard' than the Defender 110. It's a car we'd struggle to recommend, but we certainly wouldn't judge you for buying one.

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