JEEP GRAND CHERO­KEE OVER­LAND

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VALUE Ex­cel­lent. Awe­some stan­dard gear starts with per­fo­rated heated and vented driver's seat, heated rear seats, nine-speaker au­dio and dual sun­roof — Over­land looks a $100,000-plus ve­hi­cle. Prob­a­bly more for the city dweller. No capped-price ser­vic­ing and in­ter­vals are short (six months/10,000km). Re­sale: 61 per cent. DE­SIGN Sweet. Top-spec Grand Chero­kee looks good on 20-inch al­loys. Leather and wood cabin with big touch­screen is up­mar­ket but seats only five. Beats Disco for cargo space (but not per­sonal pace) and has an elec­tric tail­gate. Foot­op­er­ated park brake is awk­ward. TECH­NOL­OGY Mercedes-in­spired 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel (184kW/570Nm) drives through an eight-speed auto and two-speed trans­fer case. Jeep has sim­i­lar of­froad aids to Disco — five-mode Se­lec-Trac for vary­ing road con­di­tions, air-ad­justable sus­pen­sion and elec­tronic and me­chan­i­cal diffs. Steer­ing is elec­tric as­sist to squeeze fuel use down to 7.5L/100km from a big 93-litre tank. SAFETY No crash test re­sult but it bris­tles with stan­dard gear: seven airbags, blind-spot mon­i­tor, adap­tive cruise, rear cross-path de­tec­tion, trailer sway and rollover con­trol, re­verse cam­era and front/rear sen­sors and bi-xenon head­lights with wash­ers. Spare is full-size. DRIV­ING Perky en­gine be­trays few diesel traits. Re­spon­sive and fu­el­ef­fi­cient, it is a joy to drive, mainly be­cause the eight-cog box — helped by pad­dle shifters — en­hances the en­gine's out­put. It's also quiet and very com­fort­able in traf­fic, on the high­way and es­pe­cially in some rugged off-road con­di­tions.

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