JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE OVERLAND
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.