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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS -

You could pay more for a Benz or BMW or even a Range Rover, but why bother - the Sum­mit has ev­ery­thing you need and noth­ing you don’t with one of the best sound sys­tems that we’ve laid ears on. pic­ture.The over­all re­sult is a 10 dB re­duc­tion in noise, en­hanc­ing mu­sic clar­ity due to the re­duced am­bi­ent en­gine noise in­side the cabin.

The im­pres­sive H-K sys­tem fea- tures a 12-chan­nel am­pli­fier, three sub-woofers to sur­round oc­cu­pants in high-def­i­ni­tion sound.

SOUNDS GOOD?

YOU bet it does.

The ex­pe­ri­ence is in a word im­mer­sive, whether it’s rock or clas­si­cal mu­sic. Some of our most mem­o­rable mu­sic mo­ments have been in cars, es­pe­cially big pow­er­ful cars where it serves to ac­cen­tu­ate the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence mak­ing it more in­volv­ing.

Our go to test disk is Moby’s Play al­bum, which is not just a great driv­ing record with its pound­ing bass but also hits some ul­tra low notes – low enough to leave lesser sys­tems flap­ping in the wind.

ON (OR OFF) THE ROAD

WITH an Ital­ian VM Mo­tori 3.0litre turbo diesel and state of the art ZF trans­mis­sion, the Grand Chero­kee not only looks fan­tas­tic but ticks all the boxes in terms of econ­omy and per­for­mance.

The 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 pro­duces 184kW of power and 570Nm at a low 2000 revs, 20Nm more than the pre­vi­ous model and ac­ces­si­ble al­most 30 per cent lower in the rev range.Com­bined with the new eight-speed trans­mis­sion, fuel con­sump­tion is a claimed 7.5 litres/100km, a 10 per cent im­prove­ment on the pre­vi­ous model. We were get­ting 8.3 af­ter more than 500km.

Per­for­mance is strong, with pad­dle shifts for more ur­gent re­sponse.The dash from 0-100km/h takes 8.2 sec­onds on the way to a top speed of 202km/h.

In terms of of­froad abil­ity, the Grand Chero­kee is not as ca­pa­ble as a Wran­gler, but it’s got more than enough abil­ity to sat­isfy all but the most de­mand­ing dirt hounds.

Se­lec-Ter­rain of­fers a num­ber of off road modes, but we just left it in auto, pumped up the air sus­pen­sion and held on tight – it’s that sim­ple. The diesel by the way can also tow a 3.5 tonne load.

TOP OF THE LINE MODEL

THE Plat­inum model can be dis­tin­guished by its plat­inum coloured high­lights and sim­i­larly coloured 20 inch wheels.

The cabin is ritzy, with leather trim, cooled and heated seats and even a heated steer­ing wheel. Our test ve­hi­cle also came with DVD/ Blu-ray en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem in the back, a $2500 op­tion which in­cludes three sets of head­phones.

You get all this for $78,000 plus on roads.

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