THE LAST JOURNEY IN OZ
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A 3.6-litre Pentastar petrol V6 is standard and the only option, with 206kW and 342Nm.
The V6 is paired with a sixspeed auto with manual shift mode, but no change pedals.
Fuel consumption, a concern with any big vehicle that has a petrol engine, is a claimed 10.4 litres/100km.
We were surprised to find it could do better than this at 8.9 litres/100km after more than 600km, but these were mainly motorway kilometres.
Before moving on, we should point out the third row of seats is in fact optional, even on this model, and adds $1500 to the price.
Bear in mind, however, you can buy a Fiat Freemont Crossroad (essentially the same vehicle) for $36,500 with a third row inclusive.
Access to the third row is made
The six-speed auto also pales in comparison to the eight- and ninespeed systems now on offer across the Jeep line-up.
Instead of pedals, it retains the old Daimler-Chrysler style sideways flick to change up or down.
The dash is dominated by an 8.4-inch computer screen complete with satellite navigation.
There’s also a premium 368Watt audio system that adds a subwoofer and an overhead 9-inch drop down video screen with wireless headphones for rear seat passengers.
Auto lights and interior mirror are fitted, but the wipers are manual.
Hitting the road throttle, response is sharp and the brakes aggressive, but the transmission tends to hunt.
Ride and handling is competent but the ride can be harsh and will probably improve with more passengers aboard.
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