GRAND CHERO­KEE SUM­MIT PLAT­INUM

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VALUE

The fea­tures list isn’t out of place on a six-fig­ure car, from adap­tive cruise con­trol and dual-pane sun­roof to pow­ered, heated and cooled front seats wrapped in leather, air sus­pen­sion and ac­tive noise can­cel­la­tion from the 19-speaker Ha­man Kar­don au­dio. It all looks and feels as plush as many Euro­pean ri­vals. The war­ranty is three years/100,000km and ser­vice in­ter­vals six months/12,000km.

DE­SIGN

The big seven-slot chrome grille lets ev­ery­one know you’ve bought a Jeep. Visibility isn’t as good as the Disco but the cabin lay­out is ev­ery bit as well com­posed, capped off by an 8.4-inch touch­screen that’s still one of the eas­i­est to op­er­ate. The ab­sence of third-row seat­ing pushes cargo space to al­most 800L.

TECH­NOL­OGY

The Jeep’s 3.0-litre turbo diesel is rated at 184kW/570Nm. As with the Disco, there’s a two-range trans­fer case and eight-speed au­to­matic with of­fi­cial com­bined fuel use of 7.5L/100km. Jeep’s Se­lec-Ter­rain soft­ware tweaks the driv­e­train depend­ing on the sur­face and there’s a sep­a­rate sports mode in the trans­mis­sion it­self.

SAFETY

A poor front crash score limited the Grand Chero­kee to a four-star score and a rat­ing of 29.95/37 when tested at launch in 2011. A seat slider fail­ure, con­tact with the dash by the driver’s knee and an airbag “bot­tom­ing out” from a head im­pact all cost it points de­spite the struc­ture stay­ing sta­ble.

DRIV­ING

With the big turbo diesel weigh­ing down the front, the Grand Chero­kee pitches more than we’d like and isn’t the fastest to change di­rec­tion. In­te­rior am­bi­ence is first-rate and ac­cel­er­a­tion is brisker than the Disco, if not by much. The steer­ing has a softer, vaguer feel though the wheel it­self is more re­as­sur­ing to hold. Those 20-inch wheels, while fill­ing out the arches, won’t help the Sum­mit in off-road du­ties. Tow­ing is rated to 3.5 tonnes.

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