You bought a Jeep? NO WE DID’NT. But it’s a catch cry we here at EFTM have been plagued by for 2 weeks. It’s a marketing line that’s clearly proving effective, and we’ve discovered the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee may well be worth the dosh.
Model: Grand Cherokee
Variant: Limited and Overland
Engine / Transmission:
Limited – 3.6 litre ‘Pentastar’ petrol V6. 8-speed automatic with Selec-Terrain
Overland – 3.0 litre V6 turbo-diesel. 8-speed automatic with Quadra-Drive II with an electronic limited-slip rear differential and Quadra-Lift air suspension
Limited – 210kW/347Nm (Petrol)
Overland – 184kW/570Nm (Diesel)
Jeep Claimed Fuel Economy:
Limited – 10.1 l/100km
Overland – 7.5 l/100km.
EFTM Claimed Fuel Economy:
Limited – 11.0 l/100km
Overland – 8.5 l/100km.
Limited – 4X4 petrol- $56,000
Overland – 4X4 diesel – $71,000
Limited – 20-inch alloy wheels, satellite navigation, nine speaker sound system, leather seats, dusk-sensing bi-xenon headlights with auto high beam, LED daytime running lights, auto wipers, fog lights, auto-dimming interior and side mirrors, dual-plane sunroof, tinted rear glass, power-adjusted and heated front seats with memory, heated leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, 8.4-inch touchscreen, 7-inch instrument display, power rear lift gate, voice-controlled Bluetooth and front and rear parking sensors.
Overland (In addition to Limited) – Nappa leather seats and some leather interior trim, ventilated (cooled) front seats, heated rear seats, wood and leather steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor and forward-collision warning.
Limited – Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Brake Assist, All-speed Traction Control (ASTC), Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM), Rain Brake Support, Ready Alert Braking, Front, side-curtain and driver knee-bolster air bags, ParkView Reversing Camera, ParkSense, Front and rear parking assistance with audio-visual indicators, Security Alarm with engine immobiliser, Keyless Enter-N-Go, keyless proximity entry system with push button ignition.
Overland (In addition to Limited) – Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross-Path Detection (RCP) and Premium security alarm with engine immobiliser.
Wow Factor: Great, tough looks; off-road abilities are among the best around. Sophisticated, personalised instrument cluster.
Most Impressive: 8-speed automatic is smooth and refined. Handles admirably for a large 4WD.
Not so impressive: Climate control air-conditioning a little erratic, often hard to maintain the ideal temp. Tyres need more grip; some interior details remind you of the price. Has a 4-star ANCAP safety rating
Early verdict: Has a luxurious presence inside and out not befitting of its price.
Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
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