2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee | new car review

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though the Grand Cherokee’s name might suggest there is some commonality between this model and the smaller Cherokee, there isn’t. In fact, the 2010 Grand Cherokee shares more with the bigger Commander than it does with the compact SUV. The 2010 model year is the last for this generation of car with a new 2011 model – developed from the same platform that underpins the Mercedes M-Class – due to go on sale before the end of the year.

However, the 2009 bankruptcy proceedings and subsequent takeover by Fiat has left the wider Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge product plans up in the air. If you’re a Jeep fan, but you’re not into your Wranglers, then it’s likely that you’re fond of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It has stood for being an honest, fairly large, but reasonably competent 4×4 both on and off the beaten track. And the third generation model follows much the same premise.

Well, all except the monstrously powered SRT-8 version with its 425bhp 6.1-litre V8, which isn’t much cop off road and is too busy tearing up the tarmac to give any consideration to its abilities to drive on it. The less extreme and more down to earth versions – otherwise known as the Laredo, Limited and Overland – are available with a choice of 3.7-litre V6 or 4.7- and 5.7-litre V8s.

All come with a five-speed automatic gearbox and active four-wheel drive systems with the ability to select different drive modes to suit the conditions. The seats are large and comfortable and there’s decent head and legroom for all passengers. Those not looking to use their Grand Cherokee should look at the Overland version, which is fitted with chrome alloy wheels, rear-seat DVD entertainment package and more luxurious interior trim.

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