This is the Bruce Springsteen of SUVs. It always has been and it still is. Even though it has started to become what we could call a European / American car, it still has that rugged American-ness about it, although inside it feels extremely refined and it looks extremely elegant. The drive is comfortable and you feel very much in control. It is a wonderful SUV for the Jozi lifestyle and landscape. I made my father, The Don, drive the Jeep and he liked it so much he now owns and drives a Grand Cherokee – testament to this SUV’s prowess. The Don (for those that don’t know him) is a very difficult man to please, so for the Jeep to become his new car is a “big thing”.
The performance was excellent with a nice responsive gearbox. I felt some of the previous Jeeps’ automatic boxes have been a tad sluggish. This gearbox I loved, it was comfortable throughout its range and allowed high revs when needed. As always with Jeep the performance is there and the new engines offer the usual high performance and standard. It is a city SUV but I felt that it could be comfortable with a certain amount of off road running about. I didn’t get the opportunity to fully test the off-road capabilities but from reputation you know that it excels on all terrain.
The Jeep is rugged luxury and inside has lovely touches like the heated steering wheel, and of course it has heated seats which work perfectly. The seats themselves were comfortable, which is a surprising change after some other SUVs which have very solid rock like seats, making any drive uncomfortable very quickly. It has a wood interior finish which can look cheap and out-dated but they’ve used it well in the Grand Cherokee and it actually suits the décor. The rest of the dash is nicely done with the buttons easy to navigate. The satnav is relatively easy to get the hang of, as well.
It has all the usual niceties like automatic light sensors, automatic windscreen wipers and a reverse camera, which I love. I think it’s such a useful driving tool, especially in the larger cars. This is a car that proves Jeep are becoming serious contenders in the SUV class and have become more than just big, aggressive American SUVs. The Jeep has found refinement and now offers itself as a credible alternative in the SUV market.
Specs Worth Noting:
- Price: R582,990.00
- Full Time 4 x 4: Yes
- Gearbox: 5-speed Automatic
- Power Output: [email protected]
- Torque: [email protected]
- Auto Headlamps: Yes
- Xenon Headlamps: Bi-Xenon lights
- Remote Side Mirrors: Yes
- Auto Windscreen Wipers: Yes
- Heated Seats: Both Front Seats
- Park Distance Control: Back and Front
- Satellite Navigation: Yes
- Remote Boot Opener: Yes
- Air Bags: Driver, Passenger, Front Sides and Curtain.
- Side Impact Protection: Yes
- Brakes: Vacuum Assist, 4 sensor ABS, EBD, ESC and traction control
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