2019 Grand Cherokee Srt Review – 2019 Grand Cherokee Srt
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Is Jeep’s ageing Grand Cherokee still an adorable hypothesis for 2019? Sam Purcell finds out
Compared to best added 4WDs, Jeep has a huge ambit of Grand Cherokee variants available. The Trailhawk is the off-road specialist, while the TrackHawk is a bona-fide brainy achievement option.
The SRT is a hardly beneath crazy booty on able-bodied V8 power, while the Overland and Summit represent absolutely stacked, beneath specialised options. Go all out and you can draft over $130,000.
What we accept on this analysis is the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the turbo-diesel V6 beneath the bonnet. It sits beneath all of those aloft options, and aloft the price-leading Laredo (starting from $47,500 for 2WD or $52,500 for 4WD).
This variant, with this engine, has an adumbrated amount of $67,950. At the time of writing, Jeep’s website adumbrated a drive-away amount of $71,781.
Options are dispersed at this level. Absorb $695 on any colour added than white, and you can additionally up-spec some autogenous metal accommodation ($585), bigger Nappa covering ($1625) and a dual-pane sunroof ($3250).
While there’s a ‘Pentastar’ 3.6-litre petrol V6 accessible (good for 213kW and 347Nm), our agent advantage makes complete numbers: 184kW at 4000rpm and 570Nm at 2000rpm. This runs through an eight-speed automated gearbox to all four wheels, via a low-range alteration case and some ambush off-road active modes.
If you feel like your agent options are covered, you’d be wrong. A action amalgamation was alien beforehand this year, which gets a 5.7-litre, 259kW/520Nm Hemi V8 forth with a scattering of altered specifications.
But anyway, let’s accept a attending at what we accept here. Limited is a analytic well-specced option, with a new-generation 8.4-inch ‘Uconnect’ touchscreen in the inside, with a nine-speaker Alpine system, Capri covering seats with electric anamnesis function, and a acrimonious council wheel. There are additionally 20-inch admixture wheels, powered tailgate and esplanade assist.
From a assurance point of view, you’ve got forward-collision warning, a affectionate of free emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep abetment and rear cross-traffic alert.
The adeptness of the AEB is bloody compared to added systems. It works up to speeds of amid 2km/h and 42km/h, which is beneath the all-inclusive majority of acquaint banned about Australia.
It’s absorbing to attending at the Grand Cherokee in allegory to the ample and sprawling SUV segment. Monthly beancounting address VFACTS artlessly lists it as ‘SUV Large < $70K’. This includes best-sellers like the LandCruiser Prado, Isuzu MU-X, Pajero Action and Everest. But they are all seven-seaters, the Grand Cherokee is not.
Options like the CX-9, Kluger and Santa Fe bench seven, as well, and they haven’t got the aforementioned able off-road adeptness that this Jeep has. Attractive college up the aliment alternation at added ‘luxury’ options, appraisement anon becomes an issue.
While the Grand Cherokee artlessly competes with all of these options to capricious degrees, the abandoned American is additionally a bit of an outlier. While it already agitated the LandCruiser Prado for absolute sales, it now ticks forth at an boilerplate of 260 per month, which is bottomward 27 per cent on the antecedent year.
While it was adapted in 2017, the Grand Cherokee sits on a belvedere that has been about back 2011 (and was co-developed with Mercedes-Benz) with a animate unibody and absolute abeyance employed. In added words, she’s a bit continued in the tooth.
Where the Grand Cherokee feels dated, crucially, is in a few key areas. While the autogenous is able-bodied specced and bolstered by a newer, slicker infotainment system, its accepted look, blueprint and vibe (to adduce The Castle) are dated. Back you anticipate of what the Touareg, Santa Fe and CX-9 attending like central these days, the Grand Cherokee is larboard with a aural activity of tiredness.
The colour arrangement is mostly black, with alone baby and attenuate variations of colour anywhere. Switchgear and abstracts feel a bit on the bargain side, as well, for an SUV nudging $70K afore on-roads.
The 8.4-inch infotainment affectation is a acceptable distraction. It’s fast and responsive, with all of the latest mod-cons at your disposal: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, agenda radio and built-in mapping. It does a acceptable arrangement of the abandoning camera, as well.
The Grand Cherokee’s additional row is comfortable, but not abandoned in agreement of space. Having a big rearward-facing adolescent bench does eat into the accessible amplitude for those up front, for example.
There are a brace of air vents at the rear of the centre console, forth with USB points. While you can recline the bench backs, you don’t accept any sliding adjustability.
The Grand Cherokee measures in at 4824mm long, 1943mm advanced and 1802mm high, with a 2915mm wheelbase.
The cossack is a acceptable size, and has one of the bigger elastic mats I’ve appear across. There’s 782L of space, which grows to 1554L back the 60:40 breach additional row is bankrupt down. There’s some added allowance for accessory abutting to the full-size spare, although I agenda the Nexen elastic is a cheaper advantage compared to the four Continental alley tyres.
Another abode area the Jeep feels a bit anachronous is the ride. Whereas added big-ticket iterations get ‘Quadra-lift’ airbag suspension, the Limited makes do afterwards any anatomy of adaptive or adjustable nature.
It feels a little on the close and jiggly ancillary for my tastes – abnormally for a big SUV at (almost) 70 grand’s account of allurement price. Those 20-inch auto acceptable don’t advice the active feeling, abnormally on those archetypal burst surfaces about town.
That V6 diesel, sourced from VM Motori, makes for accelerated advance with the quoted 570Nm advancing on adamantine at 2000rpm. It’s a bit surge-like in its delivery, with little absolute balance to action beneath this mark.
In a adventure for economy, the eight-speed gearbox pegs the agent at the 1500rpm mark back doodling about boondocks and canoeing on the highway.
Push bottomward the pedal, abnormally at lower speeds, and sometimes that commitment of torque feels clumsy and overdone. You ask for a little added advance via the appropriate foot, and by the time the gearbox accouterment bottomward and turbocharger starts compressing, you’ve all of a abrupt got abundant added balance than you were initially attractive for.
While it’s absolutely not beeline and smooth, it’s apparently bigger to accept the adeptness there, rather than not at all. And hey, maybe you’ll get acclimated to it afterwards some aeon of ownership.
My drive to and from assignment is consistently affectionate to ammunition abridgement figures, sitting amid 80 and 110km/h for a majority of the time on the circadian crusade to and from the west. With that in mind, I logged 8.5L/100km. Compared to the official amount (7.5L/100km combined) that sits a bit high, but it’s still appropriate for a agent of this admeasurement and performance.
One able point for this Grand Cherokee is the off-road accouterments that comes with it. While you can advantage a 2WD version, 4WD models get a low-range alteration case and a few off-road modes to accept from.
Quoted active approval of 218mm is misleading: base arena approval isn’t that good, but it is decent. And the 508mm wading abyss will be affluence for best punters, but the forward-facing air assimilation beneath the beanie is agreeable some big problems if you go over that quoted number.
If you’re agog on accomplishing some off-roading, this Grand Cherokee is a appropriate starting point. However, I would adopt to point you in the administration of the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which costs almost $4000 more, but is abundant bigger able off the bat. Plus, it doesn’t absolutely lose abounding credibility on the blacktop at the aforementioned time.
It’s additionally account advertence the Grand Cherokee has a nice afterward of aftermarket providores: Uneek 4X4 and Chief Products are two that instantly appear to mind, with a advanced array of accessories available.
Five years’ account of assurance is nice to have, but it’s still on the angular ancillary in agreement of distances covered: 100,000km is the high limit. Servicing intervals appear every 12 months or 20,000km, and accept capped prices of $665, $1095, $665, $1195 and $665. Total: $4285.
Towing is a able clothing for the Grand Cherokee, with appropriate take-up amidst blah nomads who appetite article a little altered (or cheaper) than your archetypal options.
There’s a 3500kg towing accommodation accompanying with 350kg account of brawl accumulation limit. There’s 668kg amid tare accumulation and GVM, and a Gross Aggregate Accumulation of 6099kg agency you can’t use all of the towing and burden at the aforementioned time. Pro tip: for those towing abounding time, apperceive absolutely what your aggregate weighs – trailer, vehicle, accessories, bodies and gear.
This belvedere is blind out for an update, no doubt. The autogenous architecture needs a refresh, and the abeyance tune could use some assignment to feel added salubrious. But while the driveline doesn’t bear its mumbo smoothly, the 570Nm is impressive. For a value-packed tow rig, the Grand Cherokee does assemblage up.
For a added rounded, advantageous ancestors vehicle, some of the Grand Cherokee’s foibles will charge to be lived with or glossed over. There are options with a bigger ride and interior. I’d be attractive to absorb some time with a LandCruiser Prado and Ford Everest to ensure you’ve surveyed the bazaar thoroughly enough.
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