Monday, 26 September 2016
REVIEW – Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
The Grand Cherokee is a sizeable car, and with the SRT touches it has a remarkable presence. At the front you notice the gaping air intakes. The gloss black accents offer a wonderful contrast to the Deep Cheery Red paint. To the side you get 20-inch black chrome alloy wheels, chunky door handles and some of the biggest wing mirrors I have ever seen. The arches are bulging and broad, leading to the rear of the car (which is all that most people will get to see!) Only a small SRT badge and two flared exhausts give a hint to other motorists that this is a serious piece of kit. Overall the Grand Cherokee is a nice blend of bold chunkiness and some subtle curves. The SRT model looks fantastic from all angles, and is eye-catching in shop windows as you drive past.
Inside, the cabin feels somewhat smaller than the exterior would lead you believe. Part of this is down to the American-sized front seats. They do however offer nice support to the side and shoulder bolsters and, finished in half leather and alcantara, look very inviting. The controls are all very macho and chunky, from the gear selector to the steering wheel (which I could just about get my hands around!). The cabin is finished with carbon-effect and aluminium trim, which compliments the nice plastics and heaps of leather. The dials are relatively simple, but offer a wide range of customisation; from fuel economy to your best 0-60mph sprint time.
Economy – 4/10
So that concludes my week with the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. In many ways it is a pointless car. It’s too big, too powerful, too harmful to mother earth and- at £65,995- too expensive. And yet. It looks fantastic, with a true head-turning ability. The performance is exhilarating, and addictive. It still baffles me how fast this car is; not just for a big SUV, but full stop. And when you consider the alternatives (such as the Range Rover Sport V8, BMW X5 xDrive50i or Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG 43 or 63) then £65,995 is noticeably cheap, given that the Grand Cherokee is fully loaded as standard. So on that basis it’s a no brainer. And that’s definitely not how I thought this review would end! For more information visit the Jeep website or see a local dealer.
Total Score – 40/50