The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of class and sophistication.
The fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee has been updated from performance to design. It has all the tech to keep one enchanted. In terms of appearance, the Grand Cherokee is muscular, with a powerful stance, a clear evolution from the 1992 original. This is the shorter wheelbase version of the Grand Cherokee L, released in 2022.
The vehicle comes in three grades: Limited, Overland and Summit Reserve. The Limited starts from R1,329,000. The Overland we drove is priced at R1,539,900, and the top-of-the-range Summit Reserve goes for R1,735,900.
Equipment levels set the model grades apart, but all are powered by the same engine: a 3.6-litre petrol unit with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It produces 210kW and 344Nm.
Stepping into the Overland, I was impressed by the quality and attention to detail. The seats are plush and comfortable, and the feel behind the wheel is one of sophistication and class.
The standard Limited has an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, while the Overland and Summit Reserve feature a 10.1-inch display. Both systems have navigation and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A dozen USB ports can be found in the vehicle.
The McIntosh audio system in the Overland was impressive, with its 19 speakers and 950-watt amplifier. The Limited has a nine-speaker system. In terms of boot space, there is plenty: 1,328 litres behind the second row of seats, or 487 litres with all seats up.
Colour options are varied: Baltic Grey Metallic, Silver Zynith, Rocky Mountain Metallic, Velvet Red Pearl, Midnight Sky Metallic, Bright White, and Diamond Black Crystal.
In its natural element in an off-road environment, the Jeep makes light work of challenging conditions and is easy to manoeuvre despite its size.
Some may argue that the petrol engine needs more kick, but it performs reasonably well in off-road applications, cruising over gravel and freeway sessions.
Also, putting the rear electronic limited-slip differential and air suspension to good use can help you climb rocky mountains and descend them quickly. With adaptive damping, the air suspension makes for a smooth ride and steady on-road presence.
Four driving modes are available: Sport, Rock, Snow and Mud. A default Auto setting is also part of the mix. Under hard acceleration, the V6 delivers a pleasant sound. Claimed fuel consumption is 10.6l/100km. We achieved 11.2l/100km. Towing capacity is 2,813kg braked and 750kg unbraked. Motorists who like to haul caravans and trailers might find other options more appealing, as there are rivals with towing abilities of up to 3,500kg.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a balanced package, accomplished on the road and excellent in off-road settings. With its luxurious interior appointments, generous standard equipment levels and competitive pricing for the segment, families wanting full-sized, premium transportation will find it a compelling pick.