The Jeep Grand Cherokee if a full-size SUV that competes with cars like the BMW X5, Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7. Unlike those cars, the Grand Cherokee is strictly a five-seater – there's no option of extra seats to carry seven. In fact, underneath the Grand Cherokee is the same car as the Mercedes GLE-Class, which is also a five-seater.
If you order a Grand Cherokee, there are two engines to choose from: a 3.0-litre diesel and a 6.4-litre petrol. The petrol engine is – as you might expect given its size – an expensive proposition that's aimed at buyers after a seriously swift SUV, making the diesel the default choice for the vast majority of buyers.
The Grand Cherokee looks more distinctive than many other cars on the road, and it's also a more capable off-roader than the vast majority of SUVs. Other plus points include a generous equipment list, a truly huge interior and positive reports from existing owners.
The Grand Cherokee's predominant focus is on luxury and comfort, rather than driver involvement. While some may prefer that setup, those buyers after an SUV that performs in a sportier manner may find the BMW X5 more suitable.
If you’re swung by the Grand Cherokee's charms, do check out the Land Rover Discovery, too. While it's due for imminent replacement, the Discovery comes with seven seats as standard. It's at least as luxurious, spacious and capable off-road as the Grand Cherokee – though it's more expensive to run than the diesel Cherokee.