Around town the Jeep Commander offers a commanding view of the road ahead and it is fairly easy to park.
Ease of Use
Around town the Jeep Commander offers a commanding view of the road ahead and it is fairly easy to park. All round visibility is quite good, but at night the black tinted rear windows from the ‘A’ pillar back can hamper vision, especially when reversing. Our car was fitted with the optional reversing camera which allows you to see what is behind you by utilizing the navigation screen. It automatically comes on when you select reverse, perfect for hitching up the horse box but the boot mounted camera did need the occasional clean off, to see what was happening. The exterior is protected by front and rear parking sensors and the interior by a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser.
We did notice that with all the seats occupied the rear vision can be hampered by rear passengers heads and don’t let them play with the optional DVD entertainment systems as the drop down screen can get in the way of your rear view.
We found the transmission intrudes a little into the driver’s foot well, compromising our driving position. There is a fair amount of headroom in both the front, middle and rear, but leg room is not as good as the exterior would indicate. The Command View Sunroofs do help to give the rear a sense of light and air.
You cannot discuss the Jeep Commander without mentioning its four wheel drive capability which is arguably amongst the best in the business. Unlike the growing crowd of soft roader's the Commander can venture where others would fear to tread.
Again as with the Grand Cherokee we only ventured onto our local green lanes and across our friendly farmer’s tracks but we were very impressed. We are used to this course and on occasions we have come unstuck or rather stuck. We drove the Commander in the autumn and these tracks were still mud bound and very rutted. It took absolutely everything in its stride; a friend in a tailing Land Rover Defender struggled on several sections that we didn’t really notice. Selecting the ratio gearbox is a very easy process by simply lifting a lever whilst in neutral.
If you have ever wondered why 4x4's are more expensive than similarly sized estate cars, then read on: - The Commander is fitted with the same Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system as seen on the Grand Cherokee which combines the NV245 full-time transfer case with three Electronic Limited Slip Differentials (ELSD - front, centre and rear - offering arguably the best in class traction. The system is very quick at detecting any loss of traction and can seamlessly redistribute power to the wheels with most traction. In some cases, the system will even anticipate low traction and adjust to proactively limit or eliminate wheel spin.
The transfer case is set up to split torque 48 per cent front and 52 per cent rear in dry, good traction conditions and varies automatically depending on road conditions. It takes input from a variety of sensors to determine tyre slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action. One clever trick is that it can deliver 100% of the available torque to just one wheel, should the other three lose power.
We feel that the Land Rover Discovery 3 and the Range Rover Sport are far easier to drive off road utilizing the clever All Terrain Response System but it would be an interesting experiment to see which car would be the best off road.
Jeep Commander Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Jeep Commander 3.0 V6 CRD Limited|
|Colour||Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||30.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 10/04/07)||£31,590 OTR|