The Grand Cherokee Limited XS is fitted with Jeep’s Quadra-Trac II four wheel drive system with progressive differential as standard.
The Grand Cherokee Limited XS is fitted with Jeep’s Quadra-Trac II four wheel drive system with progressive differential as standard. This system primarily directs the engine’s power to the rear wheels, but when sensors detect a difference in speed between the front and rear wheels, it ensures the axle with the most grip receives the most power. This allows the wheels to maintain maximum traction and the driver to keep control at all times.
We had the opportunity to take the Grand Cherokee off-road, albeit on forest tracks, which comprised of gravel roads and muddy tracks which were not particularly challenging for the Cherokee. Our test vehicle was equipped with road tyres but it handled everything we threw at it with ease. Through the deepest ruts we selected low ratio, as we did not fancy getting stuck off-road, miles from the nearest public road and we left the Cherokee to pull itself through with the minimum of throttle. We certainly would not have take a Volvo XC90 or BMW X5 down these tracks as this was true 4x4 country.
In 2004 the Jeep Grand Cherokee was voted 'The World's Best Off-Roader' by 4x4 magazine. In a series of tests - each designed to put every vehicle through real off-road situations - the 2.7 CRD Grand Cherokee was awarded 193 points out of a possible 250.
Ease of Use
We found the Grand Cherokee a practical and easy vehicle to use and perfect for the well deserved holiday that we took in Northumbria. We could fit everything we needed into the rear luggage area, the rear seats fold down (60/40 split), if you need more space. We liked the split rear tailgate door which allows you to load the boot without having to drop the tailgate, ideal if you have a dog in the boot or don’t want to risk your luggage falling out.
The dual climate control was simple to use and effective, even though the read out remained in Fahrenheit, it can be changed to centigrade but this affects other settings. There is even a trip computer, which relays your fuel consumption, the outside temperature and an electronic compass.
The Limited XS features an auto-dimming rear mirror which we found particularly beneficial on our night time journey from Devon to Northumbria. The auto-wipers worked well and were adjustable for sensitivity, which was beneficial in the appalling weather we suffered on our journey. Both the rear and front screen are heated and made quick work of clearing the screens.
Around town the Grand Cherokee is an easy vehicle to live with, although, parking can be a problem as it can be difficult to see or judge vehicles behind you. The car does benefit from parking sensors, which saved the paintwork on one or two occasions. Overall, all round vision is good and driving around town is effortless with the standard 4-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Jeep Grand Cherokee 2.7 Limited XS|
|Colour||Graphite Metallic Clearcoat|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||34.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||No Data|
|Warranty||All Grand Cherokee models are covered by a 3-year/60,000 mile mechanical warranty, seven year anti-corrosion warranty and 12 months European roadside assistance|
|Price (when tested on the 16/01/05)||£ 32,415 OTR|