Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT review
Americans are at their best, or at least their most prolific, at a time when simplicity meets madness. That’s why they have long specialized in manufacturing extremely large motor vehicles that can travel extremely fast in straight lines, but are poorly designed for other tasks, such as going around corners.
On paper, the latest attempt by Jeep – a company that shows a lot of American simplicity – is a case in point, with the Grand Cherokee SRT powered by a 6.4-liter V8 engine that seemed to be necessary. and in line with the current global trend of reducing size and reducing emissions like a big Mac on a vegan diet.
Of course, there’s something intriguing about a car with this great power into a giant, and potentially gigantic, off-roader, but priced at just $ 91,000. In fact, it’s no competitor that can touch it for value, or madness. But then, again, no company other than another American really wanted to try.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Trying to make a Jeep look appealing and sporty doesn’t mean a feat, putting lipstick and a Captain America helmet on a pig isn’t a nice one. But somehow, the extremely aggressive bodykit, the revamped black grille, the exclusive bonnet with cool heat extractors and body coloring out of everything managed to make sense. Our big blue meaning looks pretty good, look.
It still feels like a Jeep inside, though the flat-bottomed leather steering wheel with convenient gearshifts is a great highlight and perseverance in using stupid parking brakes instead of a single one. Modern electronics that you can flip the switch for is as mysterious as it is annoying.
Overall, however, it’s an eye-catching effort and you can see that the kind of customers who want a car like this – and not just Americans – will love it a little.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
As you would expect when looking at it, it’s as spacious as the inside Montana, with plenty of legroom for rear passengers. Retail storage isn’t too much but there are cups designed for the US 7-Eleven Big Gulps at your door and two others between the seats.
The rear loading area is likely reasonable but an error is the electronic shut-down button located inside the boot, which sounds odd. It also seems weird when we press it a few times and it doesn’t work. On one occasion, we actually drove with the door open, assuming it closed itself. Luckily nothing was damaged, other than my good humor.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
It’s hard to argue with the value proposition of the second fastest Jeep ever made, because for just $ 91,000, it’s only half the price of anything similar you can buy from the Germans. . A BMW X5 M, while admittedly further inside, costs $ 185,000, for example, and is only 0.7 seconds faster to 100km / h, at 4.2 seconds.
If you’re wondering about the fastest Jeep ever created, that honor goes to the 527kW / 874Nm Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, whose manufacturer claims it will sprint from 0 – 100km / h in 3.6 seconds. And more than that, Fiat Chrysler Automenses Australia will bring it here before Christmas this year. But back to SRT …
Your $ 91,000 gives you four-pot Brembo brakes, 20-inch ‘Goliath’ wheels, a 6.4-liter V8 engine, meaning you actually get more engines than anyone else on a truck. Mack will provide, eight gear shifts for your automatic peed, heated steering wheel and front seats, great, premium Nappa leather buckets, carbon fiber accents, ‘racing’ pedals, systems 8.4 inch ‘Connect’ multimedia (with Siri function, not always working very well), wing mirror shock absorbers, rear limit limited slip differentials, ‘performance Bonnet’ with vents functions, ‘Start control’ and ‘Performance instrument cluster’ with Speedometer 300km / h.
I really like that last one, because it tells the type of person who will buy this car, one person will say “Look, mate, up to 300!”. Although, in fact, that will not happen.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
The giant 6.4-liter Hemi V8, borrowed from the awesome Dodge Challenger (which seems more at home, frankly) generates a whopping 344kW at 6250rpm and 624Nm at 4100rpm. Happily, about 80 percent of that torque is extracted from just under 2000 rpm, which means this is a large engine that can easily run at very low speeds or jump like a The cat gets cut when you want.
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
You’d expect a slightly bigger engine than the five Fiat 500 engines stuck together to become a thirsty thief, but Jeep did its best to make it the best it could be. So, using Chrysler’s Fuel Saver technology, a form of cylinder deactivation that shuts down the engine when half in flight, turning it into V4.
This has allowed Jeep SRT to achieve a combined fuel economy (urban, suburban) figure of 14.0 liters / 100km.
The fact that you have to run a large beast on Premium Unleaded is a bit of a sting in the tail.
However, during our first half hour, the trip computer showed us an average closer to 35.0L / 100km. At the end of the 400km test including some city drivers but plenty of easy highways and a few sports gear up and down some windy hills, the jeep’s screen claimed 14.9L / Impressive 100km, while our measurements are only 15.3L / 100km.
Everything considered, in a car weighing 2.4 tons, carrying four people and with engines of this size, and performance, it’s much better than we thought.
The fact that you have to run a large beast on Premium Unleaded is a bit of a sting on the tail, and you need 93 liters to fill it. Oh.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
As you would expect, the SRT is very, very interesting to drive in a straight line. It has a lot of oomph and shedload of “Oooof!”, It’s the passengers making noise when you surprise them by kicking the pedals hard and pushing two tons of plastic and steel with incredible speed.
The Grand Cherokee SRT also has a ‘Launch’ function, which seems to include naturally on a giant SUV like a stopwatch on a school bus, but again, it’s certainly interesting.