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The Jeep Grand Cherokee. Another huge American personality?



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Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are a dime a dozen these days. But there are few that can truly do rugged like a Jeep, and the Grand Cherokee is not exception.

Car Guru Ben Chia has all the facts. In a nutshell, this is a car with a huge American personality.

What’s the difference? 

Most people think of Jeep as the car you drive as you wander through an African wildlife safari, or Jurassic Park. While Jeep still makes cars like this, the Grand Cherokee is an attempt to inject some luxury into the brand. To prove that you can be both rugged and comfortable. Whether you’re negotiating some rough weather, or tackling your estate’s multi-storey carpark.

What’s it like? 

Like most things American, the Grand Cherokee is, well, huge (insert Donald Trump impression here). It’s really yuuuuuge. Driving a large 4x4 here in Singapore is always going to be a bit of a challenge, and the Grand Cherokee is a bit tricky to maneuver in tighter spots around town. Extra care is definitely needed to ensure you don’t damage the car or your surroundings(!), but for the most part it is pretty manageable once you get used to it.

When you’re actually driving it out on the roads, the Grand Cherokee is as comfortable and relaxed as it can be. There are plenty of fancy features inside to keep you entertained, like the nifty radar-guided cruise control system that means the car can (almost) drive itself. There’s also the electronically adjustable 4-wheel-drive system that can varies the car’s height and suspension settings for various driving situations. The Grand Cherokee’s large 3.6-litre V6 engine is smooth and decent enough to get you ahead, if not quite at sports car speeds, while being a big car means that there is lots of space inside for you and your family too. 

Should I buy one?

If you do fancy a large SUV, there are plenty of options available. But the Jeep boasts plenty of American character and it’s loaded with rich luxurious excesses. Better still it’s capable of talking tough and walking rough when the situation demands it. It’s a car with a huge personality, that’s for sure, just like some Americans we know… 

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