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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

The powerful Grand Cherokee is surprisingly agile and quick off the mark for such a large off-roader, with the mightiest engine capable of a 7.9 second 0-60mph sprint and 124mph top speed. However, frugality is a big issue as although the petrol units have plenty of go, you pay for the extra performance at the pumps, with the special edition brutish 5.9 left hand-drive only returning 15mpg.

The later CRD diesel is more economical to run and smooth, with plenty of low-down punch when needed. Confident motorway overtaking is rarely a problem and it's a great caravan hauler, too.

Although Grand is quite car-like to drive, the steering lacks precision and there is too much body roll on twisty rural roads, which isn’t ideal for an off-roader. Motorway driving can be choppy and disconcerting, and coarse road surfaces aren’t muffled particularly well by the suspension. Nevertheless, it’s more capable in the rough stuff than luxury soft-roaders such as BMW X5 and Lexus RX300 and the four-wheel drive system should help keep you out of trouble.

The sheer body size could make parking a little tricky, but the large rear window helps rearward visibility.