Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Grand Cherokee offers a pleasant enough driving environment, with some items carried over from the old model, and other features – such as the audio system – shared with the Chrysler 300C. However there are too many hard plastic surfaces to compete with the premium off-roaders that the Grand Cherokee is priced alongside. The range-topping Overland addresses this with attractive two-tone leather, suede seats and real wood trim, but it still lacks that sophisticated feel.

The previous Grand Cherokee was a comfortable car. This one is improved thanks to its better road-holding, smoother ride and good refinement. Switching from the old five-cylinder diesel to the new V6 has cut engine noise and vibration making it an excellent motorway cruiser, plus wind noise and tyre noise are also low. Front-seat occupants are well catered for in terms of space and although the rear compartment is smaller than you would expect, there is still room for three adults.