The 2022 Grand Cherokee L is Jeep’s answer to the burgeoning medium to large premium SUV market. A modern, attractive looking and impressively refined family car, the Grand Cherokee has not sacrificed any of its rugged and outdoorsy attributes to achieve this; rather, it remains true to its Jeep roots, remaining an excellent choice for families who value safety, practicality and active off-roading capabilities.
What we love:
Excellent active 4WD System.
Extensive list of technology and safety features as standard, even on the base model.
Attractive, modern and bold new redesign inside and out
Excellent infotainment system and premium audio system.
3 x ISOFIX points, 5 top anchor points
Comfortable and spacious cabin in all three rows.
2800kg braked towing capacity.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is available in 3 variants - the Night Eagle, Limited and flagship Summit Reserve. All models are full time active 4WD, with the Summit Reserve being fitted with a more sophisticated low range system for greater off-roading capabilities. All models share the same 7 seater wagon chassis and the same 3.6L, V6 petrol engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The entire range has also had a facelift over the previous generation; the new styling is modern and attractive, with an imposing on-road figure that commands its presence.
Features and Tech
The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is positioned at the top of Jeep’s range as a premium SUV offering, so naturally you’re getting premium specs and a premium feature set, even on the ‘base model’ (although to be clear, you’re getting way more than ‘base’ spec in the Grand Cherokee!). As standard across the range, starting with the Night Eagle, you’re getting 7 full sized seats, 20” alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated seating, automatic LED headlights, tri-zone climate control, 10.25” digital instrument cluster, parking cameras and sensors, keyless entry and keyless start. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited (which we tested) comes with a 10.25” touchscreen (up from 8.4” on the Night Eagle), premium leather accented interior trim and seating, a premium audio system, a 360 degree camera and more. The flagship Summit Reserve model adds active damping and airlift suspension, upgraded 19 speaker audio, full leather bucket seats, 21” alloy wheels, interior ambient lighting, electric tailgate, park assist and more.
On the inside, you’re getting an extremely roomy, spacious cabin sprawling across three rows - in fact, the rear row is one of the most spacious we’ve found, with full size seats and plenty of legroom for three adults. With three rows in use, you’re getting 487L of boot storage, which jumps up to 1328L with the third row stowed - a generous cargo capacity for active families, and the power/hands-free tailgate is a nice touch. When it comes to child seats, the Grand Cherokee really shines. The 2022 Grand Cherokee features 3 ISOFIX points covering all three seats in the second row, in addition to 5 top anchor points across both rows for maximum versatility. This aspect makes the 2022 Grand Cherokee a top pick for a family vehicle if you’ve got little ones and are after something spacious and comfortable, with plenty of flexibility as to where you position the seats.
While the Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited is yet to undergo testing (as of Q4 2022), it is the most feature packed Jeep to date when it comes to features and technology to keep you safe on the road. As standard, all models come with 8 airbags, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, driver monitoring and adaptive cruise control. You’re also getting as standard a full camera and sensor suite, including a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and a 360 camera.
What’s it like to drive?
So what is the Grand Cherokee like to drive? All variants of the 2022 Grand Cherokee feature the same 3.6L V6, paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The V6 is smooth and responsive, offering decent performance, and the 8-speed auto is effortless and refined. Across the range, the Grand Cherokee is rated to tow 2.8 tonnes (braked). The flagship Summit Reserve is additionally equipped with selectable off-road driving modes and active air suspension, giving it the edge when it comes to offroad performance. All in all, for a car of this size and calibre, the ride is satisfying, comfortable and well controlled whether you’re in the city or on the open road.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has had a facelift over its predecessor, bringing the Grand Cherokee range in line with Jeep’s modern new design language. The 2022 refresh is modern and attractive, with an imposing on-road figure that commands its presence. The all new 7-seater wagon platform is wider and longer than its predecessor. With clean lines, an LED headlight array and a modern looking mesh grille, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an attractive SUV which manages to achieve a premium appeal and aesthetic, without sacrificing the offroad ruggedness and toughness that Jeep is known for. On the inside, the dash is clean, modern and attractive continuing the premium look and feel throughout the interior. The fit and finish of the interior exhibits high quality, soft touch materials. On the flagship Summit Reserve, wood panelling and detailing adorns the interior for a classy, sophisticated finish.
The 2022 Grand Cherokee L certainly lives up to its namesake, and is a surprisingly refined and highly capable family car in a very well put together package. This 7 seater SUV would be one of our top picks for family cars thanks to its extensive list of safety features, 3 ISOFIX points, large cargo capability and modern, tech-forward cabin. What’s more, it’s a large family SUV that you can still take offroad and have some fun with - after all, it is still a Jeep - and a damn good one at that.
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Article written by Alex Spurway for carconnect.