Originally Posted by Chris Murray
.... it seems that I need to buy a large 4 x 4 .
......narrowed my search down to a Jeep Grand Cherokee (Overland).
Chris we bought one of these last December. It is a smashing car. As you say, it has mid band power that you wouldn't expect and, on the road, it will overhaul most everything. It is nice to own a quick car again. I also have a Range Rover, it is simply week in comparison.
I've driven autos for the past 25 years and the auto box on this is super. Smooth, quiet and always in the right gear for the occasion. It learns your style of driving too.
It is primarily a rear wheel drive and it progressively applies drive to the front axle dependent on the amount of slip it senses at the front wheels. The model you are looking at also has limited slip diffs in the axles.
The fit and finish is about the best I've seen and you'll laugh when you sit in a Disco. The soft leather seats you can simply luxuriate in too.
On the down side, the Merc engine is a 5 cylinder and, to me, it sounds grumpy. If you like listening to your car engine, it sounds burbly.
The ride is a bit joggly but nice and soft and the wind noise at 70 is louder that I would have liked; mainly from the door mirror. It's not hugely spacious in the boot area but it is equal to my Rangey.