Jeep really upped its interior game. The cabin makes it quite clear that Jeep is going German-hunting with the new model, as high-end models offer a blend of real wood, rich leather, contrast stitching, and high-resolution displays. The newly designed steering wheel looks sensational, as do the light wood inserts on the doors.
Jeep kept the layout beautifully simple. The driving controls consist of a rotary dial for gear selection, flanked by two large switches for the driving modes and the ride height if the car is equipped with an air suspension. 4WD Low is engaged at the touch of a button.
Base models aren't quite as impressive, thanks to a smaller touchscreen with a large black frame. The gear selector dial also looks quite lonely and sad without the drive mode and ride height switches. Still, this interior is another giant leap forward for Jeep.
As before, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is strictly a five-seat model with two rows. The three-row Grand Cherokee L offers seating for up to seven passengers and is reviewed separately. Total interior volume is up 4.1 cubic feet over the outgoing model, totaling 144.6 cubic feet (37.7 of which is dedicated to cargo). Front-seat occupants have plenty of space, with 39.9 inches of headroom and 41.3 inches of legroom, while the rear seat is rather generous, with 39.4 inches of headroom and 38.2 inches of legroom. Some competitors offer more space for rear passengers, but the Grand Cherokee doesn't feel cramped from any seating position.
|Jeep Grand Cherokee Trims||Laredo||Altitude||Limited||Overland||Summit||Summit Reserve|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.9 in.||39.9 in.||39.9 in.||39.9 in.||39.9 in.||39.9 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||38.2 in.||38.2 in.||38.2 in.||38.2 in.||38.2 in.||38.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||59.2 in.||59.2 in.||59.2 in.||59.2 in.||59.2 in.||59.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||57.4 in.||57.4 in.||57.4 in.||57.4 in.||57.4 in.||57.4 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||56.3 in.||56.3 in.||56.3 in.||56.3 in.||56.3 in.||56.3 in.|
The base Grand Cherokee Laredo gets Global Black cloth seats, while the Altitude upgrades to Global Black leather-trimmed seats. The more upmarket trim levels match the 4xe's interior with Capri leather available in either Global Black or a mix of Wicker Beige and Capri Black, and wood trim becomes standard fitment. The Trailhawk comes with black Capri leather and darker wood trim to match the Global Black leather and suede seats. The Overland comes standard with Nappa leather, while the Summit models come with Nappa leather available in Global Black, Steel Grey/Global Black, and Tupelo/Black.
The main difference between the 4xe and the ICE models is the Summit Reserve trim. In this model, Palermo leather is standard, available in Global Black and Tupelo/Global Black.
The Grand Cherokee was designed as a hybrid from the start, so the placement of the batteries does not impact the cargo capacity. The trunk offers 37.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is fairly average in the segment, but far from class-leading. Drop the second row flat, and you get a full 70.8 cubes to work with.
Thanks to a well-arranged interior, there are loads of storage spaces. Front passengers get a storage space underneath the center console, dual cupholders, and a large storage space underneath the center armrest. Rear passengers get large door pockets and dual cupholders hidden in the center seat seatback.
The big news when it comes to features is Jeep's decision to include almost every advanced driver assistance system as standard. Every model in the range gets forward-collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. The only features left on the options menu are night vision, intersection collision assist, drowsy driver detection, parallel and perpendicular parking assistant, and a newer version of traffic sign recognition.
There's a large gap between the base Laredo and the Summit Reserve, and this is reflected when it comes to other standard features. The base model gets a few basic, and some nice to have features. These include LED headlights, a manual liftgate, tri-zone climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and six USB charging ports. Even the base model is equipped with the new full-color frameless 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, which does the most to elevate the interior ambiance. As you climb up ranks, Jeep starts adding front seat heating and ventilation, heated rear seats, a 10.25 multimedia display for the front passenger, and ambient lighting. You can also get a heated steering wheel, power steering column adjustment, a hands-free power tailgate, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and quad-zone climate control.
All Grand Cherokee models ship with Jeep's excellent Uconnect 5 infotainment technology, housed on one of two touchscreen sizes. The Laredo gets a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, HD Radio, Bluetooth for two devices, AM/FM radio, Amazon Alexa, SiriusXM 360L, and over-the-air updates. A 10.1-inch touchscreen is now standard on the Limited. Stepping up to the Trailhawk or Overland adds SiriusXM Guardian, SiriusXM Traffic, and SiriusXM Travel Link. A digital gauge cluster comes standard on all trim levels, while an additional 10.25-inch passenger display is available as part of a package or standard on the Summit Reserve.
We first sampled the passenger screen in the Grand Wagoneer, where it allows the front passenger to access their own entertainment options including Amazon Fire TV. Speaking of Fire TV, an available rear-seat entertainment package bundles two 10.1-inch touchscreens in the back, each with its own Fire remote. Using this system, kids in the pack can watch streaming services on the go, like Netflix or Hulu. Each screen can pair to a Bluetooth headset for everyone to listen to their own shows, or you can listen through the standard Alpine audio system with nine speakers, a subwoofer, and a 506-watt amplifier available from the Trailhawk onwards. Below this point, you get a measly six speakers. Buyers who want one of the best audio experiences on the market can opt for the McIntosh high-performance sound system with 19 speakers, a 10-inch subwoofer, and a 950-watt amplifier.