For several decades, Jeeps had iffy interiors. Some of them still do. But the brand took a big step forward with the 2011 Grand Cherokee. It wasn't up to European standards, but it looked and felt better than anything Jeep had produced before. The new Wagoneers take a leap over this step. Every model comes standard with high-quality leather and real wood trim. The seats are superb, and the sheer amount of technology is staggering. In terms of tech, the Grand Wagoneer surpasses all of its rivals, both local and international. On quality alone, it beats both the Escalade and Navigator.
The standard seating configuration in the Grand Wagoneer is two seats in the front, second-row captain's chairs, and a third-row bench. We wouldn't try to squeeze three adults side-by-side in the third row, but it is more than capable of accommodating two. The first row has 41.3 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom. Even if you go for the optional three-row bench in the second row, the legroom remains 42.7 inches, while the headroom is claimed to be 40 inches. The third row has 39 inches of headroom and 36.6 inches of legroom. That's more room than you get in the second row of a BMW 3 Series.
|Jeep Grand Wagoneer Trims||Series I||Series II||Series II Obsidian||Series III|
|Headroom Front Seat||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.||41.3 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||40 in.||40 in.||40 in.||40 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||40.9 in.||40.9 in.||40.9 in.||40.9 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||42.7 in.||42.7 in.||42.7 in.||42.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||66.1 in.||66.1 in.||66.1 in.||66.1 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.||65.2 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||63.4 in.||63.4 in.||63.4 in.||63.4 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||63 in.||63 in.||63 in.||63 in.|
Heated and leather-wrapped seats are standard on all Grand Wagoneers, as is front-seat massage and ventilation. In the Series I, you can choose between Global Black and Sea Salt/Black Nappa leather. The Series II upgrades to Palermo leather, available in Global Black, Sea Salt/Black, or Blue Agave. The latter also requires you to add embossed metal interior accents for an additional $795, or the natural walnut free of charge. You can also only have it paired with Bright White exterior paint. True to its name, the Obsidian is only available with Global Black Palermo leather and metal interior accents. The Series III trim comes standard with quilted Palermo leather, available in Global Black, Blue Agave, and Tupelo/Black. Older buyers will likely prefer the classic wood, as this trim has long been associated with luxury. Younger buyers will probably opt for the metal.
With all three rows in place, the Grand Wagoneer has 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space. That's more or less what you get in the average two-row midsize SUV, which means you don't need to fold the seats flat to complete the monthly grocery shopping. That's spacious enough to accommodate light luggage for a six-person weekend getaway.
Fold the third row flat, and you get 70.9 cubes to work with. If you're only a family of four or five, how much more space could you possibly need? You could go on a month-long safari with that much space. If you do need to transport a canoe or a small hatch like a Mini Cooper, you can fold the second-row flat to gain access to 94.2 cubes of space. It's worth mentioning that the standard Wagoneer offers even more space (116.7 cubes) with all the rear seats folded flat.
There are plenty of interior storage spaces for phones, wallets, drinks, and perhaps even a small European hatchback in the center armrest storage. No one should ever have need to complain.
When you include the word "grand" in a car's name, it had better be just that. Luckily, Jeep provides the goods to back up the claim. All Grand Wagoneers come with full exterior LED lights with auto high beams, power heated and automatically dimming side mirrors, remote start, and a tri-pane power sunroof. On the inside, you can expect a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, four-zone climate control with a comfort display, 24-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, a memory function for the radio, driver's seating position, mirrors, and the power-adjustable steering column, leather heated and ventilated massaging front seats, heated second-row seats, and power recline for the second and third row. The Series II adds additional Palermo leather trim and a digital rearview mirror. The Obsidian trim is based on the Series II and adds mostly cosmetic features, an interactive display for the front passenger, a front console cooler bin, ventilated second-row seats, and black suede headliner. The Series III gets premium quilted leather-trimmed seats. On the driver assistance side, all Wagoneers are equipped with adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, active lane management, full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, and Parksense automated parking assist. Series II trim adds traffic sign recognition and drowsy driver detection. The Series III comes with all the safety toys, including night vision with pedestrian and animal detection and intersection collision assist.
The entire Grand Wagoneer range is equipped with a 12.1-inch touchscreen running Uconnect 5C with navigation. It has fully functioning USB inputs in the front and second row, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and over-the-air updates. In the Series I and Series II, the infotainment system is connected to a 19-speaker sound system. Obsidian trim adds a 10.25-inch touchscreen display in front of the passenger so they too can manage certain functions. This screen also lets the front passenger watch movies without distracting the driver. It also gains the Series III's 23-speaker sound system. If you want to treat the family, the $1,995 Rear Seat Entertainment Package is a must. It consists of two 10.1-inch entertainment screens that can play video and music from a USB. Both come standard with Amazon Fire TV for Auto, a giant leap forward from the now outdated Bluray systems still found in so many high-end cars.