A little background on my vehicles. I have had two B5 Audi S4s, and an allroad. I have had a Volvo S60R and a couple of Volvo XC90s. After eight months without a dedicated DD, I finally decided on an allroad replacement.
My criteria: AWD (4WD), enough room for two clients (more often than not, kids and all their hockey crap), comfort, good enough MPG on my highway drives to from work and a max cost of $35K.
Drum roll....I decided on a CPO EcoDiesel Grand Cherokee Summit.
I already gave up the "sportyness" of the allroad when I sold it. I tried and tried, and I just couldn't find a vehicle in the current audi lineup that met my criteria. I tinkered with the idea of a smallroad but the back seat was a non-starter.
I went into the test drive expecting good things as a close friend of mine has one and claims that it is the best vehicle he has ever owned. I tempered my expectations as much as I could. The engine noise takes a little getting used to, but once at speed it blends in. The engine is very responsive with TONS of torque. The eight speed transmission is silky smooth and overall driving dynamics are what one should expect when driving a JGC.
Fit and finish is quite good. Safety features like adaptive cruise, collision avoidance, parking sensors, etc., not with the finesse of an Audi but it all works and lends to safe driving experience.
The dash/center stack could use a little refining but the leather, stitching and overall fit and finish impressed me so much so to pull the trigger.
We'll see about long term reliability of the oil burner and the adjustable suspension. I plan to do something about the rims too. I think powder coat to start and go from there.
That's it for now.
CLICK the link to an album of pics I took.