2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve (car review)

With a name steeped in history, Jeep know a thing or two about building cars that can not only handle rough terrain, but also take on the shopping run or daily driving duties. The 2023 Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve is no exception.

Under the hood is a 3.6-litre petrol engine producing 210KW and 344Nm. It’s a motor that does an impressive job of hauling the big 7-seat Grand Cherokee L, despite it’s burgeoning 2,200kg plus tare weight.

It doesn’t feel slow at all, and the engine note is fitting for a car with such large dimensions and on-road presence. The 8-speed automatic transmission responds rather quickly to throttle input and manual paddle control as well.

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The gearing is setup nicely, and feels punchy around town and will quietly lumber you along during freeway journeys. Fuel consumption, while not record setting, is reasonable at 10.6-litres/100km. Push it hard and you’ll add two or three additional litres very easily.

Much like say an Escalade or Suburban, it’s boxy, and the glossy black accents and chrome highlights only add to its American vibe in the looks department. The lighting package feels sleek and modern, and the front and rear bumpers sit high for plenty of ground clearance.

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

The Summit Reserve comes with 21-inch alloys, and fit the squared-up wheel arches nicely. It’s also fitted with Jeep’s airlift suspension setup, with five height levels, including options tailored for high speed, easy exit, and off road.

There’s also five drive modes, including Auto, Sport, Snow, Mud/Sand, and Rocks. A low range transfer case provides enhanced off road capabilities, including 4WD Low mode, and hill descent control. Braked towing capacity is 2,813kg.

But it’s inside where the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve really shines, particular when our test vehicle has been optioned with exquisite Tupelo Palermo leather. The light tan colour blends well with the wood-look centre console inserts.

It complements the black roof and additional black leather highlights on top of the dash. Accents are fitted throughout to break up the colours and add to the luxury feel of the cabin. Satin metal trim and gloss black panels also feature.

There’s an abundance of real buttons to control media and air-conditioning, as well as plenty of technology, including a 10.1-inch infotainment system running Jeep’s UConnect 5 operating system.

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Inside the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

It’s lightning quick, and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as access to the seat massage functionality for both the driver and front passenger. It’s here you can also access heat and cool controls for those same seats.

The second row seats are heated and ventilated too in this big 7-seat SUV, and when it’s proper chilly in winter, you can warm up the steering wheel as well. There’s a 19-speaker McIntosh audio system with a 950-watt amp that’s nothing short of epic for audiophiles.

The surround-view cameras are impressive too, and you can even auto-park the Jeep. The technology continues with the driver assistance functions too, with cruise control in the Summit Reserve able to steer, brake and maintain speed according to signs it detects.

One nifty feature worth mentioning is the fact the audio controls have been moved to the back of the steering wheel. It’s oddly easier to use them when they’re literally at your fingertips, just on the backside of the wheel.

Rear leg and headroom in row two is impressive and the seats even recline, while even the third row has enough room for an adult or two. Equally impressive is the four zone climate setup, with individual controls in the middle zone. There’s window blinds back there too.

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Inside the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

A dual panel sunroof also features, with the front half able to be opened. Boot space starts at 487-litres will all three rows in use, and can be expanded to 1,328-litres with the third row down. Drop row two, and that grows to 2,395-litres.

The boot also houses three of the speakers from the amazing sound system, meaning your tunes will be just as epic for the driver, or the guy you tied up and threw in the back. In standard trim, you’ll expect to pay $128,471 drive away for all this goodness.

Throw in the Advanced Technology Package that was fitted to our test vehicle, which adds wireless charging, night vision infrared driving cameras and an extra 10-inch passenger screen for your navigator to access the on board family cameras, and you can add $5,500.

There’s even a digital rear-view mirror and head-up display to go along with it. Available in Bright White, Diamond Black, Silver Zynith, Velvet Red, Baltic Grey, Rocky Mountain and Midnight Sky, the 2023 Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve is a massive step up for Jeep.

The interior presence, look and feel, and technology feels luxurious, while what lies underneath means it’s ready for any adventure you can throw at it. You can find out more on the Jeep Australia website. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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Inside the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

Our test vehicle was supplied by Jeep Australia. To find out more about the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve, contact your local Jeep dealer.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
8
Exterior styling
8
Interior look and feel
8
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - impressive technology package; good looking car; premium interior; sounds good.
Cons - minimal steering feedback; ordinary fuel consumption.
Dylan Swan
Dylan Swan
IT specialist who loves all things adventure and anything with wheels. Someone who loves a challenge and saying yes to new opportunities.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> impressive technology package; good looking car; premium interior; sounds good.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> minimal steering feedback; ordinary fuel consumption.2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve (car review)