14th Dec 2014 by Admin
Carsales, Car of the Year Awards are unique in the Australian marketplace as they take the top 5 in each category as a short list, and then combine critical expert evaluation with data from the automotive network’s Redbook and DataMotive divisions to refine and determine each winner.
Key considerations in the awards are therefore not only excellence but also cost to run, retained value, consumer engagement and affordability.
And the winner this year for the best offroad 4x4 was the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the most awarded SUV ever and the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be.
The editor Rob Chapman described the Jeep as:
“Starting under $50,000 for 4x4 versions, the Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to raise the bar in the off-road category in regards to affordability, luxury appointments and family-friendly appeal.
The latest update takes the large five-seat wagon further upmarket while not compromising any of its legendary off-road ability. Available with a proper four-wheel drive system, adjustable air suspension, eight-speed automatic transmission and powerful but efficient turbo-diesel engine (and good old fashioned petrol V8s), the Grand Cherokee is equally at home in town and bush.
Ride comfort, refinement, technology and safety levels are now comparable with significantly more expensive European SUVs, while the big Jeep also delivers in the cost of ownership and retained value stakes.”
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