2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior
Reviewers generally find the Grand Cherokee's five-seat interior even more attractive than the previous model, with better quality to boot. 4-Wheel & Off-Road says, "On the inside, the vehicle's two-tone instrument panel features a new level of refinement with bright accents, a soft-touch surface and updated styling." However, reviewers also complain about the uncomfortable rear seats and small cargo area.
Interior changes for 2008 include a new center console with more storage space, a revised dashboard design, a standard tilt and telescoping steering wheel and new LED gauges. Autobytel notes, "Cabin refinement is up," and says, "Even the quality of the interior materials is better."
Reviewers are generally quiet regarding the new Grand Cherokee's seats, which remain largely unchanged from 2007. One of the writers at the Detroit News comments: "Initially, I thought the seats were uncomfortable, too firm for my liking. But after a few hours behind the wheel, the hardness felt appropriate and the seat's bolsters provide additional support on tight turns without making me feel crammed or crowded."
However, several reviewers were impressed with the Grand Cherokee's amount of interior space even in the 2007 model. Reviewers found the front seats comfortable, but were very disappointed with the rear seats. "We can say with confidence this is one of the worst backseats in any midsize SUV," said Edmunds of the 2007 model. "The seat bottom is short, low and hard, such that anyone over 5 feet in height will find himself sitting with splayed legs and zero thigh support." The reviewer found shoulder room decent, but called legroom only mediocre and added that it "can be tight when the front occupants move their seats all the way back." Although most reviewers weren't quite that critical, CNET said, "We thought the rear passengers could do with a bit more legroom."
Interior features are generally well reviewed, especially since "the biggest change between the 2007 and 2008 Grand Cherokee is the option list," says Motor Trend. Standard features in the base Laredo include an eight-way power driver's seat with manual front seat passenger adjustment, remote power door locks, power windows, cruise control and a single CD player stereo with six speakers. New for 2008 are a standard tilt and telescoping steering column and brighter illumination for the instrument panel displays.
The subsequent trims offer varying degrees of features, but reviewers are most impressed with the high-end Overland trim, which Edmunds calls "quite luxurious in terms of features." It comes standard with a wood rim steering wheel and new-for-2008 leather-trim seats with edge welting.
Stereo and Entertainment
The most talked-about option for the Grand Cherokee is SIRIUS Backseat TV, which is the first-ever in-vehicle streaming video technology. It makes its debut in the Grand Cherokee and is offered exclusively by Chrysler for 2008. The system receives a video feed via an in-vehicle satellite receiver and roof-mounted antennae. The three available channels are Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network, making the Grand Cherokee perfect for families with young children. The system is flexible, too; rear-seat passengers can watch Backseat TV while the front-seaters listen to SIRIUS Satellite Radio. And, when the vehicle is in park, TV programming can be displayed on the front-seat screen for viewing. Of the system, Autobytel simply says, "Families are gonna love the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee."
Another new option for the Grand Cherokee is MyGig, an audio, navigation and entertainment system that includes a 20-gigabyte hard drive for storing music and photos. Customers use the touch screen or voice commands to control the system, which even includes a voice-memo recorder and CD-ripping capability. It also shows real-time traffic information through SIRIUS satellite radio and can provide alternate driving routes based on traffic conditions.
A navigation system is available with the optional MyGig infotainment system. CNET says: "The navigation system, which integrates the audio system and other functions, is a handy feature. It has a nice display, generates crisp maps, and does a good job of directing you to your destination, both visually and audibly. It isn't as easy to program as similar systems are on Acura and Lexus vehicles, however."
Reviewers are disappointed by the cargo space in the 2008 Grand Cherokee, finding that it falls below midsize SUV standards. Autobytel says, "Jeep is a bit confused about what constitutes a full-size SUV, mentioning several times in its press release that the Grand Cherokee qualifies as one when, with a maximum cargo volume of 67.4 cu.-ft., this is clearly a small SUV."
Similarly, Consumer Guide finds the cargo space "ample by absolute standards but subpar for class." CNET also describes cargo space as "a bit limited." But MSN points out that "cargo space is decent even when the rear seatbacks are in an upright position." And the says, "I had no problem finding enough loading space in the 70 cubic-foot cargo area." With seats up, the Laredo trim has 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space. With the rear seats folded, it has 67.4 cubic feet. The slightly larger Limited and Overland trims increase cargo capacity to 35 cubic feet and 68.5 cubic feet with the seats up and folded.
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