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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Review: Harsh Reality

A plug-in-hybrid Jeep is a great concept, but in order to compete with Audi and Volvo, it needs to be more refined.

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To compete with Audi and Volvo, Jeep’s plug-in hybrid concept would need to be refined.

Structure | Amenities | Tech | Outcomes | Safety | Efficiency | Cost | Frequently Asked Questions

Verdict 7.9 / 10

The plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler 4xe has proven to be popular. It briefly held the title of best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the United States in 2021, and it was one of the fastest-selling cars of any make that year, right alongside the Chevrolet Corvette. It’s easy to see why the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been so successful: it uses the same basic powertrain as the previous-generation Cherokee.

While the Wrangler 4xe is in a league of its own, the Grand Cherokee now must contend with premium plug-in rivals such as the Audi, Volvo, and others. When put head-to-head with those tried-and-true rivals, the GC 4xe comes up short, especially in terms of powertrain and cost.

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Stats in a Nutshell Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4 Turbocharged Engine, 2022 Inline four-cylinder engine displacing 2.0 liters with permanent magnet technology Input and Output Synchronization in Motors An output of 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque Type Effectiveness of All-Wheel Drive Combination of 25 MPG and 56 MPGe As-Tested Mileage Cost $74,710

General 7/10 for Layout

A dazzling white, the exterior paint color of choice

Black is the interior color.

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Size of Wheels: 20 Inches

As far as exterior design goes, the 4xe doesn’t stand out from other Grand Cherokees, which is fine. The seven-slat grille, slim light fixtures, and the distinctive body style are all present on this GC 4xe, so don’t expect any less than a handsome SUV. This Overland test vehicle has a basic configuration with a Brilliant White exterior and no-cost 20-inch wheels.

Aside from those two hints, the electricity under the hood is completely hidden. There are blue “4xe” badges on the trunk lid and tailgate, as well as a set of Electric Blue tow hooks hidden inside the lower bumper up front. This concludes the discussion.

The cabin is just as uncomplicated as the exterior, so those who enjoy the Grand Cherokee’s interior design will feel right at home in the 4×4. Black Nappa leather upholstery is standard on the Overland, and it’s complemented by attractive matte wood accents on the dashboard and the wheel, as well as a few piano black trim pieces. However, there is some hard plastic, most notably on the center console and door panels. This is not acceptable for an SUV costing over $60,000 base price.

Comfort Capacity of 5 passengers, with a 2+3 seating configuration (7/10) Cubic Footage: 37.7 / 70.8

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The good news is that two contoured front bucket seats are draped in luxurious Nappa leather as standard equipment in the Overland model. While the contours of the seats are thoughtfully designed, they lack sufficient padding. The eight-way powered recline that is the norm these days should make that a non-issue. If you spend an extra $2,155 on the Luxury Tech Group IV package, you can get massages for the driver and front passenger in addition to 12-way power seats with memory functions. Fancy.

The Audi Q5 is the most nimble choice; the Grand Cherokee is not. However, the GC’s adaptive air suspension makes it pleasant on the highway and in town without sacrificing the vehicle’s trademark off-road performance.

And because the GC is larger than most of its direct competitors – the second longest in the class at 193.5 inches – it bests nearly every competitor in overall interior space.

Headroom (Front, Rear) Legroom (Front, Rear) Quantity of Cargo 4×4 Jeep Grand Cherokee Dimensions: 39.9 x 39.4 inches; 41.3 x 38.2 inches; 37.7 x 70.8 cubic feet Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro Recharging a Volvo XC60 requires a space that is either 38.0 x 38.0 inches, 41.5 x 38.0 inches, 26.0 x 63.3 cubic feet (38.1 x 37.7 inches vs. 40.9 x 38.0 inches).

Technology & Connectivity 8/10

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Center Display: 10.1-Inch Touchscreen

10.3-Inch Wireless Display Instrument Cluster Apple CarPlay / Android Auto: No

The Grand Cherokee’s front cabin features three screens: a 10.1-inch touchscreen in the center, a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and another 10.1-inch touchscreen on the passenger side that is hidden from view by a clever masking system. That additional screen costs an extra $1,095 and features Amazon Fire TV, navigation programming capabilities, and even an HDMI input so you could plug in an Xbox or Playstation.

The latest iteration of Stellantis’ Uconnect 5 infotainment system is installed in the vehicle’s central touchscreen, providing a great setup for the driver. Navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay are included as standard features, as are high-resolution graphics and responsive touch controls. Behind the wheel, the 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster can be set up with as few as a speedometer and fuel gauge or as many as you’d like for off-road use. And there’s a head-up display that mimics most of what you get on the digital cluster (part of the Luxury Tech Group IV package) (part of the Luxury Tech Group IV package).

Execution & Control 5/10

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Inline-four, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with permanent magnet Power Produced by the Synchronous Motor: 375 HP (or 470 lb-ft of torque)

Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission

With its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, 17.3-kilowatt-hour battery pack, and single electric motor, the Grand Cherokee 4xe generates 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That gives it 18 more hp and 80 additional lb-ft than the Hemi V8, believe it or not and puts it near the top of the class.

But the problem with this powertrain isn’t how much it produces; the GC 4xe is plenty quick in a straight line and will actually get to 60 miles per hour in about 6.0 seconds, nearly a full second quicker than the V8. Power distribution is the main issue. To put it bluntly, switching from gas to battery power in Hybrid mode is a clumsy and crude affair. Jeep surges forward erratically and doesn’t respond quickly enough to pedal presses. In addition, the engine whine is unpleasant, and the brakes have a harsh on/off feel.

The harshness is mitigated by selecting E-Save as the drive mode, which completely disconnects the battery, but the awful engine noise is still present. Switching the Jeep over to Electric mode will run it entirely on battery power, but only up to a certain speed. To my surprise, the gas engine starts up at higher speeds and/or during additional acceleration.

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The Jeep’s air suspension, at least, helps it maintain its composure around tight turns. There is some body roll, which is to be expected in a vehicle of this size, and the steering is well-weighted and gives a decent feel from the road to your fingers.

Safety 8/10

SAE Support for Drivers, Second Stage (Hands-On)

“Five Stars” from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. General IIHS Evaluation: Rated (Not TSP/TSP+)

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with a level 2 hands-on driving aid appropriately named the Active Driving Assist System. However, this Overland model’s Advanced ProTech Group III option sets you back a hefty $2,235. This active safety suite is only included on the top-tier Summit trims.

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Our Grand Cherokee test vehicle was outfitted with Active Driving Assist, which greatly reduced driver fatigue on long trips. The lane-centering technology kept the GC firmly planted in its lane while the adaptive cruise control kept it moving at a consistent speed relative to the vehicles in front of it (by applying brakes and the throttle as necessary).

The Grand Grand Cherokee:

Energy Efficiency 4/10

The overall MPG is 23.

Overall MPGe: 56

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The 25-Mile Electric Range

MPG Total Total Combined MPGe for Electric Distance 4×4 Jeep Grand Cherokee 23 56 25 Miles Mileage for a 2015 Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro is 26.6123. Charging Range of the Volvo XC60: 25 57 36 Miles

Pricing 3/10

Beginning at $58,465 + $1,795 The starting MSRP for a Destination-equipped vehicle is $69,225, while the price after testing is $74,710.

Grand Cherokee 4xes start at $60,260 for the base model when you add in the mandatory $1,795 destination charge. And even at that, the GC is still on the pricier end of the premium plug-in hybrid market.

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Overland testing model costs an additional $69,225 brand new. The staggering price tag of $74,710 is the result of the addition of just three options: a front passenger display ($1,095), the Advanced ProTech Group III ($2,235), and the Luxury Tech Group IV ($2,155). Jeep also offers the Summit and the Summit Reserve, both of which are even more expensive.

Even when equipped with the same features as the Jeep, the Audi Q5 plug-in and Volvo XC60 Recharge are cheaper. The Audi and Volvo flagships, with all available options, are only marginally more expensive than the Jeep in this configuration. Both of those cars have a maximum price of around $75,000.

Reduce Initial Costs Specification Rivalry 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4 $69,225 $74,710 The Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro Prestige $66,395 $69,195 Volvo XC60 Recharge Ultimate $68,045 $73,795

Skip the screen for the passenger side to save money. And you could do away with the Advanced ProTech Group III unless you really want a drivers-seat massager. We advise spending the extra $2,155 on the Jeep’s Luxury Tech Group IV because it includes the company’s level 2 driver assistance system.

To sum up, Jeep’s 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe is a respectable first attempt at a plug-in, though it does need some polishing. The harsh powertrain and limited fuel economy make it a hard sell at this price point – even though the electric range is above average – and if you want options comparable to the class, prepare to dish out some serious dough.

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Competitor Reviews

Not Rated: 2015 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e Quattro

Voltaic System Recharge for Volvo XC60: Unrated

FAQs

I was wondering if you knew if a Grand Cherokee L 4xe existed. To clarify, the plug-in 4xe powertrain is not available in Jeeps with more than two seats. Both V6 and V8 motors are standard in the Grand Cherokee L. (for now).

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The Grand Cherokee 4×4 has a long charging time, but how long exactly? On a standard 110-volt home outlet, the Grand Cherokee 4xe charges its 17.3-kilowatt-hour battery pack in 12 hours. On a more powerful 240-volt outlet, the Grand Cherokee 4xe will finish charging in just two hours.

What Is The MPG On A Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe? The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe achieves 23 miles per gallon combined and/or 56 MPGe combined. On battery power alone, the 4xe can drive up to 25 miles on a full charge.