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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Overaland

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 8/8/2015 Derek J. Richards

I live in Montana. That should tell you a little about my driving style. Everything out here is far apart. I do a lot of driving and wanted a vehicle that can keep up with what I'm going to throw at it. Before I bought the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Overland (JGCDO), I was on the fence. It was either the JGCDO or the 2015 Audi Q5 TDI. I test drove both, a few times. I liked the Audi's better mpg and get-up. However the towing capacity and the interior storage capacity of the Audi was a deal breaker for me. Along with not being able to put BF Goodrich All Terrain tires on the rig--they just don't make them to fit the Audi. I don't like having to put winter tires on my rig in the cold and flu season and them take them off to put another set on in the beginning of allergy season. I like to buy one set of tires every 50,000 miles. I did a lot of research on both models. The TDI engine is tried and true--been around for many years, is reliable and bullet proof. The new diesel engine that Fiat came out with in 2014 for the Grand Cherokee is not tried nor true, however they have been building diesel engines successfully for a number of years. After combing over the jeep forums, I found many people dissatisfied with their JGCDO due to warranty issues with the catalytic converter and other minor things. I decided to take the leap into the deep end and buy the 2015 JGCDO last week. I got the extended warranty to satisfy the uneasiness about the reliability and 3 year 36,000 mile factory warranty concerns I had. Even with the extended warranty the overall price of the JGCDO still came in below the cost of the Audi Q5 TDI. It would have been nice to say "I own an Audi," but when I go skiing in a few months and have to drive through a blizzard to get some fresh turns at Big Sky, I will be happy with my decision because I know the JGCDO will be able to mob through 20" of fresh snow with a little help from the adjustable air suspension and the BF Goodrich All terrain tires. I just don't know if the Audi--even with top of the line snow tires and Quattro all-wheel drive would be able to. On a side note, I took a 415 mile trip today over about 10 hours going up and down mountain passes from 5,000 to 11,000 feet above sea level. My speed ranged from around 20 to 85 mph with BF Goodrich All Terrain tires. It was mostly highway but some hard miles were up and down steep grades at high elevation doing no more than 20 mph. With two people in the car, lots of food and gear, we averaged 29.1 mpg. Take that Audi! One word of advice: If you live in a cold weather climate and are thinking about getting a JGCDO, then negotiate for the engine block heater cord to be installed before you drive it off the lot. Its fairly inexpensive (~$150 with install) and should be standard on all diesel engines but its not.

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