Likes and dislikes. 11, 000 miles on.
I took delivery in April of a 2014 Limited 4x4 with Lux pkg, diesel, tow pkg and 20" wheels.
I added Summit grill and Summit 20" wheels as well as LED fogs. Also picked up Bluespark pro unit. I now have 11, 000 miles showing.
I have used the Bluespark for only a short time so far, I experienced the dreaded shudder and decided to take it off until it is resolved. I first experienced the shudder around 4k and had the TSB done at first service around 8k. Since then it has appeared very occasionally. I just did 1600 mile road trip without any occurrence. The shudder is my only issue or fault since delivery.
Drivetrain. I love the diesel engine and transmission. The torque is huge and gives V8 performance with good economy. The 8 speed transmission before and after the TSB is smooth and seamless (shudder issues apart). 8/10. (When the shudder is fixed it could be 9/10)
Economy. Recent 1600 trip gave about 26. Highway for most with 80+ mph for maybe 1000 miles. My average for 11k is around 22-23. I have a heavy foot and use the performace so I am happy with this. My last car was a VW CC 3.6 4 motion which gave around 20 mpg.
Suspension/Ride/Handling. After 3 Audi A6's and 3 WV CC/Passat 3.6's I am very impressed with the GC. The ride is superb, much better than I expected. Handling is suprisingly good considering the weight and the steering leaves little to be desired. I would give it 9/10
Styling/Body. Its a good looking vehicle, nice mixture of rugged and sophisticated style. Exterior quality is good not great. I can see the next GC going in the direction of Range Rover (the new Range Rover is nice evolution of the last one ) with sleeker more integrated detailing. 7/10
Interior. I love the controls, steering wheel, center stack and especially the Uconnect set up. The sound system is very good also. The steering wheel is very meaty in the hand and the paddle shifters and buttons all feel and work well. The Uconnect is one of the best infotainment systems and very easy to use. The seats are good, maybe a bit flat but after just taking a 1600 mile trip over Thanksgiving have no complaints taking a non stop 400 mile
stint in one go.
The double sunroof and screen are great, add lots of light on dark days, especially with black interior.
Dislikes. Areas that Jeep can make significant improvements in next model.
Interior/doors. The doors close like cheap tin cans. The door strike plates probably cost $2 each. The interior plastics on the door linings, lower dashboard and around the center tunnel are hard and cheap. For a $50k vehicle I expect better. The problem is that Jeep sell the same vehicle for sub $30 k. 5/10
I do not care for the under seat set up. The GC has a mass of electronics and wires fully exposed under each seat. Other vehicles hide this.
However my wifes VW Gti (mk7) has doors that shut with a solid thud and interior finishes and plastics that shame the GC.
Close the door on a Touareg and it feels like a million dollars compared to the Jeep.
Exterior. As mentioned above I can see the evolution of the GC going in the direction of the Range Rover with tighter shutlines, better detailing and smoother integration of wheel arches, doors handles etc. Keeping the rugged but sophisticated look.
I am a little concerned about longevity, with the shudder issue DPF etc, etc but overall I love the GC diesel 3.0. I was after a Touareg diesel until I discovered the GC and so far no regrets. I have a better equipped vehicle for lower cost than the VW.