In a shootout between 10 of the UK’s favourite five-door off-roaders, 4×4 magazine has voted the Jeep Grand Cherokee its ‘World’s Best Off-Roader’.

In a series of tests – designed to put each vehicle through real off-road situations – the 2.7 CRD Grand Cherokee was awarded 193 points out of a possible 250.

John Carroll, editor of 4×4 magazine, said: “This test wasn’t about just driving the vehicles through the biggest mud-hole we could find. With a spirit-level, protractor and tape measure, it was about measuring their competence in a true off-road environment.”

“Our judges felt that Jeep’s Grand Cherokee stood out as being the most capable, this-will-go-anywhere vehicle. The Jeep’s coil-spring suspension and Quadra-Drive system puts the Grand Cherokee in a different off-road league to the others and makes it a worthy holder of the title of World’s Best Off-Roader.”

 

Vehicle

Points

1

Jeep Grand Cherokee

193

2

Toyota Land Cruiser

184

3

Nissan Terrano

166

4

Nissan Patrol

162

5

Mitsubishi Shogun

160

6

Land Rover Discovery

157

7

Hyundai Terracan

144

8

Kia Sorento

143

9

Mercedes-Benz ML

130

10

BMW X5

105

The 10 tests looked at key off-road criteria such as suspension flexibility and approach and departure angles, as well as ground clearance and axle articulation. The testing also included real world tests with each car completing a hillclimb and obstacle courses.