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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee's cabin has an upscale quality, thanks to its attractive styling and premium materials. Highlights include two rows of appealing seats and an outstanding infotainment system. Its cargo space is small for a vehicle of this size, however.

  • "Base Laredo models look the part with cloth and manually adjusted front seats, but stepping up just one trim brings power operation to the driver. Higher-end models are awash in leather and feature heated and ventilated front seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Jeep's most recent improvements certainly make the Grand Cherokee's cabin a nice place to be. The Uconnect infotainment system, materials and controls are at the top of the class, though the touchscreen forces too many steps for certain functions." -- Edmunds
  • "These are seriously nice trucks, even in base Laredo trim, raising the benchmark for affordable SUV interiors yet again." -- Cars.com (2014)

Seating

The five-person Grand Cherokee comes with cloth seats and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. Available upholstery options include leather/suede, leather, and Nappa leather seats. Power front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are also offered.

The seats are comfortable and roomy, with enough space in the rear for two adults to get comfy. The upgraded leather seats earn extra praise from test drivers for being plush and cozy. It takes some energy to install a car seat in the back of a Grand Cherokee due to the two sets of lower anchors, which are low-mounted and hard to work around. In addition, two of the Jeep's three tether anchors can be confused with nearby hardware.

  • "Although the Grand Cherokee has no third-row seat option, there's ample room for a family of four or five, and you can order up a variety of luxury accoutrements. … Backseat passengers should be pretty comfortable, and the Grand Cherokee provides enough space for two adults to relax (the center position is compromised by the prominent driveline 'hump' on the floor)." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Jeep's 2017 Grand Cherokee spans from a reasonably comfortable SUV to one capable of giving some luxury brands a run for their money. All models are 2-row/5-passenger configurations – there is no 3rd-row option. This layout offers good room for passengers and a healthy 36.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Indulgently soft diamond-quilted leather and faux Alcantara is used liberally throughout the Summit's cabin. Touching it is like dipping your hands in melted chocolate – smooth and warm. The cushioning, especially in the three-abreast rear seats, feels bespoke to your backside, making occupants want to be driven rather than drive –similar to a Rolls-Royce. Jeep also increased the amount of acoustic glass, insulating passengers further throughout the lineup." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the 2018 Grand Cherokee includes the Uconnect 4 infotainment interface, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, and voice command. The Grand Cherokee also comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Available features include an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, two USB ports, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a rear dual-screen DVD/Blu-ray entertainment system, a 115-volt power outlet, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning with active braking, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Uconnect infotainment interface is a favorite among test drivers. Though it still suffers from occasional hiccups, the system is faster and easier than most, and it lets you customize which hot buttons you want on the screen.

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  • The centerpiece is an excellent chunky steering wheel paired with solid, substantial controls. Large, grippy knobs for stereo volume/tuning/fan speed are nice, but some climate control functions require three to four button pushes through the touchscreen." -- Edmunds
  • "Jeep's Uconnect infotainment system is one of the best in the industry. An 8.4-inch touch panel displays large, easy-to-see graphics, and the system's voice-recognition software allows for control of the navigation, audio, hands-free texting and mobile apps such as Pandora." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Generally regarded as one of the more user-friendly infotainment setups on the market, Uconnect Access integrates most of the truck's audio, navigation and climate control functions into one unit. An 8.4-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard is the central component of the system, but redundant buttons and knobs for climate and audio volume and tuning are also included." -- Left Lane News (2017)

Cargo

Cargo space is below average in the Grand Cherokee. It has 36.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 68.3 cubic feet of total cargo space. A power liftgate comes in all but the base model.

  • The Grand Cherokee's trunk isn't the largest, and it also doesn't have a very low load floor. But with the optional air suspension you can lower the ride height when you park. The luggage area houses a full-size spare and still offers 36.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up." -- Edmunds
  • Behind the rear seats are 35.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which expand to 68.7 with the rear seats folded, figures right in line with the Ford Edge and VW Touareg, but considerably less than Toyota's 4Runner." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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