But of course you don’t buy this car if you’re a wallflower. Chrysler’s SRT badge is not for the faint-hearted; the letters stand for Street and Racing Technology, and the badge is the development of what was Team Viper. This is all about extracting raw, crude power; only 10 models have earned the SRT badge, from the Dodge Caliber to the Viper.
Applied to an SUV, however, it’s either highly vulgar and inappropriate or bloody brilliant, depending on your viewpoint. We’re more of the latter opinion.
From the outside, the styling is fantastic; the Grand Cherokee has always been a great-looking car, with bulging wheel arches, boxy corners and mean headlights. Inside, well it’s American, so don’t go expecting European finesse to either the styling or finish or indeed any quality materials. You get leather trim on the seats, and that’s about it. But that’s part of the fun, really: it is “other”. It has all the tech you’d want, such as a touchscreen, Bluetooth, decent satnav, and a £1,525 rear seat-mounted DVD system, but it’s just not joyously presented – the screen is small at eight inches, and the plastic feels a bit cheap. Naturally, there’s a fantastic nine-speaker system with a rocking subwoofer which suits the character of this car perfectly.