'Dad's got a Jeep," cheered the kids when I pulled up at home in a Grand Cherokee. And, to be honest, it was a feeling of excitement that I shared after my first shot in the revamped 4x4 Overland model.
I had just left the office and rocketed off from a standing start thanks to the 3.0-litre CRD turbo-diesel engine.
As I did so, I found myself looking down on the Prados and Klugers that dominate WA roads, housed in a big beast that - literally - stands out in a crowded SUV market.
Out of curiosity, I touched the Sport button and marvelled as the Grand Cherokee lowered its height to be more aerodynamic - one of five height settings on offer if you can't resist fiddling.
Then, when I needed to do a quick drop off, I drove up on to a high verge and barely noticed it was there, thanks to the impressive 4WD drive and Quadra-Lift air suspension.
And if I'd wanted to, I could have a chosen to set the traction control to suit a variety of terrains - mud, rock, sand and, er, snow.
That's not all that impressed me.
The eight-speed automatic transmission offered a fuel economy of 7.5L/100km and a towing capacity of up to 3500kg - all good for a big SUV.
On the outside, the Overland has 20-inch painted aluminium wheels, dual exhausts with bright tips, automatic headlights, daytime running lights, new larger LED tail lamps and a reworked tailgate that is said to offer better aerodynamics.
It also got a chunky, aggressive style - there's no doubting this is a Jeep.
On the inside there is bags of room in the front and back and so much space in the boot that I was easily able to fit my road bike in, with the front wheel off.
There's also a seven-inch personalised instrument cluster, which lets you tailor the displays to suit. You're also served by an 8.4-inch central touch screen that displays the sat-nav, audio and Bluetooth info.
All the indicators and rain- sensing windscreen wipers are controlled by just one stick, which actually worked well despite some initial confusion.
And you've also got blind-spot monitoring, hill-start assist and hill-descent control.
There's even a heated steering wheel and heated seats (clearly for those snowy days), ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control and wood panelling. You really are sitting in the lap of luxury as you charge about.
One of the few complaints I had was the small automatic gearstick, which was too sensitive and meant I struggled to find Drive or Reverse while keeping my eyes on the road.
Then there was the Forward Collision Warning device, which slammed on the brakes after it detected a car turning about 20m up the road, frightening the life out of me.
But these are minor quibbles in a vehicle which offers pretty good value at $71,000 plus on-roads, and even better if you go for the base-model 4x2 Laredo, at a special drive-away price of $45,000.VERDICT
One day I might be pulling up in my driveway and the kids will be shouting: "Dad's BOUGHT a Jeep!"JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
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