6 feet tall person test drives Jeep Meridian, shares 7 observations

The SUV is built like a tank & also handles very well but there are a couple of reasons why I'd probably give it a miss.

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Drove the Meridian over the weekend at KHT Prime, Bangalore.

Overall impressions

  1. Looks stunning from the outside with very high-quality paint doing a fine job. Dimensions are not so imposing but the car appears quite long.
  2. Built and rode like a tank. However, that also meant it drove like one too, i.e. performance was unimpressive and the car was not quick and the gearbox was slow to respond.
  3. Great handling, took a decently sharp turn at about 70 kmph, and hardly felt any body roll.
  4. Impressive quality interiors and very good-sounding audio kit with great mids and lows.
  5. Average boot with 3rd row in use. Nothing out of the ordinary compared to other 7 seaters out there, except the Innova Crysta.
  6. Overall felt a lack of spaciousness in the cabin. Had to position the steering all the way up and towards me to the highest setting for both to accommodate my long legs (I'm 6 feet 2 in). Not a good compromise in the long run.
  7. Some settings were hard to access and were available only via the touchscreen.

I'm probably giving the Meridian a miss mainly because of the lack of performance and space (for my needs). Other than that it's really sorted in most other departments!

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