“There’s a new off-roader in town (and country),” says Andrew English in The Daily Telegraph: the Ineos Grenadier, an “eagerly awaited” true utility four-wheel drive (as opposed to mere “lifestyle” SUV) that “aims to take up where Land Rover’s Defender left off”. It makes driving off-road effortless and it is in its element in the “rough, tough worlds” of construction, agriculture, and the armed and rescue services.
“Is it any good to drive? In a quagmire in Alsace not far from where it’s being made in a former Smart factory, most assuredly,” says Jason Barlow in Top Gear. The BMW-sourced 3.0-litre powertrain makes light work of even the most “heinous conditions” and is a truly hardy motor: “the Grenadier feels like a vehicle that could hold its own in Mad Max: Fury Road. It feels apocalypse-proof.” The top speed is capped at 100mph, but the car more than comfortably hulks its mighty 2.7 tonnes around on the road and off it.
The Grenadier looks striking too: “ruggedly handsome and undeniably imposing” with “shades of the G-Wagon and Jeep Wrangler”, says Vince Jackson on CarsGuide. Its unwieldy bulk may “cause a few car-park palpitations for urban buyers”, but there is an “uncluttered honesty about its styling” and “you instinctively know this isn’t some poseur’s chariot”: this car was built “primarily as a working tool”. The interior is built on similar principles, with a “blend of contemporary tech and no-nonsense utility”, says Yousuf Ashraf for AutoDaily. There is a 12.3-inch infotainment system and a navigation “pathfinder” function that will help those who like to adventure off-road.
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Inside, Ineos has traded luxury for a hard-wearing plastic construction, but it looks almost charming, with an aircraft cockpit-like appearance and chunky centre consoles that you can operate even with gloves on, says James Drujon for CarWow. “In what is now quite a crowded segment of dedicated off-roaders, the Ineos Grenadier has the might to compete with the best of them.”
Prices from £48,000. See: ineosgrenadier.com.
Jasper is a former writer for the MoneyWeek and he wrote on an array of topics including travel, investing in crypto and bitcoin, as well as cars. Previous to that he freelanced at The Art Newspaper, PORT Magazine and The Spectator. Jasper is currently a freelance writer at FAD magazine and he has an English literature degree from the University of Exeter, and a Master's degree from UCL.
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