Jeep Cherokee (2014 – 2019) Review

Jeep Cherokee (2014 – 2019) At A Glance

3/5

+Distinctive styling. Comfortable ride. Well-equipped as standard. Extremely capable off-road.

-Not as good to drive as its rivals. Ride is blighted by lots road and engine noise. Load area small for an SUV of this size. Satnav can be years out of date and not updatable.

Insurance Groups are between 19–29
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

The Jeep Cherokee has been absent from UK shores since 2011 but it's fair to see it didn't exactly leave a big hole in the market. Now the Cherokee is back and Jeep has high hopes for its new SUV which marks the beginning of a reinvigoration for the brand now owned by Fiat.

2013 saw a much improved Grand Cherokee launched and there's also a smaller SUV, the Renegade, which has created plenty of interest.

For the new Cherokee, Jeep is moving things more upmarket. It has realised it cannot merely trade on its rugged and outdoorsy image as it once did, so it's no surprise to see big improvements from previous Jeep models in terms of quality and design.

The new Cherokee is certainly distinctive, especially from the front with that odd nose but some things continue like the traditional Jeep grille, albeit with a new take on the old design.

All four-wheel drive models feature Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction control system with four driving modes - Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud. The system electronically coordinates and optimises the car’s ABS, ESC and powertrain controller to ensure complete stability.

The engine line up consists of a 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel delivering 170PS, mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. There will also be a 140PS version of the 2.0 unit, which will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox.

As an alternative to SUVs like the CR-V, the Jeep has plenty going for it. Not least a strong image and a genuine off-road capability. Like all Jeep models, the Cherokee can cover proper tough terrain. This is no weekend soft-roader.

Of course whether owners really want that is another matter and for those that do the Land Rover Freelander, although now several years old, still holds plenty of appeal. But you can expect plenty of standard kit with the Cherokee and it's certainly a big step in the right direction for the brand.

Jeep Cherokee 2.2 Multijet 2015 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Jeep Cherokee (2014 – 2019)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

84%

Real MPG

32–51 mpg

MPGs submitted

57

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Water is leaking into the footwells of my car - what's causing it?
"My Jeep Cherokee has started filling up with water in the driver's side footwell - the front and especially the rear but only when it rains. A mechanic has done hose test and can't find anything. He says he needs to strip out the seats andcarpets to look further. Do you have you any ideas? "
It is most likely a blocked bulkhead vent well drains that leave rainwater nowhere to go except via the pollen filter into the cabin of the car. Pop the bonnet and have a look under the grille at the base of the windscreen. The drains are either side.
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4x4 suggestions?
"My pregnant daughter is moving with her husband to the Peak District a is looking to buy a Jeep Cherokee or Audi Q5 - she wants the Cherokee her husband wants her to try the Audi Q5. She will be travelling around narrow roads in wintry weather and I want her to have the best advice for these daily journeys to work. What do you think of these two?"
A Jeep Cherokee is a much more capable off roader and is narrower than a Q5. But a Q5 is a much better trimmed vehicle that carries far more status. But benefit from fitting either winter tyres or the new compromise all weather tyres such as Michelin CrossClimate or Nokian Weatherproof.
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