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Jeep Cherokee (2014–)

Last updated 29 May 2018

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. The boot is small for an SUV of this size.
Updated 27 January 2017

R/2016/288: Seat may not perform correctly in a collision: Front and/or rear seats may have been fitted with incorrectly tightened fasteners. This may increase risk of injury to occupants during a collision....

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Introduction

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

Owners' reviews

5
Every bit as good as I expected from jeep
5
Does everything I need it to do very well!!
1
Not a safe 5 seater SUV
5
Much Better Than Jeeps of old.
 

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