Jeep Cherokee

One of the first modern and compact SUVs, coming with economical engines and distinctive looks.

For this model, the Cherokee is aimed at consumers who would generally lean towards other cars like the Audi A5 or the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The first Cherokee was produced in 1974, it became a unitary design with the second-generation XJ in 1984 which was a stronger seller for two decades. Until then, it was replaced by the KJ Cherokee in 2002.

Engine and transmission
What really makes the Cherokee a true competitor, is it’s V6 engine and an off-road focused all-wheel-drive system to appear on the options list; this would be very well suited for those who live in rural landscapes to have a play with this feature! The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder is underpowered, however, and the nine-speed automatic suffers from clunky shifts. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder labours beneath the Cherokee’s considerable weight. It’s also noisy and unrefined, so we’d avoid it. The 3.2-litre V6 engine is considerably smoother and more muscular.
How does it drive?
In terms of the handling of the car, this is where the Cherokee lacks, due to how uncomfortable it is when driving over bumps in the road as the car rocks and it leans heavily through corners. Furthermore, the Jeep wasn’t the best choice of travel when needing to go onto the motorway as an example, when it hits higher speeds, it picks up uneven parts of the road surfaces which were not even visible to the human eye.
If we were to compare the Cherokee to other models, it definitely is the much less boxy model due to the area of the market it is within (style is a major factor). Its front lighting setup is extremely distinctive and it includes the famous seven-slotted grille, which gives the Jeep its unique identity compared to other brands in the SUV market. The Jeep resides on the larger side of its class, being a few inches longer, wider, and taller than some of its competitors. It’s also higher off the ground than most, with an impressive amount of clearance that helps with its off-road cred.
Despite the way the Jeep performs on the road, overall the interior is solely made for the purpose of comfort. The seats are very supportive as they are cushy and well-sculpted, and both front – and rear-seat passengers are supplied with plenty of space, although there is lack of headroom compared to previous Jeep models.
The entry-level Longitude spec comes with a 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system, cruise and climate control, rear parking sensors, a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB input and a DAB radio. Longitude+ models get an 8.4in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, voice control and an upgraded stereo system with nine speakers.
For the models above the entry-level, they still retain the 8.4in touchscreen sat-nav system, however, they will receive a reversing camera, parking sensors, a wireless charging pad, leather seats, electrically adjustable heated front seats and 18in alloy wheels.
Jeep offers a full range of optional active-safety features, but most of them are only available on the more expensive trim levels that are equipped with an optional package, meaning you’ll spend more than £30,000 for a properly outfitted Cherokee. Although every version comes with a range of safety equipment, including seven airbags, hill start assist, traction control and brake stability control.
Jeep can offer a limited warranty of either 3 years or 36,000 miles, powertrain warranty is 5 years or 60,000 miles, corrosion protection is 5 year and unlimited miles and roadside assistance is 5 years or 60,000 miles. However, there is no complimentary scheduled maintenance, which is the same for its other competitors like the Ford Escape, Kia Sportage or the Subaru Forester.
Overall, we would say this Jeep model is well equipped and is very competitively priced against other rivals in the market. However, if you’re not a fan of engine noises, you may consider giving this model a miss as it’s diesel engines are very noisy.

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