By on 2021-11-12 -
Jeep Cherokee - Used
WITH the latest Cherokee that was produced until 2019, Jeep concentrated on improving the road manners of its mid-size offering.
But that didn't compromise the superb off-road or snow ability of this iconic 4x4 - a range that in fact included a two wheel drive version for the first time.
And for many in this country, who don't want or need the 4WD ability, that model may well be the best buy because of its better economy, lower emissions and cheaper running costs.
The Cherokee is a very good alternative to the Toyota Land Cruiser or Land Rover Discovery Sport, with - apart from the top model - an all-diesel engine line-up and a nine -speed automatic gearbox.
This Cherokee is the latest in a long line, sleeker and less boxy than previous models, but like most SUV's, there is a fair amount body roll through the corners.
However, the chassis copes with it well and gives a feeling of good composure with very good grip.
Comfort also made a large step forward from previous models and is only a little upset by uneven surfaces.
This is helped by excellent seats, which are oddly better in the cheaper cloth upholstery versions than in those with leather.
The Cherokee is completely at home on the motorway, with very little engine noise at cruising speeds and wind noise, though noticeable, is never bad enough to become annoying.
Most UK models bar the rage-topping Trailhawk and a couple of others have a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 138 or 168bhp.
Entry models have the 138bhp version driving through a six-speed manual gearbox and a choice of two or four wheel drive, but the higher powered one comes with the nine speed automatic and 4WD as standard.
In 2WD form, with the manual gearbox, the 138 model is rated at no less than 53mpg, and can reach 60 from rest in 10.6 seconds. As a 4WD, the sprint drops to 11.6 and economy to 50.
The 168bhp 2.0-litre gets to 60 in 10 seconds and is capable of 48mpg.
The top diesel is a 2.2-litre with 200bhp in a few upper models. It's rated at 50 miles per gallon, and reaches 60 in 8.2 seconds.
The range-topping Trailhawk, which has loads of underbody protection and a higher ride height for serious off-road work, is powered by a 3.2 V6 petrol with 268bhp, driving through the nine-speed auto.
But economy is not up to much with a very best of 29mpg, and despite its 8.1 to 60 acceleration, very few have been sold in this country.
The 4WD models come with Jeep's Selec-Terrain system and a switch near the gearlever gives the driver four different modes: Snow, Sand and Mud, Sport and Auto.
The first two have obvious functions, while Sport gives improved accelerator response and makes the automatic gearbox hold on to gears longer and kick down more quickly.
Auto will be enough for most people, since it chooses the best setup for the conditions all the time, and drive to the rear wheels is cut during normal road use to save fuel.
Even entry Longitude models come well equipped, with an alarm, remote locking, four electric windows, air con, traction control, plenty of airbags, cruise and audio remote controls.
Step up to Limited, and you add heated leather seats with electric adjustment for the driver, parking sensors, headlight washers and sat nav.
Pay about Â£12,650 for a '16 16-reg 2 litre 2WD Limited, or Â£24,200 for a '19 19-reg 168bhp Overland 4WD auto.
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