Jeep Cherokee 2.2 Multijet 4WD Overland
Jeep has raised their game.
Whilst the Cherokee had long earned its stripes as a rugged versatile 4x4, the new Cherokee has taken the brand a step further by matching its virtues to a premium brand finish. As a day to day user you can easily enjoy this car in much the same way as you might a plush Range Rover which costs an additional 20 grand.
The message? Well, from Jeep it certainly is that luxury, versatility and four wheel drive capability can be wrapped into a premium package for reasonable money. In this case ‘reasonable’ is a not insubstantial £39,590 to start for the 200HP 2.2 Multijet Overland tested here; but in that is lots of motor car too, and – to many – as much as you might wish for had you spent £20,000 more.
What’s more it’s all getting noticed. In fact, Jeep was recently voted the UK’s most improved brand whilst the Jeep Cherokee was named as one of the top ten best cars to own in the UK, coming up 9th out of 150 cars in the frame. The judges went for its performance, ride quality, practicality and in-car technology as its highlights, Cherokee owners rating the car fun and comfortable to drive.
The 4 in-line 2.2 litre engine generates maximum power of 197 bhp and a strong 440NM of torque. It’s delivered via a 9-speed automatic gearbox and the Cherokee is capable of taking you to 62 mph from rest in a respectable 8.5 seconds, with a top speed of 127 mph. Consumption averages 49.6 mpg according to official stats whilst CO2 emissions are at a competitive 150 g/km
On the road
The Cherokee is a good all-purpose family vehicle. Jeep has read customer requirements carefully and this high, sensibly proportioned vehicle makes town and country travel equally enjoyable. The 2.2 litre Multijet engine achieves credible economy and yet does so without intrusive noise. What’s more the Cherokee is a good size for town and country use (not too big, nor too small) and carries the natural vision advantages of height for busy city driving. More than anything it is a 4x4 that all can enjoy. Relatively high geared steering means you may be busier at the wheel for acute bends but it is compensated for by an excellent turning circle for tight slow speed manoeuvring, especially off-road.
Yet the 2.2 litre engine generates strong torque making comfortable work of the 50-70 mph overtake when you need it. Top speeds don’t really matter in this category but a 127 mph is hardly reason to complain.
Ride comfort ticks the boxes too. Big wheels and a stiff rugged shell mean an inevitable trade-off to the ride of a good standard saloon, but with the Cherokee you can climb mountains whereas with your standard Ford Mondeo you can’t.
The recent brand and Cherokee accolades are well deserved. Competition is healthy as they say, and the Jeep Cherokee remains a credible choice.