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Jeep Cherokee 2.0 CRD Test Drive Review

Date: 05 December 2014

The new Cherokee is the latest evidence that Jeep is evolving as a brand.

As well as the very distinctive shark-nosed styling, the interior is much improved, as is refinement, although the 140hp diesel has to work to shift what isn't the lightest vehicle in the class. In fact, it's neither efficient enough to put up with the lack of performance, nor quick enough to mind it not being particularly efficient. RVs of 30.6% are also not up with the Ford Kuga and Honda CR-V, which manage 33.7% and 32.0% respectively.

The driving experience is adequate in a class not renowned for prioritising handling, and the boot is slightly larger than Honda's CR-V, which means it's plenty big enough.

The small off-roader sector is gently improving emissions, and the Cherokee is in no way poor for the class, matching the current 140hp Kuga that's about to get an upgrade taking it to 122g/km, but until it gets its 139g/km down below 130g/km, the writing-down allowance regime will handicap its deployment into the corporate sector. However, the new Cherokee is still a big step up from what has come before.


Verdict


An improved Cherokee, but emissions and RVs still need work
7/10

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