Jeep Cherokee 2014 review | Auto Express

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The newcomer is one of the models to benefit from the tie-up with Fiat, so it multi-link suspension and a nine-speed ZF gearbox. American buyers get to either a 2.4-litre four-cylinder or the new 3.2-litre Pentastar V6 with the of two or four-wheel drive, but European will get an exclusively diesel-powered that will start a new 2.0-litre engine with a

manual gearbox likely to 148bhp and 380Nm.

Inside, the Cherokee represents a leap forward. Its design is revolutionary, but the fit and finish is now vastly Top-end models like the Trailhawk we tested include a 7-inch TFT display screen in the cluster.

There’s also a 8.4-inch screen, equipped Chrysler’s intuitive Uconnect system, carried over the 300C saloon. Interior is about on par with the Ford but the Cherokee feels more than the Ford thanks to soft-touch cabin materials.

In the Cherokee’s home market, drive configurations are available: front-wheel drive (a Cherokee Active Drive I (a simple setup), Active Drive II, adds a low-range transfer for light off-road use) and Drive Lock, which is standard on the range-topping version here.

Jeep Cherokee

Jeep’s Active Drive includes a Land Rover traction control system offers five different depending on the surface: Auto, Sand/Mud, Snow and Rock You get a locking rear differential, giving the Cherokee serious abilities.

The ZF-developed nine-speed gearbox, (also soon to be in the Range Rover Evoque) smooth and imperceptible changes, but at low the extra ratios can cause the odd shift as it searches for the appropriate

Both petrol engines ample power, but the diesel add a slug of torque into the and improve the petrol’s less impressive 28.8mpg economy. the Cherokee needs to make no Its suspension is compliant and refined, combines with direct and steering to make it one of the best-driving crossovers on the market.

It’s stable and reassuring on the but resists roll well in too.

The Cherokee will earn you a lot of attention on the road, its flat nose and elongated LED lights making it seem an optical illusion from angles. Traditional Jeep cues like a seven-bar and squared off wheelarches do survive, – and it retains rugged off-road and roof rails.

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