Finally Jeep builds a Cherokee again that deserves to be called Cherokee. Thank you motoring gods.
Jeep has been very clever. They make three different types of Cherokee. A real 4×4 called a Trailhawk. An excellent SUV that has All Wheel Drive (AWD) and a cross hatch/ station wagon which has front wheel drive. They all have the same bodies and share engines and so on. The differences come in the suspension, ride height and gears.
We tested the FWD car. The model that will suit most city dwellers.
From the passenger seat base which lifts up to reveal a handbag sized ‘secret’ stash cavity to a CD player, USB port and power supply in the between seats armrest this car is practical and cleverly laid out. The front seats have heating.
A covered top bin is located above the radio on top of the soft touch instrument panel. Its big enough for glasses or a phone. The materials, fit and finishes are all premium quality.
In the boot this car has what Jeep calls the vehicle cargo management system which has handy hooks, a rail to hook onto and a removable grocery bag holder as well as some thoughtful add-on storage solutions including a First Aid Kit. The 60/40 split second-row seats slide forward and back for added comfort and cargo flexibility.
I like the exterior although some do not like the ‘shark’ nose. I think it seems both poised and elegant. The 18 inch polished aluminium rims on the Longitude model suit the car to a T.
This new Cherokee is a great drive. The 3.2-litre Pentastar V6 normally aspirated petrol engine in the model we tested is frisky and quite frugal. You can feel the power. It’s fun to drive. I got 9.5 litre/100km which included a daily commute. Highway driving should give you around 8 litre/ 100km.
Prices are as follows:
Options for all models include:
Wireless Charging Pad (Limited, Trailhawk only) R 1 400.00
Black Hood Decal (Trailhawk only) R 1 400.00
Metallic Paint R 4 000.00
Park Assist Group (Longitude & Limited) R 4 500.00
Electronics Convenience Group R 8 300.00
Comfort/Convenience Group (Excl Limited) R 16 000.00
Full Sunroof R 17 500.00
Leather Interior, front heated, electr. driver seat (Longitude & Trailhawk only) R 18 000.00
Luxury Group (Trailhawk only) R 20 300.00
Technology Group R 32 500.0
Jeep claims Cherokee raises the bar with superior on-road ride, handling and fuel economy, best-in-class 4×4 capability and class-exclusive technology. I think they may just be right.
If you are looking for a medium sized crossover also look at the Mitsubishi ASX, Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai ix35
If a SUV is more to you liking check out the Kia Sorento, Subaru Forrester, VW Tiguan, Nissan X-Trail, Toyota Rav4.
Real off-road capable 4×4’s include the Suzuki Grand Vitara, Two door Mitsubishi Pajero, Freelander Sport.
Warranty 3 years or 100 000km.
Maintenance plan 36 months or 100 000 km. (Optional)