The Jeep brand is synonymous with off-road performance but in recent years it is the more conventional SUV that has become one of the most popular new car choices. Hence the Cherokee is the most important car in the line up. Following a new model refresh in 2014 a new 2.2-litre diesel has been added.
Jeep models have always had a distinctive look, and this Cherokee is no different. However, where the firm's trademark grille has been the dominant feature, this time around it has been incorporated into an overall more dramatic front end.
In fact the whole car is a more dramatic than before, with its angular sheet metal and fuss-free detailing presenting a bold appearance that couldn't be further from the rounded looks of previous models if it tried. The upshot is a 4x4 with kerb appeal to match the very best from Europe's premium SUV makers.
It's a bold looking and pleasing to drive mid-size SUV, now offered with a new 2.2-litre diesel engine designed to offer greater refinement and better performance. Specifically answering a criticism of earlier iterations, the new unit has increased power and torque as well as reduced engine emissions and improved economy.
Crucially, Jeep has made important strides in terms of cabin quality, with this Cherokee coming close to challenging the best models from Europe. While equipment levels are generous, it's the greater attention to detail regarding trim and materials selection that should impress potential buyers the most.
Our verdict on the Jeep Cherokee 2.2 Multijet Auto Limited
The new engine adds extra sparkle to the Cherokee's performance as well as making it easier to live with and less expensive to run. Even so the Cherokee lags behind some key rivals in some areas, notably interior quality and handling dynamics. However its looks and image are likely to entice some buyers and