ROAD TEST: completely new Jeep Cherokee: Faultless? Surely not?
Genuine, slap-you-around-the-face, oh-hello-there surprise: the idea’s a wonderful thing isn’t the idea…?
Alas, sadly, the older/more cynical one gets, the less the idea tends to happen in life.
As a right now rapidly balding, increasingly overweight, definitely middle aged motoring hack in addition to editor of almost two decades, I’ve tested a lot of cars.
The job in addition to lifestyle are ace: I’m a very lucky lad.
however like any job, you can become blasé – in my case to quality cars, especially completely new ones on test. Ask any (honest) motoring journo (if you can find one of which is actually… in addition to do let me know if you do! lol), in addition to they’ll say the same thing – just like they will also say they love Porsches. So, so sad, however very true.
So (being 100% honest), when yet another brand completely new car arrived in yet another very busy week (one pushed to the limit with childhood illnesses in addition to family Christmas preparations), I confess to being a little underwhelmed: One more task to be done properly in a week loaded with them…
I signed for the vehicle, took possession, took a cursory glance inside grey Wintry wet drizzle in addition to grumpily grabbed my coat, wallet in addition to hat to take the delivery driver to the train station. Bah-humbug!
What is actually the idea again? Oh, yeah, Jeep’s all-completely new Cherokee. Christ, the last Jeep I drove was a long while back, in addition to of which rolled like jelly, drank fuel like I do whisky in addition to barely stopped when you beat the stuffing out of the brake pedal. Ho-hum… here goes.
Enter the slap inside face surprise(s):
Wow! of which’s a bloody comfortable seat. in addition to easy as pie to adjust to perfection in addition to turn the heated element on.
Wow! Look at of which dash set-up… in addition to I’m immediately, instinctively pushing all the right buttons on a system I don’t know. Unheard of.
Wow! How smooth is actually of which gear-change. How many gears? Nine. Nine?!
Wow! How much grunt has of which diesel engine got? 197bhp in addition to 440Nm! via a 2.2 oil burner of which’s This particular smooth in addition to This particular quiet? God, the idea’s pretty quick – perfectly matched to of which top transmission. in addition to reading a 48mpg average. WTF?
Wow! Check out of which full length sun-roof. Thought they’d (sadly) gone out of fashion. Fabulous.
in addition to so the surprises went on, mile after mile, hour after hour of testing: Genuinely surprised. Genuinely impressed. Genuinely researching nearby Jeep dealerships in addition to looking at HP offers. in addition to of which, let me tell you in rare for a cynical old dog like me.
In almost two decades of doing This particular job, I’ve either bought or wanted to buy just a handful of cars on the back of a test drive: Subaru Impreza RB5, Subaru Legacy/Outback/Forester Turbo S (largely, any Subaru!), VW’s Passat R36, Golf R in addition to VW Touareg R50 V10, Audi RS4 & RS6, Mazda’s RX-8 PZ, Porsche Cayman S in addition to 997 Turbo (sorry!) in addition to a Supercharged Range Rover. The latter I still own… in addition to love!
right now, most surprisingly, I’ve just added another as the family car… Jeep’s completely new Cherokee. Why?
Because apart via the over-blingy wheel design in addition to the slightly ungainly boot in addition to awkward side profile, the idea’s a practically faultless car. in addition to inside, the idea is actually faultless.
a few hundred miles of testing on in addition to off road, every button pressed, with in addition to without passengers – Christ, the idea even picked up the family Christmas tree – in addition to the idea did everything I threw at the idea as a family car, with honours. in addition to the idea didn’t annoy me once. In fact, I grew to love the idea more on a daily basis. in addition to let me tell you… of which’s rare. I even turned to look at the idea once or twice after locking up in addition to walking off… the acid test of true love, in not bad cars… in addition to not bad women.
of which’s all down to something honest in addition to old fashioned: Clever design. of which ability to combine fine form with first-class functionality. This particular is actually something the Jeep boffins have done so well with the infotainment, the TFT instrument cluster in addition to infinitely adjustable heads-up display. The net result is actually of which the (deservedly award-winning) Internal of the completely new Cherokee is actually a wonderful place to spent time driving: The best I’ve tested in a long, long while.
in addition to the vehicle is actually blooming nice to drive so why wouldn’t you want to be in here enjoying driving the idea – on in addition to off road?
A great engine, not bad brakes, superb transmission in addition to even a not bad balance between ride ability in addition to handling comfort suspension set-up… something so few manufacturers get right these days. Tick, tick, tick on the test sheet.
Our test Cherokee 2.2 MultiJet 200hp 4WD 9SPD Auto Limited came in a tasteful, attractive True Blue colour in addition to was loaded with £4,000’s worth of extras, taking the idea’s OTR cost to £40,765.
however, given the want-for-nothing levels of incredible Internal specification in addition to top-technology – of which actually work well in addition to are brilliantly thought-out in addition to expertly designed in addition to installed for easy operation – of which’s not bad at all. In fact, the idea’s bloody not bad. in addition to the idea’s certainly a lot cheaper than many of its rivals, generously specced-up like This particular test mule was.