You are going to get noticed in the new Jeep Cherokee. It’s designed to polarise opinion - so you’re either going to love it or hate it. There’s not much in between.

The Jeep Cherokee's doors shut like bank vaults. And then you’re heading off down the road … the ride quality is excellent. It’s nice and quiet inside the cabin. There’s plenty of premium materials that have been used inside the cockpit. You could be mistaken for thinking The Jeep Cherokee is actually a much more expensive SUV.

The new Jeep Cherokee proves that Jeep is on the fast track. Maybe it’s not quite there yet, but it’s certainly trending in the right direction.

There are four models in the range - Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk. Jeep Cherokee Sport is pretty much a price leader - with a recommended retail of $33,500.

Jeep Cherokee Longitude is $39 grand, and that’s all-wheel drive (but no low range). Jeep Cherokee Longitude and Cherokee Sport both ride on 17-inch alloys and have five-inch centre displays and reversing cameras standard. Longitude adds climate control, auto wipers, auto headlamps and a power tailgate.

Another five grand will get you into the petrol Jeep Cherokee Limited, for a total of $44k - plus on-road costs. Also all-wheel drive (no low range). Moderate off-road ability, dirt roads, fun at the beach, towing - all good. Limited gets a bigger 7-inch centre display, bi-xenon lamps, nine-speaker Alpine audio, leather, 18-inch alloys, and some other premium inclusions.

Here’s where it gets curly - the diesel is only available in the Jeep Cherokee Limited. The outputs really aren’t that staggering - 125kW and 350Nm from 2.0 litres. And the Jeep Cherokee diesel is - amazingly - another five grand over the price of the petrol. That’s a lot to fork out for an engine - but you also get low range. So really, you’re getting an engine and a more advanced driveline. You’re looking at $49 grand plus on-road costs for the Jeep Cherokee Limited diesel.

The one I want is the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk - but I want it with the diesel, which I can’t have. Because they don’t do that. Pity. Rock crawling program built into the drive system, back to 17-inch alloys (with more sidewall, for better off-road compliance) and an improved approach angle thanks to the different lower front bumper design. And the red recovery points - gotta love them. Trailhawk is $1500 less than the diesel Jeep Cherokee Limited.

Comments

    • Omega Rugal
      Omega Rugal

      the jeep brand died with the 4.0...

      about 1 month ago
    • Techguy
      Techguy

      The hole volume control bit is fairly well known and has been common since the late 90s for Chrysler vehicles

      about 4 months ago
    • Judy Stewart
      Judy Stewart

      I have a KJ Cherokee/Liberty, 2006 diesel, with manual transmission -- I love them. This car, though, is an electrical disaster area. All window winders, the rear ones having been used less than 20 times, and maybe less than 10 times, the ignition switch, the transfer case indicator switch, and the clutch lockout switch all having been replaced. The last item the only one under warranty. Because Jeep dealers are related to Ned Kelly and Robin Hood, I bought the parts from USA suppliers and had them installed by my regular mechanic, or panel beater, in the case of the window winders. These were so chronically bad, that in USA a class action was taken out in California on them, and Chrysler USA extended the warranty to 7 years for the winders, but forgot to tell Chrysler Australia. When I wrote to Chrysler Australia drawing this to their attention, not even a "thanks for your letter" did I receive. That said, the car has fulfilled its obligation as transport and all tasks to which I've put it have been accomplished.

      about 4 months ago
    • Hamish Leiper
      Hamish Leiper

      Have you tried the 2014 3.0 v6 diesel gc?

      about 4 months ago
    • Hamish Leiper
      Hamish Leiper In reply to Hamish Leiper

      Jason Lowder
      Are these quite common faults?
      Was looking at getting a 2014 with 85000kms

      about 4 months ago
    • Hamish Leiper
      Hamish Leiper In reply to Hamish Leiper

      Thank you, that doesn't sound good at all

      about 4 months ago
    • Jason Lowder
      Jason Lowder In reply to Hamish Leiper

      Those 3.0L EcoDiesels are junk. EGR problems. Turbocharger problems. EGR burns holes through the plastic intake manifold. Injector problems. The camshaft sprockets aren't keywayed but are only held in place by friction and the bolts are loosening up causing the sprocket to spin without the camshaft and bending valves.

      about 4 months ago
    • live loud
      live loud

      Shit box..... yuck

      about 5 months ago
    • breeze787
      breeze787

      German engineering is horrible this 9 speed transmission made by ZF in Germany. Obviously Quality Control is not a concern with German made products. Oh but it works but it works so very badly! Jeep owners are SCARED to drive their SUV's because they are afraid to cause an accident. As a manufacturer how do you allow your $60K time bomb products to reach consumers. Hey Jeep GIVE EVERYONE BACK THEIR MONEY!

      about 6 months ago
    • Yanni Looking good
      Yanni Looking good

      Brilliant car! Jeep all the way!

      about 7 months ago
    • Ashutosh Pandey
      Ashutosh Pandey

      Here in India Jeep delar has literally Beaten a customer.

      Here in India People fell for brand name Jeep without knowing Quaity of After sale service and famous problems, and Jeep Compass is selling like hot cakes. Now a customer got this treatment for raising his voice for solving barrage of problems that he face with brand new Jeep Compass. But thanks to your channel, I am very very unlikely to fall for them. IN FACT I have tried to educate people around me about their legendary after sales service.. and tell them If they do that in Australia, imagine what will they do in India where consumer protection is next to nothing
      http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian-car-dealerships/192930-landmark-jeep-staff-beat-up-customer.html#post4314043

      about 1 year ago
    • Brad
      Brad

      Please help us stop car dealers from selling lemons. If you have bought a new or used car and it was a lemon. Report it here: http://lemonregister.com
      We may be able to help get you a refund.

      about 1 year ago
    • Cool Panda
      Cool Panda

      Lol, had a VW and Cadlinc ad on this video

      about 1 year ago
    • Thomas Luggiero
      Thomas Luggiero

      Avoid the Jeep Renegade! Complete crap.

      about 1 year ago
    • Nick Brown
      Nick Brown

      I had one of them jeep Cherokee.. Fuckin piece of shit, if that didn't break down, I would Fuckin burn that shit.. horrible Fuckin car. dunno how it is still surviving in Australia.. dunno how people still buying it.

      about 1 year ago
    • 1993spirit
      1993spirit

      you are nuts the jeep is a piece of shit!!

      about 2 years ago
    • Kit Carr
      Kit Carr

      Teggy put it to music

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sVmoOZRypk

      Very Relevant !

      about 2 years ago
    • Simon Davies
      Simon Davies

      you're full of bs Cadogan. you Slagle off jeeps elsewhere as don't buy. then you give this a pass mark. your constantly saying don't buy this or that then you do a review and say ...oh...it's OK.... how's your back pocket?

      about 2 years ago
    • iVlogBuzz
      iVlogBuzz

      Jeeps have had radio channel up/down and volume controls on the back of the steering since the 90's

      about 2 years ago
    • Anom Amos
      Anom Amos

      How many of these have turned out to be lemons? And how does the warranty survive a trip off road?

      about 2 years ago
    • Kiwi TeeTee
      Kiwi TeeTee

      FYI: http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2017/1/12/EPA-Accuses-FCA-Of-Cheating-Diesels-In-What-Is-Being-Called-Dieselgate-2-0-7737347/ - FCA has dieselgate 2.0

      about 2 years ago
    • hondatrix
      hondatrix

      Jeep was taken to court...they changed the name from CHEAP to JEEP...POS

      about 2 years ago
    • Darren Walker
      Darren Walker

      Just Empty Every Pocket
      Just Expect Expensive Parts

      about 2 years ago
    • john harris
      john harris

      Yeah I have a 2004 Grand Cherokee- stay away from them, full of problems. Oil leaks, ball joints, windows, climate control, electrical, and now transmission. The 4.0 inline six is bulletproof, just leaks oil.

      about 2 years ago
    • Antony Borlase
      Antony Borlase In reply to john harris

      john harris you think some things may have changed in 12 years?

      about 2 years ago
    • Carl McDonald
      Carl McDonald

      to bad FCA makes shit boxs

      about 2 years ago
    • Robert DeMaio
      Robert DeMaio

      9 speed piece of shit vehicle

      about 2 years ago
    • Jim McDaniels
      Jim McDaniels

      Owning a new vehicle is for the wealthy, not just because of the purchase price but also because of the terrible reliability.
      I've read how those new auto
      transmissions with more gears are having a lot of failures in virtually all automakers and are terribly expensive to replace.
      I blame my parents for not being wealthy.
      For now, I'll stick with my '96 Buick century with 101,000 original miles and its front end looks a bit like a eagle just like the new jeep!

      about 2 years ago
    • Vipps Millennial
      Vipps Millennial

      Didn't this thing kill that star trek kid?

      about 2 years ago
    • sam rhino
      sam rhino

      The new cherokee, over designed and under powered. Weighs more, hauls less, less torque, less steal, and zero offroading capability. . . Oh how I miss the old 4.0 beasts of yesteryear. Good video though.

      about 2 years ago
    • sam rhino
      sam rhino In reply to sam rhino

      Kid, I'm not "salty", I disagree, you will run into this event throughout life. I got my numbers from wikipedia, and J.D, you get yours from no where apparently but okay I'll assume they're accurate for your sake. Even though I also assume you're trusting the horse shit the dealer claimed. Despite so, these numbers are still hardly better for the fact the last XJ rolled off the line nearly twenty years ago at this point. I expect more then ten horses and a locker of advancement in such a time span.

      I never said old things are inherently good.

      "XJ's only 10% went offroad".Where are you getting these numbers? As if you even could accurately calculate such a thing. Anyways you are aware most wrangler's never offroad either? So by your own logic why should jeep ever consider catering to offroaders period? Despite this the mpg of the modern cherokee is still garbage, so okay then, i really don't know what your point is here?

      You seem really defensive of that french fiat 4x4 pos though. And truly adamant about quoting un-sighted numbers to back yourself up. So please continue doing so, I don't care, just do me a favor a break up your text next time so it's more legible. Makes responding easier.

      Anyways I can see by your account that you're just trying to defend your first ride kid. I understand we all love our first car. Treat it right, and hopefully it'll do the same in turn.

      But your jumping to insult over providing any response to the fact your jeep still costs five times mine, and is twenty years younger for very, very minor "upgrades". The 4.0 I6 XJ was first put into use in 1986 I believe, and frankly other then losing the distributor, changed little due to its legendary reliability.

      The Kl was introduced in 2014 . . . The year J.D Power reliability ratings for jeep plummeted to the fourth lowest out of all 31 i believe. . . Since then, the 2016 rating placement has improved one whole placement, now residing at fifth least reliable brand in existence. . .

      So lets recap. The dealer claims their product is amazing, but independent reviewers find the product to be a flaming piece of shit. The truth likely lies inbetween.


      So once again peace, I harbor no hard feelings to ya, try an be a little less butthurt if ya respond again wouldya?

      about 2 years ago
    • Justin H
      Justin H In reply to sam rhino

      No wonder you're so salty and ignorant.. you can't even use google properly to find the 4500 towing and 48:1 crawl ratio. Best crawl ratio on any stock vehicle, aside from the rubicon wrangler. It's good, because it's old? You do realize this Cherokee will be old, too, right? That can't possibly even be an argument. It's only 10lbs of torque more, yes.. but much for HP for more all around performance.. better mpg.. as well as a 4.7 first gear.. that's as much as a manual tranny. Even in high range it has quick accel and a lot of pep because of that. You are very much uninformed. Xj's only 10% went off road, just like now.. so why cater to 10% when they also need to meet mpg and other criteria to compete? They have the wrangler.. the best off road vehicle there is. The new Cherokee is Jeep's best seller.. and has sold more units than the XJ year for year. The new Cherokee is like if Jeep made subarus. I've seen videos of them doing the Rubicon(no lift and lift) as well as many moab trails. 2 inch lift is all you need for an overlander anyway. MOAR LIFT IS GOOD CLEETUS!! If you're going to build a dedicated off road rig.. tow it there and built it up yourself. Google is your friend.. you just gotta be smart enough to use it.

      about 2 years ago
    • sam rhino
      sam rhino In reply to sam rhino

      So metal, cars where made of it once, if you offroad. You need metal, ground clearance, and big tires. I was totally overly hard on the new cherokee, because I'm an offroading jeep owner (weird right). But ya see offroading is a price for performance game; and a XJ is currently a fraction the price of the modern cherokee, aaand you can buy a rear locker for like 250 bucks. . .

      So basically an old XJ is a far, far more build-able, affordable, versatile offroad vehicle with a massive after market of parts from stock to absurdly oversized.

      Even a XJ stock is considered to sit rather low for legit offroading so sorry if I offended a french plastic piece of shit masquerading as jeep. You can't even find a lift kit over 3 inches for the thing.

      Also Idunno where you're getting those number's from, google, says 2000 lb towing capacity, and the largest engine choice featuring a whopping ten more pounds of torque then the ancient XJ's engine. . .

      Wow 17 years, and we managed to fit in a whole 10 lb's of torque!?

      Basically, I thoroughly disagree with your claims, and question their validity, but I just wiki'd the numbers and couldn't even find the crawl ratio, so who knowwws. Plus will always hate that fact a fiat suv is being claimed to be a jeep, so I am rather biased.

      Anyways Peace.

      about 2 years ago
    • Justin H
      Justin H In reply to sam rhino

      lol.. it actually has more torque and tows 4500, compared to 5000 in the xj. It also has a much lower crawl ratio of 48:1 compared to the xj at 32:1 and comes with a rear locker, which the xj does not. Zero off roading capability.. crazy how wrong you are with that statement. Less steel.. what a strange, useless comment. The payload capacity is 300lbs less in the kl than a xj, that is correct. The ride quality and handling, as well as the mpg are not even in the same ball park as the xj, though.

      about 2 years ago
    • Godfrey Poon
      Godfrey Poon In reply to sam rhino

      +sam rhino Ahhhh, well, works both ways!

      about 2 years ago
    • GodBotherer1
      GodBotherer1

      The Jeep is nothing more than a 4x4 Fiat. It's a piece of shit.

      about 2 years ago
    • Bro Spec
      Bro Spec In reply to GodBotherer1

      Jeeps have always been shit. Poor design , very poor build quality , poor performance. Fiat cant fix the mess

      about 2 years ago
    • Freddo Frosch
      Freddo Frosch

      Had a Jeep Cherokee KL Diesel for 6 months. Electronic gremlins, interior pieces lose, transmission issues, two snapped alternator belts. The car was involved in an accident and was written off. I'm still getting recall letters from FCA! Now driving a Santa Fe Highlander for 18 months and had the GPS/Radio unit replaced, part of the tailgate replaced and now have a faulty transmission. The Santa Fe is often praised highly, but I wouldn't purchase another one, as the quality of the car is not as good as they make it out to be. The interior quality should be much better for a car at $50K+ (AUS)

      about 2 years ago
    • Piotr Swietoslawski
      Piotr Swietoslawski

      I drove 50k in Trailhawk in two years. I did long road trips across California, Nevada, Arizona (Grand Canyon, Death Valley) twice. I have done off-roading in Death Valley, Oceano Dunes, Hollister Park, Tahoe and few smaller ones.

      Maybe I'm lucky but I haven't been in a service other than for scheduled service and oil change.
      Not a single time have I experienced any issues with the car.

      Yes, 9-speed transmission is not the best ever. First of it can hunt for the gears and second 9th gear is useless because the only time I'm able to get it to switch to it is above 90mph (145km/h). However tranny aside the engine is good, the interior is very functional with very good materials and the off-road capabilities of Trailhawk are amazing. With 4-low and aggressive AT Destination tires (stock) this thing can crawl over anything. Sure, the 8.7in (22cm) ground clearance is not going to win any 4x4 contests but it's more then adequate for fun off-roading for 99% of people. Add to this skid plates protecting your bottom and it's really hard to beat this package.

      The best part this Jeep is it does 19-22mpg (12.5-10.5 l/100km)in the city, depending on your driving style, and 25-30mpg (9.5 - 7.5 l/100km) on the highway. I have a led foot and drive 80-90mph and I still do 25mpg on the highway. When I put this on cruise control at 70mph I did 30mpg. Really? In over 4000lbs car that is 4x4 capable, with 4-low and diff lock. I think it's very good result. And when you floor it it will still do 0-60mph in less than 8 seconds thus outrunning most of SUVs in this class. Not bad at all.
      I have friends with much less off-road capable Japanese cars with anemic engines that barely can touch 10s 0-60mph let alone do 8s and they are doing the same or worse on fuel efficiency.

      The car is very comfortable and quiet. You hear very little wind noise or road noise (which is surprising considering off-road biased tires) even at 80mph. Doing a long road trips in it is just great.

      So depending what you need from the car your milage my vary when choosing from competition SUVs. If you buy it as a daily commuter and grocery car than sure something like Hyundai Santa Fe, CRV will probably be better choice. However if you want a car that you can do a long trips to remote destination that will include fair bit of off-roading than Trailhawk wins hand's down with Rav4s and Santa Fe's of the world.

      And the final word. If you decide to get new Cherokee seriously go for the Trailhawk. This is by far the best looking of the bunch it's also best equipped and most fun to drive.
      Frankly I think that regular versions just look quite unimpressive if not outright ugly. There are seemingly few little changes to bumpers, lift, wheels but they render Trailhawk looking like a completely different car.
      And under no circumstances choose the pathetic 2.4l engine...3.2V6 is the way to go with Trailhawk.

      about 2 years ago
    • R. Malik
      R. Malik

      Love jeep

      about 2 years ago
    • Bro Spec
      Bro Spec In reply to R. Malik

      Tow truck operator? Scrap metal dealer?

      about 2 years ago