The 2014 Jeep Cherokee comes with either 138bhp or 168bhp, the more powerful engine also happens to come with the new nine-speed automatic gearbox.
It’s a pretty good combination, with nice, smooth shifts from the auto box, probably due to the fact it has 40 different maps or programs and switches between them depending on your driving style.
As a Jeep, the Cherokee is touted as having best-in-class off-road credentials – especially if you go for the flagship Trailhawk model. But on-road manners are undoubtedly more important and Jeep says it has worked hard on improving those too. On the road the suspension is soft enough to keep the ride comfortable but there is a slight disconnect between car and driver in the bends. The body rolls a little too much and the steering feels too numb to give you the kind of involvement you get from a BMW X3, for example.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a massive style departure from the boxy Jeep Liberty that it replaces. This means that it is perhaps the most polarizing Jeep design in decades.