After nearly five years in the market, Jeep unveiled the facelifted fifth-gen Cherokee at the beginning of the year.
The SUV has a few visual updates on the outside and, more importantly, a new 2.0-liter turbo-four with 270 hp (274 PS / 201 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque, which sounds promising on paper.
Nevertheless, in the real world, the mill failed to impress Consumer Reports, which called it underpowered. Also, the 9-speed automatic gearbox isn’t smooth and responsive, the handling feels sluggish and the ride is stiff.
Things don’t look promising off the beaten path, either, as despite benefiting from a system that alters the all-wheel drive system’s behavior depending on the surface, the latest Cherokee won’t do any serious rock-climbing.
It’s not all bad news, as the vehicle has a nicely put together cabin that gives it an upmarket vibe. The front seats are comfortable, the rear seats have an upright posture that should be appreciated by most users, the infotainment is intuitive and boot space is on the good side.
All in all, then, the revamped Cherokee has some nice features, but also a lot of negatives, as you can see in the review that follows.