Prices that start at £32,630 and rise by almost five figures from there position the Cherokee at the expensive end of the non-premium-brand ranks for compact crossovers. It’s a position that Jeep clearly thinks is justified by the brand’s authenticity, backed up as it is by fairly generous standard kit levels.
Our sources predict that one car we tested, a 2.0 140 Limited, will retain just 30.05 percent of its original showroom price after three years and 36,000 miles, while cheaper rivals retain 16 percent more.
Rarely do we see such alarming figures for a new car – and they’ll have a crippling effect on contract hire rates as well as on the case to buy for private individuals.
Insurance ratings are also five groups higher for the Jeep than they are for some of its competition, while CO2 emissions, though competitive, are far from outstanding.
Our fuel economy test results for the 140 diesel-engined Cherokee suggest that it occupies a place in the middle of the class in terms of efficiency. A 43.2mpg result in our touring test is acceptable enough, but there are now more than a handful of similar family 4x4s that can better it.
If you're set on a Cherokee, keep the initial outlay modest and the financial pain will be minimised a few years down the line. That means Longitude spec, but go with the 168bhp engine and the nine-speed auto 'box for optimal economy and cruising refinement.