A four-wheel-drive vehicle was a necessity when transporting large numbers of people (including luggage) to remote areas, handling inclement weather or towing heavy trailers. However, when it came to parking in the inner city or cruising along the motorway this was far from the case. In the beginning, SUVs were valued chiefly for their “utility” capability above “sport” – potential buyers required skill and an inordinate amount of wealth in order to keep the vehicle fueled.
This all evolved with the arrival of the Jeep Cherokee. Its compact dimensions and classic styling made it an immediate success amongst the buying public. Its capability, versatility and nimble nature have further ensured its success, allowing the Cherokee to not only negotiate a tight trail, but also handle exceptionally well in towns and cities whether in rush-hour traffic or parallel parking.
The Jeep continues to be unrivalled in its off-road capabilities, whilst still providing a very respectable performance on-road in terms of acceleration and handling, producing an overall firmer and sportier ride. It’s a reliable workhorse with impressive maneuverability and handy off-road agility. The Jeep Cherokee is essentially concerned with practicality, and as a result, the interior is low maintenance and devoid of gimmicks. It is not a big car and proves to be particularly manoeuvrable in city traffic, or for that matter, on tighter bush tracks. It is well worth considering for those who live in the outlying areas of a city.
The Cherokee is also particularly adept at negotiating country roads, as it grips the road well and rides respectably. It provides a set of features, compact dimensions and a good blend of on- and off-road ability, which is supplemented by an extremely economical diesel engine. Jeep’s Cherokee is a very useful vehicle, eminently practical at an attractive price.
Initially designed as a hard-core off-road vehicle preoccupied with cliff-scrambling abilities, Jeep have modified the Cherokee so that it is easier to use around town, whist still retaining the essence of what makes it, in short, a real Jeep. They believed that there was a market for a four-wheel-drive SUV that, whilst rugged and agile, also provided more civility, refinement, efficiency and comfort. The all-new Jeep Cherokee makes for a supple ride, better grip and steering. The engine is much quieter, smoother and more fuel-efficient, cruising purposefully on the motorway. In the bush too, the diesel comes into its own, handling extreme off-road work easily.
The classic Jeep styling, with its bold, seven-slot grille set between round headlights has been retained, with some more modern detailing. But whilst the new Cherokee is undoubtedly a far cry from previous models, it is still an off-road vehicle that some may use as a family car.
Judged against its peers, the Jeep Cherokee is right up there with the best of them due to its phenomenal off-road credentials. As far as family transport goes, all the limitations that apply to any four-wheel-drive sports-utility vehicle equally apply to the Cherokee.