Strong off-road ability, good standard equipment levels, decent diesel models
Thirsty petrol engines, dated and low-rent interior, not particularly spacious, lacks sophistication on road
The 2001 Cherokee was a departure from the endearingly boxy design of its predecessor - so much that the company had to give it a different name, Jeep Liberty, in North America. The rounded styling at the front gives the Cherokee a less rugged look than before, but it's certainly as capable an off-road tool as ever. Marketed as a rival to top-end first-generation Land Rover Freelanders and Toyota RAV4s, the Cherokee feels a rather less sophisticated performer, being noisy, thirsty and feeling top heavy.
It also lacks the interior space of cars like the Honda CR-V and Nissan X-Trail while few of the engines manage to return acceptable economy.
What owners say about this car
Great tow car, loads of power, will keep going long after new designed 4x4s get stuck. Claimed it will do... Read owner review
2.8 crd sport Likea the look of the liberty, very different from other vehicles. Round head lights throwback to old... Read owner review
Short wheelbase makes reversing with a trailer easier; much more manouvreable. Read owner review