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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5
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PROS

Strong off-road ability, good standard equipment levels, decent diesel models

CONS

Thirsty petrol engines, dated and low-rent interior, not particularly spacious, lacks sophistication on road

Verdict

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

Short wheelbase makes reversing with a trailer easier; much more manouvreable. Read owner review

Boot was great for me, having two dogs, the spilt hatch and the side opening allows easy access and... Read owner review

In the snow we had it was absolutely awesome, the whole package is well thought through and... Read owner review

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