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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The 4.0-litre model is the only one with any performance to speak of. 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol is almost as poor on fuel economy as the 4.0-litre six-cylinder, with lacklustre performance. Four-cylinder 2.5 TD offers adequate performance with acceptable fuel economy, but is rather noisy.

The Cherokee’s relatively low roof height equates to a low centre of gravity for an off-roader. It means less body roll than you might expect and many people will find the Cherokee easy to drive. Two-wheel drive mode means rear-wheel drive, which can result in the rear end stepping out on greasy junctions or roundabouts, particularly in the 4.0-litre version, and steering is vague.