Go for the real deal
IF you don't want what importers Chrysler describe as a "Jeep Imitation", then look here first.
The implication is clear; there are cheaper used luxury four-wheel drives (though not many) but none that can match 'the genuine article'.
A vehicle that's loaded with equipment and ability (both on and off-road).
Most people find the styling attractive too, if a bit angular.
The roof is a bit low for back-seat passengers and the boot a little on the small size, but Jeep would steer you in the direction of the bigger Grand Cherokee if these were major annoyances for you.
The turbo diesels need their oil changed far more regularly than the petrol models so check the vehicle's service records to make sure the former owners have done so.
The interiors are, in the main, well assembled, but check that all the 'convenience' features (electric windows, etc) live up to that name. Check the sunroof, door-locks and mirrors for trouble-free operation.
Like most 4X4's, it's a compromised vehicle which must be equally at home on tarmac as chassis-deep in mud.
As such, it does a good job of handling motorway driving, city crawls and backroad bends but the ride is on the bouncy side and body lean typical of most off-roaders.
Performance is brisk with the 4.0-litre engine, but a little leisurely with the four-cylinder petrol or diesel motors.
As an all-rounder, the Cherokee makes a good effort at what is a difficult task – driving like a car yet having the ability to tackle forest trails and muddy hills should the owner's mood take them.
It's usefully smaller than a Land Rover Discovery, yet off-road, ultimately less able.
That won't matter too much to most of us, so if you like your all-road vehicles American-style, the Cherokee could be for you.