My Jeep Cherokee just wants to sing to me, all the time…

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Lordy, I think I’ve clocked up considerably more miles in the Cherokee than intended. The crazy beep alarm is still driving me nuts (I think it’s a speed camera warning) but now that sound has been joined by something even less melodic.

The tyre pressure monitoring system suddenly let me know today that there was absolutely no air on the rear near-side wheel at all. All rather unnverving when you are tootling along at 70mph.

Anyway, as expected, the pressure was fine but there is now a fault warning that occasionally sounds and makes me wonder if I really have run over an armour-plated hedgehog.

We’ve done a good 800 miles now in thick fog, down icy tracks and at high speed on the M1. The Jeep is a perfectly adequate SUV but I’m not sure it would stop me buying the visually more appealing Range Rover Evoque.

I guess it’s horses for course…

 

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The Jeep Cherokee is easy on the eye… but not the ears

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My slit-eyed SUV is appealing to the local great and good taking part in today’s shoot. Not sure it’s the macho appearance of the Cherokee, more the cool, green colour.

That said, I really don’t ‘feel’ like I’m driving a £40k vehicle. Last week’s Volvo S90 was cheaper but it had a more luxurious touch. Or maybe I’m just getting old…

The hunt crew like a rufty-tufty 4×4 and, of course, I do know the Cherokee will cut it in the rough stuff. You can change the drive settings on the move so that it performs better on mud or snow.

There’s also a ‘Sport’ setting which I recommend you switch on every time the car is started. It gives the Jeep a dose of power sadly missing from the standard mode.

Oh and the beeping noise continues to annoy. Any idea why? Answers on an email please…

The beeping truth about driving home for Christmas in a Jeep Cherokee

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I’ve done the driving home for Christmas bit – Jeep, dog and myself heading off with the rest of Britain for a few days.

Cherokee is pulling plenty of admiring looks but inside it’s a different story. I’m frustrated – not by the performance or comfort. No, it’s one of those warning alarms that I can’t turn off.

In fact, I can’t find the source for hundreds of miles. Which means every Christmas track I play is interupted with a double beep, for mile after mile after mile.

I’ve turned off the lane departure warning system, the Drive Assist, speed camera warning – I’ve even checked the all the doors are properly closed.

And now I’m back home and the bloody thing is still bleeping. Infuriating…

Jeep Cherokee – the strange case of the angled steering wheel…

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Can’t deny the interior of the Cherokee isn’t a step up from previous versions. This Anniversary Edition has stitches of leather too – and a whopping sunroof.

Try as I might, however, I can’t quite get the driving position right. Me – 5ft 10ins / Car – multi-electric seats and bolsters. What’s the problem?

Turns out to be the angle of the steering wheel. Despite telescopic adjustment, it won’t quite sit at 90 degrees to my torso. So it feels like I’m driving a bus rather than a plush SUV.

I’m also bamboozled by the infotainment system. With controls for the heated seats among a rash of options, it’s a tad overcomplicated. I guess you’d get used to it but there are enough buttons and dials beneath the screen to suggest a more user-friendly set-up might have been found.

Otherwise the Cherokee has lots of cubby holes and huge arm-rest bin – plus one of the top of the dash itself. It’s a decent place to sit but that driving position is going to bug me…

It’s all about the colour, sweetie… Jeep’s cool Cherokee paint job

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Forget the squinty headlights and tiny wheels, what makes the Cherokee 75th edition stand out on arrival is the colour!

There are six paint pots to choose from but ours came wrapped for Christmas in Recon Green – and it totally looks the part.

Manufacturers seem to have lost the plot when it comes to paint these days. But I’d rather pay a little extra to have something to make a car stand out from the crowd.

The 75th Edition Cherokee scores massively on style, especially as most mid-size SUVs look like they were designed by a child working with a pen-knife and cardboard box.

Good start then but I’m already wondering why the internet is littered with three star reviews for the Cherokee. I wonder what’s inside…