Used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 1993 - 2001 review

Category: Large SUV

Lots of kudos but it's poor in too many areas

Used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 1993 - 2001
  • Used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 1993 - 2001
  • Used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 1993 - 2001
Used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 1993 - 2001 review
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What's the used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 like?

With the possible exception of Land Rover, Jeep is just about the most famous name in off-roading. Like all the company's products, the Cherokee is a very good off-roader. It looks the part, too - tough, rough and rugged.

Unfortunately, it's too rough on the road. The ride is uncomfortable, the steering vague and there's too much body roll in corners. To cap it all, the engines are very noisy. Unless you particularly want a car to go off-road, you'll be better off in something like a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V.


Lots of kudos but it's poor in too many areas

  • Image
  • genuine ability off-road
  • good equipment
  • Costs a lot to run
  • cramped
  • poor reliability

The cabin is also far from impressive. The dashboard is a pain to use because of its poor ergonomics, the seats don't give enough support and the view out isn't great.

Worst of all, for such a big car, the rear and boot are both very cramped. Access is also awkward to the rear seats.

Ownership cost

What used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Jeep Cherokee 4x4?

Buying a Cherokee isn't too expensive. Compared with the likes of the CR-V, RAV4 and even the Land Rover Freelander, it's a pretty cheap used car.

However, the running costs - and its fuel economy, in particular - are far less attractive. You'll struggle to get as much as 20mpg from the 4.0-litre model, and even the diesel can't do any better than 30mpg in everyday motoring. Almost every rival can do better than that.

Likewise, insurance and routine maintenance costs are pretty dear, and on a par with larger cars such as the Land Rover Discovery. If you're looking at the Cherokee as an alternative to a mainstream family car, you're in for a shock.

Just about the only consolation is that labour rates at Jeep dealers are only a little higher than average.

Our recommendations

Which used Jeep Cherokee 4x4 should I buy?

There were only ever three engines in the Cherokee, and biggest is best. Ignore the two 2.5-litre units and head straight for the six-cylinder 4.0-litre.

Of these two 2.5-litre units, the diesel at least has reasonable fuel economy - well, if you can call 30mpg reasonable. The sluggish 2.5 petrol is best avoided.

As long as you steer clear of the most basic Sport model, and buy a Limited version, you'll get plenty of equipment, including air-con. A range-topping Orvis version was introduced in March 1999 (T-reg onwards), but the Limited is so well equipped it's not worth spending the extra few hundred quid.

Because of the car's age, most models are now outside the Jeep network, so it's essential you shop around to find a good car. Look out for a full history and avoid any car that looks as if it's been neglected.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Jeep Cherokee 4x4?