Topping the Cherokee range is the luxury new ‘Overland’ model, providing sophisticated style, elegant interiors, premium equipment, whilst of course retaining the Jeep brand’s legendary off-road capability.

2016 Jeep® Cherokee OverlandMuscular and sturdy, yet curvaceous too, this latest version of the much loved model boasts plenty of curb appeal and is most pleasing to the eye with its polished bright front grille, new body-coloured door cladding, front and rear bumpers and wheel arches, 18-inch polished bright aluminium wheels. Plus standard HID bi-xenon headlamps, and Overland badge on its tailgate too. In addition to Deep Cherry Red, it’s available in

Bright White, Brilliant Black and Billet Silver.

Slip inside and you’ll find a spacious, light and airy cabin, affording ample head, leg and shoulder room for all occupants. Visibility is excellent and the seats super comfortable – especially the powered Nappa leather ventilated and heated driver and front passenger seats with four-way lumbar adjustment – the driver’s seat memorises your favourite positions and mirror set up. The new new steering wheel has a wood insert, anodized silver bezels and vent surrounds, and Berber mats project the floor. There are two interior colour schemes – Morocco Black Nappa Leather, or a brand new Pearl coloured Nappa Leather finish. Both interiors come at no additional cost and each carries the signature Overland logo in premium stitching on the front seats. Also as standard are a stylish panoramic sunroof, power tailgate and ParkSense front and rear reverse assist system

The focus on occupant comfort and enjoyment continues with entertainment courtesy of a powerful Alpine Premium sound system, while there’s also a Uconnect radio with 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth and GPS navigation.

On test the car proved perfect for busy family life – and provided hours of off road fun tackling byways filled with mud and ruts with genuine ease. The boot is roomy and coped with all sorts of kit and shopping, and even when used for a couple of long motorway journeys, ferried the family to the destination and back in a decent level comfort – insulated from excessive road, wind and engine noise. The spritely 2.2-litre MultiJet II 200 horsepower turbo diesel engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission in either Active Drive I or Active Drive II 4WD is more than adequate for anything the car’s asked of. It has a 0-62mph sprint time of 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 127mph. Economy and emissions-wise, the Euro 6 unit has a 149g/km CO2 figure, due to an improved final drive ratio when compared with the MY15 Cherokee, and a fuel economy of 50.4 mpg.

Over all, an easy to live with, versatile, practical and capable car, that was thoroughly enjoyed by drivers and passengers alike. www.jeep.co.uk

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