Jeep Cherokee Limited Diesel: Tow Test

By: Philip Lord, Photography by: Jack Murphy

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Sophisticated and feature packed, the Jeep Cherokee Limited Diesel offers great fuel economy, a fine towing performance, and offroad capabilities.

If you overlook the curious mix of offroad features, the standard equipment list reads well for a prospective Cherokee buyer.

For the $49,000 price (plus extras and on-road costs), the Limited Diesel is extremely good value. Standard equipment includes seven airbags, traction and stability control with ERM (rollover mitigation), and ABS with both on-road and offroad calibration.


There is a comprehensive suite of up-to-the-minute driver-assist gear, such as Forward Collision Warning-Plus, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection.

There are also 18in alloy wheels, Xenon HID headlights with washers, stop and start, leather interior, heated and cooled front seats, climate control and sat/nav.

The Limited’s interior is a sumptuous place to be, with the LCD instrument panel and large information screen on the centre stack being the first indication that this is the latest in in-car technology, especially at this price point. Seating is comfortable, although front-seat side support could be better. The driver’s position takes a while to set up, because despite the variable seat and steering wheel adjustments, it feels a little like you need long arms and short legs to get it right.

The array of multimedia, cabin comfort and electronic driver’s aids takes a while to learn, so this is one vehicle where a thorough read of the owners’ manual is a good idea. But you could just get in and drive without much problem – the only button that’s hard to find is the fuel flap release (it’s hidden under the armrest on the driver’s door).


Weights and measures

  • Length 4624mm
  • Width 1859mm
  • Height 1634mm
  • Wheelbase 2700mm
  • Ground clearance 185mm
  • Kerb mass 1854kg
  • Gross Vehicle Mass 2495kg
  • Gross Combined Mass 4495kg
  • Towing capacity (unbraked/braked) 450kg/2393kg
  • Towball (max) 239kg


  • Engine 2L four-cylinder turbodiesel
  • Transmission Nine-speed automatic
  • Power 125kW at 4000rpm
  • Torque 350Nm at 1750rpm
  • Gear ratios
  • 1 4.70
  • 2 2.84
  • 3 1.91
  • 4 1.38
  • 5 1.00
  • 6 0.81
  • 7 0.70
  • 8 0.58
  • 9 0.48
  • Rev 3.83
  • High/Low 1.00/2.92
  • Final Drive 3.16

Options fitted

  • Towbar and electric brake controller


  • Fuel capacity 60L
  • Suspension Independent MacPherson strut (front); four-link, coil springs (rear)
  • Brakes Ventilated discs (front); solid discs (rear)
  • Wheels 7.5x18in alloy
  • Warranty Three years/100,000km
  • Roof load 68kg


  • $49,000

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The full test appears in Caravan World #537, May 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!