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Re: Australian MY14 KL Cherokee thread

Test drove one yesterday. Well, actually two as the first one had some odd rotational knocking coming from the front right and left rear when I drove it over about 40 (not a good start)

Based on pics, I wasn't sure I'd actually like the front but I must say, they look much better in the flesh and dare I say it, dates the GC a little. I viewed the sport and two longitudes angled parked next to a new GC Larado which made it quite easy to compare front/rear and sides after I drove one out. I couldn't say the Cherokee looked like a baby GC, it has it own rear and distinct front but on side profile, resembled a GC.

Interior wise, the dash is baby GC but looks more upmarket with the stitching across the dash top even on sport model although the standard centre screen is a little small/low rent, door trims and seats are more in keeping with funkier SUVs but still have nice wood like trim and of course, the front passenger seat has the storage underneath and folds down.

Spec wise some oddities, I'm only bothered with the longitude though. Push button start is an option and appears to be part of a whopping $3k tech pack, does give remote start though. Electric tailgate is standard, I'd prefer push/remote start over electric tailgate like Laredo myself. Reverse sensors and a dealer fit (I suspect dodgy) reverse cam. Was told it had heated mirrors too but not sure on that, it did have a button to fold mirrors in when parking. Not sure what is and isn't correct though as the two sales people I spoke too didn't appear to be up to speed on the specs and had only just come back from the sales familiarity course in Melbourne which seemed to consist of driving the trail hawk through muddy tracks!

Took a second latitude for a test drive, first thing I noticed was the footwell was fairly small, no foot brake as it's electric, but also no room for one and I don't recall a foot rest. Can't say much about how it drives, but for 200kw, it's fairly docile but what did surprise me was the lower gear shifts were quite noticeable. Ride was reasonably firm, but not unnecessarily so and On par with a new RAV4 I had for two days.

So, what I did next was drove a GC Laredo for comparison purposes , apart from the immediately noticeable size difference, the GC gave a more commanding view of the road, it's trans was way smoother (it was a demo with 2k on the clock so run in nicely) and the ride were appreciably more refined in my view.

Two things that I was a little surprised by was its fuel economy, only .4/litre less than a petrol GC and secondly the price, quoted $43k drive away for a latitude, I'm sure they can improve on this a fair bit though but it's not far off base GC pricing.

I walked away still preferring the GC but Cherokee is a nice compromise if you like the handsome Jeep look but the wife likes a smaller vehicle
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Re: Australian MY14 KL Cherokee thread

Good review Kizz302.

- the screen on the Sport is the 5". Hate it being so small but that is because I come from the Grand. The Limited has the 8" so that was a 'no choice' option for us.

- The Reverse Camera (Parksense tm) is standard and factory fitted on the Trailhawk and Limited.

It is a 'Late Availability' option for the Sport and Longitude according to Jeep AU website. (I sense more grief coming here akin to the Laredo GC owners debarcle with regards to the rear camera). I read this in the spec's and thought ... 'Here we go again... I'm not sure what 'late availability' means in regards to timelines but I sincerely hope the that Park Sense camera is delivered as per the specs to buyers of the Sport and Longitude. It is interesting to note, that not a word nor pic of the reversing camera is mentioned in the brochure.

- And yes, there is no foot rest.

If you only needed one vehicle then the Grand would be the obvious choice. As a second smaller vehicle, it is perfect.

As far as fuel economy goes, the 2.0L CRD is coming in at 5.8/100 combined although is a late release - probably looking at Sept/Oct 2014.
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the front passenger seat has the storage underneath
Just adding further with regards to the 'flip 'n stow' storage under the front passenger seat - if you opt for Vented seats (Lux option on the Limited), then you lose this stowage. That is where they put the fan unit.
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Re: Australian MY14 KL Cherokee thread

Hi SJandL, I was travelling to Wilpena pound last week in my GC limited and a convoy of approx 10 new Cherokees were travelling in the opposite direction, looked quite nice in the flesh. When we arrived at Wilpeena pound there were probably another 15 to 20 Cherokees parked at the pound, of all models and colours and all Victorian registered. Went to the carpark trying to find someone to have a chat but not a person in sight.

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Hi SJandL, I was travelling to Wilpeena pound last week in my GC limited and a convoy of approx 10 new Cherokees were travelling in the opposite direction, looked quite nice in the flesh. When we arrived at Wilpeena pound there were probably another 15 to 20 Cherokees parked at the pound, of all models and colours and all Victorian registered. Went to the carpark trying to find someone to have a chat but not a person in sight.

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I would have liked to see that sight Graeme.

I think you must have seen the media launch. They flew them from Adelaide to Hawker field to test the Sport and then on to Willow Springs station to test the Trailhawk.
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Re: Australian MY14 KL Cherokee thread

I figured it was a media launch or a dealer drive day. It was on the highway between Hawker and Wilpena pound that we spotted the convoy.
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Re: Australian MY14 KL Cherokee thread

I am thinking about buying a Limited, but our dealer doesn't have one to look at.

The Limited has interior "premium accent inserts" - I have looked online and in the brochure but just what is the difference ?

I was pleasantly surprised how nice the KL was to drive. Lots of tech available which is good. Loved the uConnect system.
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I am thinking about buying a Limited, but our dealer doesn't have one to look at.

The Limited has interior "premium accent inserts" - I have looked online and in the brochure but just what is the difference ?

I was pleasantly surprised how nice the KL was to drive. Lots of tech available which is good. Loved the uConnect system.
Hi Softsand and welcome to JG.

With regards to the 'Premium Interior Accents - XSV code' listed against the Limited vs the Longitude I'm not sure either. It's a bit vague in its description isn't it.

It is not a code that Milous has listed anywhere in his '14 or '15 specs that I can find either but maybe he can help if he sees this post.

Milous - can you shed any light on the specifics of the XSV code for us if possible?

It is page 3 of this Australian spec PDF - Limited versus Longitude (US Latitude)

http://www.jeep.com.au/en/2014/cherokee/model_specs.pdf

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I didn't see any kangaroos. .
I didn't see any much of anything there IBAJ. First clue is 'Near one of Australia's oldest mining towns'

Found this weird review by a RAC guy:

RAC Blog New Car Review: 2014 Jeep Cherokee - RAC Blog
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