Jeep Cherokee SUV (2014-2019) - Practicality & boot space
Large boot and sliding rear seats help make the Jeep Cherokee pretty practical
People buy SUVs like the Cherokee as family cars because of the extra space and practicality they offer, as well as the better visibility and perceived safety afforded by the extra ride height. Therefore, this is an area where the Cherokee has to excel in order to succeed in what is an exceptionally competitive class.
Jeep Cherokee interior space & storage
The Cherokee’s considerable exterior proportions aren't really translated into a spacious interior. Legroom is a little tight in the back seats, despite the fact that you can slide them back and forth, although headroom is fine, even for tall passengers.
Rear passengers also get a 12V power socket, while there are also a variety of cubbyholes dotted around the interior, including a glovebox (although this is a bit small), door bins and a cubby in the front armrest. There’s also a fairly shallow storage space on top of the dashboard, but it’s so small that we struggle to really see the point of it.
Thanks to the Jeep Cherokee's sliding rear seats, owners can choose between maximum boot space or more rear legroom as needed. Boot space with the rear bench as far back as it will go is 570 litres, but sliding it forward increases that to 714 litres. This is about on par with the rest of the class.
Folding the rear seats flat gives the car a 1,267-litre luggage capacity, which is actually smaller than the boot of the Audi Q3 – a car from the class below – with the seats down, but the boot does have a conveniently low lip, making it easier to load heavy or awkward items.
Being an SUV, the Cherokee needs to be able to tow, and it’s pretty impressive in this regard. Even the entry-level front-wheel-drive model can haul up to 1,800kg, while 192bhp, 2.2-litre diesel models with permanent four-wheel drive can tow up to 2,495kg.