Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT VS 2012 Jeep Grand Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT

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2012 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged offers optional Collision Mitigation by Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Grand Cherokee offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Sport. But it costs extra on the Grand Cherokee.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Range Rover Sport comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Grand Cherokee’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Range Rover Sport comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years 50,000 miles. Land Rover will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Jeep doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Grand Cherokee.

The Range Rover Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Grand Cherokee’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Land Rover pays for scheduled maintenance on the Range Rover Sport for 1 year and 15000 miles. Land Rover will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Grand Cherokee.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Range Rover Sport have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Range Rover Sport has a standard 850 amp battery. The Grand Cherokee’s 750 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Land Rover vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Land Rover 32nd in reliability. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 33rd.

Engine Comparison

The Range Rover Sport’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 85 more horsepower (375 vs. 290) and 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (375 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Range Rover Sport’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 15 more horsepower (375 vs. 360) than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8. The Range Rover Sport Supercharged’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 150 more horsepower (510 vs. 360) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 390) than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Range Rover Sport Supercharged is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8:

Range Rover Sport

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

7.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.4 sec

19.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.6 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.7 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.6 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

143 MPH

112 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Range Rover Sport’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Grand Cherokee:

Torque

Range Rover Sport 5.0 DOHC V8

3500 RPM

Range Rover Sport Supercharged 5.0 V8

2500 RPM

Grand Cherokee 3.6 DOHC V6

4800 RPM

Grand Cherokee 5.7 V8

4250 RPM

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Grand Cherokee:

Range Rover Sport HSE

Range Rover Sport Supercharged

Grand Cherokee

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

14.3 inches

12.6 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

Range Rover Sport

Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Range Rover Sport has larger standard tires than the Grand Cherokee (255/50R19 vs. 245/70R17). The Range Rover Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Grand Cherokee (275/40R20 vs. 265/50R20).

The Range Rover Sport HSE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Range Rover Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport HSE has standard 19 inch wheels. Smaller 17 inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Range Rover Sport offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Grand Cherokee, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Jeep doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Grand Cherokee.

The Range Rover Sport offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Grand Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged handles at .79 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 7.8 MPH faster than the Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 (61.5 vs. 53.7 MPH).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Grand Cherokee (8.9 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Range Rover Sport Supercharged is quieter than the Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 (72 vs. 74 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Range Rover Sport has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat folded (71 vs. 68.7 cubic feet).

The Range Rover Sport’s cargo area is larger than the Grand Cherokee’s in almost every dimension:

Range Rover Sport

Grand Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

39”/69”

38.5”/71”

Max Width

48”

47”

Min Width

44.1”

41”

Height

37.1”

33.5”

Ergonomics Comparison

The Range Rover Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Range Rover Sport to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Sport has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Range Rover Sport offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Range Rover Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Range Rover Sport will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Grand Cherokee.

Range Rover Sport

Grand Cherokee

Four Year

27% to 32%

25% to 26%

Two Year

47% to 52%

41% to 43%

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