Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 BMW X5 VS 2014 Jeep Grand Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 BMW X5

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2014 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All Wheel Drive is standard on the X5. But it costs extra on the Grand Cherokee.

The X5’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The X5 offers an optional Top View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the X5 and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X5 is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:


Grand Cherokee

Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.6 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

84 G’s

182 G’s

Hip Force

138 lbs.

215 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

572 lbs.

612 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The X5 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 X5 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. BMW 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 X5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Grand Cherokee’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW 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 X5 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X5 has larger alternators than the Grand Cherokee:


Grand Cherokee

Standard Alternator

210 amps

160 amps

Optional Alternator

220 amps

180 amps

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 20th in reliability. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 30th.

Engine Comparison

The X5 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (300 vs. 290) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 40 more horsepower (400 vs. 360) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (450 vs. 390) than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 25 more horsepower (265 vs. 240) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (425 vs. 420) than the Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

As tested in Car and Driver the X5 xDrive35d is faster than the Grand Cherokee diesel (automatic transmissions tested):


Grand Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

84 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35i gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee 4x4 V8 (16 city/23 hwy vs. 14 city/20 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Grand Cherokee:

X5 xDrive35i

X5 xDrive50i

Grand Cherokee

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

15.2 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

The X5 stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:


Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

149 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X5 has larger standard tires than the Grand Cherokee (255/55R18 vs. 245/70R17). The X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Grand Cherokee (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 265/50R20).

The X5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The X5’s optional 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X5 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the X5 flat and controlled during cornering. The Grand Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The X5 offers an optional 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 X5 xDrive35i handles at .89 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X5 xDrive35i performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 4.1 MPH faster than the Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 (57.8 vs. 53.7 MPH).

The X5 xDrive35i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Grand Cherokee (8.7 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the X5 xDrive35d is quieter than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (43 vs. 45 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Grand Cherokee can only carry 5.

The X5 has 1.3 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Grand Cherokee.

The front step up height for the X5 is 1 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee (19.5” vs. 20.5”). The X5’s rear step up height is 1.3 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee’s (19.5” vs. 20.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X5’s cargo area provides more volume than the Grand Cherokee.


Grand Cherokee

Second Seat Folded

75.2 cubic feet

68.3 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X5 easier. The X5’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 33.2 inches.

The X5’s cargo area is larger than the Grand Cherokee’s in almost every dimension:


Grand Cherokee

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Ergonomics Comparison

The X5 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the X5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Grand Cherokee can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X5’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’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X5 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.

Optional BMW Apps for the X5 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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