Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2013 Mercedes G-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2013 Mercedes G-Class

Safety Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee has standard child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The G-Class doesn’t offer child safety locks.

The Grand Cherokee has standard Reactive Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Reactive Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The G-Class doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Grand Cherokee’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The G-Class doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

To help make backing safer, the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The G-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Grand Cherokee uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The G-Class uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

The Grand Cherokee’s gas tank is mounted inside the frame rails in front of the rear axle to optimally protect the fuel tank in a collision. The Mercedes G-Class’ gas tank is mounted behind the rear axle, where it is more susceptible to rear collisions.

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

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Grand Cherokee as a “Top Pick,” a rating only granted to 170 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The G-Class has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the G-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the G-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Grand Cherokee’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than the G-Class’ (5/100,000 vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 9 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Grand Cherokee has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Grand Cherokee optional and 220 optional). The G-Class’ 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 391) than the G550’s standard 5.5 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Grand Cherokee V6 diesel 4WD gets better fuel mileage than the G550 with its standard engine (21 city/28 hwy vs. 12 city/15 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Grand Cherokee 4x4 V8 gets better fuel mileage than the G550 (14 city/20 hwy vs. 12 city/15 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee V8’s fuel efficiency. The G-Class doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Grand Cherokee uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The G-Class requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The G-Class doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Grand Cherokee’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the G-Class:

Grand Cherokee

G-Class

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

10.7 inches

The Grand Cherokee’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the G550 are solid, not vented.

The Grand Cherokee stops much shorter than the G-Class:

Grand Cherokee

G-Class

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

210 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Mercedes G-Class’ solid front axle, which allows the Grand Cherokee’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For superior ride and handling, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mercedes G-Class has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Grand Cherokee offers an optional automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Grand Cherokee’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The G-Class doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Grand Cherokee has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the G-Class.

The Grand Cherokee V6/Diesel has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The G-Class doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the G-Class (114.8 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Grand Cherokee is 4.3 inches wider in the front and 4.5 inches wider in the rear than on the G-Class.

The Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the G550 pulls only .61 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee’s turning circle is 6.4 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (37.1 feet vs. 43.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the G-Class (8.6 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Grand Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Grand Cherokee Quadra-Lift’s minimum ground clearance is 3.2 inches higher than on the G-Class (11.3 vs. 8.1 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 900 pounds less than the Mercedes G-Class.

The Grand Cherokee is 7.5 inches shorter in height than the G-Class, making the Grand Cherokee much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction makes the Grand Cherokee’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The G-Class doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

The design of the Jeep Grand Cherokee amounts to more than styling. The Grand Cherokee has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .371 Cd. That is significantly lower than the G-Class (.54). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Grand Cherokee get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Grand Cherokee has standard flush composite headlights. The G-Class has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 is quieter than the G550:

Grand Cherokee

G-Class

At idle

45 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee has 5 inches more front shoulder room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the G-Class.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Grand Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The G-Class’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The G-Class’ swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

The Grand Cherokee’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The G-Class’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Grand Cherokee offers an optional power rear cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The G-Class doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The G-Class doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Grand Cherokee offers a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The G-Class doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Grand Cherokee’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The G-Class does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

Keyless Enter-N-Go standard on the Grand Cherokee allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mercedes G-Class doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Grand Cherokee has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the G-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The G-Class doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The G-Class’ cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Grand Cherokee Summit’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Grand Cherokee has standard extendable sun visors. The G-Class doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Grand Cherokee’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The G-Class’ power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Grand Cherokee offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The G-Class has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The G-Class doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Grand Cherokee offers optional rear seat controls for the radio that can play a separate audio source. The G-Class doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Grand Cherokee owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Grand Cherokee will cost $9780 to $12445 less than the G-Class over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be $54177 to $65925 less than for the Mercedes G-Class.

The headlight lenses on the Grand Cherokee are made of plastic to be lighter, more resistant to damage and less expensive to replace than the glass headlight lenses on the G-Class.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Grand Cherokee

G-Class

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

n/a

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

0

 The Grand Cherokee is ranked first in its class and received the 2012 “Total Quality Award.” The G-Class is not ranked.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Mercedes G-Class by almost seventy to one during the 2013 model year.

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