Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2014 Audi Q5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2014 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Grand Cherokee offers optional Uconnect Access, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q5 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Q5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 11 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Grand Cherokee’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Q5’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 Q5’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Grand Cherokee has more powerful engines than the Q5:

Horsepower

Torque

Grand Cherokee 3.6 DOHC V6

290 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Grand Cherokee 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

Q5 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

220 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

245 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

Q5 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6

272 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee V8’s fuel efficiency. The Q5 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 Q5 requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Grand Cherokee has 5.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Grand Cherokee has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19.8 gallons).

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Grand Cherokee’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

Grand Cherokee

Q5

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 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 Q5 are solid, not vented.

The Grand Cherokee stops shorter than the Q5:

Grand Cherokee

Q5

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Grand Cherokee has larger standard tires than the Q5 (245/70R17 vs. 235/60R18). The Grand Cherokee’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (265/50R20 vs. 255/45R20).

The Grand Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Q5, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the Q5 (114.8 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Q5’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 (8.6 vs. 7.9 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 3.4 inches higher than on the Q5 (11.3 vs. 7.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 is quieter than the Q5 2.0T Premium Plus (70 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Grand Cherokee has 3.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q5 (105.4 vs. 101.5).

The Grand Cherokee has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Grand Cherokee has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 29.1 cubic feet). The Grand Cherokee has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (68.3 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

The Grand Cherokee’s cargo area is larger than the Q5’s in almost every dimension:

Grand Cherokee

Q5

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.5”/71”

36.5”/67”

Max Width

47”

n/a

Min Width

41”

41.3”

Height

33.5”

n/a

The Grand Cherokee’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Q5’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Q5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Q5 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 Q5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the Q5 offer optional heated front seats. The Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland/Summit also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q5.

The Grand Cherokee offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Q5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Grand Cherokee owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Grand Cherokee will cost $625 to $2940 less than the Q5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Grand Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Grand Cherokee than the Q5, including $543 less for a water pump, $222 less for a starter, $131 less for fuel injection, $260 less for front struts, $1707 less for a timing belt/chain and $341 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Audi Q5 by over four to one during 2013.

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