Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Volkswagen Touareg VS 2014 Jeep Grand Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Volkswagen Touareg

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2014 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

Both the Touareg and Grand Cherokee have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Touareg has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Grand Cherokee’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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

The Touareg Hybrid/Executive has a standard Area View 360° Exterior 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 front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Touareg and the Grand Cherokee 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Touareg’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Grand Cherokee’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Touareg for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required 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 Touareg 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 Touareg has a 220-amp alternator. The Grand Cherokee’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 28th in reliability. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

The Touareg V6’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Touareg Hybrid’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 hybrid produces 20 more horsepower (380 vs. 360) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 390) than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Touareg V6 is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6:


Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.9 MPH

88.4 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Touareg Hybrid is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.7:


Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.6 MPH

92.8 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Touareg TDI is faster than the Grand Cherokee with Diesel (automatic transmissions tested):


Grand Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

84 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Touareg Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Touareg has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Grand Cherokee (26.4 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Touareg Hybrid

Grand Cherokee

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Touareg stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:


Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Touareg has larger standard tires than the Grand Cherokee (255/55R18 vs. 245/70R17). The Touareg R-Line/Executive’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Grand Cherokee (275/45R20 vs. 265/50R20).

The Touareg Sport’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 Touareg R-Line/Executive’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Touareg is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Grand Cherokee.

The Touareg Executive handles at .85 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Touareg Hybrid executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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


Grand Cherokee

At idle

35 dB

45 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Touareg has 1.1 inches more front legroom and 1.1 inches more front shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Touareg easier. The Touareg’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 33.2 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Touareg Lux/R-Line/Executive/Hybrid’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Touareg’s available liftgate can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland/Summit, the Touareg Hybrid has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Touareg’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 Touareg 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.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Touareg has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Touareg owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Touareg with a number “5” insurance rate while the Grand Cherokee is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Touareg is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because it costs $9 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Touareg than the Grand Cherokee, including $287 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its June 2013 issue and they ranked the Volkswagen Touareg Executive first. They ranked the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 fourth.

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