Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Jeep Cherokee Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

Both the X1 and the 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The X1 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Cherokee’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The X1’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Cherokee’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Cherokee.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X1 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Cherokee’s standard 160-amp alternator and largest (optional) 180-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

The battery on the X1 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X1’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Cherokee’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 11th in reliability. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (240 vs. 184) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 239) than the Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6. The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 29 more horsepower (300 vs. 271) and 61 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 239) than the Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the X1 sDrive/xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Cherokee:


Cherokee 4 cyl.

Cherokee V6

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.9 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

10.9 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

7 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

18.2 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

78.6 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:






22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

23 city/34 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto



21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

22 city/32 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto


19 city/26 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X1 xDrive35i’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cherokee:

X1 xDrive35i


Front Rotors

13.7 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

10.95 inches

Opt Rear Rotors


12.6 inches

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cherokee are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops shorter than the Cherokee:



60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X1’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 Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Cherokee’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Cherokee’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Cherokee doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The X1 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 Cherokee doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Cherokee (108.7 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

The X1’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.4% to 50.6%) than the Cherokee’s (57% to 43%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive35i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The X1 is 5.5 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 1.9 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more rear headroom than the Cherokee.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X1’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cherokee’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Cherokee Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s rear windows don’t open automatically.

If the windows are left down on the X1 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 Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X1’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 Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X1 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Cherokee doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X1 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Cherokee has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk.

The X1 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 Cherokee offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The X1’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Cherokee Sport doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The BMW X1 outsold the Jeep Cherokee by 726 units during 2013.

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