Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X5 VS 2015 Jeep Grand Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW X5

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2015 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the City Collision Mitigation optional in the X5 as “Superior.” The Grand Cherokee scores only 2 points, and is rated only “Advanced.”

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a night vision system.

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 Surround 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.

The X5’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

Warranty Comparison

The X5 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Grand Cherokee’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

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, 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 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 a 210-amp alternator. The Grand Cherokee’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the X5’s reliability will be 56% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 and 126% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel.

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 X5 s/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 85 more horsepower (445 vs. 360) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 390) than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 15 more horsepower (255 vs. 240) than the Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X5 is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

X5 s/xDrive35i

X5 xDrive50i

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

4.3 sec

7.7 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

12.8 sec

15.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.1 MPH

106.9 MPH

88.4 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee V6 diesel 4WD (24 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee:

X5

Grand Cherokee

2WD

6 cyl./Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

V8/Auto

n/a

14 city/22 hwy

V8

4WD

6 cyl./Auto

18 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

V8/Auto

15 city/22 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

V8

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.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X5’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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X5 xDrive50i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Grand Cherokee:

X5

X5 xDrive50i

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8/Diesel

Front Rotors

13.1 inches

15.2 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The X5’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 Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.

The X5 stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

X5

Grand Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 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 available 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 available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Jeep doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Grand Cherokee.

The X5 offers an available 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 xDrive35d handles at .82 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X5 xDrive50i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the BMW X5 amounts to more than styling. The X5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Grand Cherokee (.371) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The X5 has .6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X5 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation 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.

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.

Standard 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 connected 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.

The X5’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Grand Cherokee isn't recommended.

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