Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2015 Land Rover Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2015 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

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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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Grand Cherokee offers optional Uconnect Access, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee weighs 865 to 1759 pounds more than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 16 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Land Rover 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 start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Grand Cherokee has a standard 730-amp battery (800 Diesel). The Range Rover Evoque’s 700-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 28th in reliability. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 50 more horsepower (290 vs. 240) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 250) than the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 120 more horsepower (360 vs. 240) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 250) than the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 250) than the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

The Grand Cherokee has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Evoque (24.6 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Grand Cherokee’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8/Diesel

Range Rover Evoque

Front Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

The Grand Cherokee V8/Diesel’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Range Rover Evoque are solid, not vented.

The Grand Cherokee stops much shorter than the Range Rover Evoque:

Grand Cherokee

Range Rover Evoque

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Grand Cherokee has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Evoque (245/70R17 vs. 235/55R19). The Grand Cherokee’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Evoque (265/50R20 vs. 245/45R20).

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 Range Rover Evoque, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee’s wheelbase is 10 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (114.8 inches vs. 104.8 inches).

The Grand Cherokee’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the Range Rover Evoque’s (58% to 42%). This gives the Grand Cherokee more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Range Rover Evoque (8.6 vs. 8.3 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 2.1 inches higher than on the Range Rover Evoque (10.4 vs. 8.3 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee Summit uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Grand Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 20.3 cubic feet). The Grand Cherokee has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat folded (68.3 vs. 51 cubic feet).

The Grand Cherokee’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Evoque’s in every dimension:

Grand Cherokee

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.5”/71”

31.3”/62.2”

Max Width

47”

43”

Min Width

41”

39.2”

Height

33.5”

27.5”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Grand Cherokee. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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

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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 Range Rover Evoque does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Grand Cherokee’s headlight performance “Good” to “Very Good” (depending on model and options), a higher rating than the Range Rover Evoque’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Range Rover Evoque has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

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

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 $950 to $2330 less than the Range Rover Evoque over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Grand Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost much less on the Grand Cherokee than the Range Rover Evoque, including $37 less for a water pump, $38 less for front brake pads, $146 less for a starter, $184 less for fuel injection and $377 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Grand Cherokee second among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Range Rover Evoque isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost fifteen to one during the 2014 model year.

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