Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X1 VS 2016 Jeep Cherokee Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW X1

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2016 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the X1. But it costs extra on the Cherokee.

Both the X1 and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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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

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 18th in reliability, above the industry average. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

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The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (228 vs. 184) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 239) than the Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X1 is faster than the Jeep Cherokee V6:

X1

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.9 sec

19.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

90 MPH

Top Speed

129 MPH

119 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee 4x4 V6 (22 city/32 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy). The X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee 4x4 4 cyl. (22 city/32 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

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

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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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The X1’s 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 tires are lower profile than the Cherokee Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cherokee. The X1’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Cherokee Limited.

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

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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.

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The X1’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The X1 is 7.2 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW X1 amounts to more than styling. The X1 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the Cherokee (.339) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X1 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X1 has 2.6 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X1 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X1’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X1’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X1 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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.

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’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Cherokee.

When the X1 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Cherokee’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Cherokee and isn’t available on the Cherokee Sport.

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.

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