Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X3 VS 2016 Jeep Grand Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW X3

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2016 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 X3 as “Superior.” The Grand Cherokee scores only 2 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The X3’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 X3 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.

Both the X3 and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X3 is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

X3

Grand Cherokee

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X3 is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

X3

Grand Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

44

59

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.2 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

18 inches

Hip Force

355 lbs.

609 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The X3 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 X3’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 X3 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 X3 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 X3 has a standard 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 BMW X3 xDrive35i’s reliability will be 141% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel and the BMW X3 xDrive28i is 83% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6.

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

The X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (300 vs. 295) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the X3 s/xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

X3

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.7 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.3 MPH

88.4 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee V6 diesel 4WD (27 city/34 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive35i xDrive 6 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee 4x4 V8 (19 city/27 hwy vs. 14 city/20 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X3’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 X3’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

The X3’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 X3 stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

X3

Grand Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X3’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 Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The X3’s optional 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 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 X3 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 standard on the X3 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 X3 offers an optional 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 X3 xDrive28i xDrive 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 X3 xDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (26.9 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW X3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 1150 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The X3 is 6.4 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee, making the X3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW X3 amounts to more than styling. The X3 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd. That is lower than the Grand Cherokee (.371). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X3 get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 easier. The X3’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.8 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X3’s available cargo door can be opened and closed 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 cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X3 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X3’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

If the windows are left down on the X3 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 Grand Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X3’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 X3 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.

Optional BMW Apps for the X3 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 X3’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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The X3 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the X3 will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Grand Cherokee.

X3

Grand Cherokee

Five Year

36% to 38%

31% to 34%

Three Year

54% to 58%

47% to 53%

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X3, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Grand Cherokee isn't recommended.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 889, Strategic Vision rated the BMW X3 19 points higher than the Jeep Grand Cherokee for 2015.

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