Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2016 Land Rover Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2016 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

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.

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, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee weighs 890 to 1725 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

Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee 1 year and 10,000 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 60,000 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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Grand Cherokee has a standard 850-amp battery. The Range Rover Evoque only offers a 700-amp battery.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

The Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 55 more horsepower (295 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.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque:

Grand Cherokee

Range Rover Evoque

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.8 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Grand Cherokee uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The Range Rover Evoque requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Grand Cherokee has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Evoque (24.6 vs. 18.1 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

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

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

12.5 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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

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. 8.4 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 inches higher than on the Range Rover Evoque (10.4 vs. 8.4 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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

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

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

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 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

Insurance will cost less for the Grand Cherokee owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Grand Cherokee will cost $720 to $3210 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 $54 less for a water pump, $55 less for front brake pads, $239 less for a starter, $257 less for fuel injection and $512 less for front struts.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be $6740 to $8408 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Recommendations Comparison

The Jeep Grand Cherokee won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque didn't win any award.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by over 13 to one during the 2015 model year.

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