Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2016 Mercedes GLE-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2016 Mercedes GLE-Class

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 2 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation optional in the Grand Cherokee as “Advanced.” The GLE-Class scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

To help make backing safer, the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLE-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the GLE-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLE-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLE-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Grand Cherokee’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than the GLE-Class’ (5/100,000 vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 9 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 39 more horsepower (240 vs. 201) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 369) than the GLE-Class’ 2.1 turbo diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Grand Cherokee gets better fuel mileage than the GLE350:

Grand Cherokee

GLE-Class

2WD

V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

4WD

V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/22 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee V8’s fuel efficiency. The GLE-Class 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 GLE-Class requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

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 GLE-Class doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Grand Cherokee stops much shorter than the GLE-Class:

Grand Cherokee

GLE-Class

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the GLE550e 4MATIC pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the GLE550e 4MATIC (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the GLE-Class’ (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE-Class (8.6 vs. 8 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 .4 inch higher than on the GLE-Class AIRMATIC (10.4 vs. 10 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 GLE-Class doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Grand Cherokee has 1 inch more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the GLE-Class.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 GLE-Class 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 GLE-Class does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Grand Cherokee has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLE-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Recommendations Comparison

The Jeep Grand Cherokee won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Mercedes M-Class/GLE by over four to one during the 2015 model year.

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