To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Evoque. But it costs extra on the Grand Cherokee.
The Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic/Autobiography’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Range Rover Evoque offers an optional Surround Camera System 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.
The Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic/Autobiography’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Grand Cherokee 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 crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Grand Cherokee’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Range Rover Evoque has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover Evoque third among small premium suvs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Grand Cherokee isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Land Rover vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Land Rover 28th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th.
As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6:
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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Evoque gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee 4x4 V8 (21 city/30 hwy vs. 14 city/20 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’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 Range Rover Evoque’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.
The Range Rover Evoque’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo.
The Range Rover Evoque 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 Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .83 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 1700 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Range Rover Evoque is 1 foot, 6.1 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front step up height for the Range Rover Evoque Coupe is 2.9 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee (17.6” vs. 20.5”).
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Range Rover Evoque easier. The Range Rover Evoque’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.7 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Evoque’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, 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.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland/Summit, the Range Rover Evoque offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The Range Rover Evoque HSE/Autobiography 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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Range Rover Evoque’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
If the windows are left down on the Range Rover Evoque the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Grand Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Range Rover Evoque’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 optional on the Range Rover Evoque 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 InControl Apps for the Range Rover Evoque allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations 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 Range Rover Evoque (except SE)’s optional Advanced Park Assist 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.
The Range Rover Evoque will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Range Rover Evoque will retain 50% to 59% of its original price after three years, while the Grand Cherokee only retains 47% to 53%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because it costs $567 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the Grand Cherokee, including $129 less for an alternator, $38 less for a fuel pump, $322 less for a timing belt/chain and $259 less for a power steering pump.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover Evoque second among small premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Grand Cherokee isn’t in the top three in its category.
Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 878, Strategic Vision rated the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 8 points higher than the Jeep Grand Cherokee for 2015.
Motor Trend selected the Range Rover Evoque as their 2012 Sport Utility of the Year. The Grand Cherokee has never been chosen.
A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Range Rover Evoque as the 2012 North American Truck of the Year. The Grand Cherokee has never been chosen.