Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X1 VS 2017 Jeep Cherokee Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW X1

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2017 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

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The X1’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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the BMW X1 is safer than the Cherokee:

 

X1

Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

3.5/1.1 kN

3.5/1.6 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

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 longer than the Cherokee’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 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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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 X1’s reliability will be 250% better than the Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 second among compact premium suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Cherokee isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 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 Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the Jeep Cherokee:

 

X1

Cherokee 4 cyl.

Cherokee V6

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

9.5 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

17.2 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

80.5 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

 

 

X1

Cherokee

 

2WD

n/a

21 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

23 city/32 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

4WD

 

n/a

21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

22 city/31 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/24 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

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.

The X1 stops shorter than the Cherokee:

 

X1

Cherokee

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The X1’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 Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The X1’s optional tires have a lower 45 series 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 xDrive 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.

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

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 6.6 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 .32 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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X1 xDrive28i xDrive is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4:

 

X1

Cherokee

At idle

40 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

77 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X1 has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X1 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The X1 has a much 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 and closed 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 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 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 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 w/Comfort Access 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.

Consumer Reports rated the X1’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

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/Overland.

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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Cherokee because typical repairs cost less on the X1 than the Cherokee, including $101 less for an alternator and $145 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among compact premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cherokee isn’t in the top three in its category.

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