Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X5 VS 2017 Jeep Grand Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW X5

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2017 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

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A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X5 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.

The X5’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 X5 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems 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 X5 is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

 

X5

Grand Cherokee

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

195/471 lbs.

321/349 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

230

242

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

97 lbs.

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, results indicate that the BMW X5 is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

 

X5

Grand Cherokee

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

54

59

Chest Movement

.5 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

143 G’s

182 G’s

Hip Force

202 lbs.

215 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

121

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

Warranty Comparison

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The X5 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 X5’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 X5 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 Grand Cherokee.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the X5 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 X5 has a 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 X5’s reliability will be 49% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and 115% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Grand 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 X5 s/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. The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 85 more horsepower (445 vs. 360) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 390) than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 15 more horsepower (255 vs. 240) than the Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X5 is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

 

X5 s/xDrive35i

X5 xDrive50i

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

4.3 sec

7.7 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

12.8 sec

15.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.1 MPH

106.9 MPH

88.4 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee Diesel 4WD (23 city/29 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the X5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Jeep only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Grand Cherokee V6.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X5 xDrive50i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Grand Cherokee:

 

X5

X5 xDrive50i

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8/Diesel

Front Rotors

13.1 inches

15.2 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The X5’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 X5 stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

 

X5

Grand Cherokee

 

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X5 has larger standard tires than the Grand Cherokee (255/50R19 vs. 245/70R17). The X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Grand Cherokee (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 265/50R20).

The X5’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 X5’s optional 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 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 X5 has standard 19-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 available on the X5 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

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The X5 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Jeep doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Grand Cherokee.

The X5 offers an available 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 X5 xDrive35i xDrive handles at .79 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X5 xDrive50i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X5 xDrive35i xDrive is quieter than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4:

 

X5

Grand Cherokee

At idle

41 dB

45 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Grand Cherokee can only carry 5.

The X5 has 25.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (131.2 vs. 105.4).

The X5 has .6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X5’s cargo area provides more volume than the Grand Cherokee.

 

X5

Grand Cherokee

Second Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

68.3 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X5 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 X5’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 X5 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 X5’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 X5 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the X5 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Standard BMW Apps for the X5 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the X5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X5 with a number “3” insurance rate while the Grand Cherokee is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X5 is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the X5 than the Grand Cherokee, including $208 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 second among midsize premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Grand Cherokee was rated third in its category.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 885, Strategic Vision rated the BMW X5 15 points higher than the Jeep Grand Cherokee for 2015. The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

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