2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2018 Jaguar E-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar E-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the E-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 14 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 23rd in initial quality. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

Engine

The Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 49 more horsepower (295 vs. 246) than the E-Pace P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 64 more horsepower (360 vs. 296) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 295) than the E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 151 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 269) than the E-Pace P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 295) than the E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Grand Cherokee has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the E-Pace (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 E-Pace doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Grand Cherokee’s brake rotors are larger than those on the E-Pace:

 

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8/Diesel

E-Pace

E-Pace R-Dynamic

Front Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

13.74 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

11.8 inches

11.8 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 E-Pace are solid, not vented.

Suspension and Handling

The Grand Cherokee has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The E-Pace’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee’s wheelbase is 9.1 inches longer than on the E-Pace (114.7 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the E-Pace (8.6 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Grand Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 4.4 inches higher than on the E-Pace (10.8 vs. 6.4 inches).

Chassis

The Grand Cherokee offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The E-Pace doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Grand Cherokee has .7 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

The Grand Cherokee has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the E-Pace with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Grand Cherokee has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (68.3 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

The Grand Cherokee’s cargo area is larger than the E-Pace’s in almost every dimension:

 

Grand Cherokee

E-Pace

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.5”/74.2”

31.7”/61.7”

Max Width

47.6”

51.6”

Min Width

41.7”

41.6”

Height

33.5”

29.4”

Towing

The Grand Cherokee’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the E-Pace’s (6200 vs. 3968 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jaguar E-Pace is only 3968 pounds. The Grand Cherokee offers up to a 7400 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Grand Cherokee is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the E-Pace. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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 E-Pace does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 E-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 E-Pace doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Grand Cherokee is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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