2019 Audi SQ5 vs. 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

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The SQ5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Pre Sense City in the SQ5 as “Superior.” The Grand Cherokee SRT scores only 2 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The SQ5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The SQ5 Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Cherokee SRT 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.

Both the SQ5 and the Grand Cherokee SRT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Audi SQ5 is safer than the Grand Cherokee SRT:



Grand Cherokee SRT

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Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

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Steering Column Movement Rearward

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5 cm

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Femur Force R/L

3/0 kN

4.9/2.3 kN

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For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the SQ5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Grand Cherokee SRT was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.


The SQ5 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 SRT’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The SQ5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Grand Cherokee SRT’s (12 vs. 5 years).


For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the SQ5 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Grand Cherokee SRT.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 15 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the SQ5 gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee SRT (19 city/24 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the SQ5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the SQ5’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 SRT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi SQ5 higher (5 out of 10) than the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (1). This means the SQ5 produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Grand Cherokee SRT every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

The SQ5’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee SRT’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the SQ5 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Grand Cherokee SRT’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The SQ5 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The SQ5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Grand Cherokee SRT (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.4 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the SQ5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Grand Cherokee SRT (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the SQ5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Audi SQ5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

The SQ5 is 5.9 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee SRT, making the SQ5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi SQ5 amounts to more than styling. The SQ5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Grand Cherokee SRT (.37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the SQ5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The SQ5 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Grand Cherokee SRT.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the SQ5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the SQ5’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Jeep. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 87% lower rating, Jeep is ranked 28th.


The SQ5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that 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 SRT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The SQ5’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 SRT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the SQ5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi SQ5 will be $3014 to $6355 less than for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

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