2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X2 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The X2 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 X2’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Cherokee’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X2’s reliability 12 points higher than the Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 14 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

The X2 has more powerful engines than the Cherokee:

 

Horsepower

Torque

X2 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

X2 M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

302 HP

322 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Jeep Cherokee:

 

X2

Cherokee 4 cyl.

Cherokee turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

9.5 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

17.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

80.5 MPH

87.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

 

 

 

MPG

X2

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Cherokee

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

3.2 DOHC V6

20 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

Active Drive II 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

 

 

Trailhawk 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

 

 

3.2 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

 

 

Active Drive II 3.2 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

 

 

Trailhawk 3.2 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the Jeep Cherokee (3 to 5). This means the X2 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cherokee every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The X2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Cherokee doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The X2’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 X2 stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

 

X2

Cherokee

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The X2’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 X2’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee Overland’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cherokee. The X2 M35i’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Cherokee Overland.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X2 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

The X2 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 X2 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 Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (37.2 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The X2’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The X2 is 9.8 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4:

 

X2

Cherokee

At idle

37 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the X2 is 1.3 inches lower than the Cherokee (16.6” vs. 17.9”). The X2’s rear step up height is 1.1 inches lower than the Cherokee’s (17” vs. 18.1”).

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Jeep. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 73% lower rating, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Ergonomics

The X2 offers an optional 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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X2’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 Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the X2 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X2’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 X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Good” (depending on model and options).

When the X2 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 X2 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 X2 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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Cherokee isn't recommended.

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