2020 Audi A4 Allroad vs. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 Allroad have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Cherokee doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The A4 Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Cherokee doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the A4 Allroad and Cherokee have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A4 Allroad has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Cherokee’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The A4 Allroad has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Cherokee 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A4 Allroad. But it costs extra on the Cherokee.

The A4 Allroad Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 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.

Both the A4 Allroad and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The A4 Allroad comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car 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 A4 Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Cherokee’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The Audi A4 Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Cherokee’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 A4 Allroad’s reliability 59 points higher than the Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 12 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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The A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 68 more horsepower (248 vs. 180) and 102 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi A4 Allroad is faster than the Jeep Cherokee:

A4 Allroad

Cherokee 4-cyl.

Cherokee turbo 4-cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

9.5 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

17.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.6 MPH

80.5 MPH

87.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the A4 Allroad gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

MPG

A4 Allroad

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 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

Transmission

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The A4 Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The A4 Allroad’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

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For better stopping power the A4 Allroad’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cherokee:

A4 Allroad

Cherokee

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

10.95 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

The A4 Allroad’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 A4 Allroad stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

A4 Allroad

Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A4 Allroad has larger tires than the Cherokee (245/45R18 vs. 225/60R17).

The A4 Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The A4 Allroad’s tires are lower profile than the Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A4 Allroad has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cherokee.

Suspension and Handling

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The A4 Allroad 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 A4 Allroad has a standard 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. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A4 Allroad’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Cherokee (110.9 inches vs. 106.5 inches).

The A4 Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The A4 Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Cargo Capacity

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The A4 Allroad has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 54.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the A4 Allroad easier. The A4 Allroad’s trunk lift-over height is 26.1 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

Towing

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The A4 Allroad’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Cherokee’s (3968 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the A4 Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cherokee. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Jeep. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 54% lower rating, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Ergonomics

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The A4 Allroad 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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The A4 Allroad’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 A4 Allroad the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. 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 A4 Allroad has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The A4 Allroad’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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 Allroad to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Cherokee doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A4 Allroad Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Cherokee doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the A4 Allroad with available tilt-down mirrors 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 A4 Allroad 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 A4 Allroad 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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi A4 Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Cherokee doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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