2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Audi Q5

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Safety

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Q5 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Cherokee and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Audi Q5:

Cherokee

Q5

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

166

187

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

30 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Audi Q5:

Cherokee

Q5

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

203

219

Hip Force

490 lbs.

600 lbs.

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

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Cherokee 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cherokee has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Cherokee optional). The Q5’s standard 110-amp alternator and largest (optional) 150-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Cherokee has a standard 700-amp battery. The Q5’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Cherokee’s reliability 20 points higher than the Q5.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

Engine

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The Cherokee’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (270 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 23 more horsepower (271 vs. 248) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cherokee 4x4 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Q5 Auto (21 city/29 hwy vs. 22 city/27 hwy).

The 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jeep Cherokee higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Audi Q5 (3). This means the Cherokee produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q5 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Cherokee, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q5.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Q5:

Cherokee

Q5

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Cherokee has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Q5 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Q5 Prestige pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Cherokee’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Q5’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Q5’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 (8.7 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Jeep Cherokee may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

The front grille of the Cherokee (except Overland/Trailhawk) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Cherokee Overland offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has .1 inches more front legroom and 2.5 inches more rear legroom than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 25.1 cubic feet). The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (54.7 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Audi Q5 is limited to 4400 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Cherokee offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Cherokee has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Cherokee’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Q5’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q5 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Cherokee is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because it costs $546 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the Q5, including $285 less for a water pump, $36 less for front brake pads, $226 less for a starter, $283 less for fuel injection, $127 less for front struts and $120 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Audi Q5 by over three to one during 2018.

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