2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 BMW X1

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jeep 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 BMW X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 X1 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation optional in the Cherokee as “Superior.” The X1 scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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 X1 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Cherokee’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Cherokee’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X1 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Cherokee and the X1 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, lane departure warning systems and front and rear parking sensors.

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 BMW X1:

Cherokee

X1

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

204

328

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

60 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

166

187

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.5 inches

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

68 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

241/259 lbs.

309/268 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 flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the BMW X1:

Cherokee

X1

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

64

143

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

133 G’s

154 G’s

Hip Force

363 lbs.

486 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

65 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

203

278

Hip Force

490 lbs.

815 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 BMW covers the X1. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X1 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Jeep dealers as there are BMW 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 X1’s 150-amp alternator 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 50 points higher than the X1.

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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

Engine

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The Cherokee’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (270 vs. 228) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 43 more horsepower (271 vs. 228) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Cherokee turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the BMW X1:

Cherokee

X1

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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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 X1 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 an eight-speed automatic is available for the X1.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cherokee stops much shorter than the X1:

Cherokee

X1

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (245/65R17 vs. 225/50R18).

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 X1 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the X1, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

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 X1 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cherokee’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the X1 (106.5 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the X1.

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (7.9 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Cherokee Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1.5 inches higher than on the X1 (8.7 vs. 7.2 inches).

Chassis

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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 X1 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 X1 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Cherokee Limited 4x4 is quieter than the X1 xDrive28i (69 vs. 70 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 2.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X1 (103.5 vs. 101.2).

The Cherokee has .7 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room and 3.3 inches more rear legroom than the X1.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a larger cargo volume than the X1 with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 27.1 cubic feet).

Payload and Towing

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The Cherokee has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The X1 has no towing capacity.

The Cherokee has a higher standard payload capacity than the X1 (1000 vs. 899 lbs.).

The Cherokee has a higher maximum payload capacity than the X1 (1000 vs. 900 lbs.).

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 X1 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 X1 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The X1’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Cherokee Limited’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the Cherokee and the X1 offer optional heated front seats. The Cherokee Overland also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X1.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X1 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 X1 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the X1 because it costs $355 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the X1, including $363 less for a water pump, $153 less for a muffler, $21 less for front brake pads, $196 less for a starter, $367 less for fuel injection, $121 less for front struts, $339 less for a timing belt/chain and $817 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the BMW X1 by over 8 to one during 2018.

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