2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Volvo XC60

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Safety

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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 XC60 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Cherokee and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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 all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Cherokee 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability

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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 38 points higher than the XC60.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 24th in reliability. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Jeep 7 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Cherokee

XC60

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.4 sec

12.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.5 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.3 MPH

86.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cherokee gets better fuel mileage than the XC60:

MPG

Cherokee

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

XC60

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 Supercharged 4-cyl.

19 city/27 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Cherokee uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The XC60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 XC60.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cherokee’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:

Cherokee

XC60

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.7 inches

The Cherokee stops much shorter than the XC60:

Cherokee

XC60

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

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 XC60 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 XC60, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Cherokee uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XC60 (8.7 vs. 8.5 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 300 pounds less than the Volvo XC60.

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 XC60 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 XC60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and 2.3 inches more rear legroom than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Cherokee is 1.1 inches lower than the XC60 (17.9” vs. 19”). The Cherokee’s rear step up height is 1.4 inches lower than the XC60’s (18.1” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (54.7 vs. 50.6 cubic feet).

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Volvo XC60 is limited to 3500 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Cherokee has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 XC60 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 XC60 because it costs $482 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the XC60, including $70 less for a water pump, $58 less for front brake pads, $89 less for a starter, $275 less for fuel injection, $192 less for a fuel pump and $107 less for a power steering pump.

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Volvo XC60 by over seven to one during 2018.

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