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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 A4 Allroad doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
Both the Cherokee and the A4 Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Cherokee the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A4 Allroad has not been fully tested, yet.
Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Cherokee 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A4 Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A4 Allroad 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.
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 A4 Allroad’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Cherokee has a standard 700-amp battery. The A4 Allroad’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
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.
The Cherokee’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 22 more horsepower (270 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 23 more horsepower (271 vs. 248) than the A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
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 A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
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 A4 Allroad.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cherokee offers optional 19-inch wheels. The A4 Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
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 A4 Allroad 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 A4 Allroad; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
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 A4 Allroad doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A4 Allroad.
For better maneuverability, the Cherokee’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the A4 Allroad’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the A4 Allroad’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Cherokee has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the A4 Allroad (7.9 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Cherokee Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 2.2 inches higher than on the A4 Allroad (8.7 vs. 6.5 inches).
The Jeep Cherokee may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Audi A4 Allroad.
The Cherokee is 5.5 inches shorter than the A4 Allroad, making the Cherokee easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
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 A4 Allroad 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 A4 Allroad doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Cherokee has 11.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 Allroad (103.5 vs. 92).
The Cherokee has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4 Allroad.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The A4 Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume than the A4 Allroad with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 24.2 cubic feet).
Maximum trailer towing in the Audi A4 Allroad is limited to 3968 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.
The Cherokee 4WD with optional equipment can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Cherokee can be unhitched and driven around locally. The A4 Allroad can’t be towed flat on the ground.
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 A4 Allroad 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 A4 Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The A4 Allroad’s 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.
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 A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Cherokee is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Audi A4/S4 by over seven to one during 2019.
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