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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 Land Rover Discovery 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 Discovery 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 Discovery doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
Both the Cherokee and the Discovery have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery has not been tested, yet.
Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Cherokee 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 14 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.
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 60 points higher than the Discovery.
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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.
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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 24th in reliability. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
On the EPA test cycle the Cherokee 4x4 V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery supercharged V6 (19 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/21 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 Discovery requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
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 Discovery 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 an eight-speed automatic is available for the Discovery.
The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Discovery:
60 to 0 MPH
60 to 0 MPH (Wet)
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 Discovery doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
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 Discovery doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Cherokee’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (37.6 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (38.1 feet vs. 40.6 feet).
The Jeep Cherokee may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1150 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery.
The Cherokee is 1 foot, 1.1 inches shorter than the Discovery, making the Cherokee easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Cherokee is 7.5 inches narrower on average than the Discovery, making the Cherokee easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The Cherokee is 7.3 inches shorter in height than the Discovery, making the Cherokee much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).
The design of the Jeep Cherokee amounts to more than styling. The Cherokee has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .339 Cd. That is lower than the Discovery (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Cherokee get better fuel mileage.
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 Discovery doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Cherokee has 2 inches more front legroom and 2.7 inches more rear legroom than the Discovery.
The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume than the Discovery with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 11.8 cubic feet).
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
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 Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
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 Discovery 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 Discovery doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Cherokee is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Land Rover Discovery by almost 23 to one during the 2019 model year.
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