2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2020 Volvo XC40

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Safety

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Both the Cherokee and the XC40 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, 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 XC40. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC40 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 40 points higher than the XC40.

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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The Cherokee has more powerful engines than the XC40:

Horsepower

Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 HP

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

XC40 T4 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

187 HP

XC40 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the XC40 T5:

Cherokee

XC40

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.4 sec

14.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.5 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.3 MPH

84.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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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 XC40 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Cherokee has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC40 (15.9 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 XC40.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cherokee stops shorter than the XC40:

Cherokee

XC40

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

125 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 XC40 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 XC40, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 XC40 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XC40 (8.7 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

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 XC40 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 XC40 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 XC40 T5 R-Design AWD (69 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 5.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC40 (103.5 vs. 98).

The Cherokee has .4 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room and 4.2 inches more rear legroom than the XC40.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The XC40’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume than the XC40 with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 20.7 cubic feet).

Payload

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The Cherokee has a higher standard payload capacity than the XC40 (1000 vs. 925 lbs.).

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 XC40 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 XC40 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 XC40 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 XC40 because it costs $302 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Cherokee than the XC40, including $51 less for fuel injection and $85 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Volvo XC40 by over 19 to one during 2018.

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