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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 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 X5 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Grand Cherokee SRT 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 X5 M doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
To help make backing safer, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s 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 X5 M doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Grand Cherokee SRT and the X5 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X5 M. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X5 M 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 Grand Cherokee SRT’s warranty.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X5 M’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard 220-amp alternator. The X5 M’s 209-amp alternator 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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee SRT’s fuel efficiency. The X5 M doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 M (24.6 vs. 22.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Grand Cherokee SRT 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 X5 M doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better traction, the Grand Cherokee SRT has larger tires than the X5 M (295/45R20 vs. 285/35R21).
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Grand Cherokee SRT can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The X5 M doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The Grand Cherokee SRT offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the X5 M, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the X5 M’s (38 feet vs. 42 feet).
The Grand Cherokee SRT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X5 M doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the X5 M.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Grand Cherokee SRT’s rear seats recline. The X5 M’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a larger cargo volume than the X5 M 4dr Sport Utility with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 35.8 cubic feet).
The Grand Cherokee SRT’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5 M’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard 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 X5 M doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Grand Cherokee SRT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The X5 M has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Grand Cherokee SRT has standard extendable sun visors. The X5 M doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the X5 M.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard Adaptive Speed Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X5 M doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a 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 X5 M doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
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