2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs. 2019 BMW X6 M

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Safety

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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 X6 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 X6 M doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Grand Cherokee SRT and the X6 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X6 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 X6 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.

Reliability

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X6 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 X6 M’s 210-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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee SRT’s fuel efficiency. The X6 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 X6 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 X6 M doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Grand Cherokee SRT has larger tires than the X6 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 X6 M doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the X6 M’s (38 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

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The Grand Cherokee SRT is 4 inches shorter than the X6 M, making the Grand Cherokee SRT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 X6 M doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Grand Cherokee SRT has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X6 M (105.4 vs. 101.4).

The Grand Cherokee SRT has 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the X6 M.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Grand Cherokee SRT’s rear seats recline. The X6 M’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Grand Cherokee SRT has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X6 M with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 26.6 cubic feet). The Grand Cherokee SRT has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X6 M with its rear seat folded (68.3 vs. 59.7 cubic feet).

Payload

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The Grand Cherokee SRT has a higher standard payload capacity than the X6 M (1350 vs. 1170 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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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 X6 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 X6 M does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard rear wiper. The X6 M doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 X6 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 X6 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 X6 M doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Grand Cherokee SRT owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Grand Cherokee SRT will cost $8895 less than the X6 M over a five-year period.

The Grand Cherokee SRT will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Grand Cherokee SRT will retain 53.84% of its original price after five years, while the X6 M only retains 39.62%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will be $46502 less than for the BMW X6 M.

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