2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe

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Safety

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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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s standard Hill-descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The AMG GLC 63 Coupe doesn’t offer Hill-descent Control.

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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Grand Cherokee SRT and the AMG GLC 63 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT weighs 651 to 720 pounds more than the Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG GLC 63 Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the AMG GLC 63 Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Mercedes 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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

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The Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 6 more horsepower (475 vs. 469) than the AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8.

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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Grand Cherokee SRT has 7.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG GLC 63 Coupe (24.6 vs. 17.4 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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe 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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe (295/45R20 vs. 265/45R20).

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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe 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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the AMG GLC 63 Coupe (114.7 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s (38 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee SRT has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLC 63 Coupe (8.1 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Grand Cherokee SRT to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Grand Cherokee SRT’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the AMG GLC63 S Coupe (8.1 vs. 6.4 inches).

Chassis

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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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Grand Cherokee SRT has 2.8 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG GLC 63 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The Grand Cherokee SRT has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the AMG GLC 63 Coupe with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Grand Cherokee SRT has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the AMG GLC 63 Coupe with its rear seat folded (68.3 vs. 49.4 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Grand Cherokee SRT’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s (7200 vs. 3500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Grand Cherokee SRT’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard rear wiper. The AMG GLC 63 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Grand Cherokee SRT has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The AMG GLC 63 Coupe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

On extremely cold winter days, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The AMG GLC 63 Coupe doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 $1985 to $8265 less than the AMG GLC 63 Coupe 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 AMG GLC 63 Coupe only retains 39.44% to 43.35%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will be $13764 to $51711 less than for the Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe.

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