2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs. 2020 BMW X5 M

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 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 Trackhawk 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.

Both the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 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, 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, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 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 Trackhawk’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X5 M’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The X5 M’s redline is at 7200 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a 6200 RPM redline.

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.

Engine

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 107 more horsepower (707 vs. 600) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (645 vs. 553) than the X5 M’s standard 4.4 turbo V8. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 90 more horsepower (707 vs. 617) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (645 vs. 553) than the X5 M Competition’s standard 4.4 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 M (24.6 vs. 21.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the X5 M:

Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

X5 M

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

15.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 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.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the X5 M’s (38 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is 5.2 inches shorter than the X5 M, making the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 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.

Passenger Space

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has .5 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear legroom than the X5 M.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s rear seats recline. The X5 M’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a much larger cargo volume than the X5 M with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 33.9 cubic feet).

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’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.

Ergonomics

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’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 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X5 M only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 Trackhawk has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X5 M doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 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.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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