2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG GLC

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Safety

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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 AMG GLC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

Both the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the AMG GLC 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 Trackhawk weighs 810 to 1165 pounds more than the Mercedes AMG GLC. 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 Trackhawk 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG GLC. 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 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 Trackhawk’s warranty.

Reliability

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

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 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s reliability 25 points higher than the AMG GLC.

Engine

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 322 more horsepower (707 vs. 385) and 261 lbs.-ft. more torque (645 vs. 384) than the AMG GLC 43’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 238 more horsepower (707 vs. 469) and 166 lbs.-ft. more torque (645 vs. 479) than the AMG GLC 63’s standard 4.0 turbo V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is faster than the AMG GLC 63 4.0 turbo V8:

Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

AMG GLC

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.8 sec

8.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.8 sec

4.4 sec

Top Speed

180 MPH

157 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has 7.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG GLC (24.6 vs. 17.4 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 AMG GLC doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG GLC:

Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

AMG GLC 43

AMG GLC 63

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

14.2 inches

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk stops shorter than the AMG GLC:

Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

AMG GLC

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has larger tires than the AMG GLC (295/45R20 vs. 255/45R20). The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG GLC (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 Trackhawk can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the AMG GLC.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the AMG GLC 43 (24.7 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s).

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

For greater off-road capability the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLC 63 (8.1 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1.4 inches higher than on the AMG GLC 43 (8.1 vs. 6.7 inches).

Chassis

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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 AMG GLC doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG GLC.

Cargo Capacity

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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the AMG GLC with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the AMG GLC with its rear seat folded (68.3 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s cargo area is larger than the AMG GLC’s in almost every dimension:

Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

AMG GLC

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.5”/74.2”

36.6”/61.3”

Max Width

47.6”

n/a

Min Width

41.7”

43.3”

Height

33.5”

n/a

Towing

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

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 AMG GLC does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’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’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 Trackhawk has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the AMG GLC 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 AMG GLC doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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

Recommendations

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

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Mercedes GLC by over three to one during 2019.

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