2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Discovery have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Grand Cherokee have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Grand Cherokee’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery. But it costs extra on the Grand Cherokee.

The Discovery offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Discovery’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Discovery and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Discovery comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty that covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Grand Cherokee’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Discovery’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Grand Cherokee’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Discovery has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 45 more horsepower (340 vs. 295) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 183 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 390) than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Discovery

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.7 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

88.4 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee 4WD (21 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Discovery supercharged V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee 4x4 V8 (16 city/21 hwy vs. 14 city/22 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the Discovery’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Jeep only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Grand Cherokee V6.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The Discovery’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

Discovery

Grand Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Grand Cherokee (285/40R22 vs. 265/50R20).

The Discovery’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Discovery’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Grand Cherokee.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Grand Cherokee.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Grand Cherokee (8.7 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the Grand Cherokee Air Suspension (11.1 vs. 10.8 inches).

Chassis

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The design of the Land Rover Discovery amounts to more than styling. The Discovery has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd (optional .35 Cd with Td6). That is lower than the Grand Cherokee (.371). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Discovery get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Discovery uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Grand Cherokee can only carry 5.

The Discovery has .8 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the Grand Cherokee.

Discovery

Grand Cherokee

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

36.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

68.3 cubic feet

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

Discovery

Grand Cherokee

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

n.a./38.5”/74.2”

Max Width

55.6”

47.6”

Height

37”

33.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Discovery’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Discovery’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Grand Cherokee’s (8201 vs. 6200 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Grand Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland/Summit, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Discovery’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Grand Cherokee’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Discovery’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Discovery the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. The driver of the Grand Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Discovery’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Grand Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Discovery to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

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