2020 Land Rover Range Rover Velar vs. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Velar 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 Cherokee doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Velar and Cherokee have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Velar 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 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 Range Rover Velar. But it costs extra on the Cherokee.

The Range Rover Velar offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 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 Range Rover Velar’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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Velar and the 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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

The Range Rover Velar’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Cherokee’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Range Rover Velar has more powerful engines than the Cherokee:

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Velar P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Velar P340 3.0 supercharged V6

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Velar P380 3.0 supercharged V6

375 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

542 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Range Rover Velar P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

Range Rover Velar

Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

78.6 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover Velar P380 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 3.2:

Range Rover Velar

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.7 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Velar’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Range Rover Velar has 5.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (21.6 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cherokee:

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography

Cherokee

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

10.95 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

n/a

12.6 inches

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

The Range Rover Velar stops shorter than the Cherokee:

Range Rover Velar

Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Range Rover Velar has larger standard tires than the Cherokee (255/50R20 vs. 225/60R17). The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cherokee (265/45R21 vs. 245/65R17).

The Range Rover Velar’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The Range Rover Velar’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Velar has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cherokee. The Range Rover Velar’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Cherokee.

Suspension and Handling

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The Range Rover Velar has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Range Rover Velar offers an optional continuously variable suspension system. Using sensors on steering angle, speed and other driver inputs, the shocks soften to improve ride, or stiffen when appropriate to aid handling on tricky roads or off-road. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover Velar P380 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Velar’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Velar’s wheelbase is 6.6 inches longer than on the Cherokee (113.1 inches vs. 106.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Velar is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cherokee.

The Range Rover Velar’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Cherokee’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Range Rover Velar more stable handling and braking.

The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic handles at .84 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (26.2 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Velar has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8.4 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Range Rover Velar to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Velar P380’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the Cherokee Trailhawk (9.9 vs. 8.7 inches).

Chassis

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The design of the Land Rover Range Rover Velar amounts to more than styling. The Range Rover Velar has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Cherokee (.339) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Range Rover Velar get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4:

Range Rover Velar

Cherokee

At idle

38 dB

44 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 27.6 cubic feet). The Range Rover Velar has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (70.1 vs. 54.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Range Rover Velar easier. The Range Rover Velar’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.7 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

The Range Rover Velar’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in almost every dimension:

Range Rover Velar

Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/70.4”

33.9”/67.6”

Max Width

49.1”

49.2”

Min Width

41.3”

39.4”

Height

30.7”

28.8”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Range Rover Velar’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Range Rover Velar’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Cherokee’s (5291 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jeep Cherokee is only 4500 pounds. The Range Rover Velar offers up to a 5511 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Range Rover Velar is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cherokee. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus), the Range Rover Velar HSE has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover Velar (except Base)’s optional Entry and Exit Mode raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Range Rover Velar 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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Range Rover Velar’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 Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Range Rover Velar’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 Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Velar offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Cherokee doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the Range Rover Velar is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Cherokee’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Range Rover Velar has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cherokee offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Range Rover Velar HSE/SVAutobiography has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Cherokee.

The Range Rover Velar has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning costs extra on the Cherokee.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2019 issue and they ranked the Land Rover Range Rover Velar higher than the Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4.

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