2020 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2020 Jeep Grand 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 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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

The Range Rover 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 Range Rover’s optional 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 Range Rover and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Range Rover comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which 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 Range Rover’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 engines in the Range Rover have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Range Rover has a standard 1600-amp battery. The Grand Cherokee’s standard 850-amp battery and largest (Diesel) 800 amp battery aren’t as powerful.

Engine

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

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover P360 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

355 HP

365 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P400 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

395 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P525 5.0 supercharged V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

557 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Grand Cherokee 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Grand Cherokee 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

The Range Rover’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 Range Rover’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 Range Rover P525 is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8:

Range Rover

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108.3 MPH

92.8 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover P525 is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6:

Range Rover

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108.3 MPH

88.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee 4WD (22 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover P525 5.0 supercharged V8 (518 HP) gets better city fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee 4x4 V8 (16 city vs. 14 city).

The Range Rover P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Grand Cherokee must run its internal combustion engine to move.

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

Regardless of its engine, the Range Rover’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.

The Range Rover’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Grand Cherokee (27.6 vs. 24.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Range Rover Td6

Range Rover Gas

Grand Cherokee V6

Grand Cherokee V8

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

15 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.4 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The Range Rover’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 Range Rover stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

Range Rover

Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Range Rover’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Grand Cherokee (275/45R21 vs. 265/50R20).

The Range Rover’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 Range Rover’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 Range Rover has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo. The Range Rover’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Grand Cherokee.

Suspension and Handling

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The Range Rover V8 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Grand Cherokee, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover 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 Grand Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover’s wheelbase is .3 inches longer than on the Grand Cherokee (115 inches vs. 114.7 inches). The Range Rover LWB’s wheelbase is 8.1 inches longer than on the Grand Cherokee (122.8 inches vs. 114.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Grand Cherokee.

The Range Rover SVAutobiography handles at .78 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover P525 HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Grand Cherokee (11.6 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover’s minimum ground clearance is .8 inch higher than on the Grand Cherokee Air Suspension (11.6 vs. 10.8 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Range Rover Diesel 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 Range Rover has 9.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (115 vs. 105.4).

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat folded (68.6 vs. 68.3 cubic feet).

The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

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

Range Rover

Range Rover LWB

Grand Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.8”/78”

43.3”/81.6”

38.5”/74.2”

Max Width

50.8”

50.8”

47.6”

Min Width

44”

44”

41.7”

Height

36.9”

36.9”

33.5”

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

The Range Rover’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Grand Cherokee’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover’s tailgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, 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 Range Rover’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Grand Cherokee’s (7716 vs. 6200 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Grand Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland/Summit, the Range Rover offers an optional 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 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 Range Rover’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 Range Rover’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.

On a hot day the Range Rover’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Grand Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Range Rover’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.

Optional air-conditioned front and rear seats keep the Range Rover’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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover with a number “5” insurance rate while the Grand Cherokee is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover than the Grand Cherokee, including $372 less for a muffler and $324 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover first among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Grand Cherokee isn’t in the top three in its category.

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