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The X3 M’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
The X3 M has standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
The X3 M offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 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 X3 M’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 Trackhawk doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the X3 M and the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, 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.
The X3 M 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 Trackhawk’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The X3 M’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s (12 vs. 5 years).
BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 M for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the X3 M have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 9 places higher in reliability than Jeep.
On the EPA test cycle the X3 M with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (14 city/19 hwy vs. 11 city/17 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the X3 M’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X3 M’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X3 M higher (3 out of 10) than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (1). This means the X3 M produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk every 15,000 miles.
The X3 M stops shorter than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk:
Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
60 to 0 MPH
The X3 M Competition’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 M Competition has standard 21-inch wheels. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The X3 M’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s (55% to 45%). This gives the X3 M more stable handling and braking.
The X3 M Competition handles at .95 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The X3 M Competition executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (24.2 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 24.7 seconds @ .79 average G’s).
The BMW X3 M may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
The X3 M is 3.6 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, making the X3 M easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front step up height for the X3 M is 2.2 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (18.5” vs. 20.7”). The X3 M’s rear step up height is 2.3 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s (18.5” vs. 20.8”).
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 M easier. The X3 M’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s liftover is 32.6 inches.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X3 M’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X3 M’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The X3 M offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 Trackhawk doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The X3 M’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s parking brake has to released manually.
The X3 M’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 Trackhawk’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X3 M has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer cornering lights. The X3 M also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW X3 M offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The X3 M’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.
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