2021 Volvo XC40 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 Volvo XC40 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.

The XC40’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Cherokee doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the XC40 and Cherokee have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC40 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.

The XC40 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Cherokee 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 XC40 offers an optional 360-Degree Surround View Camera 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 XC40’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 XC40 and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC40 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC40 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 XC40’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Cherokee’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC40 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Cherokee.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the XC40 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Cherokee’s 700-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 XC40’s reliability 40 points higher than the Cherokee.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 2 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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The XC40 has more powerful engines than the Cherokee:

Horsepower

Torque

XC40 T4 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

187 HP

221 lbs.-ft.

XC40 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

180 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the XC40 T5 is faster than the Jeep Cherokee:

XC40

Cherokee turbo 4 cyl.

Cherokee V6

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.2 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.5 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

5.6 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

91 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC40 gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

MPG

XC40

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Cherokee

2WD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

3.2 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

II 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Trailhawk 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XC40’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cherokee:

XC40

Cherokee

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.95 inches

The XC40 stops shorter than the Cherokee:

XC40

Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC40 has larger standard tires than the Cherokee (235/55R18 vs. 225/60R17).

The XC40’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The XC40’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC40 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cherokee. The XC40’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Cherokee.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC40 T5 R-Design AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC40 T5 R-Design AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (28.1 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC40’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The XC40’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC40 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8.3 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the XC40 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The XC40 is 7.8 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the XC40 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the XC40 T5 R-Design AWD is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4 (43 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space

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The XC40 has .9 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC40 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (57.5 vs. 54.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC40 easier. The XC40’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.7 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

The XC40’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in almost every dimension:

XC40

Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.9”/65.7”

33.9”/67.6”

Max Width

47.8”

49.2”

Min Width

39.5”

39.4”

Height

29.4”

28.8”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC40’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 XC40’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Cherokee’s (3500 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jeep Cherokee is only 4500 pounds. The XC40 offers up to a 4630 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The XC40’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.

If the windows are left open on the XC40 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The XC40 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The XC40’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 XC40 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.

Consumer Reports rated the XC40’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Good” (depending on model and options).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The XC40’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Cherokee’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC40 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Cherokee doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the XC40 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 XC40’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to 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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo XC40 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Cherokee doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volvo XC40, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Cherokee isn't recommended.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2019 issue and they ranked the Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design AWD higher than the Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4.

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