Jeep srt vs range rover sport

Many think of SUVs as rugged automobiles, but there are actually a lot of luxury SUVs with high-end exterior features and comfortable upscale interiors. While some luxury SUVs like the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover are only available as luxury vehicles, other luxury SUVs, like the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, are built for convenience, tech, and off-road adventure. So how does the jeep srt vs range rover sport match up? This will be interesting.

Jeep srt vs range rover sport

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT v. Land Rover Range Rover

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Many think of SUVs as rugged automobiles, but there are actually a lot of luxury SUVs with high-end exterior features and comfortable upscale interiors. While some luxury SUVs like the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover are only available as luxury vehicles, other luxury SUVs, like the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, are built for convenience, tech, and off-road adventure.

So how do the two match up? This will be interesting.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is an icon for the Jeep brand. Two rows, five passengers, it’s built to be unique and for what the Jeep is known for – off-road glory! But when Jeep put the all-powerful SRT-tuned 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine under the Grand Cherokee’s hood, Jeep decided to match its high-end performance with high-end features. With record-breaking times and award-winning features exclusive to the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, the Jeep brand has reached new heights. MSRP starting at $66,895.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

It may already seem like an unfair advantage – the Range Rover is a two-row five-passenger luxury SUV built by a luxury manufacturer. In the 2017 model year, it’s hard to say whether this is a luxury SUV capable of off-road mayhem, or a master of roads with luxury features as a plus. Given we’re looking at luxury and power, we’re going to go with the supercharged model, powered by the strongest engine in the lineup, a 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 engine. MSRP starting at $103,895.

Wow we have quite the battle going on here, so let’s dive right in.

Performance

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine capable of generating 475-horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission tuned for performance, it goes from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Locked into four-wheel drive (4WD), or 4×4, it makes great use of the Jeep 4×4 system, Quadra-Trac SRT.

The Quadra-Trac SRT is a full-time 4×4 system that offers superior performance in all driving conditions. Built to handle the power and torque provided by the SRT engine, this system maintains rear-wheel traction by sending 100 percent of available torque to the rear wheel that has traction if the other is slipping. It also comes with a five-mode Selec-Track system for: low range crawl ratio, FWD, 4WD part-time, 4WD full-time, and 4WD low range.

In contrast, the strongest engine in the Range Rover lineup is a 5.0-liter Supercharged V8. At first glance, one would think it’s not as powerful, but being a supercharged engine, it actually has an output of 510-horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 in 5.1 seconds – it has 40 more units of power, but it’s a little slower to launch. For off-road performance, the Range Rover Supercharged is also locked into a 4WD drivetrain.

The Range Rover’s 4×4 system is more so a variation of the Jeep Selec-Terrain System, under the name of “Terrain Response 2”. There is an electronically controlled transfer case included with this system however, which allows for torque transfer automatically if the vehicle senses a need to adjust to the terrain/driving conditions. However, some statistics claim 90 percent of luxury SUV consumers don’t ever leave the pavement, thus the factory has improved the AWD system for roads versus off-road rock-crawling, though the capability to do so is still there.

Style

Okay so we all expect some pretty nifty features for these two luxury vehicles. A little side-by-side specs should help clear things up.

FeatureGrand Cherokee SRTRange Rover Supercharged
Exterior
Headlamps/Automatic?Bi-xenon HID, LED daytime; YesXenon with LED; Yes
SunroofOptional (Dual-Pane)Sliding Panoramic
Exterior MirrorsHeated with Memory and Turn SignalsTurn Signals
Power TailgateYesYes
WindshieldTintedHeated
Rain-sensing wipersYesYes
Deep Tint Sunscreen GlassYesNo
Wheels20-inch forged 5-spoke polished21-inch ten-spoke alloy
Interior
Seating TrimLeather perforated SRT with SuedeOxford Leather
Steering Wheel; Mounted Audio ControlsLeather wrapped and Heated; YesX
ShifterLeather-wrappedNo
60/40 split-foldYesNo
Seat Adjustment8-way Power Driver/Passenger with Memory14-way Power Driver/Passenger with Memory
Heated SeatsFront and Second-rowFront and Rear
Ventilated SeatsFrontFront
Noise ControlYesNo
Auto-Dimming Rear View MirrorYesYes
Auto-Dimming Exterior MirrorYesNo
Cargo CompartmentsTie-down Loops and Storage NetNo
Cargo Space68.7 cubic-feet82.8 cubic-feet
A/C ControlAutomatic, Dual-zoneAutomatic, 3-zone

Jeez that’s a lot of great stuff. Depending on what you’re looking for, one vehicle may have the advantage where the other does not, and vice-versa.

Technology

The tech in a vehicle can also give one or the other the upper-hand. Let’s take a look.

FeatureGrand Cherokee SRTRange Rover Supercharged
Sound SystemHarman-Kardon 19-speaker (optional)Meridian Auto 13-speaker
RadioSiriusXM and HDSatellite and HD
Touchscreen8.4-inch10.2-inch
Video System (s)Blu-Ray and Rear Seat, optionalNo
GPS NavigationYesYes
BluetoothYesNo, but voice controlled
InfotainmentUconnect 8.4 NAV and Access (+ Apps)InControl Infotainment and Apps

A little crunched, but both of these vehicles are pretty similar aside from Bluetooth and various video systems to keep passengers entertained.

Safety

When it comes to safety, most vehicles are similar but differ depending on the advanced safety feature systems available.

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has traction and stability control systems, an advanced multistage front airbag system, supplemental and side-curtain front and rear airbags, active head restraints, an enhanced accident response system, Keyless enter-n-go, LATCH ready child seat anchors, a ParkView rear back-up camera, and a Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System with engine immobilization.

Advanced systems include – adaptive cruise control with stop, blind spot and cross path detection, full speed forward collision warning plus automatic braking, LaneSense lane departure warning plus, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

Jeep vehicles are protected by a three-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover has traction and stability control systems, driver and passenger airbags, keyless entry, a rearview backup camera, and engine immobilization.

Advanced systems are adaptive cruise control, blind spot and reverse traffic detection, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, 360-degree surround camera system, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

Land Rover vehicles are protected by a four-year or 50,000-mile basic warranty, a four-year or 50,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance (restrictions apply), and corrosion/perforation coverage for six years and unlimited miles.

Both of these luxury SUVs are very closely matched in all categories. One may out do the other in some aspects, where the other falls just behind. Are you looking for a vehicle for luxury, or a vehicle that can handle off-road adventure and still be luxurious and comfortable on the inside? Check out our Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT models here.

Safety

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The Grand Cherokee SRT has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Grand Cherokee SRT and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Grand Cherokee SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 14 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee SRT’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 supercharged V6, 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid and 5.0 supercharged V8 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 Grand Cherokee SRT’s reliability 18 points higher than the Range Rover Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 28th in reliability. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 135 more horsepower (475 vs. 340) and 138 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 332) than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 95 more horsepower (475 vs. 380) and 138 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 332) than the Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 77 more horsepower (475 vs. 398) and 175 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 295) than the Range Rover Sport P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport S.C. V6:

 Grand Cherokee SRTRange Rover Sport
Zero to 60 MPH4.4 sec5.7 sec
Quarter Mile13.1 sec14.3 sec
Speed in 1/4 Mile103.6 MPH96.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee SRT’s fuel efficiency. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Grand Cherokee SRT has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 22.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Grand Cherokee SRT’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 Grand Cherokee SRTRange Rover Sport
Front Rotors15 inches13.7 inches
Rear Rotors13.78 inches12.8 inches

The Grand Cherokee SRT stops much shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

 Grand Cherokee SRTRange Rover Sport 
60 to 0 MPH106 feet125 feetMotor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Grand Cherokee SRT has larger tires than the Range Rover Sport (295/45R20 vs. 235/65R19). The Grand Cherokee SRT’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Sport (295/45R20 vs. 275/40R22).

The Grand Cherokee SRT’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Grand Cherokee SRT has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover Sport.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Grand Cherokee SRT can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Grand Cherokee SRT handles at .88 G’s, while the Range Rover Sport HSE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Grand Cherokee SRT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Sport HSE (25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (38 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The Grand Cherokee SRT’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (38 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Grand Cherokee SRT is 5.1 inches narrower than the Range Rover Sport, making the Grand Cherokee SRT easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The Grand Cherokee SRT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Grand Cherokee SRT has .5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Grand Cherokee SRT has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Sport with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 7.8 cubic feet). The Grand Cherokee SRT has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Sport with its rear seat folded (68.3 vs. 55.8 cubic feet).

Towing

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While the Range Rover Sport SVR can only tow 6613, any Grand Cherokee SRT can tow a minimum of 7200 pounds.

Ergonomics

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The Grand Cherokee SRT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Range Rover Sport does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Grand Cherokee SRT has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Grand Cherokee SRT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Range Rover Sport.

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