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Head to Head: 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport

When you’re looking for a capable off-roading machine with legendary off-road capabilities for less than $40,000, then look no further than than an SUV. Today’s head to head is the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Competitors to the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Land Rover Discovery Sport include the Lexus NX, Infiniti QX50, Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV, BMW X3, Toyota Highlander or 4Runner, Honda HR-V or Pilot, Subaru Forester, and other great all-wheel drive SUVS. However, today, we’re comparing the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport.

While the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with 4×4 has an MSRP of $39,365* (base price of $29,999*), whereas the 2016 Discovery Sport SE with 4WD starts at an MSRP of $37,455* (the SE is the base model).


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Exterior Designs

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited offers the quintessential Jeep looks with the wide and Jeep’s vertical front grille, aggressive front headlights, chrome accents, and 17-inch wheels (18-inch optional) covered in P245/70R17 on- and off-roading tires.

Land Rover’s 2016 Discovery Sport SE offers the distinctive looks of a Land Rover and features horizontal chromed grille flanked by automatic headlights. You also get front and rear recovery hooks to help your buddy get out of the mud.

There are lots of cool external bits, but we’ll address these later in the article since they’re relating to off-road performance.


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Interior Style

All the rough stuff is left outside for both these vehicles. One key difference includes the standard heated front seats in the Grand Cherokee which are an added option on the Discovery Sport.

Jeep has given the Grand Cherokee standard 5-passenger seating with standard leather-trimmed seats, detail stitching, and open-pore wood, and available dual screen entertainment systems for rear-seat passengers. The infotainment system is a standard 6-speaker system, with options for a 9-speaker Harmon Kardon system with Logic 7 surround sound. Standard is the UConnect 5.0 system with a 5-inch touchscreen, AM and FM radio, AUX jack and USB port, iPod integration, Blutooth connectivity, and more. There are also options for the Uconnect 8.4 system with more features and a Uconnect 8.4 system with navigation.

Over in the Land Rover Discover Sport, you’ll get partially leather electric seats with room for 5 passengers (option for third-row seating), aluminum finishes, and more. The Discovery Sport offers Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming through a 10-speaker audio system. There’s also a slew of power chargers, an AUX jack, two USB ports, and an 8-inch TFT screen for the infotainment system. There’s also one more TFT display in the driver’s cluster.


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Here’s where the competition gets tough, as both of these vehicles are seriously capable off-roading machines.

Jeep has fitted the 2016 Grand Cherokee Laredo with the Selec-Terrain system to ensure you always have the correct capability for whatever road you’re driving on and the Quadra-Trac II 4WD system with a 3.45 rear axle ratio and conventional front- and rear-axle differentials (not heavy duty). All this is connected to a 3.6L V6 engine capable of 295 horsepower and towing 7,200 lbs. You can even get your Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel with 240 horsepower but 420-lb.ft. of torque or a 5.7L HEMI V8 creating 360 horsepower. Get the Off-Road Adventure II package for the Trail-Rated capability.

Land Rover’s Terrain Response system offers the right power for any kind of road you meet. It also offers a 23.6-inch wading depth, an 8.3-inch ground clearance, a 25-degree approach angle, 21-degree ramp angle, and 31-degree departure angle. Hill descent control, hill start assist, trailer stability, and more. Powering the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a 2.0L turbocharged inline -cylinder creating 240 horsepower and 250-lb.ft. of torque, connected to a 9-speed automatic transmission.

While Jeep offers more capable off-roading packages, Land Rover offers more luxurious options.


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Both SUVs have the full slew of airbags, traction and stability control systems, electronic brake assist with brake-force distribution, alarms, LATCH anchors, and more. Neither vehicle offers blinds spot monitoring or other radar-assisted technologies until higher trim models that put you well above $40,000.


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We would love to see not one or the other of these two extraordinary SUVs in our driveway, but both. The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited is capable and rugged with a few more standard bits while the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport is capable and refined with European design.

To test drive the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, please call or visit your local AutoNation Jeep retailer, today! Check out your local AutoNation-affiliated Land Rover store for a test drive of the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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