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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2003. - 2005.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2007.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4

Dimensons & Volumes

4613 mm
1860 mm
1800 mm
552 liters
2047 liters
78 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4710 mm
1860 mm
1800 mm
750 liters
2000 liters
75 liters

Engine

Mercedes Benz
2.7 OM612 LO
Diesel
5 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2685 cc
163 hp
370 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Hyundai
2.9 J-Line
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2902 cc
163 hp
345 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1955 kg
13.0 s
168 km/h
10.9 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
8.7 l/100km
222 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1955 kg
11.2 s
190 km/h
12.5 l/100km
8.1 l/100km
9.7 l/100km
257 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1966 kg
13.4 s
172 km/h
11.9 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
9.1 l/100km
241 g/km

Expenses

4290 EUR
694 - 730 EUR
Price from
Tax
2500 EUR
694 - 730 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 5-door suv body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Mercedes Benz-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 5-cylinder, 10-valves 163hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 163hp engine designed by Hyundai.

Safety

Unfortunatelly, neither of the two vehicles was submitted to the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) testing. This makes it virtually impossible for me to pick one over the other and I'm generally against buying such cars as the safety should really always come first. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Korean car offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Hyundai as a brand displays somewhat better results, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Jeep with an average rating of 3.9, and models under the Hyundai badge with 4.6 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Grand Cherokee as average reliability-wise, and Terracan is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the American car rank it on average as 3.9, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.9 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Jeep is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 190 kilometers per hour, 22km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Korean car, averaging around 8.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (32 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to the American car.

Verdict

Hyundai appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Korean car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Jeep being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the Hyundai. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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