Which is better, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk or Range Rover Sport SVR?

Hi Paul, I am looking to purchase one of two 2018 used SUV choices, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk and the Range Rover Sport SVR. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Mustafa

Hello Mustapaha, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR are muscular 2.4 ton sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

Both cars are rowdy and will give you thundering starts. They leap into the air thanks to their supercharged V8 engines and benefit from instant braking thanks to Brembo brakes and electronic brake force distribution. Both the Trackhawk and SVR come with 4WD, eight-speed automatic transmissions and when you sit down in these two monsters and hit the gas pedals, you’ll instantly notice the difference.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is faster, growls and “bites” more than the Range Rover Sport SVR. The Trackhawk’s supercharged 6.2L V8 engine releases 707 horsepower under braking to go from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. This makes it the fastest SUV; faster than some known speed honchos such as the Aston Martin DB5 or Audi RS5.

The SVR’s 5.0L V8 supercharger blazes from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. The Jeep Trackhawk can be pushed to the redline with ease because it has a cast iron engine that absorbs all the heat and pressure on the go. The aluminum engine block of the Range Rover SVR makes you hesitate to reach the redline in case you crack it.

The Range Rover Sport SVR displays better handling, thanks to its selectable off-road programs and a clever anti-roll system. The SVR also exhibits good on-road grip, excellent cornering enhancement and better off-road handling. When driving over difficult terrain, you can feel the power transfer to the rear. The Trackhawk feels very unstable on takeoff, likely as it tries to cope with the massive 707 horsepower. Overall, the Trackhawk will leave the SVR behind in a drag race or head-to-head contest. However, the SVR feels more planted on the road.

The SVR has a surprisingly plusher cabin with luxurious leather finishes, which will help you forget the noise and din of its exhaust mufflers. The Jeep Trackhawk has a clever disguise of its plastic-coated cabin with Harman Kardon surround sound, a panoramic roof and adaptive car game entertainment. On the practical side, the Trackhawk has more spacious seats and cargo space.

Both the Track Hawk and the SVR have high safety standards with front and side airbags, intelligent seat belt pretensioning, ABS + electronic stability, lane assist and rear view cameras, among others. The Trackhawk tips the balance when it comes to safety with active head restraints, which protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash.

The Jeep has an assigned dealership in Uganda while the Range Rover SVR does not. This can create challenges in the event that the SVR develops a need to claim warranty repairs or perform online key programming, a dealer reserve. However, there are independent Range Rover and Land Rover mechanics trying to fill the void. Both car choices require a lot of maintenance as they age, although the nearly new 2018 ones offer trouble-free monitoring.

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