Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs Porsche Macan Turbo
New Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT adds some muscle to the SUV class with its rumbling V8, but can it knock out the brilliant Porsche Macan Turbo?
How much bang you get for your buck is an important equation in the new car market – especially when it comes to cars like these.
SUVs are big business, and high-performance models such as our duo here sit at the very top of the range, enticing buyers with something a little bit different.
Or very different in the case of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Big American muscle cars have never really made sense in the UK, but Jeep has come up with an appealing all-terrain hotrod simply by installing its 6.4-litre ‘Hemi’ V8 in the Grand Cherokee off-roader body.
The £63,995 SRT is actually a bit of a bargain, because the rivals that offer similar space and pace are around £30,000 more expensive.
The question is, is it worth sacrificing size for cost with the Macan, or can the ‘cut-price’ Grand Cherokee SRT offer everything you’d want from a big, fast SUV?
We pitched Porsche against Jeep to find out.
Car group tests
- New Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 2019 review
- Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 2017 review
- Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk review
- Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT review
- New Jeep Grand Cherokee 2014
Used car tests
Click the links above to read individual reviews, and scroll down to see which performance SUV comes out on top...
The Macan is 147mm shorter than the SRT, and although the Jeep has the tighter turning circle, the Porsche is easier to manoeuvre. Its £332 optional reversing camera helps here, too, although visibility in both is good. The Macan feels the more compact car to drive as well, and has a higher-quality, more upmarket interior.
Despite the Porsche’s sloping roofline, there’s still lots of headroom in the back. The wheelbase is similar to the SRT’s, so there’s also good rear legroom. It can’t compete with the Jeep for outright space, though – taller adults will still find the Grand Cherokee roomier.
Both cars have huge pace, so benefit from uprated brakes. The Jeep’s Brembos are good, but the Porsche’s optional ceramic-composite system is better. It stopped the Turbo from 70mph in 44.5m – that’s shorter than some sports cars.
1st place: Porsche Macan
By combining the image, comfort and practicality of a high-riding SUV with driving dynamics most sports cars would kill for, the Macan Turbo rises to the top. And most buyers will sacrifice some space for the higher-quality finish, plus the pace and on-road prowess of the Porsche. Stronger residuals, lower running costs and a more attractive badge cement the victory.
2nd place: Jeep Grand Cherokee
The SRT packs plenty of feel-good factor, with a gargantuan V8 snorting away under the bonnet and its bold and brutish American styling. But even the relative value and decent practicality of this hot Grand Cherokee can’t topple the mighty Macan. Nearly £64,000 is a lot to pay and it doesn’t drive well enough or feel special enough inside compared to the standard version.
Other options you might consider…
Porsche Cayenne GTS
Price: £73,448 Engine: 3.6-litre V6, 434bhp
It matches the Jeep for size, offers similar practicality and is almost on par on pace, but the Cayenne GTS is a lot more expensive. Your money buys far more composure in corners and. like the Macan, much more of a premium feel than in the SRT.
Audi S6 Avant
Price: £58,545 Engine: 4.0-litre V8, 444bhp
Alternatively, you could go for a conventional choice with an Audi S6 Avant. The estate body means lots of usability, while quattro 4WD makes for imperious all-weather ability. Best of all, it’s cheaper than the SRT and the Macan.
|Porsche Macan Turbo||Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT|
|On-the-road price/total as tested||£61,689/£76,163||£63,995/£66,465|
|Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000)||£30,801/49.9%||£20,299/31.7%|
|Annual tax liability std/higher rate||£4,392/£8,783||£4,650/£9,300|
|Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)||£2,985/£4,975||£3,310/£5,516|
|Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost||44/£716/K/£290||50/£932/M/£505|
|Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service||£480/£550/£480||£250/£312/£250|
|Peak power||394/6,000 bhp/rpm||461/6,250 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque||550/1,350 Nm/rpm||624/4,100 Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||7-spd auto/4wd||8-spd auto/4wd|
|Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel||75 litres/repair kit||93.5 litres/spare wheel|
|Boot capacity (seats up/down)||500/1,500 litres||782/1,554 litres|
|Turning circle/drag coefficient||12.0 metres/0.37Cd||11.6 metres/N/A|
|Basic warranty (miles)/recovery||3yrs(unlimited)/2yrs||3yrs (60,000)/3yrs|
|Service intervals/UK dealers||20k miles (2yrs)/36||6k miles (6mths)/73|
|Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.||6th/3rd||26th/29th|
|Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars||88/87/60/66/5||81/69/45/71/4 (2011)|
|0-60/30-70mph||4.3/4.0 secs||5.3/4.8 secs|
|30-50mph in 3rd/4th||2.3/3.4 secs||2.7/4.4 secs|
|50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th/8th||4.4/6.2/7.5/N/A||4.6/8.4/9.0/10.6 secs|
|Top speed/rpm at 70mph||165mph/1,900rpm||160mph/2,000rpm|
|Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph||68/54/58/67dB||70/52/60/68dB|
|Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range||21.4/4.7/353 miles||19.3/4.2/397 miles|
|Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket||305/208g/km/36%||338/327g/km/37%|
|Automatic ’box/stability/cruise control||Yes/yes/yes||Yes/yes/yes|
|Clim control/leather/heated seats||Yes/part/£284||Yes/part/yes|
|Met paint/xenon lights/keyless go||£608/yes/£477||£720/yes/yes|