2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Review: First To The Checkered Flag

The current generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been around for some time, yet the midsize SUV somehow doesn't feel quite as old as it is. In SRT form, that's probably because it's difficult to tire of large-capacity V8 power, with the 6.4-liter churning out 475 horsepower to send this five-seater family off-roader to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. It's burly, addictive V8 power that can tackle more of the rough stuff than many competitors including the BMW X5 M50i and Mercedes-AMG GLE53. A feature-packed infotainment system and a generous standard specification are also highlights, but the Grand Cherokee isn't as spacious as the best offerings in the class and the V8 is frighteningly thirsty. Floor the throttle, though, and these flaws are quickly forgotten.

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Grand Cherokee SRT?

Jeep has made only minimal changes to the Grand Cherokee for 2020, and many of them don't affect the performance-oriented SRT at all.

Pros and Cons

  • Monstrous V8 power
  • Excellent off-road capability - if you dare
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Above-average tow ratings
  • Plenty of luxury features
  • Mediocre cabin space
  • Some interior materials feel a bit cheap
  • Heavy fuel consumption
  • Cabin storage spaces could be better

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SRT
6.4L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$68,895
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2020 Grand Cherokee SRT Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 191.3 in
  • Wheelbase 114.8 in
  • Height 67.6 in
  • Max Width 77.1 in
  • Front Width 65.7 in
  • Rear Width 64.8 in
  • Curb Weight 5,104.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Redline 2 Coat Pearl +$245
  • Green Metallic Clearcoat +$245
  • Slate Blue Pearlcoat +$245
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat +$245
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat +$245
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat +$245
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat +$245
  • Velvet Red Pearlcoat +$245
  • Ivory 3-Coat +$595
  • Bright White Clearcoat

2020 Grand Cherokee SRT Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    6.4L V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Grand Cherokee SRT gets a Blistein adaptive damping suspension as standard. It also has five pre-configured driving modes: Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, and Tow. With bigger wheels and the sport-tuned suspension, the performance SUV doesn't drive as smoothly as lower-powered Grand Cherokee models, but it's certainly a better handler. The steering is fairly heavy but reasonably communicative, and the Jeep holds on gamely through corners. Switching to Sport mode reduces shift times by as much as 50 percent when compared to Auto. It's not as athletic as a Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5, but both those SUVs cost far more than the Grand Cherokee.

The ride over brittle surfaces can be rather harsh, especially in Track mode (initiating a 30/70 torque split), but on smooth highways, the Grand Cherokee can transport a family of five to their destination in good comfort. You wouldn't want to risk scratching those giant wheels by taking the SRT off-road, and this more powerful version lacks the Selec-Terrain traction management system fitted to other Grand Cherokees. But it'll still clear obstacles that would befuddle many other midsize SUVs.

2020 Grand Cherokee SRT Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.2 in

2020 Grand Cherokee SRT Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 Grand Cherokee SRT Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT a good SUV?

It's impossible to judge the Grand Cherokee SRT (and the even more ballistic Trackhawk) by normal SUV standards, as both are completely dominated by their V8 engines that allow for endlessly addictive traffic light blasts. At the price, you won't find another SUV that provides such insane straight-line performance, and to the accompaniment of a burly V8 soundtrack. The slightly old-school styling also works well with the SRT's sporty add-ons, and we love the feature-rich and user-friendly infotainment system. Sure, there are SUVs that can haul more cargo, have more passenger space, and which have superior safety ratings, but none of these things are likely to be top of mind when you're behind the wheel. If you want equal performance and even more luxury, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 and BMW X5 M will be happy to provide it in bucketloads, but they're over $30,000 more expensive. As pointless and environmentally offensive as it is, we love the Grand Cherokee SRT.

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Comparisons

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Land Rover
BMW X5 M Uwe Fischer
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT475 hp13/19 mpg$71,270
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 355 hp19/26 mpg$83,000
BMW X5 M 600 hp13/18 mpg$108,900

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport follows a similar philosophy to the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Both are SUVs from manufacturers that are experts at producing capable off-roaders, but both prioritize on-road performance. At $68,650, the Range Rover Sport starts off at a nearly identical price point to the SRT, but with a 254-hp turbodiesel engine, it's not nearly as rapid, taking 7.2 seconds to 60. It's vastly more efficient than the SRT, though. The Range Rover Sport is better off-road, though, with superior approach/departure angles. It also has a classier cabin, but the SRT counters with a larger trunk. The range-topping Range Rover Sport SVR matches the SRT from 0-60 at 4.3 seconds, but it costs close to $50,000 more. If you want the more premium offering, it's the Range Rover Sport, but the Grand Cherokee SRT's price/performance ratio can't be matched.

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs BMW X5 M

As is so often the case, the German combatant to the Grand Cherokee SRT is a lot more expensive. The X5 M starts at $105,100 and has 600 horsepower from its 4.4-liter V8, enough for 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, eclipsing the SRT. The X5 is a much newer vehicle, though, so the cabin feels significantly more expensive than the Jeep's. The X5 is also not just fast, but goes around corners with more conviction than the Grand Cherokee. Plus, the BMW is well-equipped with features like four-zone climate control, a power panoramic moonroof, and 18-way power-adjustable front seats. Does that make it over $35,000 more valuable than the SRT, though? It's up to you to decide. As with the Range Rover Sport, the X5 M has brand cachet and status in its favor and, being newer, is the better overall SUV. But the Jeep is no less entertaining and will save you a decent sum of cash.

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