Which small off-road SUV would YOU rather own, the Jeep Cherokee or Range Rover Evoque? Please, vote in our latest poll so we can find out which one is more popular!
You don’t need to go big to get home. Small off-roaders can be just as capable as larger utility vehicles. The Jeep Cherokee and Range Rover Evoque prove this, but which one is better? Let’s explore …
The Native-American-tribe-themed Jeep is motivated by one of two different engines: a base four-cylinder unit or an optional 3.2-liter version of FCA’s award-winning Pentastar V6. The latter option is good for 271 horses and 239 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is a nine-speed automatic.
Cherokees are also offered with a three, yes THREE different four-wheel-drive systems for claimed best-in-class off-road performance. Jeep Drive Active Lock is the most capable, providing a two-speed power-transfer unit, a dedicated low-range and even a locking rear differential for maximum grip in sloppy conditions.
As for the Range Rover, it features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the sole engine offered in the U.S. It provides 240 horses and 250 lb-ft of torque, all of which is routed through a nine-speed automatic. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be! This is essentially the same ZF gearbox used in the Cherokee.
The Evoque features an active driveline with rear-wheel torque-vectoring. This system can automatically switch between two-and four-wheel drive. It also has Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which allows you to adjust how the vehicle behaves in different situations, from sand to mud and everything in between.
And that’s a quick look at the Jeep Cherokee and Range Rover Evoque. Which one do YOU prefer? Please, vote in our latest poll, but if you still need more information feel free to compare these off-road-capable crossovers right here.