On this episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman drags two diesels through the dirt, showing off their capabilities as well as why more automakers should adopt diesel engines. The offroad capabilities of both vehicles are tested to find out which diesel will come out on top: the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel or the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg.
The episode opens up with Jonny Lieberman explaining why the quintessentially American Jeep is surprisingly similar to anything the iconic German brand would make. They’re midsize SUVs, both five-seaters, and both cost around $55,000. Both are diesels, getting over 26 mpg, showing just why diesels are on the rise in the US. Both SUVs even have turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engines producing 240 horsepower, although the Jeep has a slight advantage in torque. The current model for the Touareg was also introduced in 2011, and Lieberman thinks it’s the best-looking SUV on the road, whereas he thinks the recently refreshed 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee suffers from too much chrome.
On the road, the Jeep feels more luxurious, with the Volkswagen feeling “sportier,” however the steering on the Volkswagen on the road is better than that of the Jeep. To Lieberman, the 2004-2010 Touareg has so much that the 2013 just doesn’t have, including the different drive options and V10 twin turbo engine. The new one “feels like a big Passat.” Offroad, the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s low-range gears, more nimble steering, adjustable suspension, give it an edge, although the Volkswagen didn’t disappoint.
So which came out on top? You’ll have to click the video below to find out.
Source: Motor Trend via YouTube