2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV

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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 13, 2019


The Jeep Grand Cherokee series has always astonished us with its power and practicality. The Trackhawk may be at the top of the lineup but you can never go wrong with its slightly less powered SRT cousin. It doesn't have a big 707-horsepower V8 to obliterate everything in its path. Still, the more humble 6.4L variant is plentiful for almost all your needs. Whether it is a rushing lap at the track, a calm drive along the back roads, or a family camping trip, the Grand Cherokee SRT delivers without a hitch.

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Pros

Robust V8 engine

Good off-road capability

Exceptional ride quality

Generous cargo and passenger space

Cons

Interior could be better for its price

Fuel economy not up to par

Mediocre safety scores

What's New?

No major changes for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$68645

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

392 cu.in.

horsepower

475 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

470 lbs.-ft @ 4300 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.7/64.8

dimensions

wheelbase

114.8 in.

length

191.3 in.

width

84.8 in.

height

67.6 in.

curb weight

5104 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40 cu ft.

cargo volume

36.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

1350 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/19 mpg

highway range

467.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Bright White Clear Coat color  2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat color  2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Moss Green Metallic color  2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Sting Gray Clear Coat color  2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV in Velvet Red Pearl Coat color
Bright White Clear Coat

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Ratings

Features

7.3

Interior

7.5

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV SRT

SRT

power
475 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
15 combined

$68,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV 4WD (6.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $68,395 MSRP (13/15/19) 475 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5   Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat
  Velvet Red Pearl Coat
  Ivory 3 Coat
  Sting-Gray Clear Coat
  Diamond Black Crystal Pearl Coat
  Redline 2 Pearl Coat

Expert Review

7.2

Overall Rating


2019 Jeep Cherokee SRT is one of those SUVs that can truly be called the jack of all trades. Its V8 engine is more than enough to get the blood pumping during spirited driving. And you'll want to do that a lot in the Grand Cherokee SRT. Its handling dynamics resemble more of a sports car than a family SUV. As such, you'll immediately be tempted to look for a nearby race track for burning up a few laps, and the SRT won't disappoint. On the outside, too, the Grand Cherokee reeks of a thoroughbred that gives a clear statement that it doesn't mess around when it comes to performance.

However, the sports SUV segment is not that desolate. There are several rivals that challenge the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT for the top spot. The Mercedes-Benz GLE class has a broad range of options to choose from. The AMG GLE 43 benefits from a good safety record and a well-equipped driver aids suite. On the other hand, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR offers a bolder 575-horsepower V8 drivetrain, dwarving the SRT in terms of performance.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Front Three-Quarter View
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Front Three-Quarter View
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Rear Three-Quarter View
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Rear Three-Quarter View

7.3/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Features

7.3/10

For its price, the Grand Cherokee SRT certainly comes well-equipped. The comfort and luxury inside the cabin can almost make someone mistake it for a full-size luxury sedan. Yet, it is not all about keeping the passengers cozy. The SRT trim gets a Hemi V8 engine that puts out over 470 horsepower to all four wheels. Additionally, the Quadra-Trac system and an adaptive suspension get the traction going. So, no matter if your encountering trails leading to Yellowstone or trying to perfect you Chicane apex, the SRT never feels out of control.

Trim

SRT

MSRP

$69,640

Engine

6.4-Litre Naturally Aspirated V8 engine

Key Features

Heated and Ventilated Front Leather Seats with Suede Inserts

 

Race-Inspired Interior with Flat-Bottom Steering Wheel and Carbon Fiber Accents

 

20-Inch Satin Carbon Split Five-Spoke Wheels with Run-Flat Tires

 

Yellow Brembo High-Performance Brakes

 

Power 4-way Lumbar Adjust

 

Power-adjustable 8-way Driver seat with memory

 

Active Damping Suspension

 

Quadra-Trac with Dynamic Drive Modes

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The SRT constitutes the second most powerful trim of the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup. As such it tones down a bit from the crazy Trackhawk, stripping it just enough to make the SUV more practical whilst retaining the fun aspects in a balanced way.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Engine and Performance

"The Grand Cherokee SRT is an exercise in overkill, but its sports-car-rivaling grip and roaring Hemi make it a performance powerhouse." -Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The 6.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 in the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is an extremely exciting engine. It growls every time you floor the pedal down, pops when it upshifts and downshifts, provided you have track or sports mode on. If you don’t want to burn fuel at an unprecedented rate, you can switch to Eco mode, which removes the purrs and muffles the growl.

You get an 8-speed automatic transmission in the Jeep, capable of manual shifts. The gear changes are smooth when driving in relaxed modes but instantly changes character when the modes change.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Dodge Durango SRT

Mercedes AMG GLE 43 SUV

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S SUV

BMW X6 M

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Porsche Cayenne S

MSRP

$69,640

$64,390

$68,150

$110,200

$105,700

$80,985

$83,950

Engine

6.4L V8

6.4L V8

3.0L Twin Turbo V6

5.5L Twin Turbo V8

4.4L TwinPower Turbo V8

5.0L Supercharger V8

2.9L V6 Twin Turbo

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

475 hp@ 6000 rpm

475 hp@ 6000 rpm

385 hp@ 6100rpm

577 hp @ 5,500 rpm

567 @ 6000–6500

550 hp@ 6500 rpm

440 hp@ 5700rpm

Torque(bl.-ft.)

470 @ 4300 rpm

470 @ 4300rpm

384 @ 2500rpm

561 @ 1,750 rpm

553 @ 2200 rpm

502 @ 3500rpm

405 @ 1800 rpm

On the upper end of the spectrum, you have the BMW X6, which is perhaps the sanest car here. Then there is the lovely Jaguar F-pace, poetry expressed as a mechanical invention. The beauty offers a large 5-liter supercharged engine, the sound of which complements the look of the car. Porsche has a contender too, it’s the powerful Cayenne S (not the Turbo since it is too expensive).

Acceleration

Press the pedal down, and you’re mind boggled with a surge of power that submerges you back into your seat. This means the SRT sprints to the 0-60 mph mark in just 4.4 seconds and the quarter-mile run in 12.9 seconds which is a supercar shaming number considering the hefty weight of SRT.

Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Dodge Durango SRT

Mercedes AMG GLE 43 SUV

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S SUV

BMW X6 M

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Porsche Cayenne S

0-60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.4 sec

5.6 sec

4.1 sec

4.1 sec

4.1 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter mile

13.1 sec

12.9 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

13.3 sec

Engine

6.4-liter V8

6.4-liter V8

3.0-Litre V6 Twin Turbo

5.5-Litre Twin-Turbo V8

4.4L V8 TwinPower Turbo

5.0-Litre Supercharged V8

2.9-Litre V6 Twin Turbo

Emission

9.8

8.4

9.3

11.8

9.3

8.1

7.3

The Beemer and the Merc tie with the Jag at 4.1 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the SRT Jeep. Not bad at all for a bulky full-sized American muscle SUV.

Ride and Handling

The ride and handling portions in the Grand Cherokee are well “handled”. The underpinnings on the SRT model enables it to corner like a much smaller car. The SRT’s suspension is stiffer still, all in the interest is even slicker handling. Thanks to its adaptive suspension, you always get a much more relaxed ride as compared to regular SUVs. But don't let that fool you. Once you hit the rough terrain, the Grand Cherokee SRT is willing and able to get you over most obstacles.

Braking

There are Brembo brakes on all wheels, with yellow-painted calipers no less, distinguishing the car from the regular Grand Cherokees. The Jeep’s braking is a teeth-shattering affair, owing to the extreme bulk of the car. The car instantly makes you aware of its heavyweight every time you go near the brake pedal. The SRT is 400 pounds lighter than its cousin, Dodge Durango SRT. Sadly, Dodge hasn’t yet made a Hellcat version of the Durango to play with Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Dodge Durango SRT

Mercedes AMG GLE 43 SUV

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S SUV

BMW X6 M

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Porsche Cayenne S

Brake Front (in.)

15

15

14.8

15.4

15.6

15.6

15.3

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

13.8

13.6

13.6

15.2

15.6

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5104

5510

4987

5225

5,080

4395

4454

60-0 MPH (ft.)

106

110

N/A

N/A

106

105

105

The lighter Jeep posts a phenomenal braking distance of just 106 feet for a 60-0 MPH braking test. The figures for the SVR Jag haven’t been tested yet, but considering that the standard F-pace takes just 102 feet to come to a halt from 60 MPH, the SVR ought to be good.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Fuel Economy

Discussing gas mileage in a large powerful V8 is only a formality, especially when the V8 is fitted into a heavy SUV. The 392 Hemi engine manages a 13 MPG figure in the city and 19 on the highway. The Trackhawk you ask? 11 and 17 MPG for the same.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Dodge Durango SRT

Mercedes AMG GLE 43 SUV

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S SUV

BMW X6 M

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Porsche Cayenne S

MPG (city)

13

13

17

14

17

16

N/A

MPG (highway)

19

19

23

18

22

22

N/A

MPG (combined)

15

15

19

15

20

18

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

24.6

24.6

24.6

24.6

21.9

21.7

23.7

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Interior

7.5/10

"The Grand Cherokee impresses with its quality interior materials. The upper trim levels, in particular, have soft leather upholstery with aesthetically pleasing color combinations and stitching patterns. Everything feels solidly put together." -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

There are many things the Grand Cherokee can do. Seating 7 people aren't on that list. The only SUV in the segment which does not offer a third row of seats, the Grand Cherokee can seat 2 adults in the front cabin and is comfortable for 2 in the rear too. Officially, you can seat 3 people in the back, but as they say, three is a crowd.

The interior quality is pretty premium though, and if you love to be surrounded by exquisite yet sporty leathers, then these cars don’t disappoint. You also have the option of carbon fiber inserts on the interiors of the SRT trim, which look very sporty.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Dodge Durango SRT

Mercedes AMG GLE 43 SUV

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S SUV

BMW X6 M

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Porsche Cayenne S

Passenger capacity

5

6

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.9/58.5/40.3

40.4/58.5/40.3

40.4/58.5/40.3

39.3/60.5/40.3

37.8/57.7/40.3

N/A

Second 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.2/58.0/38.6

39.8/57.7/38.6

38.5/58.4/38.4

38.5/58.4/38.4

37.2/57.9/35.6

37.5/55.8/37.2

N/A

Most performance SUVs don’t bother with anything more than 5 adults, and third-row seats are just added weight. 4 adults can sit comfortably in all the seats, or you could have 3 kids in the back.

Infotainment

These Jeeps comes standard with an 8.4-inch Touchscreen Display and uses Uconnect software as its interface. Some of the other standard features are listed below:

  • Bluetooth Phone and Audio
  • Voice Control
  • USB Port
  • AUX Input
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Real-time Traffic and Weather (optional)
  • Satellite Navigation (Optional)

Cargo volume

The lack of a third-row liberates a lot of space in the back. The trunk volume is over 35 cubic feet, and you can simply lift the tailgate and have a picnic inside. You can also fold the second-row seats to liberate more than 30 additional cubic feet.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Dodge Durango SRT

Mercedes AMG GLE 43 SUV

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S SUV

BMW X5 M

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Porsche Cayenne S

Cargo Capacity(ft.3)

35.1

17.2

38.2

38.2

33.9

33.5

27.1

The Mercedes adds practicality to its performance SUV by offering the biggest boot of all here, good for 38 cubic feet of storage space. The Durango has the smallest boot amongst the competition, followed by Cayenne, which has a 10 cubic feet advantage over a Durango (without the last row folded, of course).

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Exterior

"The Grand Cherokee’s shape is less aggressive than some of its rivals, but still retains the cues of iconic Jeeps: it still has the right proportions, trapezoidal wheel arches, and a seven-slot grille." -Car and Driver

Design and Styling

The design for the 2019 model has been carried over from the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The sleek headlamp design and the signature 7-horizontal slit front grille capture the onlookers’ eye in an instant. The rear is simple and classy too, with a clean, uncluttered look. There isn’t much to distinguish the SRT and Trackhawk from the rest of the lineup, except for the badges and perhaps the painted brake calipers. And that’s not a bad thing. Imagine a kid in a sports car revving his engine next to you at a stop light. The lights turn green, you pull ahead, and that’s when he knows that he messed with the wrong car.

Weight and Dimensions

The Jeep has a lot of weight under its skin, with the base model tipping the scales in excess of 2 and a half tons. It isn’t very large in terms of dimensions when compared to many of its rivals, mainly because it doesn’t need to fit in the third row of seats. The weight does hinder the cornering and braking a bit, but you’d have to discover the limits of the car to realize that. Managing the car in city traffic is quite difficult a little difficult, obviously, and the car feels like a caged beast ready to rip the car in the front to shreds.

Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Dodge Durango SRT

Mercedes AMG GLE 43 SUV

Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S SUV

BMW X6 M

Jaguar F-pace SVR

Porsche Cayenne S

Curb weight (lbs.)

5104

5510

4987

5225

5170

4395

4454

Length(in)

191.3

201.2

189.6

191.0

194.3

186.5

193.7

Width(in)

77.1

75.8

76.2

84.3

78.9

81.5

78.1

Height(in)

67.6

71.9

69.5

69.3

69.0

65.0

66.8

Ground clearance (in)

8.3

8

6.7

9.1

8.7

8.4

8.2

Wheelbase (in)

114.8

119.8

114.8

114.8

117.1

113.1

114.0

Track width (in) F/R

65.7/64.8

64.4/64.7

65.1/65.9

65.9/66.7

66.1/66.9

64.6/65.1

66.2/65.9

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Safety

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee has some good safety features onboard too. Nevertheless, it is not a perfect car in terms of safety by any means. It has received mediocre safety ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA, partly due to the fact that it fails to ensure the driver-side chassis integrity in a frontal crash.

Safety Features

  • Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist System

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Competition

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs Dodge Durango SRT

Both the Grand Cherokees, SRT and Trackhawk, borrow their engine from the Dodge family. The 392 Hemi on the SRT is the same as the one on the Durango. Power and performance are similar if not the same, but the Durango offers a third-row seating option as well, which adds seating capacity of one more (Durango only seats 2 people in every row). The Jeep feels much more premium though, both in the way it drives and how the build quality is, which probably is much more important to a lifestyle product like this.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs BMW X6

What does one of the finest German manufacturers offer against the brawny Jeep SRT? The X6, without a doubt. The large Beemer officially isn’t an SUV though, it’s a Sports Activity Coupe, an SUV with immense driving pleasure and gorgeous coupe styling. Against the SRT, Beemer has the upper hand in power, but against the Trackhawk, it has a lot less power, and to be honest, it is a lot less practical as well. It is much more of a show off though, and will surely fetch you more attention than the Jeep. They both do a good job on a racetrack, although the X6 would feel much more at home there.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV Final Verdict

If you are looking for a performance SUV, we’d happily suggest you go for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. It has a lot of power, handles well, and sounds badass when on the full clip. Sure it is not as powerful as its meaner brother, the Trackhawk, but you have to ask yourself if you really need that much power for a vehicle with space for 5 people.