Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 31 Mar 2020

These are two both luxury SUV’s, both have great big and thirsty V8 motors, both are luxurious in their own unique ways and both encompass SUV capabilities with a great big helping of sportscar performance. The only question left is, which is the one for you?

On paper, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers up bigger numbers in terms of performance, however, in the metal, the Range Rover offers up more in terms of svelte sophistication and European style luxury.

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography

  • Price: R1 724 350 (R1 840 650 as tested)
  • Engine: 5.0 litre supercharged V8
  • Power/Torque: 405 kW/680 Nm/542 BHP
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Fuel economy: 11.4 L/100 km (claimed)
  • Load space: 834-1 705 litres

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

  • Price: R2 200 000
  • Engine: 6.2 litre Hemi supercharged V8
  • Power/Torque: 523 kW/880 Nm/707 BHP
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Fuel economy: Don’t Ask – Fastest luxury SUV on the planet!

I hope that the video side-by-side gave you some further perspective of both vehicles. From my perspective, the choice between the two comes down to what you are most after as an individual. If you want sublime luxury and an engine which makes a great refined V8-growl, it’s hard to beat the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography with its heritage-proven 5.0-Litre Land Rover V8 and quilted leatherwork. The RR’s technological advancements are just simply on point, as is its form as the most complete Velar which I have ever had the privilege of driving.

This being said, if you are the kind of person that drives around with a baseball bat, or rather make that a massive hammer, the kind of person that is power-hungry and only the fastest on the planet will do, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers simply monumental power with its 6.2-Litre Hemi Hellcat V8 motor, a fully loaded spec as its only available spec and is truly sensational to drive.

It would be fair to argue that both vehicles make little sense, but what price can you put on showing what can be done and what is truly possible. If you want an SUV which has racing DNA, both will make you immensely happy!

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