Re: What other Diesel does the Jeep drive like?
I drove a 13MY Touareg and an Audi Q5 (plus others, eg LR Evoque, Kia) before I decided on the Jeep. it drives like neither, it is quite different (which makes me think it would be completely different to the BMW also). The Touareg drives like an oversized VW Golf - it really is like driving a car. The diesel engine is a bit noiser in the Touareg when pulling away (more clatter) but on the road the Jeep drives like a - well, like a traditional 4x4. It's big, brash, not great in corners and is like driving a brick with loads of grunt. The VW & Audis were more like driving their car equivalent - much easier to drive if you're used to a car, seemingly less power in their engines. It's a completely different experience, it's hard to compare them directly. The JGC does drive very similarly to my old Touareg though (MY2006, 4.2V8) or my old Range-Rover (MY2000 4.6HSE). My partner & I both agreed that the German cars drive much better than the Jeep in terms of ease of driving, stability, car-like experience - she preferred the Audi but I still went for the Jeep because it is essentially a different experience. I think if you look at it along the lines of a German 4x4 is essentially a car upscaled to 4x4 and increased space, whereas a Jeep/Landrover is a traditional 4x4 coming down the scale to make a more car-like driving experience but not losing their 4x4 heritage or capabilities, then this would be a better comparison. Therefore all these reviews of Jeep GC vs Touareg are really a waste of time - they are SO different because their designs are based on different philosophies.
I would say you need to drive them to see what I mean. If you want a traditional 4x4 drive, go for the Jeep - and try maybe a Landrover Discovery, this should be similar dynamics. If you want a car-like drive with 4x4 capability and loads of room, consider a German car.