Coming from a Touareg and doing most of the maintenance on it myself I can see where the Jeep has the edge in pricing. Because of the use of lower priced parts and omitting certain systems the jeep can offer the value over The European segment SUVs like Q7 or an X5, ML, Range.
High Marks for jeep in the Compiling a quality vehicle that is leaps and bounds ahead of anything that was offered by Jeep before.
Here are some areas where Jeep cuts costs in relation to the others:
- Stamped steel upper control arms
- windshield wiper arms(no expensive aero arms here)
- The lack of actual wired brake wear sensors at each axle.(they are still using those annoy contact sensors that contuiously squeal)
- The lack of upholstered A, B, C Plllar Cladding on the interior
- Module connections for Headlight that terminate into one single connection per headlight.
- The lack of a Popper switch for the tailgate (like the rear window release)
That list was made to be objective in noting that eventhough the WK2 is garnering comparison to Range Rover, BMW and Audi from a material quality standpoint or some one that pays attention to that level of European engineering The JGC has closed the gap but still has some ways to go.
For those same reasons the Jeep is lighter overall and will cost less to maintain or repair. Overall and this is why traded my Beloved 2004 Touareg. The Jeep is so good where it really matters that there is not much I miss. Eventhough I did not get the Limited which would have been comparable to the touareg I traded I don't miss my old car.
The Touareg was not perfect, but jeep took the good parts of the first Generation touareg and mixed it into their own recipe and definitely gave is a SUV that has more European flavor than it even had.
Get the Jeep put some good tires on it some synthetic in the crankcase and enjoy the drive.
Some of you may think I am being forward by comparing the JGC to the Touareg but if you have worked on one or owned one you will see many of the similarities.
One glaring similiarity is the battery under the one of the front seats. S