It seems like the XK is lighter overall and has more interior room. Also, I can get the diesel in the XK but not sure if its worth th price.
The XK is slightly longer, hence the third row seat, so I have my doubts that it's lighter than the WK. To get that third row in the XK they had to move the rear seat a bit forward so it lost a little leg room in the process.
I'm not aware of the diesel being offered in the XK in North America. The WK, yes, for a couple of years it had a 3.0 Mercedes oil burner.
All in all, I love my WK, but part of me thinks that I would have liked the XK more for it's better and more upright greenhouse and more storage space in the back.
I have thought about the 4.7 but just think I can justify the bigger engine for cruising around town mostly. The thing I was hoping for was to get somewhat descent mileage out of this thing. (Yeah I know the smaller engine has to work harder to produce the same power the bigger engine does, thus decreasing the mpg increase)
I wouldnt shy away from a 4.7 I just wasnt tlooking for one.
2006 WK 4.7 Laredo 4x4 Stock...looking for Mod's
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i own both and love both, but interestingly enough the only thing i dont like about the xk is the fact that bugs will splatter the windshield at 10 times the rate to the wk. wife is constantly needing to clean them off to see in the summer. its amazing that just a little angle on the windscreen makes the difference between gliding over on the wk, or smashing on the xk. a little more room in the xk with the third row down for storage, a little more head room for the front passangers in the xk, same leg room for everyone in first and second row xk and wk. better be short people riding in third row if for extended times. both great vehicles once you get past the bugs!
After I got hit and lost my old grand cherokee, I was looking to buy a commander. I really liked the styling and the room inside. The price was just not right for me so I found me a wk with a hemi and QDII. Very happy with my WK
The thing is that although there is a difference in the interior room between the WK and XK, the XK is a taller, but narrower vehicle than the WK. I had debated between the two also, but in all honesty, unless you're over 6 feet tall, you don't need the head room. And, if you need to carry a load in the cargo space, it's more likely that the item will be wider than it is taller. So, even though the WK has a smaller cargo area, I think it's dimension are easier to use than the tall and narrow XK.
They both share the same drive line and a bunch of parts. So I think it comes down to personal taste. I love the look of the XK it fits my style especially after some mods it just looks like you can go anywhere with it. The 3.7 and 4.7 do not get the same mileage. The guys running a 3.7 are killing me in mileage and I'm running light footed AVG 13.9 MPG currently. Now the 5.7 Hemi is running close to the 4.7 most reporting around 12MPG. Narrow is good for the trails. It seems most trails I'm on have plenty of room for taller not wider. I don't feel top heavy with a lift and bigger tires I gained 4" but like I said I drive pretty slow. I also use every square inch of cargo space I have going on trips including filling my roof basket hitch basket and my rear cargo with the seats folded down I personally need the most space. Also the XH is not sold in america no diesel us. Oh I would skip the 2006 at least they had some issues they worked out after release.