Review - Jeep Wrangler

image for Review - Jeep Wrangler If you’re planning a long off-road adventure, you need a car that’s fun to drive, reliable and rugged enough to handle hardcore conditions. The challenge, though, is finding something that can tick these boxes, while balancing toughness and comfort.

This is where the Jeep Wrangler steps into the picture, poised as a one-stop shop for those looking for a trail-ready off-roader that remains fun and user-friendly while driving around town.

Let’s take a look at the updated Jeep Wrangler range and see how it stacks up on paper and compares to its main rivals. 

Starting Price: $61,750

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Jeep Wrangler - NIGHT EAGLE (4x4) Specifications

Model Date 2022
Make JEEP
Model WRANGLER UNLIMITED
Series JL MY21 V2
Variant NIGHT EAGLE (4x4)
Body 4D HARDTOP
Fuel type UNLEADED PETROL
Transmission 8 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive 4x4
Engine MPFI
Engine capacity 3604
Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 24 valves
Engine RPM 6400 / 4100
Cylinders V6
Torque 347
KW 209
Fuel tank size 81.0
Fuel usage specs 9.7 / 0.0
CO2 225
ANCAP security rating 3

For more details and other variants, check Jeep Wrangler car page.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Jeep Wrangler lineup kicks off from $61,750 for the entry-level Wrangler Unlimited Night Eagle, while stepping up to the Wrangler Unlimited Overland brings the price to $66,750. 

Opting for the Wrangler Rubicon comes at a price of $64,950, while the range-topping Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is priced at $69,950. 

Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change, and do not include on-road costs. 

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What Features Does the Jeep Wrangler Have?

The entry-level Wrangler Unlimited Night Eagle comes riding on 17-inch alloys, and receives LED head and tail lights, fog lights and daytime running lamps, as well as Jeep’s Selec-Trac four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case, keyless entry & start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, underbody skid plates, removable doors and an 8.4-inch infotainment system with DAB+, sat-nav, and both Apple CarPly & Android Auto. 

Upgrading to the Wrangler Unlimited Overland adds larger 18-inch alloys, leather seats, heated front seats and a body-coloured finish for the wheel arches, front grille and removable hardtop. 

Moving to the range-topping Wrangler Rubicon & Rubicon Unlimited adds a locking front and rear differential with electronic sway bar disconnect up front, a revised Dana M210 front axle paired with a Dana M220 rear axle, black wheel arches, front grille and removable hardtop roof, as well as an upgraded battery and alternator. 

Range Features:

  • 17-inch alloys 

  • LED head, tail, fog lights & daytime running lamps 

  • Selec-Trac four-wheel-drive system 

  • Two-speed transfer case 

  • Keyless entry & start 

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

  • Underbody skid plates

  • Removable doors 

  • 8.4-inch infotainment system with DAB+, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

  • 18-inch alloys (Unlimited Overland)

  • Leather upholstery (Unlimited Overland)

  • Heated seats (Unlimited Overland)

  • Body-coloured wheel arches, front grille and hardtop (Unlimited Overland) 

  • Locking front and rear differentials (Rubicon) 

  • Electronic sway bar disconnect (Rubicon) 

  • Removable hardtop (Rubicon) 

  • Dana M210 front axle (Rubicon) 

  • Dana M220 rear axle (Rubicon) 

  • Upgraded battery & alternator (Rubicon)

Jeep Wrangler Colours

The Jeep Wrangler is available in a range of colours, including Hydro Blue, Snazzberry dark red, Gecko Green, Firecracker Red, Sarge, Sting Grey and Granite Crystal. 

Is it Comfortable to Drive?

The Jeep Wrangler’s platform has been designed as a true off-roader that doubles as a comfortable road car, and thankfully, offers a much more sophisticated level of driving comfort compared to its replacement. 

Power is supplied by a 3.6-litre V6 engine producing 209kW of power and 347Nm of torque, which is transferred to all four wheels via Jeep’s eight-speed automatic transmission. 

On the road, the engine and transmission offer a heap of power that gives the Wrangler a lively personality, and thanks to an updated steering rack, it’s more user-friendly when it comes to low speed turns and parking for those new to the platform. 

The Wrangler’s ladder frame construction means that it’s great when pushed off-road, but the platform is prone to transmitting bumps into the cabin when you’re driving on a country B-road. 

Where it really begins to shine, though, is when the sealed roads stop and the dirt starts, where the Wrangler is quick to get its feet dirty and push over some seriously impressive terrain. 

Underneath, there’s Jeep’s Selec-Trac four-wheel-drive system combined with a two-speed transfer case which gives it the power it needs to push up steep inclines and over obstacles, and we’re pleased to report that the Wrangler platform is better than ever when pushed off-road. 

The base Night Eagle comes with ground clearance of 232mm, while the wading depth is rated at 760mm. On top of this, approach and departure angles stand an impressive 35.2 and 30.5 degrees respectively, with a break-over angle of 19.5 degrees. 

The high-spec Rubicon variants gain a set of locking differentials over the front and rear axles, as well as a sway bar disconnect and upgraded mechanicals for the axles themselves, making this by far the most hardcore Wrangler we’ve seen yet, which offers monumental off-road performance. 

As a complete package, the Jeep has done well to update the everyday driving comfort levels of the Wrangler platform while ensuring it continues to push over pretty much anything you can throw at it on an off-road trail. 

Is it Practical and Spacious?

Inside, the Wrangler’s interior has been updated with a number of modern touches, while retaining a utilitarian approach to the styling. 

Notably, Jeep has removed the two-door Wrangler for the lineup, with all variants receiving two rows of seating in a four-door configuration. 

Up front, the large flat dashboard houses a heap of buttons for the off-road driving modes and climate control settings, with the 8.4-inch infotainment system sitting atop the dash, flanked by the round air vents. 

The driver has access to a compact, chunky steering wheel and a small digital instrument cluster, and while there’s enough headroom for tall drivers, there’s a noticeable lack of adjustment in the driver’s position for those taller than 180cm. Overall, though, the cockpit is comfortable and welcoming for drivers of all shapes and sizes. 

In terms of practical elements, there’s a set of mesh door bins on either side, storage inside the two-tiered folding armrest, and a pair of large cupholders in the center tunnel. 

The Wrangler is one of the few cars on the road that features a removable roof design, which even extends to the doors. This means it’s a one-of-a-kind creation that offers some truly sky-high visibility inside the cabin and adds to the fun of the package. 

Those seated in the rear of the Wrangler are treated to a heap of legroom, with more than enough headroom for tall rear passengers and a heap of shoulder room to stretch out and get comfortable on long journeys. The rear seats also feature a pair of ISOFIX anchors for child seats. 

Finally, the Jeep Wrangler's cargo capacity is rated at an impressive 898L in the four-door variant, which translates to a significant amount of cargo storage for a growing Australian family.

Is it Safe?

The Jeep Wrangler has been awarded a three-star ANCAP safety rating from its testing back in 2019, scoring 60% for adult protection, 80% for child protection, 49% for pedestrian protection and 51% for its safety assist technologies. 

Jeep has, thankfully, added some safety tech into the Wrangler lineup as standard, which includes blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warnings, rear cross-traffic alerts and a reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors. 

These safety updates make the Wrangler seriously competitive in the area of safety, in spite of its three-star ANCAP safety rating. 

Is it Fuel Efficient?

Fuel economy in the Wrangler range kicks off from 9.7L/100km in the entry-level Night Eagle and Overland variants, while the Rubicon Unlimited is rated at 10.3L/100km on a combined cycle. 

Opting for the Rubicon two-door brings drops fuel use slightly to 10.1L/100km. 

Our Verdict: Is the Jeep Wrangler Worth it?

The Jeep Wrangler is an extremely unique vehicle in today’s landscape, which is largely the result of the Wrangler carving itself a nice little niche within the segment that it has been capitalising on for years now. 

Importantly, Jeep has addressed some of the limitations of the previous Wrangler in terms of everyday drivability, and the end result remains a super-capable off-roader that is more sophisticated on an everyday drive. 

There’s no car quite like it, and as a result, we can’t help but recommend you add the Wrangler to your shortlist of capable, fun-loving and personable off-roaders, because few of its peers can match the overall package. 

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Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-year/100,000km warranty 

  2. Three-star ANCAP safety rating 

  3. 3.6-litre V6 petrol standard across the Wrangler range 

  4. Four-door platform as standard; Rubicon has two-door option 

  5. Fuel economy between 9.7-10.3L/100km 

Pros

  • Outstanding off-road performance 

  • Revised steering for easy urban driving 

  • Unique, personable off-roader with removable roof and doors 

  • Updated infotainment system 

Cons

  • Limited ownership coverage (100,000km) 

  • Three-star ANCAP safety rating 

  • Thrashy engine when pushed 

  • Ladder frame transmits bumps into cabin

OnlineAuto Rating: 8/10

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