2019 Jeep Wrangler Review | Asian Car Guide
December 12, 2019

2019 Jeep Wrangler Review

2019 Jeep Wrangler wagon

Willys pioneered the off-road military Jeep in World War 2, responding to US army requests. It’s been developed for more than seven decades since, now under ownership of Fiat Chrysler. 

Consequently Jeep knows a little about making their vehicles work well, amongst the most capable and recognized in the world, with unmatched off-road capability.

A range of Jeep’s cater for different purposes, basic to luxury to hard-core off road – Wrangler, Renegade, Compass, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee.

Wrangler is the model closest in appearance to the original army vehicle, and also has a rugged look, attractive and different enough from most SUV’s to be considered interesting and individual, i.e. stand out from the crowd and grab attention – it attracted those looks when we test drove it. The characteristic original 7 bar grill has round head lights on either side, and overall vehicle shape is squared.

The fourth generation JL Wrangler replaced the previous JK model in 2018, longer, lighter, designed for more on-road comfort. Wrangler continues to offer body-on-frame design, front/rear five-link suspension system, solid axles electronically locked. The interior has been modernised quite a lot re style, media, plug in/out-lets, etc., spacious and comfortable, with minimalist functional design, round tacho and speedo dials retained, customisable driver info in the centre, available in 2 and 4 door bodies (Rubicon 4 only).

The Jeep has a Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine newly optimised for better economy, or 2L 4 cylinder turbo diesel option, Push-Button Start and slow traffic Stop/Start, full time 4×4 drive, 8-Speed Auto Transmission with 2-Speed Transfer Case. There is Heavy Duty Off Road Suspension, 17-Inch Alloys, and matching full size spare wheel in hard cover behind the swing out rear tailgate, leaving more storage room inside.

So the Wrangler is powerful enough without being a huge gas guzzler, strong enough to do the job and tow a reasonable load. Driving around town it handles very well, suspension tight enough to respond well, a little bit of harshness over bumps, so not bouncing around too much. Planting your foot, speed builds a little gradually, but you feel plenty of grunt in reserve.

Best-in-class approach angle 44 degrees, break over angle 27.8 degrees, departure 37 degrees, and ground clearance 280mm help the Wrangler scale tough terrain.

In Australia there are three spec models – Overland, Sport S, and Rubicon.

The Sport S has Selec-Trac Full Time 4×4 System, underbody skid plates, wash out Interior with removable carpet and drain plugs, rear cam and park assist, 7.0” touch display, apple Carplay & android auto, 7.0” info display, auto headlights.

The Overland, which we had, adds leather trim seats, shift knob & steering wheel, heated front seats/steering wheel, removable hard top and doors, LED reflector headlamps/tail lamps/fog lamps/DRL’s, hard spare tyre cover, blind spot monitoring with cross-path detection, remote keyless entry, front park assist, 9-speaker alpine audio, 8.4” touch screen display, Sat-Nav, 18” alloys, dual climate, deep tint sunscreen glass, 230V, remote start.

The really cool thing about this wagon is it can be customised various ways, removing one or all doors, part or all of the roof, have the windscreen folded or completely removed. Removing the roof highlights the built-in roll bar that incidentally has stereo speakers contained overhead, rather a good idea for when the doors are removed.

Removal tools and instructions are in the centre console, and the bits can then be stowed in the back or maybe left where you are staying.

Lightweight, high-strength aluminium doors, hinges, hood, fenders and windshield frame, as well as a magnesium swing gate, help reduce weight and boost fuel economy.

The Rubicon, setup with the aim of being suitable for handling the famed track of the same name in the US, adds Rock-Trac 4×4, front/rear locking diffs, front stabiliser bar disconnect for wheels to move independently on rough roads at low speeds, heavy duty front/rear axles, heavy duty rock slider with step assist, removable black hard top, deep tint sunscreen glass, 32” BF Goodrich off-road tyres, LED reflector, headlamps/tail-lamps/fog lamps/DRLs, blind spot monitoring with rear cross detection, remote proximity keyless entry, 9-speaker alpine audio, 8.4 touch screen display, satnav, dual-zone climate, remote start, 230V power, winch-capable steel front bumper.

Standard electronic stability control, roll mitigation, trailer-sway control, Hill-start Assist and brake traction control are among more than 75 available safety and security features.

Very highly recommended. We liked it very much.

Wrangler introduces the brand’s new capped servicing across all jeep model updates, at $299 per service for petrol Wranglers and $499 per service for diesel. Jeep claims savings up to $850 over the five-year warranty period over previous JK model.

Jeep Wrangler specs:

  • Engine: 3.6L V6 with ESS naturally aspirated petrol / 2.2L four-cylinder MultiJet II diesel
  • Power: 209kW / 147kW (Rubicon)
  • Torque: 347Nm / 450Nm (Rubicon)
  • Transmission: 8 speed ZF auto
  • Dimensions: L 4,344 W 1,894 H 1,839 WB 2,459 or 3,008 (long wb model)
  • Weight: about 2.3 tonnes GVM
  • Towing: braked 1.5 tonnes unbraked 750 kg
  • Price: From $48,950 (2 door)/$53,450 (4 door), plus on-road costs
  • Warranty: 5 years / 100,000km