Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 4WD Ute 2022 Motoring Minute Review

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon – Jeep launched the Gladiator two years ago and it’s certainly created interest in the top end of the 4WD Ute segment.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2022 Exterior front grill We drove the Gladiator Rubicon this week, which showcases peak 4WD capability with excellent approach and departure angles, front and rear diff locks, front sway bars disconnect, Rock Trac Active on demand 4WD system and 4:1 transfer case ratio as well as up to 249mm of ground clearance.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2022 4WD Controls

In the world of serious 4WD vehicles it’s amongst the best.

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Rubicon is powered by a 3.6L V6 petrol engine producing 209kW and 347Nm. It runs an 8sp AT transmission with manual mode. It can be thirsty, especially around town, but on our test we averaged almost spot on the ADR figure of 12.4L/100K

Its designed for serious 4WD capability with a practical and large tray, but is slightly behind the market in payload and towing capacity.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2022 interior

Inside the Rubicon, with the optional luxury pack, treats occupants to a comfortable ride.

It also happens to be one of the coolest Utes around.

Rubicon is priced from $79,250 plus the usual costs and options.

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Im Rob Fraser

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Very cool styling
  • Outstanding 4WD capability
  • Excellent Value for money
  • Limited Payload
  • Limited towing capacity
  • Turning circle in urban setting

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2022 Exterior

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Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2022 Engine

Model   

Jeep Rubicon Gladiator Rubicon 4X4  Ute

Model Price $79,250 MLP* Plus optional packs
Engine 3.6L V6 Petrol
Drivetrain Rock-Trac Active On-Demand II 4×4 system 8 Sp AT
Power 209kW @ 6400rpm
Torque 347Nm @ 4100rpm
Safety 3 Star ANCAP (Tested Sept 2019)
CO2 Emissions 288 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 12.4L/100km / 12.8L/100K on test / 83L
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A
Servicing 12 Mths / 12,000km Capped at $399 per service
Warranty 5yr/ 100,000 km with Lifetime conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    

82/100

Behind the Wheel / Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 7
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing / Payload capability 7
4WD Capability 10
Technology / connectivity 9
Value for Money 8

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2022 load tray

Gladiator Rubicon Dimensions

 
Overall Length (mm) 5591mm
Wheelbase (mm) 3488mm
Width / Height )mm) 1894mm / 1909mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth (mm) Up to 249 mm / 760mm
Approach / RO / Departure (degrees) 40.7 / 18.4 / 25.1
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 83 Litres / 13.6mts KTK
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload (kg) 2242kg / 2935kg / 5656kg / 693kg
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating (kg) 2721kg / 272kg

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  • 8/10
    Behind the Wheel / Comfort - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Performance - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Towing / Payload capability - 7/10
  • 10/10
    4WD Capability - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Technology / connectivity - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Value for Money - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon – Jeep launched the Gladiator two years ago and it’s certainly created interest in the top end of the 4WD Ute segment.

In the world of serious 4WD vehicles it’s amongst the best.

It also happens to be one of the coolest Utes around.

About Rob Fraser 1996 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.