If you follow the world of luxury large SUVs – or if you’re a big Jeep lover – you’ll know that the Wagoneer nameplate is back. Jeep, itself a sub-brand of parent company Stellantis, is building a separate sub-brand for its new line of ultra-luxury large SUVs.
The Grand Wagoneer was the first to land in 2021 with luxury features to put it toe-to-toe with competitors like the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade: massaging front seats, quilted Palermo leather, open-pore wood trim and a larger Hemi engine are among the available upgrades .
But if you’re wondering what you’re getting if you choose the entry-level non-Grand Wagoneer, know that there’s plenty on offer where this line-up begins. On the other hand, when the starting price is nearly $85,000 including fees, there should be.
Today at Interior, we delve into the details of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II, the base model of this premium full-size SUV and the shorter-wheelbase version. With several packages and a destination charge of $2,695, the unit we’re reviewing here has a Canadian price of $93,175.
If you’ve ever been frustrated by the lack of standard features in Stellantis vehicles, good news: that base price includes a healthy amount of standard equipment. You’ll find heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, triple-zone climate control, 12-way power front seats upholstered in Nappa leather, and a 10-speaker Alpine sound system. In Canada, Jeep’s Quadra-Trac I full-time all-wheel-drive system is standard, along with an off-road mode selector that has five settings. Our tester is equipped with Convenience Group I ($4,695), which adds an air suspension with five height settings and adaptive dampers.
A digital instrument cluster and 10.1-inch touchscreen are also standard equipment, while a third screen for the front passenger is offered but not equipped here. The good news is that this center screen comes with Uconnect 5 along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. This is a good pairing with the wireless charging pad because you can throw your phone in there, it connects and away you go… in theory. The bad news is that we found this screen slow to respond to our inputs during our tests, and your faithful tester was never able to successfully connect his personal iPhone. The Uconnect 5 can send updates over the air, so let’s hope this is an easy fix.
A head-up display is part of Convenience Group I, and both it and the digital instrument cluster can be customized to display the information you want in the arrangement you prefer. Even in this entry-level Wagoneer, you’ll never run out of space to charge your devices: there are two USB-A ports and two USB-C ports right above the wireless charging pad along with a 12-volt socket, and you’ll find another of each USB port type in a covered space on top of the very spacious center console. Apart from the glove box, two cupholders in the center and another cupholder integrated into each front door pocket, those are the storage spaces you have to work with. There is, however, a clever use of the space above: the sunglass holder has a half-height setting that turns it into a mirror with a view of the rear of the cabin.
Where this base Wagoneer really excels is in its rear rows. In the second row, the seats are configured in a 40-20-40 split. All three positions have grooves to adjust the large legroom along with independent LATCH systems, meaning LATCH-connected car seats can fit three wide across. The outboard seats can be slid forward for third-row access while keeping the car seats in place, and they’re optionally heated as part of the Convenience Group, which also adds sunshades for windows. There are multiple backrest angle settings, and these seats fold exceptionally low and flat, although they don’t lock into place when fully retracted.
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The three-panel sunroof included in the $3,995 Premium Group I package extends rearward to add natural light to the second row, and two more USB-A and USB-C ports are integrated into the back of the center console together with a 12-volt outlet and a 115-volt, 150-watt household outlet. Side vents are integrated low into the B-pillar for easier access. What’s missing most here is storage space: there are bottle holders in each door and two cup holders in a center armrest that pulls down from the center panel, but storage is otherwise limited to a small shelf in the center console and a couple of back pockets.
Impressively, the third row benefits from some design attention and is a pleasant place to spend time, even for adults. There’s enough legroom when negotiating with second-row passengers, plenty of headroom and multiple angles for the backrest. Each side gets an additional USB-A and USB-C port along with a cup holder and a small storage compartment, and there are even some design touches. With the optional three-panel sunroof, the third row gets its own panel and benefits greatly from the extra light. There’s a full set of LATCH connectors here for the leftmost seating position, and there are two additional rear anchors for the center and outboard positions. That means if you install two car seats using these available anchors and seat belts, you could potentially fit six car seats in the second and third rows here, assuming they’re designed for that purpose. One of my favorite tricks in this and other Jeep vehicles: all headrests for both rows can be retracted remotely through a feature in the Uconnect infotainment system.
In a straight conversion from US figures, the cargo space with all seats upright measures 775 litres. There is a small storage compartment under the cargo floor, while the donut spare tire is mounted externally under the cargo area. A trio of bag hooks and a 12-volt outlet are accessible with all seats upright. Drop the third row and you’ll find 2,004 liters of cargo capacity, and you’ll also have access to four cargo hooks. Lower all the seats behind the first row and you can stuff up to 3,304 liters of stuff.
Aside from some technical difficulties and a general lack of room to stow bits and bobs, the entry-level cabin in the 2022 Wagoneer Series II is thoughtfully designed for larger families and well-equipped for the price.