There is nothing more invigorating than stepping into your new vehicle. Clean and spotless upholstery, immaculate paintwork, and of course —new car smell.
That is until you finally hit the road, or should we say off road, because this is where the fun starts.
It’s time to run through your 4x4 checklist and pack the safety gear because here are four new 4x4 vehicles now available in Australia.
Cost: $22,490 - $51,990 (plus on-road costs)
Engine: 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol; 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel
Transmission: five-speed manual; six-speed manual; six-speed automatic
Safety rating: five-star ANCAP 2019
According to carsales.com.au, the Mitsubishi Triton is the third most popular dual-cab ute in all of Australia, following close behind the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger. But with its recent upgrade in safety technology, refinement and add off-road capability, the Triton is a one-tonne ute that drives like a car but handles like a machine.
With an ANCAP five-star safety rating, the Mitsubishi Triton comes equipped with a complete standard safety kit, which includes traction control, stability control, larger anti-lock disc/drum brakes with hill-start assist, trailer stability assist, reverse camera and seven airbags.
What truly differentiates the Triton from its competitors is it’s off-road capabilities and four-wheel drive system. With it’s four-mode Super Select II 4WD system, rear and centre differential locks, hill-descent control, and dual-range gearing augments ground clearances of 220mm, tackling the Australian outback becomes a breeze.
Cost: from $48,950 (plus on-road costs)
Engine: 3.6-litre petrol V6; 2.2-litre turbo-diesel
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Safety rating: One-star Euro NCAP 2019
Rated as one of the most exciting 4x4 vehicles to arrive into Australia this year, the Jeep Wrangler comes stacked with technology upgrades, efficiency and performance improvements, and with more off-road capability than ever.
Unfortunately, it comes at a cost and we aren’t just talking about price here. Apart from costing $10,000 more, the Jeep Wrangler has also scored a lowly one-star Euro NCAP safety rating, with the cheapest models missing out on potentially life-safety technology, including curtain and head airbags.
However, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is not to be disregarded. With hard-core Rock-Trac 4x4 system with Tru-Lock front and rear differentials, heavy-duty Dana axles, heavy-duty rock slider, front stabiliser bar disconnect, winch-ready steel front bumper and 32-inch BF goodrich off-road tyres, it easily becomes one of 2019’s most exciting 4x4s.
Combined with improved off-road capabilities including ground clearance of 252mm, approach and departure angles, wheel travel, massive off-road tyres, electro-hydraulic steering, all-coil suspension, and solid underbody protection, the Rubicon is equipped to conquer the harshest and most unforgiving terrains.
Cost: from $23,990 (plus on-road costs)
Engine: 1.50litre four-cylinder petrol
Transmission: five-speed manual
Safety rating: three-star ANCAP 2019
Looks can be deceiving but the Suzuki Jimny should not be overlooked. The small box shaped vehicle comes with a 3 star ANCAP safety rating, providing standard safety features including autonomous emergency braking, hill hold assist, lane departure warning ,stability control, anti lock brakes and switchable traction control.
However, buyers don’t seem to be phased by it’s subpar safety rating once they have taken this little machine for a test drive. The Suzuki Jimny holds great appeal for all solo drivers or couples looking for a compact SUV with great four-wheel drive capabilities at an affordable price.
Equipped with both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, high and low-range gearing, the Jimny is capable of switching between two to four on the fly with ease while in high ranges. Unfortunately, it does not have locking differentials, however, it does come with switchable traction control, live axles at each end, and three-link suspension at all corners.
The Jimny features a standard ground clearance of 210mm combined with a very generous approach, ramp-over and departure angles of 37, 28, and 49 degrees respectively. It’s nimble and compact stature makes it suitable for traversing through narrow off-road tracks, but enthusiasts will need to be mindful of its unprotected underbody and low ground clearance.
Overall, the Suzuki Jimny manages to quench an off-road thirst but is surprisingly subpar when it comes to on-road, as well as driver and passenger comfort. Bumpy rides, plastic features, loud cabin, and a lack of comfort personalisation, the Suzuki Jimny is for city-based singles and couples who are seeking an outdoorsy lifestyle.
Ford Ranger Wildtrak Bi-Turbo
Cost: $61,090 (plus on-road costs)
Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo-diesel
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Safety rating: Five-star ANCAP 2015
Rated as Australia’s best Dual-Cab 4WD off-road ute by carsales, the 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Bi-turbo is packed with more engine power, more safety features, convenience gear, and comes with a new 5 year/unlimited-km warranty.
The Ford Ranger Raptor boasts a 157kW 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine in the XLT 4x2 and 4x4, making it a smoother and quieter engine with zero lag when changing gears. The convenience gear comprises of autonomous emergency braking, semi auto active park assist and traffic sign recognition, there is even a practical park-assist feature — a first for the ute category.
The optional tech pack includes adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert, automatically dipping high-beam headlights, a driver fatigue monitor, a lane-keeping warning, a partially assisted parking system, speed sign recognition, and a pre-collision assist emergency brake.
What makes it Australia’s number one dual cab is it’s on and off-road capabilities. Extremely light on fuel for a 4x4, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0 bi-turbo averaged around 7.4L/100km. The Ford Ranger also had no issues towing a 1500kg horse trailer up and down hills whilst being able to speed up when needed.
Off-road, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak is no stranger thanks to a good low-range reduction, plenty of low end torque, an efficient electronic traction control system, hill launch assist, hill descent control and rear diff lock. With a 237mm ground clearance and most of the vital components tucked away under the body, you are free to tackle any terrain with ease. Wading depth is 800mm high, with approach and departure angle at 29 and 21 respectively.
Ready, gear up, go
First things first, before you embark on your 4x4 journey, it’s always a good idea to run through your 4x4 checklist to make sure your vehicle is up to safety standards. The next step is to make sure you have all the right gear needed for your 4WD adventure. If you’re missing some gear or need to replace worn-out accessories, you’ll find all your forbie needs at Total 4x4.
We source, supply and install the most reliable and new 4x4 accessories, we supply a wide range of basics such as bull bars but can also custom build aluminium tool boxes, canopies and trays. We also fit them ourselves if needed, no matter how new you 4wd is.
Visit our website to find out what we can fit for you today.
Now that you’ve done your safety check and prepared all of your gear, let’s see what Western Australia has to offer when it comes to off-roading.
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