2020 Jeep Wrangler Alpine Audio: Good Despite Inherent Compromise

Jeep Wrangler Alpine

Usually when consumers think of a Jeep Wrangler, quiet isn’t what comes to mind. Naturally, that makes a poor environment for the sound system to be enjoyed due to poor isolation of the Wrangler’s cabin from road and wind noise. But we tested it anyway, because a rocking radio is a key part of any good car. So, here’s the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Alpine Sound Test!

This 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon EcoDiesel is equipped with a 9-speaker, including subwoofer, 552-watt-max Alpine sound system. Settings for the system include speed adjustable volume, treble, midrange, and bass, and balance and fader. Audio inputs available through the Uconnect infotainment system on this diesel Jeep are an old-school 3.5-mm aux jack, 2 USB-A ports (one in front and back), 1 USB-C port, AM/FM/XM radio, and Bluetooth connectivity supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Unfortunately, a disc player is missing for everyone who wants to pump their classic high-school mixes.

First impressions for the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Alpine system are the bass is capable and strong, which is consistent with other Stellantis systems. Where the Wrangler Alpine lacks is in the middle of the sound spectrum where it doesn’t pull the sound naturally but throws everything in the middle part of the equalizer all together and makes it sound muddled and harsh. The Wrangler Alpine possesses a very clear low end, but what it’s not great for is the more dynamic sort of song. In the end, Charlie gave this system a 6 or 6.5/10 because this is also $65,000 Jeep that has quite a bit of space to play with when engineering the system, and it wasn’t quite taken advantage of. It’s a great system considering it’s made to be weatherproof and dealing with barely any sound isolation, but if you’re going to be listening to a lot of music, this isn’t the car for you.

How We Test the Wrangler Unlimited Alpine:

Here at Daily Motor, we take sound systems seriously. We take every segment’s system, from the economy Toyota Corolla JBL to off-road rigs like this Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Alpine, and put them through our in-depth sound-system testing. We use the same lossless, uncompressed WAV audio files on a USB stick plugged into the audio system so that every platform we test starts from the same baseline. To give a realistic impression for the sound test, we use high-quality binaural microphones for recording. We test every system with its sound settings set to their factory settings, since that is how the radio’s engineers designed it to sound, but we test all the sound settings on many types of music before performing these reviews. After demonstrating the sound settings, adjustments, inputs, speaker locations, and Android Auto and/or Apple CarPlay functionality, we start out on the road to listen to our sample tracks at freeway speeds. Most vehicles can sound good while stationary, but road, wind, and engine noise can deteriorate music quality. At the end of the test, we give a rating based on audio quality and overall system usage as well as a subjective rating factoring in vehicle attributes and cost. Thanks for joining us for the Jeep Wrangler Alpine sound test!

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