The Jeep Wrangler is unmistakable, and so is its off-road prowess. The trouble is, it’s very expensive to buy and run and its infotainment system is average
The Jeep Wrangler is an American icon, for decades standing as one of the toughest off-roaders around. It’s fair to say, though, it has never been a particularly luxurious or high-tech car, something Jeep is trying to address this time around.
Indeed, this latest Jeep Wrangler has been treated to new styling all-around, a more luxurious and practical interior, two all-new engines, a new infotainment system and a suite of the latest safety systems to bring it bang up to date inside and out.
Like before, the Jeep Wrangler is available in either three or five-door bodystyles, but there’s now the option of a 200hp 2.2-litre diesel engine or a turbocharged 272hp 2.0-litre petrol that’ll follow later. Unlike its predecessor, every Jeep Wrangler will be fitted with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
To make sure you don’t get bogged down, Jeep offers features such as all-wheel drive with high and low range operation, locking differentials and an electronically disconnecting anti-roll bar for better wheel travel over the harshest terrain.
Inside Jeep has upgraded the Wrangler’s interior quality, installed more cubbies for storage and includes a new 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system as standard, as well as a 7.0-inch colour driver’s instrument cluster. That’s a welcome upgrade from the previous car, but our experience of this system in other Jeeps suggests there are more visually impressive and easier to use touchscreens on the market.
There’s no doubting the Jeep Wrangler is, and always has been, cool. You’ll have to really want this latest model, though - it starts from nearly £45,000
Still, few SUVs are able to offer open-top motoring like the Wrangler. In fact, you can opt for a power opening top, a three-piece removable hardtop or removable soft top models depending on your taste.
And Jeep hasn’t been stingy with standard equipment, either. Even entry-level Sahara models get features such as 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, air-con, that 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, sat-nav, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Further to that, advanced safety systems such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross path alert are now available.
However, there’s an elephant in the room when it comes to price. The Wrangler’s engines might be new, but they still aren’t particularly fuel efficient, while even an entry-level Jeep Wrangler costs nearly £45,000, making it a very expensive option.
Still, if you can stomach that sort of money, then there’s very little else around that provides the same sense of occasion. We’ll have more on the way the Wrangler drives soon.