SUVs are everywhere these days, with their rugged looks and high driving position perfect for navigating the commute, the school run, and perhaps the occasional camping trip. But what if rather than just looking the part, you actually want to use the vehicle off-road? The Jeep Wrangler, a direct descendant of the WWII “GP” general purpose workhorse, is as happy hauling itself up a mountain track as it is on a metalled road. Happier, in fact – despite its stunning looks, it seems most at home when splattered with mud.
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What we think about the Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler is a serious and raw off-roader that looks the business and backs that up with its all-terrain capabilities.
Unrivalled off-road ability
Genuine ruggedness combined with a wealth of mod cons
More expensive than premium SUV rivals such as the BMW X3
Folding screen and removable doors mean it gets a poor safety rating
Sometimes uncomfortable ride on the road
The Wrangler has been around since 1987, with the first generation bringing creature comforts such as softer seating and a moder dashboard to the Jeep. The 1996 reboot brought the return of the iconic round headlamps, then in 2006 the top-level Rubicon trim added extra off-road capability with larger wheels and more ground clearance. The most recent major update, in 2018, added a host of new technology across the five trims. The Sport and Sahara variants have plenty of features, but the Rubicon is where most performance and tech options come in.
Our verdict of the Jeep Wrangler
4 / 5 Gumtree rating
Unless you're going to be doing most of your driving on rugged mountain trails, the Jeep Wrangler is hardly a sensible choice. But if you want to push the off-road envelope and look good while doing it, not many vehicles can match this modern classic.