Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is the US equivalent of the Land Rover Defender. Its looks hark back to the Willys Jeep from World War II, but the Wrangler was introduced as an all-new model in 2007.

There’s talent to back up the rugged styling, as the four-wheel-drive machine’s off-road ability has to be tried to be believed. Whatever the terrain, the Wrangler will find grip, thanks to its permanent four-wheel drive and low-ratio box. Diff locks also help the Wrangler tackle just about any kind of terrain, while the short overhangs front and rear mean steep slopes are no problem. And the 2.8-litre diesel has plenty of low-down power to haul you out of the deepest ruts.

But just like the Defender, the Wrangler’s off-road prowess comes at the expense of comfort and refinement on the road – you’d have to be a diehard fan if you were going to drive one on a daily basis, as the bouncy suspension, slow steering and short gearing make for hard work.

Interior space isn’t great, either, although the hard-wearing plastics can take a beating and still look good - they're easy to hose down. The Wrangler is offered in two or four-door body styles, with a hard top or optional canvas roof.

We don't rate the Wrangler as a good car to buy (though for serious off-road use it might be worth a look), but the iconic looks that it shares with its WWII predecessor and the no-nonsense approach in the design that mark it out as a great American car.

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