Jeep Wrangler Quiz: Faithful by Nature |  Gari

Jeep Wrangler Quiz: Faithful by Nature | Gari


VEHICLE TESTThe Jeep Wrangler, one of the most popular cars in the United States, remains faithful to the original in many ways. Anyone taking it on the road makes the journey through time.

Jeep Wrangler 2.0 T (272 hp / 200 kW), from € 89,990

The more you look at the Jeep Wrangler, the more vivid memories you may have of old cars. Angular body, bar grille, round lights: the design resembles a Jeep that helped Allies liberate Europe during World War II. And if you can ignore that: the silhouette of this first Jeep on the automatic transmission control lever also reminds you.

The small, vertical Windshield is also a similar legacy, which Jeep does not want to say goodbye to. And the amazingly large hinges of doors, tailgate and hats are also eye-catching. This allows you to separate the car into sections: a set of tools is included. Without doors and roof panels and by folding the windshield, you create your own open car.

This avant-la-lettre SUV offers plenty of seating and luggage space. But the old one is a huge number of buttons in the middle of the dashboard: it’s so crowded that you can’t find your way into them while driving. The control position of the window is not suitable: also in the middle of the car.

At the same time, this Jeep remains true to its natural features as a true universal vehicle. It stands high on its wheels and does not hold easily in the terrain because of the ground clearance. With advanced 4×4 technology including a low-gear transfer box and powerful engine, it makes Wrangler uncomfortable.

But no more this time is noise on the road and fuel consumption. With difficulty you get 1 out of 10 (use test 1 out of 9.7). The chassis provides adequate suspension comfort and can easily withstand heavy hits in the terrain, but causes the body to tremble quickly. Operation is slow, but not straightforward for the current car.

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Together
+ Very skilled in the terrain.
+ Original structure.
+ Great space for passengers and luggage.
+ Five-year warranty.

min
– Trending patterns.
– Kelele.
– Not very accurate controls.
– Unexplained operation.

Conclusion
Jeep Wrangler is noisy and handling can be greatly improved. But its natural, nostalgic style is unique and its outer road potential does not exceed it. This Jeep feels more at home on the ground than on the tarmac.

Additional test tips

The Wrangler has a few competitors when it comes to cars that have remained true to their original shape. The Mercedes G-Class is one of them. And the Land Rover Defender was one of those, but it has been radically changed to accommodate the new century.

Jeep now offers a five-year warranty for all its designs: that’s a nice bonus. Hyundai and Kia launched it immediately and hopefully more brands will follow. That also means being on (beep) sand Featured Jeep Wrangler one more tail of that bond.

The Jeep Wrangler is now only available with automatic transmission. That means fans will automatically change to the above Featured Jeep Wrangler judged.

Here and there, this Jeep really goes with the times: LED daytime running lights now adorn the front racks. infotainment is also modern.

The simple whip antenna is old, but it looks good.

You are up in Wrangler. Thanks to the large handles, you can climb inside. The worn-out interior is not as spartan as it used to be, but it is still easy to clean if it is painted on the street.

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The back door has a special construction. First you must open the back window upwards and then open the remaining part of the back door to the side. Natural, but you always need a lot of space in the back of the car. Otherwise you will not open that door.

Very old style: lightweight cigarette, including a picture of a smoking cigarette on it. In the middle of the dashboard and the common hardware section (!).

Sahara is the simplest version of Wrangler. Available as two doors from € 85,490 and as four doors from € 89,990. Typically it is a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine 272 hp / 200 kW with 8-speed automatic transmission. Equipment is almost complete. For example, the Sahara has 18-inch alloy wheels and operating boards. Flexible cruise control is not standard. The tested car also has a number of packages on board (€ 1850) for leather seat upholstery, seat temperature, blind spot monitoring, rear view radar, radio-controlled ignition key and sound insulating head.

You will find all previously published experiments in our comprehensive Autotest file.



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