The fourth generation Jeep Wrangler is offered in three different trim levels: Sahara, Overland and Rubicon - all available in two or four-door configuration. Pricing starts at just under £45,000 for the two-door models, but most buyers here choose a four-door variant, for which the starting price is about £47,000. Engine-wise, the selection is between a 2.0-litre petrol or a 2.2-litre CRD diesel, priced identically. Either way, you have to have 8-speed auto transmission. As for kit, well even on basic variants, expect to find 16-inch steel wheels, a DVD-compatible stereo with six speakers and remote keyless entry offered as standard. Range topping Rubicon variants will have a '4:1 Rock Trac' part-time four-wheel drive system, electronic front detachable anti roll bars, Tru-Loc front and rear axles and performance suspension.
New features this time round include LED headlamps and tail lamps, plus a more sophisticated Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of 5.0, 7.0 or 8.4-inch touchscreens with pinch-and-zoom capability. An array of safety and security systems are also now on offer, including Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path detection, a ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and four standard air bags.
It makes it sound as if the Wrangler has become gentrified. Don't be fooled. Bottom line? Only buy this car if you're very serious about off-roading. Otherwise you'll merely be wasting your money.