What is it?
The (very) slightly revised version of the Wrangler, with a mild facelift and spec tweak giving a chance to get re-acquainted with the seminal US off-roader.
As always, the Wrangler exists in a world removed from the growing number of unashamedly tarmac-biased ‘soft-roaders’. Alongside it’s great rival, the Land Rover Defender, this is as real as off-roading gets.
Not only is the Wrangler substantially cheaper than the Defender, but it also gets a more powerful 174bhp engine and a soft-top.
What’s it like?
Pretty much as we remember it being from ages past: tough, solid and seemingly unstoppable in the wild.
Although this iteration is more refined than before, such concepts are relative when it comes to the Wrangler, the appeal of which remains based around its impeccable go-anywhere credentials.
That means crude on-road manners with shuddering ride quality and lots of noise, both from the road and through the canvas top.
Grip levels are decent, but the vague steering and uneasy chassis means it’s not a vehicle you’d ever choose to pilot at more than prudent speeds. On the plus side, the 2.8-litre diesel engine pulls well, and can certainly muster more pace than the Defender’s lethargic Transit unit.