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Jeep Wrangler Hardtop review

2007 - 2018 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 52.0

At a glance

Price new £19,445 - £38,775
Used prices £4,747 - £26,443
Road tax cost £180 - £695
Insurance group 18 - 34
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 354 - 636 miles
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Pros & cons


Superb off road ability, rugged retro styling, road presence


Very crude, woefully out of date, awful to drive on road, cheap and nasty interior

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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Despite its iconic shape and heritage that stretches back to World War II, the Jeep Wrangler has never really caught on in the UK. Buyers have been put off by an eye-watering price tag, thirsty engines and only three doors.

This replacement solves those problems – for the first time there’s a four-door model – and it manages to retain much of the style that’s associated with Jeep. It’s also still more than capable when it comes to off-roading . But buyers looking for on-road comfort, refinement or an upmarket practical interior will find a better alternative elsewhere.

Superb off-road

Any car bearing the Jeep name has to have some off-road credibility, but the Wrangler is the car the American firm’s reputation hinges on. Like the Land Rover Defender that is the only natural rival to the Wrangler, it’s all about being able to cope with terrain that would have other 4x4s scuttling for a cappuccino.

The 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine is the preferred offering in the UK and it’s more than up to the job of hauling the hefty Wrangler over any rough stuff. The superb ground clearance and all-wheel drive take care of the rest, aided by a low-ratio transfer gearbox for when the going gets really sticky.

The downside to all of this iconic off-roader ability is the Wrangler is pretty woeful to drive on the road, but it’s no more basic or bumpy than a Land Rover Defender and buyers will most likely view this as part of the experience.