The Wrangler feels old-school to drive and the driving position feels exactly the same. The steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake, while the seat manually adjusts in all the usual ways. However, the range of movement is fairly restricted and the driver’s seat is always set fairly high. That means you feel like you’re on top of the pedals a little too much and the pedals themselves are a little offset, so you sit at a bit of an angle – this can be uncomfortable on a long journey.
Forward visibility is good, thanks to large square windows and skinny pillars, but the thicker rear pillars get in the way of the over-the-shoulder view. There are no parking sensors or rear-view camera to help out, either.
The Wrangler has been gently updated over the years, so you’ll recognise many of its plastics and switches from various Jeeps and Fiats. However, that’s not necessarily a good thing; most of the surfaces inside aren’t soft to touch, the chrome accents look cheap and the switches feel poorly damped. Still, the Wrangler has been designed as a rugged go-anywhere vehicle rather than a luxury SUV, so it’s no surprise.
For the same reason, don’t expect the latest infotainment technology. All Wranglers come with Jeep’s Uconnect system with a 6.5in colour touchscreen that’s flanked by shortcut buttons. The system is pretty disappointing; the on-screen graphics look dated and it isn’t particularly responsive to touch. Yes, you get a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a single USB connection, but there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring, while the sat-nav is below-par.
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