Jeep Wrangler review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£39,955
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Jeep Wrangler 2019 rear seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The two-door Wrangler isn't a cheap off roader like the Suzuki Jimny; in fact it costs more than some versions of premium SUV rivals, such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. There's little difference in list price between petrol and diesel variants, and the slightly pricier four-door Unlimited is worth considering for its added practicality.

It’s likely that the diesel engine will leave you with more money in your pocket in the long-run, though; its WLTP combined fuel economy figures suggest that up to 30.4mpg is possible, compared to 26.4 for the petrol. Both engines emit 192g/km of CO2, and will make company car users liable for the highest rate of Benefit-in-Kind tax.

Entry-level Sahara trim comes with plenty of kit as standard, including climate control, ambient interior lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control and a rear parking camera. There’s also an Alpine audio system with eight speakers, and steering-wheel mounted controls. Stepping up to Overland adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and blind spot monitoring, while top-level Rubicon adds a heavy duty alternator and the additional off-road components mentioned earlier, but blind spot monitoring is relegated to the options list.

The Wrangler received one of EuroNCAP’s lowest safety ratings when tested in 2018. It was awarded just one star, with limited impact protection and little in the way of driver assistance technology as factors that influenced its low score. It should be pointed out, though, that the Toyota Land Cruiser, its key rival, hasn’t been safety tested at all.

Jeep Wrangler 2019 infotainment
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Verdict

The iconic Jeep Wrangler is a car you buy with your heart rather than your head, unless you have a rugged future mapped out for it. It looks great and has enough standard equipment to match some more premium large SUVs, and its off-road prowess can’t be denied, either. However, on the road, it lags a long way behind rivals in just about every area.

  • Fantastic off-road ability
  • Good standard equipment
  • Noisy diesel engine
  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Poor ride quality