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Jeep Wrangler review

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Jeep Wrangler
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16 Apr 2018 15:20 | Last updated: 19 Sep 2018 09:44

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Unlike the overwhelming majority of cars we review, we almost have to write two entries for this section. You see, the Wrangler is available in two lengths – a two-door, short-wheelbase model that’s about an inch and a half longer than a Mini Countryman and a four-door, long-wheelbase version that’s similar in size to a BMW X5.

Both variants have plenty of room up front, although some might feel a little pushed up against the door. This does at least mean there’s plenty of room between driver and passenger. Oddment storage isn’t bad at the front, with a big central cubby and trays on the dash, but the mesh door pockets are pretty pathetic.

Move to the rear and two-door owners will find enough leg room for kids and shorter adults, and plenty of head room for all. Those with a four-door model get tonnes more room, so even your lankiest of chums shouldn’t find their knees around their ears.

But it’s boot space that varies the most between long and short-wheelbase models. Opt for the latter and you’ll find city car levels of cargo-carrying capacity, while the former has well over twice as much space. You can fold the rear bench on both, but this leaves a load bay that’s far from flat.

But there is another option for particularly bulky loads or a bit of al fresco motoring – three roofs are available and all allow a certain amount of wind-in-you-hair driving. Many will no doubt opt for the hard top for maximum weather protection, but this still has removable panels. Alternatively, it can be unbolted completely if you want to go fully roofless.

You can also get a canvas top, which can be folded back like a sunroof or removed entirely, or an electrically retractable canvas top that provides a full-length sunroof. And if those options aren’t enough, you can remove the doors and even fold down the windscreen.

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