Jeep Wrangler driven

  • Updated rugged 4x4 reviewed
  • New interior, uprated engine
  • On sale from Β£22,995
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It's hard to think of a more honest, down-to-earth car than the Jeep Wrangler. You know what it's all about just by looking at it.

Still, a few new creature comforts never go amiss, and they've arrived in the form of a plusher interior, better fit and finish and a body-coloured hard-top for some versions.

There's also an uprated 2.8-litre four-cyinder diesel engine that now develops 197bhp and 303lb ft of torque (340lb ft with automatic transmision), while a stop-start system on manual versions improves economy by up to 20%.

So, it's a bit more sophisticated, but only in the sense that jeans are posher than dungarees. On-road it's still quite slow, quite noisy and quite rough 'n' ready.

However, when you see the angles it can adopt off-road with all four wheels still on terra firma, you understand why it is as it is.

There are lots of combinations of bodystyle, trim, roof, transmission and four-wheel drive, depending on how extreme you like your leisure pursuits to be, but the one constant is that you're buying an original.

What Car? says

Jeep Wrangler Engine size 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel
Price from Β£22,995
0-62mph 10.6sec
Top speed 108mph
Economy 39.8mpg
CO2g/km/tax 187/29%

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What Car? Says Rated 2 out of 5
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Almost unbeatable off road, but deeply flawed on it. Unless you spend most of your time on the rough stuff, you’ll be buying with your heart, not your head