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Jeep Wrangler
3/10

Overall
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Latest generation of the ultimate go-anywhere off-roader has a better ride, a diesel, and even four-doors. Pointless, but fun.

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    Wrangler 2.8 CRD Sahara auto 4d

    Price £27,595

    BHP 197

    LB FT 339

    MPG 34

    CO2 280

    0-62 MPH 13.50

    Top Speed 107

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What is it?

Back to where it all started, and charmingly so. Enough fun and heritage here to make you wanna start a war, just so you can arrive outside a tent in a cloud of dust.

Driving

The Wrangler is still pretty spectacular off-road. That, unfortunately, makes it pretty rough on it. The new car is better than it ever was, but don't expect to make effortless trans-continental trips in this car, whether you're in the two or four-door version. You'll die of boredom.

The Wrangler might have been improved beyond all recognition from the old car, but that's like saying that this version is going to snap your spine more gently than the last. It bounces, it shimmies, it can go off-road. And stay there.

There's only a 2.8-litre four-pot diesel on offer now, producing 197bhp. It's not the most refined, but the torque - 339lb ft of it - is ideal for off-roading. Unsurprisingly.

On the inside

The new Wrangler is longer and wider than it predecessors (and the four-door option opens up a whole new market for it), so there's a decent amount of space. The soft top probably isn't worth it, though you can now buy a clip-on roof system that disposes of the need for all those pop-studs of yore. You still need a big garage to put the roof in though; there's nowhere to store it in-car.

The Wrangler is basic but tough. Probably more designed to be hosed down than swamp you in luxury, but you get the idea; chunky but cheap.

Owning

The diesel manages around 34mpg and emits 213g/km of CO2, so running it isn't the cheapest.

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