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The Top Gear car review:Jeep Wrangler
Final thoughts and pick of the range
The Wrangler is the best thing Jeep makes because it’s the most authentic thing it makes. This is Jeep’s bedrock, where it made its name and what it does best. The Wrangler doesn’t feel compromised by fitting into a certain segment or diluted by Jeep trying to broaden its scope. It is what it’s supposed to be and makes no apologies for that fact. So, while it may be compromised out on the road or around town – albeit less so than ever – it’s unflappable at the task for which it has been designed.
The success of the Wrangler is certainly down to what it does – if it can’t clamber over various things that’d stop a Sherpa in their tracks, it’s an abject failure. But there’s also the less tangible, but no less important thing – how it makes you feel in the process. There’s an inherent desirability in the Wrangler that transcends its blocky styling and overtly utilitarian mandate; that sense that at the drop of a Stetson, you could disappear off for parts and adventures unknown.
It is chuffing big these days, especially in its four-door guise, which leads us to something of an awkward conclusion – if you want something that reflects the original Jeep ethos of simplicity, compact dimensions and the promise of going places you probably shouldn’t, you don’t have to fork out Jeep Wrangler money. You can get all of that from the adorable new Suzuki Jimny.
On the other hand, the Wrangler is an entirely unique purchase – it’s a convertible, it’s an off-road warrior, it’s a four-seater that’ll likely work well enough when it’s time to take children to school. And you can’t take the roof off a Jimny without employing a circular saw, and most likely voiding your warranty. Yes, driving a Wrangler is like wearing gumboots every day of the year because it gets rainy in December, but it has enough character to overcome the fact that it’s overkill 90 per cent of the time.
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