We tried to take the Wrangler everywhere during our test drive. It all had to start with a shopping trip through the crowded city, as we needed supplies for the trip. Next, we had to use the highway to get far, far away from the city. Then, we removed the asphalt from under its wheels and placed it on the walls, as we played with the car in an abandoned industrial area that simulates modern warfare.
Subsequently, we we laughed in the navigation system’s face (we didn’t get one, so we had to) and chose the most difficult route to the sea, one that passed through some rocky mountains. We managed to get to the beach, which tried really hard to pose a challenge to the car it had mistaken for the Willis that had been in the war. And our adventure went on without the top at times, but we’re not here to talk about stripping, so let’s move on and tell you if and how the Wrangler can cater to your diverse transportation needs.
The car offers impressive off-road abilities and while this is obvious even to somebody that possesses a kindergarden diploma, the Wrangler manages to make you feel safe and pleasant while it tackles axle-breaking terrain.
But the biggest asset of this car has to be the removable soft-top. The feeling you get when driving an off-roader like this topless, whether it’s in the city or through the muddy hills, is priceless and the torque of the diesel engine also allows you to enjoy a bit of longitudinal sensations, while offering decent efficiency.
This car then is excellent, but only if you use it as a toy. As an all-round vehicle, it’s not really a good choice. The live axles mean that you’ll be jumping in your seat most of the times and the poor visibility and lack of parking sensors make urban driving a task, not a pleasure.
When you do get out of the city, the wind noise becomes a partner, so the open road isn’t a proper terrain either. The Wrangler dares to keep its off-roading nature when many others become crossovers and we respect it for that, but we can’t pay EUR40,805 or $49,400 just for respect. In fact, it doesn’t even expect us to do that, as this Jeep is not for the mainstream buyers. But for those that can use it, the Wrangler is far more rewarding than your average SUV.
So this is a car that keeps you alive, it constantly pinches you – we really enjoyed a high speed drive ON the road, with the body of the car oscillating due to the bumpy ride and the wind noise patting us on the back as we kept eating mile after mile of open road. It all felt like the positive emotions you get when you go running in the weekend, but you can’t jog to work and back, so you have to use this car for certain purposes only in order to enjoy it.Continue reading