n a modern car, the interior is a very important side of the project, being designed from the first moment when the development starts in order to offer comfort to the occupants. In the Wrangler, the cabin is a compromise that the car makes as it has to transport humans in order to exist.
This means that the car was designed with a set of requirements in mind and it seems that the interior was left at the bottom of the list, so you’ll have to make due with limited cabin space, relatively small doors, extremely difficult access to the rear and a only a little soundproofing.
However, the ergonomics are good and every move, from a gear shift to touching the buttons of the air conditionig system, feels natural. However, there are a few issues in the ergonomics chapter two. The window switches are not placed on the doors, but on the center console, and the same goes for the speakers, which sit on a funky plastic console placed above your head. In addition to that, the doors have no mechanism to keep the open, so, you've got to hold them open if the car is parked on an uneven surface.
But wait, all these have a purpose, one that deserves your full attention. The Wrangler still follows the classic Jeep recipe, so you can pretty much take away every panel from the body. It all starts with the two freedom panels (this is how Jeep calls them) above the heads of the driver and the front passengers. These are easy to unlock and can be regarded as some sort of targa top.
Then, the entire remaining upper part of the car, one single element which comprises the side rear windows, the rear window and the roof section that covers the rear bench and the luggage compartment, can be removed. However, I norder to do so you’ll need to remove a few screws remove the liquid and electrical connections for the rear wiper and you also need two people to take it off or place it back on the car.
Once you’ve done this, you’re left with an open top offroading machine that comes with a thick rollbar (this does use padding) and gives you an unique feeling which you quickly become addicted to, whether you’re actually using is on difficult terrain or inside the city.
However, if you’ve got a tattoo that spells “hardcore”, you can also fold down the windscreen and remove the doors – this is why the speakers and the window switches are not placed on the doors. The car is also gifted with a manually-folding soft-top, which does help you in the event of sudden rain, but is pretty difficult to install and occupies most of the space in the luggage compartment - we’re pretty sure there are touring bikes that offer more luggage space.
Our test car came with a few nice touches, such as a leather wrap for the steering wheel, which did make life aboard more pleasant. As for the cliché that tells you the Wrangler’s interior can be washed using a hose, we really wouldn’t do that.
The Wrangler’s interior manages to offer a decent experience and nothing more. Basically, it gets the job done, so we can’t complain that much about the lack of space or the difficult access. However, the recent facelifts have brought more equipment, which helps improve the experience. More importantly, this car really comes alive once you remove the top and this is when you forget about every drawback and just enjoy the ride.Continue reading