First things first: you don't step down into a Wrangler, you climb up into one. After finally arriving inside, the primary thing you notice is how austere is in there. Black hard plastics everywhere on the center console, the car's rather large roll-bar sits almost directly above your head and the overall space is that of a small car. And by small we mean something the size of a Volkswagen Polo, if not something even smaller. The luggage compartment, albeit very easily accessible thanks to the side-opening of the rear door, is also extremely small, and part of it is occupied by the soft-top and the subwoofer.
Interior space is clearly not one of the Wrangler's attributes. The doors are also a bit small and if you're a large dude (or dudette) it's kind of hard to step inside, especially since you have to climb up first. For any of you guys (or gals) who had any previous experience driving tractors, entering the Wrangler is pretty much the same.
Apart from the audio system with a six-CD changer, taken from older Mercedes-Benz models, every button and knob looks like it can take a lot of damage. Everything just screams "oldschool work truck" in this thing, including the tilted gear stick for the six-speed manual transmission. The only thing "touch friendly" inside seems to be the leather trimmed steering wheel which, even if it's not exactly a sample of luxury, is actually pleasurable to hold. Our test car had a problem from this point of view though, since you had to keep the wheel slightly to the left in order for the car to go completely straight.
The ergonomics of the buttons and knobs is almost top notch on the other hand, with a few minor exceptions. First of all, the buttons which control the electric windows are situated on the center console and don't have any explanation words or symbols to tell you what they actually do. Secondly, to confuse things even further, the door locks were put exactly where you'd think the window controls would be. You can find further details about the overall feeling in the interior from our very own 3d interior panorama found inside this text. Continue reading