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2018 Jeep Wrangler Review – New Car Review

A car is very much a lifestyle accessory. SUVs and Crossovers are predominantly used by families with practicality at the top of their list. Two seater sports cars, like the Mazda MX-5, is bought by someone who doesn’t take life too seriously. Someone who has no belongings that need to be carried around and wants to look good on those couple of, and rare, Summer days in Ireland. Where in Ireland does the 2018 Jeep Wrangler fit in so?

A Quick Jeep Wrangler History Lesson

The Jeep Wrangler’s ancestors date back to the Willys MB. The MB was brought about in 1941 for American troops to use in World War II. After the war, Willys trademarked the name Jeep and began to manufacture the Jeep for everyday use naming it the CJ – Civilian Jeep. Right up until the early 1980’s the CJ was doing well for the brand. It was an icon that everyone knew what it was and what it was about. But, the recession meant that the American market wanted something lighter and more fuel efficient yet still a “Go Anywhere” 4×4. The Jeep Cherokee was introduced and the CJ was briefly axed. After Jeep made their money off the Cherokee it was time to bring back the CJ, but with a new name. And so, the Wrangler was born. Fast forward to 2018, and three Wrangler generations later, the Jeep Wrangler is one tough cookie stooped in history. The 2018/2019 fourth generation Jeep Wrangler is due in Ireland at the end of this year. I couldn’t not let myself get a go in the third generation before it disappeared so here we are today.

A Lifestyle Vehicle You Say?

I still stand by my point of the Jeep Wrangler being a lifestyle vehicle. This is evident to any regular punter simply by looking at the spec sheet. A 200hp and 460Nm 2.8 four-cylinder diesel powers this almost 2,000kg selectable four wheel drive 4×4 around. Shifting through the gears is a single clutch 5-speed automatic returning a real world average of 11.9l/100Km. Combining these history book figures with an abundance of road and wind noise, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is not for the faint hearted.

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Thankfully I am not faint hearted because I utterly love the Wrangler. It’s a raw, no frills off roader amongst a sea of soft roaders pretending to be something they are not. While I didn’t get the opportunity to do any hard core off roading, I did take the Wrangler to a small off road circuit. It handled it as if it was just a rough bit of road. There was so much more to give from the Wrangler that I felt I was just teasing it. One of the “techy” bits offered by the Jeep is hill ascent control. Think of this is as cruise control for going down steep declines. I found this feature handy in the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg.

What About Everyday Use? 

But trying to use the 2018 Jeep Wrangler as an everyday car is like wearing a pair of stilettos to climb The Sugar Loaf. You’ll wince and make up curse words that you didn’t think were possible as you try to negotiate any sort of street that’s narrower than 50 metres wide. For a four seater, the Wrangler is awkwardly big. This is only one of the indicators that it was built for the American market.

But in saying this, in the right environment it’s versatile. The rear section of the roof and the two panels above the driver can come off in a matter of minutes, with two people. Starts to drizzle? Not to worry, the Alpine sub woofer in the boot is waterproof. There are two rubber stoppers on the bonnet which are there to protect the glass windscreen when you fold it down, just to add to the outdoorsy experience. The quirkiness doesn’t stop there. The only option available here in Ireland is that of metallic paint, otherwise it comes standard in White. Homage is paid to the Willys MB all around the Jeep. On the bottom right hand corner of the windscreen is a silhouette of an Willys MB, same as on each of the 18-inch alloys. The horn is the best though. I should have added a sound clip – YouTube it!

Would I Buy One?

When you break down each component of the Wrangler, it doesn’t make much sense. What, with a 5-speed auto, an average fuel consumption of 11.9l/100km and a boot space of just 142 litres. But, put it all together, mix it up, cook it at 180 degrees for 25 minutes and you’ve got a car that is more than worthy of a spot in your garage at your lake house in Lake Tahoe. Unfortunately it costs the guts of at least €53,250. Still, I want to go on an adventure. Now, where did I leave the keys?

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