The title of best 4×4 off road car is one that over the years has almost always gone to the extremely capable, and nigh on indestructible, Land Rover Defender. However, there is another 4×4 manufacturer that comes with just as an impressive legacy, similar esteemed military credentials, and the ability to throw their vehicles into pretty much any environment this planet we live on can offer. It is of course – Jeep.
With the discontinuation of the Land Rover Defender, and the somewhat non off-road nature of the new Defender – is now the time for Jeep to shine bright (or dirty in this case) as the go-to rugged 4×4 off-road vehicle manufacturer? Well we headed over to Nazaré in Portugal with the Jeep Wrangler to find out. Take a look at our video below to see how we got on.
Jeep Wrangler Off-Road Review Verdict
It’s fair to say that the Jeep Wrangler, with the help of Command-Trac 4×4 system, can handle pretty much all things you are likely to throw at it. We had the opportunity to test the Wrangler on sand, mud, dirt, gravel and rock and the attitude the car presented to us was one of a “No problem. Nailed it. What else have you got?” type approach. I think that’s a fair attitude to have as the Wrangler took on with open arms every environment we could throw at it. That’s doesn’t mean it’s all plain sailing though, you do need to have some common sense and driving style to tackle tough areas, it’s not all push a button and auto you know!
However, the biggest selling point for Joes like us who may be looking for a car with multiple use, off-road, road and the like, is that the Wrangler has the rugged “I look great covered in mud” exterior, but on the inside there is a somewhat luxury, comfortable feel. We were driving one of the 3-door 75th anniversary editions, which to be honest, do have a few extras that don’t come with the standard edition. Inside we were presented with all of the mod cons we are used to in a modern day car, cruise control, navigation, Bluetooth, USB connection an so on, with the added addition of leather seats, tinted glass and the option of being able to customise whether you want a hard or soft top, something that the Jeep has over all of its competitors. These features all of which function alongside a mighty 3.6L, V6 284bhp engine roar that aims to bring you back to reality, and remember what the Wrangler can really do.
On the 3-door model there’s more space than you would expect in the rear seats, although getting in them can be a little bit of a chore. The comically small amount of boot space is something that leaves a lot to be desired, but as with all vehicles of this nature, something you will need to sacrifice when you want to pack everything the Wrangler does have into such a small package. For drivers and adventures who do want a little more space, there is of course the 5-door model that will tick both of those boxes minus a little bit of the fun that comes with throwing around a smaller 4×4, off road.
If you are a Brit, based purely on national heritage, you may find yourself leaning towards a Land Rover Defender in this car category. But it’s safe to say, witnessing the punch that the Jeep Wrangler can pack, America, can be great again.
The Jeep Wrangler 3-door 75th anniversary edition starts from £34,765 OTR with the standard edition Wrangler starting at 331,840 for the 3-door and £33,510 for the 5 door. Visit www.jeep.co.uk for more information.