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Jeep WRANGLER HARD TOP 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8

Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
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Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8
Jeep WRANGLER 2.0 GME Sahara 2dr Auto8

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG31.40
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed mph
  • C02198 g/km
  • BHP268
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most iconic serious SUVs on the planet and has never been a car to shy away from even the toughest off-road conditions. Now, there's a new fourth generation 'JL'-series version, which takes a completely fresh approach beneath the bonnet, introduces modern safety standards and features a redesigned interior. It's still very much a Wrangler though.

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If you thought Jeep's Wrangler was strictly for Californian rock hoppers and D-list boy band members, think again. The latest 'JL'-series fourth generation model adds new engines and has smarter looks. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

A bit of history first. Shortly after the surface of the earth cooled, vertebrates appeared, developed into dinosaurs and then died for reasons still not fully understood. Shortly thereafter, the Willys Jeep was built and spawned countless generations of Wrangler models, first driven by cigar-chomping beefcakes in aviator sunglasses who hadn't realised World War II had ended. Unfortunately, the brand image suffered a terrible knock in the mid Eighties when boy band Bros chose the Wrangler as their vehicle of choice. Bear with me, we're nearly there. Realising that the Wrangler just didn't cut it in an increasingly sophisticated world, Jeep subjected it to major surgery, creating the 'TJ' series model in 1997. This sold until the launch of the 'JK' series design in 2006, which was replaced by the current 'JL'-series fourth generation model in 2018. With the 'JL', the challenge for Jeep was to modernise the vehicle without alienating the hardcore fans of the marque. The first step was to make sure it rode a whole lot better than its predecessor (which wasn't too difficult). Since then, the brand has concentrated on gradually enhancing powertrain refinement and efficiency. Having done so, the company has tweaked the exterior looks, creating the MK4 model we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

Just about the only way we can describe the ride of pre-2007-era Wrangler models to the uninitiated is to imagine being stricken with a rather severe case of haemorrhoids and then being superglued to a spacehopper. Perhaps that's a tad harsh but after the novelty of an old Wrangler's bouncy ride had worn off, you were left with a vehicle that could crawl through deep mud but which wasn't much good at anything else. With the current 'JK' series car, things certainly improved - if not dramatically then, at least, unequivocally. This design is much quieter than its predecessors too, thanks to beefed up insulation from engine and road noise. There's a choice of two engines - a 2.2-litre Multijet II diesel with 200hp and 450Nm of torque. And a 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit with 265hp and 400Nm of torque. Both are mated to 8-speed auto transmission. Sadly, the rorty 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar petrol unit is no longer offered to European markets. There are now two active, on-demand full time 4WD systems - known as 'Command-Trac' and 'Rock-Trac'. These use next-generation Dana axles, Tru-Lock electric front and rear-axle lockers, a Trac-Lok limited-slip differential and an electronic front sway-bar disconnect system. Whichever engine you go for, the Wrangler is still brilliant off road, with its super aggressive approach and departure angles. Opt for the entry-level Sport or Sahara trims and the car comes with clever brake lock differentials. In the two-door short wheelbase line-up, the range-topping Rubicon model gets even more specialist front and rear locking differentials. On road manners feel safe and predictable, if a little slow-witted, but there are decent levels of grip and, on broken or rutted surfaces, the handling is no longer stymied by a bouncy ride.

Design and Build

Changes to this Wrangler's looks include small styling changes to the instantly recognizable keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail lamps. Plus there are improved aerodynamics and Jeep promises a convenient fold-down windscreen for off-road purists, even more open-air freedom and dozens of different door, top and windscreen combinations. Quite a lot though, hasn't changed at all. The trapezoidal wheel arches, the external door hinges and the rubber bonnet catches are all present and correct, so the Wrangler still looks properly butch. The cabin is pretty spacious in all dimensions and a fold and tumble feature for the rear seat virtually doubles the available cargo capacity, while the curved glass windscreen reduces drag and helps refinement. On the inside, the cabin is actually a lot more car-like that you expect it might be, with decently smart surfaces, a neat instrument panel, plenty of storage areas and an intuitive switchgear layout. Heated, power mirrors are optional and rearward visibility is aided by large rear windows.

Market and Model

The fourth generation Jeep Wrangler is offered in three different trim levels: Sahara, Overland and Rubicon - all available in two or four-door configuration. Pricing starts at just under £45,000 for the two-door models, but most buyers here choose a four-door variant, for which the starting price is about £47,000. Engine-wise, the selection is between a 2.0-litre petrol or a 2.2-litre CRD diesel, priced identically. Either way, you have to have 8-speed auto transmission. As for kit, well even on basic variants, expect to find 16-inch steel wheels, a DVD-compatible stereo with six speakers and remote keyless entry offered as standard. Range topping Rubicon variants will have a '4:1 Rock Trac' part-time four-wheel drive system, electronic front detachable anti roll bars, Tru-Loc front and rear axles and performance suspension. New features this time round include LED headlamps and tail lamps, plus a more sophisticated Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of 5.0, 7.0 or 8.4-inch touchscreens with pinch-and-zoom capability. An array of safety and security systems are also now on offer, including Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path detection, a ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and four standard air bags. It makes it sound as if the Wrangler has become gentrified. Don't be fooled. Bottom line? Only buy this car if you're very serious about off-roading. Otherwise you'll merely be wasting your money.

Cost of Ownership

Both the new engines have all the right efficiency kit to offer a big step forward for Wrangler buyers when it comes to CO2 and fuel consumption stats. An engine stop/start system features with both powerplants. The 2.0-litre petrol unit combines the use of a Twin Scroll turbocharger, a new C-EGR system, central direct injection and the independent liquid cooling intake of air, throttle body and turbo, all in a bid to reduce consumption. The 2.2-litre diesel meanwhile, features a multiway EGR system, with LP EGR and HP EGR, both cooled. In addition the air is cooled with a Water Cooled Air Cooler that helps to reduce emissions. The aftertreatment has a underfloor SCR system that reduces NOx to negligible values and a DOC and DPF close coupled to the engine for the particulate Matter reduction. Both these aftertreatment systems makes the vehicle compliant to the latest RDE Euro 6/D standards. Depreciation is a tougher one to finger but the fact that Wranglers tend to have very long lifespans between major revisions helps prop up residual values significantly.

Summary

Jeep has had to walk a very precarious tightrope in its improvements to the Wrangler. On the one hand, they needed to make it smarter and more relevant to the majority of SUV buyers, while at the same time not alienating those customers who loved the model's rough, tough go-anywhere ability. After looking at this MK4 'JL'-series model, we think many brand loyalists will feel that the company has succeeded in achieving this. Although still not a good choice if your SUV will have a heavy diet of on-road work, this Jeep is now a more capable all-rounder, more comfortable and with a much improved interior. But it's still very much a Wrangler. And that's all that really matters.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlights
Black door mirrors
Body colour 3 piece modular hard top - Freedom Top
Body colour fender flares
Body colour front grille
Daytime running lamp system
Deep tint sunscreen glass
Front fog lights
Headlamp levelling
Headlamp off time delay
LED tail lamp
Power adjustable heated door mirrors
Power front windows with one touch
Premium LED headlamps
Rear fog lamps
Round LED front fog lamps
Tow hooks
Tubular side steps
Windshield wipers with intermittent and variable
Interior Features
Front floor mats
12V auxiliary power outlet in centre console
12V auxiliary power outlet in rear
2 way manual adjustable drivers lumbar support
4 way manually adjustable passenger seat
6 way manually adjustable drivers seat
Centre console storage
Climate control
Cloth upholstery with bucket seats
Folding rear seats
Front centre armrest
Front headrests
Illuminated front cupholders
Isofix child seat preparation
Leather wrapped steering wheel with shift knob
LED ambient lighting
Lockable glovebox
Rear compartment storage system
Rear headrests
Rear luggage cover
Reclining front seats
Storage nets
Storage trays
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Tilt adjustable steering column
Driver Convenience
Active Speed Limit Assist
Android Auto
Apple car play
Cruise control
Emergency response assistance system
Exterior temperature gauge
Instrument cluster with 7" colour TFT Display
Parksense rear park assist system
Parkview rear backup camera
Power Steering
Trip computer
Uconnect 8.4" with navigation
Uconnect live - Europe
Vehicle information centre
Entertainment
8 speakers
Alpine premium audio system with subwoofer
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
USB port
Safety
ABS
Driver / front passenger multi stage airbags
Electronic stability control
Front side airbags
Hill descent control
Hill start assist
Traction control
Tyre pressure monitoring warning lamp
Security
Keyless entry
Keyless go with 'push to start' button
Locking fuel filler cap
Locking wheel nuts
Premium security alarm
Wheels
18" Polished aluminium alloy wheels with grey spokes
Full size spare wheel
Vinyl spare wheel Cover
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 198
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1995
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 31.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 39.8
EC Urban (mpg) 25.7
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 268
Coin Description GME
Coin Series Sahara
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 40D
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 7
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 2
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 50
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 69
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 1
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 49
NCAP Safety Assist % 32
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
Engine Power - BHP 268
Engine Power - KW 200
Engine Power - RPM 5250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 295
Engine Torque - MKG 40.8
Engine Torque - NM 400
Engine Torque - RPM 3000
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 255/70 R18
Tyre Size Rear 255/70 R18
Tyre Size Spare FULL SIZE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1839
Length 4334
Wheelbase 2459
Width 1894
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 66
Gross Vehicle Weight 2313
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 598
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 203
Max. Loading Weight 388
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1497
Minimum Kerbweight 1925
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.36

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £721.99 p/m £8.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £800.99 p/m £62.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £867.99 p/m £103.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £587.99 p/m £34.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £660.99 p/m £76.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £719.99 p/m £118.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £528.99 p/m £39.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £590.99 p/m £82.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £671.99 p/m £167.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £865.99 p/m £9.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £960.99 p/m £75.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1040.99 p/m £124.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £704.99 p/m £40.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £792.99 p/m £91.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £863.99 p/m £141.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £634.99 p/m £47.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £708.99 p/m £98.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £806.99 p/m £201.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £199 inc vat£165.83+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £775.00
Pastel paint £675.00
Interior Features
Mopar slush mats £100.00
Packs
Sahara launch pack - Wrangler £1,300.00
Smoker's pack - Wrangler £60.00
Towing predisposition pack - Wrangler £650.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Billet silver £775.00
Metallic - Granite crystal £775.00
Metallic - Ocean blue £775.00
Metallic - Punk'n' £775.00
Pastel - Black £675.00
Pastel - Firecracker red £675.00
Pastel - Hellayella £675.00
Pastel - Mojito £675.00
Pastel - Sting grey £675.00
Solid - Bright White FOC
Technical
Anti-spin differential rear axle £300.00
Trim
Cloth - Black with bucket seats FOC
Cloth - Heritage tan with bucket seats FOC
* option prices shown are estimated