The Wrangler is available as a two- or four-door and practicality varies according to which one you pick. The two-door's front seats are just about roomy enough for adults, but access to the rear ones is pretty tight. The boot is also tiny and, if you want any more luggage room, you have to fold the rear seats down, effectively making your Wrangler a two-seater.
The four-door is much better. There are three rear seats instead of only two, and they’re surrounded by a good bit more space than in the two-door. The boot is also considerably larger and the rear bench folds down in two portions, giving you more versatility on how you use the space available. On both versions, the side-hinged tailgate makes the space rather awkward to get to when you’re in a tight parking space, and you have to flip up the rear window separately, but it’s not too much of a faff.
The Wrangler’s interior is utilitarian in its design, and it’s also highly functional. You sit close to the near-vertical windscreen, with the door shutting right up against your side, which is pretty unique, but ultimately less comfortable than more conventional SUVs. The centre touch-screen is within easy reach and surrounded by a rugged rubberised frame. Below this are the easy-to-use climate controls. Between the front seats, and almost as large as the gear level, is the selector for the four-wheel-drive system. The Wrangler’s cabin is designed to be washable, though we don’t fancy trying to get dried mud out of all the nooks and crannies.
The Wrangler has always compromised on its on-road ride and handling in the name of exceptional off-road ability
, and the current generation is no different. Admittedly, the Wrangler can go places that owners of most other SUVs wouldn’t even dream of.
Therefore it wouldn’t be fair to criticise it too much for its shortage of handling precision, but the fact remains that the steering is very slow and overly light, and the loose body control means you’ll find yourself slowing down for bends much more than you would in other SUVs. This sensation is exaggerated on the Rubicon model, which features extra suspension travel and special tyres. It’s also worth noting that the four-door Wrangler feels more secure on the road - and rides marginally better - than the shorter model.