Some cars maintain a classic design and style through the years. That's certainly the case with the Jeep Wrangler, which made its debut way back in 1986. At the time, the Wrangler was made by American Motors. Now it's built by Fiat-Chrysler.
The Wrangler Rubicon model is available with either a diesel or a standard gasoline engine. Neither is particularly environmentally-friendly. The one we're testing has a CO² output of 237 gm / km. Our Wrangler cost € 44,000 -- which is quite a bit to pay for a car that's not exactly on the cutting edge of design and technology.
The best part about the Wrangler is that you can take it out and get it dirty. It wasn't built for cruising around cities.
And if you get into trouble somewhere out in the middle of nowhere, the Wrangler comes equipped with a spare wheel.
In countries like Germany there aren't too many places where you can really push the Wrangler to its limits.
Over in the US, fans revel in crossing their own personal Rubicon in their ... Rubicon. No wonder, with a ground clearance of some 26 centimeters.
This is where the old-school engineering rolls back the years. It's hard to think of a contemporary SUV with the talents to master surfaces this tricky.
The high center of gravity coupled with the leaf-spring suspension and the huge tires hardly bodes well for the Rubicon's corner-handling. The Wrangler is an automotive dinosaur that isn't remotely interested in modern trends. At the end of the day it does what it was built to do: to get the driver to their destination, however challenging the route there.