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Jeep Wrangler SUV (2007-2018) - Practicality & boot space

The four-door model makes some concessions towards practicality

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With the Jeep Wrangler making its name as a go-anywhere vehicle, its ability to reach places far out of bounds for normal vehicles is in its favour in practicality terms. However, that’s not much good on its own; to be truly useful, an off-road vehicle needs to be able to carry passengers and, often, heavy loads.

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With the Wrangler winning most of its buyers with its lifestyle appeal, it needs to be easy to live-with in everyday use, too, and it has one party trick which is sure to earn it some fans – it’s technically a convertible. True, the hardtop is heavy and removing it is a two-person operation (although it comes apart in three sections) and you’ll have to find somewhere to store it, but the Wrangler stands with only the rather smaller Range Rover Evoque Convertible as a convertible SUV on the UK market.

Jeep Wrangler Interior space & storage

The Jeep Wrangler is rather less spacious inside than its bulky dimensions and shape would suggest. The interior is rather narrow so passengers can feel a bit cramped, and the seats are rather upright, too, with little space for occupants to stretch out in comfort. Interior storage consists of door pockets and a substantial glove compartment in front of the passenger.

Rear seat passengers have a far easier life in the four-door car than in the two-door model; it’s far easier to get in the back, while an extra 523mm to the length of the car makes for much-improved legroom.

Boot space

Despite being longer and taller than the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the four-door Jeep Wrangler isn’t as accomplished a load-lugger as you might expect. The 498-litre boot is reasonable, but by no means exceptional for an SUV. It’s accessed via a split-opening side-hinged rear door, which can make it rather hard to use if the car is parked somewhere with restricted space.

Nods to everyday usability include 60:40 split-folding rear seats but be warned that if you choose the two-door model, it has a tiny 142-litre boot.

Towing

One strength of the five-door diesel Wrangler is its 2,200kg towing ability. Your Jeep dealer will be happy to advise of specific limits for different specification variants, and will be able to suggest suitable towing equipment for your Jeep.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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