That the latest Wrangler remains one of the toughest, most capable off-roaders in the business comes as little surprise. Jeep knows what it needs to provide to retain the 4x4’s passionate cult following. Image is crucial, but ultimately it’s incredible go-anywhere ability that represents the cornerstone of its appeal.

Even in Overland spec, the new JL model packs plenty of both. But as impressive as its skills off the beaten track undoubtedly are, it’s the gains made in everyday usability that will do the most to broaden the car’s reach. The cabin is now roomier and finished to a higher standard. And while it doesn’t ride or handle with the sort of sophistication that would make it a viable alternative to a conventional SUV, you could easily forgive that given what it can do when the nearest Tarmac is more than a few miles away.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

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Jeep’s off-road icon is now a lot more competent on it

Of course, off-roading aficionados will be best-served by the fully fledged Wrangler Rubicon. But for those after a more liveable Wrangler suited to everyday use almost as well as muddy weekend green-laning excursions, the Overland will take some beating. This is certainly the most rugged dual-purpose 4x4 you can buy – and it’s among the best.

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