The Jeep Wrangler range surprised drivers and off-road enthusiasts when it launched in 2007. Jeep managed to maintain the classic 'rugged' look and feel without letting the new car's extreme off-road ability compromise its on-road dynamics or its role as a comfortable everyday family car. Just like the Land Rover Defender, the Jeep Wrangler has become a cult car. No rival can match the Jeep’s heritage in the field of four-wheel drives. The US brand was the first to build a 4x4 in large numbers as long ago as 1941, and it was the legendary Jeep that led to the creation of the original Land Rover in 1948. The 197bhp 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel may not be the most refined engine around, but it offers plenty of pulling power and has more than enough grunt to make light work of off-roading. In off-road situations, the Wrangler is exceptionally capable. There’s loads of ground clearance, it tackles tough inclines and descents with ease. In fact, there’s very little terrain it can’t cope with. There are quite a few reasons why we would steer clear of buying a Wrangler – and many of them are the same reasons why owners love their Jeeps. What we call flaws, buyers call character; this is one of those cars that you either get or you don’t. This is a vehicle for the fanatics and for the connoisseurs.