Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: Spotted


What with Sam having driven the new Wrangler just a couple of weeks ago and Mopar having brought its fantastic Wrangler 1941 to Geneva, my appetite for uncompromising American 4x4s has been thoroughly whetted. It seems I wasn't the only one, either.

A number of commenters on the first drive signaled that they liked the car, but couldn't find a way to rationalise its near £50k price tag. Scrof took a shot at finding a half priced alternative in last week's Trade Off, settling, naturally, on a Land Rover Defender. But what if only a Jeep will do?


That's where today's Spotted comes in. At £35,955 it still isn't cheap, but manages to represent a significant saving versus the new model nonetheless. That's despite being virtually new itself; a 2018 three-door version with just 4,800 miles on the clock. Most importantly, though, it's a Rubicon. Named after the 22-mile off-road trail, rather than the Italian river of no return, the title of Rubicon is only awarded to the most capable Wranglers in the range

Powered by a 3.6-litre petrol V6, the Rubicon outputs 285hp and 260lb ft of torque via either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission (the UK was auto only). There are 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tyres as standard, locking front and rear axles, Jeep's Rock-Trac 4x4 system featuring beefed up suspension, an electronically disconnecting front sway bar, rock rails and LED lights.


This being the Recon Edition it trades cloth seats for heated leather ones with red seat belts. It also gains a heavy-duty Dana 44 front axle, cast diff covers, power dome bonnet and a premium soft-top which the hard top seen here can be switched out for. Throw in the remainder of the factory warranty, which runs for two more years till 2021, and what you're looking at is one of the most able, best equipped Jeeps you're likely to see without spending twice the price on some heavily modified rock-crawling juggernaut. We know where our money would go.


SPECIFICATIONS - JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON
Engine:
3,604cc, V6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
Power (hp): 285@6,400rpm
Torque (lb ft): 260@4,800rpm
MPG: 24.4
CO2: N/A
First registered: 2018
Recorded mileage: 4,800
Yours for: £35,995

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  • John.Taylor 07 Mar 2019

    Four Jeep stories in a little over a week, how much they paying you?

  • RenesisEvo 07 Mar 2019

    Having driven one of these, I couldn't justify it at even a fifth of the price tag listed. It was horrifyingly unstable on B-roads, no sense that the axles had any connection to the body - responses were often out of sync or just plain random. A hopeless mix of anaemic V6 connected to a preposterously-tall geared slushbox that wants to slip all the time. It never feels like it has over 200bhp. A mile straight and I couldn't reach the redline in 3rd gear. And I couldn't hear myself think such was the wind noise. The interior has exposed fasteners everywhere and competes only with the old Defender for quality and design.

    If you don't ever go above 40mph and/or love rock-crawling or posing on beaches, go ahead. Otherwise buy a brand-new Jimny (or two) and spend the change on a holiday to America where it might just about make sense to hire one for a few days.

  • Andeh1 07 Mar 2019

    RenesisEvo said:
    Having driven one of these, I couldn't justify it at even a fifth of the price tag listed. It was horrifyingly unstable on B-roads, no sense that the axles had any connection to the body - responses were often out of sync or just plain random. A hopeless mix of anaemic V6 connected to a preposterously-tall geared slushbox that wants to slip all the time. It never feels like it has over 200bhp. A mile straight and I couldn't reach the redline in 3rd gear. And I couldn't hear myself think such was the wind noise. The interior has exposed fasteners everywhere and competes only with the old Defender for quality and design.

    If you don't ever go above 40mph and/or love rock-crawling or posing on beaches, go ahead. Otherwise buy a brand-new Jimny (or two) and spend the change on a holiday to America where it might just about make sense to hire one for a few days.
    I mean, surely that post signifies the end of the thread!? There is nothing more to say.

  • unsprung 07 Mar 2019

    RenesisEvo said:
    no sense that the axles had any connection to the body - responses were often out of sync or just plain random.
    hehe

    RenesisEvo said:
    A hopeless mix of anaemic V6 connected to a preposterously-tall geared slushbox that wants to slip all the time.
    laugh

    RenesisEvo said:
    competes only with the old Defender for quality and design.
    wobble

    RenesisEvo said:
    If you don't ever go above 40mph
    rofl


    Wrangler Total US Sales

    2018 . . . 240,032
    2017 . . . 190,522
    2016 . . . 191,788
    2015 . . . 202,702
    2014 . . . 175,328
    2013 . . . 155,502
    2012 . . . 141,669
    2011 . . . 122,460
    2010 . . . .. 94,310
    2009 . . . .. 82,044


  • BFleming 07 Mar 2019

    I was in California last May, and had one of these as a hire car. As the weather was nice, we took the roof panels off, & stored them in the back. All very awkward, but driving around the hills of San Fran & over the Golden Gate in it was cool. I can see the appeal.
    Then we took the 101 south to San Jose, and it's not a motorway car. The engine (in our one) was underpowered, the auto gearbox didn't know where to place itself, and the suspension was choppy - nowhere near as soft as those tyres would have you believe.
    I'd drive one (& did), but I wouldn't pay for one.

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