You see these Jeep Wrangler cult classic’s driving around town a lot these day’s, its a common sight to see them company branded and cruising the highways. Although when I see one bound to city limits, I can’t help but feel sorry for it, as the whole concept behind the wild butch look is lost if it’s purely for show. The car only starts to shine once you detour off from any stretch of asphalt.
Recently the Automotive Refinisher team were fortunate enough to dig their claws into one of Jeep Wrangler Sahara’s steering wheels for a week. My last encounter with a wild horse Wrangler was a few years back where any right turn yielded great smoke rings thanks to the fillies under the hood. Jeep know how to build strong engines with no expense being spared.
Under the hood of our entry level Sahara Wrangler was a 130kW 4 litre straight six, which pulls 305 Nm of torque from a five speed transmission, and sounds so easy on the ear.
Off-roading capability with the Sahara is thanks to a rear Trak-Loc limited slip differential. With the Sahara Wrangler all the basics are there, but when I say basics I should be talking raw ruggedness when that’s what these vehicles are all about. Comfotable seating with safety features such as air bags, remote key access and padded roll-bar, air-conditioning and a butt kicking sound system is all a part of the package.
Not much has changed inside or outside, keeping true to Jeep’s classic style and rudimentary design as the interior gadgetry is still as understated as the exterior of the car. The Punchy performance from under the hood is ready at any stage of play, be it climbing a steep incline on an offroad track or overtaking on the highway.
The only “speedhump” throughout the course of the week was that I made really good friends with petrol attendants as it’s seriously thirsty. Surprisingly the Sahara sat at about 11.5 litres/100km and considering the Sahara’s performance doesn’t lend itself to a light foot. Most people I know who own one of these beauties already have a city run around which keeps the “toy” for fun weekends of off-roading and just to get out and about.
What you could expect to pay for the Sahara Wrangler is a reasonable R239 500 considering the lifestyle one of these vehicles presents.
The overall package is brilliant if getting out there and taking the road less travelled is your thing. If this is the price that you can afford then it’s a great car and lifestyle combination.
Unfortunately a little pointless if the only thing the Sahara will ever see is tarmac its whole life. But having said that, if being one of the cool kids around town is your thing, then nothing else will do the trick as well as the Sahara Wrangler.