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2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior Review

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Interior: 8.1

Jeep Wranglers have long been focused primarily on capability instead of comfort, but the redesigned 2018 model retains the former while making strides toward the latter. Cabin materials are nicer than in previous models, but they’re still durable (after all, this is an SUV that encourages you to literally hose out the interior). High-end trims have a few upscale touches as well.

There’s plenty of headroom throughout, but the four-door Wrangler Unlimited is the only model with adult-friendly rear seats. Cargo space is good for the class, and the features list now includes smartphone connectivity options and even some driver assistance tech.

  • Even with the available leather, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler's interior does not qualify as plush. The main requirement is durability, which describes the Sport model's cloth seats and the hard plastic surfaces. But there's plenty of versatility." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior of the 2018 edition is nicer than any Wrangler that has come before." -- Autoblog
  • "Wrangler interiors are much more refined for 2018; especially in higher trim levels like this top-line Rubicon. Note the satin-red dash inserts (part of a trim package) and the handy A-pillar-mounted grab handle visible in the upper left. The new Wrangler's cabin retains that classic Jeep look and feel while significantly upping the overall quality and refinement level (particularly on the Sahara and Rubicon models). Fun design touches abound, such as satin-metal trim and various 'Easter egg' heritage-themed details." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

The two-door Wrangler seats four people, and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited seats five. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. The rear seats feature two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors.

Both rows of seats have plenty of headroom, but the front seats may not have enough legroom for taller occupants. Two-door Wranglers have smaller back seats that are difficult to access. In the Wrangler Unlimited, rear-seat space is pretty good and most adults can ride comfortably.

  • The Wrangler's tall, boxy body means headroom is more than adequate in both the front and back seats, but front-seat legroom is rather cramped for extra-tall occupants. The back-seat area is sized for children and very difficult to access on 2-door Wranglers, but it's surprisingly spacious on the longer-wheelbase 4-door version. Average-sized adults will be able to sit in comfort, though the narrow door openings and high step-in can complicate entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Back seat comfort is enhanced with a more reclined seatback, and the cheap seats also get their own heater/air conditioning vents and USB charging outlets." -- New York Daily News

Interior Features

Standard features in the Wrangler include two 12-volt power outlets, USB and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen.

Available features include air conditioning, power windows, remote start (automatic transmission models only), automatic climate control, a 115-volt power outlet, an Alpine audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and an upgraded Uconnect system with a 7- or 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

As always, all Jeep Wrangler models let you take the top off. A soft top is standard, while a hard top is available. The redesign has brought some changes to the top – and they are for the better. The soft top no longer features zippers, which have long been a plague upon Wrangler owners. Both the soft and hard tops can be removed quickly and easily.

For years, the Wrangler has had a laughably short list of standard and available tech features – but not anymore. The redesigned Jeep has taken bold strides and now offers a fair amount of technology from this century. The touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use, and the menus are easy to navigate. The screen is also water resistant, which can come in handy when you want to hose out the Wrangler’s interior (there are drain plugs if you do choose to do this).

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  • "The JL's cabin is thoroughly updated to meet the demands of the 'always connected' 21st century. … The fourth-gen Uconnect system even offers an optional 4G Wi-Fi hot spot so you can surf websites right from your camp table. … A new optional 8.4-inch hi-res touchscreen with pinch and zoom is the largest ever offered on a Wrangler. And, yes, it's been 'mist tested' to endure at least a nonmonsoon amount of rain and keep right on displaying." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The 8.4-inch system worked well in our test drives; it has clear graphics and large virtual buttons, quick response times, and a broad range of helpful features. A 3.5-inch configurable driver-information display is standard, and a more feature-rich 7-inch display is available. We especially appreciated the Off Road Pages information, which includes a Pitch & Roll graphic readout for extreme off-roading." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Wrangler is fundamentally a convertible; that's part of its appeal. Historically, however, the canvas tops have been heavy on the zippers and a total pain to operate under anything other than ideal conditions. Owners have grinned and borne it (or opted for a hard top). No more! The accursed zippers are gone, and the side windows are now attached with a series of channels and retainers. The roof itself has never been easier to operate; even on a four-door Unlimited, I'm able to raise and lower the top in moments. It's a beautifully engineered piece – only the ragtop on the new Mazda MX-5 bests it when it comes to simplicity." -- Autoweek

Cargo

The two-door 2018 Wrangler provides 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 46.9 cubic feet with them folded. The larger Wrangler Unlimited has 31.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. With the rear seats folded, it has 72.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

The Wrangler has below-average cargo space, but the Wrangler Unlimited’s max capacity is higher than most competitors’, and there’s enough cabin storage space for some devices like iPads.

  • "The new Wrangler is also more practical thanks to longer armrests, bigger storage areas, and a center console bin with 2-tier storage that can now accommodate an iPad. Both the glovebox and console bin are lockable and there's more hidden storage under the cargo floor." -- New York Daily News
  • Small-items storage isn't great overall – the glovebox is stingy, and the center console is on the small side as well-but there are some handy touches nonetheless. There's a small storage bin underneath the rear cargo-area floor on 4-door models, and the front seat backs can be equipped with military-style MOLLE (for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) panels for accessory attachment." -- Consumer Guide
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