2008 Jeep Wrangler Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Jeep Wrangler was new.
Reviewers find that the 2008 Jeep Wrangler's interior is improved over the pre-2007 generation, but still say it's not up to par with the competition. "The interior sports new shapes, though the overall vibe feels as basic as it did in the previous Wrangler," says Cars.com.
Automotive.com also complains about interior quality, commenting: "The Wrangler's role as the rugged one makes a great excuse for de-emphasizing the details. Watch for the manual locks and crank-up windows, the tyranny of hard plastic, limp levers here and there, and doors that feel molded from petrified cardboard." On the plus side, U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman finds that the cabin, "while plain, is cleanly laid out, with solid dashboard controls."
The Wrangler's front seats receive praise from most reviewers. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls them supportive, and the describes them as "cushioned and very supportive on- or off-road." The reviewer especially likes the fact that the Wrangler's seats (with the exception of the base model) are finished in a YES Essentials fabric that "makes them not only soft and smooth, but also stain and odor resistant. Nice touch in a machine that can venture off-road."
But the rear seats in the petite two-door Wrangler are a different story. Cars.com calls them "tiny and hard to access." To address this, Jeep created the four-door Unlimited model, which still disappoints some. "Although the Unlimited's rear seat, and access to it, is improved, no one will confuse it with a La-Z-Boy, especially if you sit back there during off-roading," says the . The larger, more accessible back seat doesn't come close to making the Wrangler family-friendly, says U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman: "The back seat is small and a high climb, plus there are few of the basic amenities handy for kids, like cupholders in the rear center armrest." A few reviewers are a bit more complimentary. Truck Trend says the Unlimited "boasts spaciousness the two-door can only dream about. Rear-seat legroom is up by 1.6 inches, and there's a full foot of added hiproom, meaning three adults can now fit in back."
Still, many reviewers offer praise for the increased cabin space in the 2008 Wrangler. "All of this adds up to a much wider and more spacious-feeling cabin," says Car and Driver. Total passenger volume in the regular-length Wrangler is 102.9 cubic feet, while it's 104 cubic feet in the Unlimited -- about a 10 percent increase over the previous generation.
The basic Wrangler X is one of the most Spartan SUVs on the market, including manual door locks and windows and lacking air-conditioning. Buyers can add those conveniences with the "S" Package, which adds air conditioning and a center console. The mid-level Sahara model adds power windows and door locks, upgraded seat fabric, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and height-adjustable driver's seat. Surprisingly enough, the Rubicon provides a big jump in off-road performance, but no significant interior upgrades.
With the 2007 model, Jeep added some basic comfort features long standard on competitors in this class. For 2008, Jeep adds several interior options, including an in-dash navigation system and remote start.
Cargo capacity behind the rear seats is 17.2 cubic feet for two-door models and 46.4 cubic feet for four-door models. Storage behind the first-row seats (with the rear seats folded down) is 61.2 cubic feet for two-door models and 82 cubic feet for four-door models.
Interior storage for smaller items doesn't impress. "The Unlimited also has a rather small glove box," complains the. "But with the extra doors and a longer body, there's plenty of storage room in back, if you're not carrying along the soft roof panels." Lack of storage space for the roof panels is a common complaint among reviewers.