One of our criticisms of the new Jeep Wrangler JL had been the lack of an entry-level model.
It seems Jeep UK may have been listening, as the traditional base-model Sport has now quietly found its way back into the line-up.
Available in both two- and four-door guises, the Sport is offered only with the 272hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Emissions are much the same at 198 g/km for the 2-door (201 g/km for the 4-door Unlimited) and with WLTP-certified economy of 27.2 mpg (25.9 mpg for the 4-door).
The Sport retains the same Command-Trac EU-spec full-time four-wheel-drive system as the Sahara and Overland models with a 2.72:1 low-range.
There’s the same three-piece Freedom removable hard-top, although it’s black rather than body-colour, along with the fender flares.
The daytime running lights use conventional incandescent bulbs rather than LEDs, and it’s a similar story for the tail-lights and headlights, the latter now being halogen.
Inside, the instrument cluster uses a smaller 3.5-inch monochrome display with simplified graphics, while the infotainment system drops to a 7-inch screen and loses the navigation function.
Climate control gives way to a more conventional ventilation system, but retains the air conditioning.
The Alpine sound system is removed, replaced by a simpler eight-speaker set-up.
The option of leather seats is no more, with black cloth upholstery now being the only trim in town.
Elsewhere, however, the standard equipment list is fairly generous: cruise control, speed limiter, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, keyless entry, push-button start, leather steering wheel and gear knob, heated door mirrors, one-touch electric windows, reversing camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and tyre pressure monitoring.
Prices for the Sport start at £39,955 for the 2-door, making it the only Wrangler in the range that isn’t subject to the £310 additional road tax levy for years two to six.
There’s no such luck for the 4-door Sport Unlimited which, at £41,455, pays the surcharge no matter what. With a P11D figure of £40,120, Jeep could have saved their customers £1,550 in road tax by dropping the price by just £120.