- Unique styling
- Genuine off-road ability
- Spacious interior
- Less refined than rivals
- On-road ability not the best
- Confusing interior design
Trendy compact SUV that’s capable of genuine off-roading.
The Jeep Renegade, first introduced in 2015, has produced a much needed boost to the American brand. Before it was seen as a rather dull producer of distinctly average SUVs. But the Renegade is one of the coolest compact crossovers on the market. Aimed at the market that is dominated by the Nissan Juke, and the Renault Captur, the Renegade is amongst tough competition. It’s not especially great to drive, and the quality of construction is still a little questionable. But it’s fun, spacious, and practical. And who can resist those rugged good looks?
Practical enough, but let down by questionable quality.
Jeeps of old have always been a little on the rugged side when it comes to interior quality. The Renegade is an improvement, but it still lags behind rivals. There’s plenty of space however, and you’ll get plenty of kit for your money.
The dashboard design of the Renegade is a bit of a mixed bag. The Renegade is built in Europe by Fiat, and you can see the influence. Unfortunately italian flair doesn’t especially compliment the Jeep’s rugged looks. Material quality is fairly decent however. There are some nice soft touch materials on the top of the dash, but lower down cheaper feeling plastics feature. Controls are however simple and easy to use, so it shouldn’t take you too long to feel at home.
Practicality is important to family buyers on the search for a compact crossover. The Renegade fares well in this regard. The rear seats offer ample headroom, and legroom isn’t too bad either. With a boot capacity of 351 litres, the Renegade is just as practical as a family hatchback, and offers similar space to most of its rivals. It’s a nice squared off shape, with no load lip, which makes getting heavy items in and out of the back a piece of cake.
Equipment levels in the Renegade are generous no matter which model you go for. The entry-level Sport comes with air-con, Bluetooth, DAB radio, and a touchscreen infotainment system. Limited trim adds an upgraded infotainment system, with a bigger 6.5” display, plus parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers. Whilst range-topping Trailhawk gains a four-wheel drive system, as well as more rugged interior, and exterior aesthetics.
All in all, the inside of the Renegade is decent enough, but it’s not a match for the class leaders. The cabin design is a bit messy, with some poor quality materials on show. But with great practicality, and a lengthy equipment list, it definitely has a lot to offer.
Better off-road than on.
The Jeep brand is one that is widely associated with producing excellent off-roaders. The Renegade is no different. It’s arguably the only car in the compact crossover class that you could take off the straight and narrow. Especially if you go for the more rugged Trailhawk model. On the road things aren’t quite so impressive. It’s not exactly bad, but the vague steering offers little feedback behind the wheel. There’s a fair amount of body roll through the corners as well.
Suspension and Chassis
For a lot of buyers, comfort and refinement are more important than thrills behind the wheel. Especially for buyers of family cars. Like its handling, the Renegade isn’t awful, but it’s not as comfortable as some of the cars in this class. Low-speed impacts are well dealt with, but the Renegade feels unsettled over poor surfaces at speed. Refinement isn’t the best either. The Renegade’s boxy shape makes for an awful lot of wind and road noise on the motorway.
Gearbox options in the Renegade come in two guises. The standard for most of the range is a six-speed manual transmission. It’s pretty good to use, with a short sharp shifting mechanism, and a positive action. There’s also a nine-speed automatic available with some models. It features low-range settings for off-roading, but it’s not quite as good as it sounds. Compare it with Volkswagen’s DSG automatic and it’s light years behind.
Diesels are the pick of the bunch.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Renegade, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s two of each on offer, but the petrols don’t really suit the Renegade’s 4x4 ethos. The higher powered diesel is best for off-roading, whilst the low-powered diesel is the one most buyers will want to go for.
If it’s power that you want from your Renegade, the best option to go for is the petrol-powered 1.4 Multiair engine, which is borrowed from Fiat. It produces 168bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds. At just 0.1 seconds slower, the 2.0 Multijet engine is probably a better bet for most buyers, thanks to higher fuel efficiency. It produces the same amount of power, alongside a meaty 258lb/ft of torque. Ideal for all your off-roading escapades.
Eco-friendly buyers and Jeep don’t usually go hand in hand, but the Renegade isn’t the worst car in its class for the planet. The most green-conscious engine is the 1.6 litre Multijet diesel. It produces a surprisingly low 115g/km of CO2 emissions. It’s not quite as good as some of its European rivals, but it certainly doesn’t stick two fingers up to climate change. This model is also the best on offer for money savers, thanks to a fairly impressive 64.2mpg fuel economy. For a Jeep, the Renegade can be surprisingly cheap to run.
For most buyers, the petrol engines on offer in the Renegade shouldn’t be considered. They’re not bad engines. Far from it in fact. But both diesels offer a better blend of power, economy, and green emissions.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with impressive standard safety kit.
Like nearly every other car in its class, the Jeep Renegade easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 87% in adult safety, 85% in child safety, 65% in pedestrian safety, and 74% in safety assist. It’s by no means the safest car in its class, but it’s not far off. You’ll get plenty of safety kit to keep you and your family safe from harm as well. All models come as standard with six airbags, electronic stability control, and rollover mitigation control. Four wheel drive models will also give you added security during poor weather conditions.
Decent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
The Jeep Renegade might be more expensive to buy from new than some of its rivals, but there are plenty of used car bargains to be had. Running costs shouldn’t cost you too much either. Though this does vary between model to model. Most buyers will be best served sticking with the diesel engines. They’re lighter on fuel, and will cost less in road tax each year. Not to mention that they both suit the Renegade much better than the petrol equivalents.
Insurance groups for the Renegade again depend on which model you go for. Generally speaking, whichever model you go for, you shouldn’t be paying any more out each year than you would for an equivalent rival. The range starts in group 8 for the entry-level 1.6 E-torQ Sport, and climb up towards the range topping 2.0 Multijet Trailhawk 4WD, which is in group 15.
Depreciation is a factor with the Renegade, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Jeep Renegade is a welcome addition to the ever-popular compact crossover class. It brings a new direction in styling, away from car-like design, into the land of genuine off-roaders. It isn’t all looks either. The Renegade is very capable off-road. And though interior quality isn’t great, and on-road handling isn’t the best, it still has a lot to offer. It’s practical, generously equipped, safe, and there’s some positive diesel engines in the range. If you want a compact crossover that stands out from the crowd, the Renegade is one of the best options on the market.
Buying a used Jeep Renegade online with Carspring
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.