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Jeep Renegade (2015–)

Last updated 16 February 2018

Smaller yet impressively spacious SUV. Good quality interior. Refined and quiet even at speed. Usefully large boot and wide opening rear doors.
Firm and bouncy ride in 2WD versions.
Updated 29 January 2018

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Introduction

The Renegade is much smaller than anything Jeep has made before but with the explosion in popularity of small SUVs, it comes at a good time. With its chunky and rugged looks it stands out from the competition such as the Skoda Yeti and to some extent the MINI Countryman.

Jeep is keen to highlight its off-road history, labelling the Renegade the only true SUV in the small crossover market. That said, most models sold will actually be two-wheel drive.

There is plenty of classic Jeep influence in the styling with those recognisable circular headlights and the slotted grille. The interior quality is impressive as Jeep's resurgence continues, and while this is a smaller SUV, it's nonetheless refined with a solid and good quality feel. It's comfortable too and an impressive car for motorway with little wind noise, despite the rather boxy shape.

What that boxy shape does mean is plenty of interior space with good headroom, especially in the back. The wide opening doors are handy for parents fitting child seats and the interior feels robust enough to cope with everyday family life.

It drives well with responsive steering and a surprising agility in corners. It has an enjoyable character that's hard not to like and although the ride is overly firm and at times bouncy, the Renegade gets a lot right and very little wrong. Aside from the two-wheel drive models there are also 4x4 versions which use an on-demand system, meaning they run in front-wheel drive the majority of the time, cutting down on fuel consumption.

With a tight turning circle and a raised driving position the Renegade has all the qualities needed to rival the current crop of crossovers and small SUVs. And while the looks might not be to everyone's tastes (it looks better in the metal than in photographs) the fact it has a Jeep badge gives it plenty of kudos and the standard of the interior helps make it feel a class above much of the competition.

There's a wide - somewhat baffling choice - of engines and gearboxes but the ones to go for are both two-wheel drive. There's the impressive 1.4 MultiAir petrol with 140PS, available with a standard six-speed manual or optional DDCT twin-clutch automatic. Alongside that we'd recommend the 1.6 MultiJet diesel with 120PS which is smooth yet punchy with good low down pulling power.

Jeep Renegade 1.6 Multijet Road Test

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