Jeep Renegade (2015) Review

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Jeep Renegade (2015) At A Glance

Small 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.

New prices start from £19,200, brokers can source from £17,495
Contract hire deals from £195.10 per month
Insurance Groups are between 8–16
On average it achieves 77% of the official MPG figure

The Renegade is smaller than anything Jeep has made in recent years 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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Real MPG average for a Jeep Renegade (2015)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

77%

Real MPG

23–56 mpg

MPGs submitted

229

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ASK HJ

My new car was delivered in bad condition - can I reject it?
I bought a new Jeep Renegade via Carwow. Firstly, it was driven to my home, from the dealer, which I have since noted is some 240 miles away. This was never discussed. Bad enough but it the actual mileage was 323 on delivery. Secondly, the driver had been smoking. I took the car out to get fuel as it was delivered empty and the smell started making me feel sick. My husband saw the car and not only smelled the smoke but pointed out the ash in the drivers seat and where the ash had been flicked out of the window. On closer inspection it was evident he had put food in the cup holder, leaving pastry and a sticky mess. I've asked them to come take the car away and have not driven it since I brought it home from the garage (20 mile round trip). They offered to pick it up and valet it but there are other issues such as a wonky dealer stick put on the paintwork and bumps on the dashboard as though screws underneath are close to the surface. I am sickened by all of this. Getting a new car is meant to be exciting. Am I within my rights to tell them to pick it up and refund me? Should I cancel my DDM? A reasonable sized deposit was paid, the balance financed. I have rejected the offer to repair but feel I am being mucked about a week since delivery. The Finance company has been told of the issues. I didn't get the original model I opted for so not exactly sure what discount I got. I can see that 17 plate Renegades for less than I paid already available for sale...albeit "pre-owned" I have read purchase warnings on those!!! I copied Car Wow into my complaint to the Dealer. They have remained silent on the matter. Such a huge disappointment.
That's disgusting. And you should put in a complaint to Carwow. But you obviously bought it via Carwow to get a massive discount on it. So, by attempting to reject it [from the dealer, rather than CarWow] at this juncture, you might cut off your nose to spite your face. Think carefully. UPDATE: Carwow has now responded to this as follows: "Our Customer Service team have discussed the issues with the customer to clarify the situation. On doing so, the relevant Account Manager for Jeep has been liaising with the dealer in question. The current situation is that the dealer is collecting the customer's car, via vehicle transporter, to assess the condition of the vehicle and valet and/or repair as required. The dealer is also offering a goodwill gesture to the customer for the inconvenience. Hopefully this will lead to a positive resolution from an unfortunately poor delivery experience. I would expect the customer to advise as/when they are happy with the resolution."
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What do you recommend when buying a reliable, family-friendly car?
I am finally about to trade in my Renault Scenic, which for all its manufacturing faults has served my family well. Which car is the most reliable and more family friendly to replace my Scenic - the Skoda Yeti or Jeep Renegade?
The Skoda Yeti is now an old model about to be replaced and, unless in very expensive, full four wheel drive version, the Renegade is not very good. If you want a VAG car, think SEAT Ateca: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/seat/seat-ateca-20-tdi-4drive-2016-road-test/ and http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/seat/seat-ateca-10tsi-ecomotive-2016-road-test/ If you want a commodious car, go for the new model Peugeot 3008: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/peugeot/peugeot-3008-2017-road-test/
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Need a compact 4x4 with comfortable seats
I recently purchased a Fiat 500X Cross Plus 4x4 170 petrol auto. It's a great car but due to a neck injury I am finding it a problem to get in and out of the vehicle. Should I replace it? If so, with what? I like the Skoda Yeti and Jeep Renegade. The Yeti seems to be due replacement though, what are your thoughts?
Yeti is overdue replacement. In fact Skoda is now building the SEAT Ateca that would be a logical replacement. (http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/seat/seat-ateca-20-tdi-4drive-2016-road-test/) No doubt that the high power fully 4WD Jeeps are the best. You don't say why you want diesel, but you could also include the Suzuki Vitara S 1.4 BoosterJet auto in your list (http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/suzuki/suzuki-vitara-s-boosterjet-2015-road-test/).
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Buying a Jeep Renegade - which one is best?
There are a few models of Automatics, with different engines, for the Renegade. Which is your top pick and why?
The only one I would consider is the 2.0 litre diesel which has a proper 9-speed torque converter autobox, similar to a Discovery Sport or Evoque. But there are better, more sensibly priced 4WD SUVs out there, most notably the Suzuki Vitara S 1.4T.
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What does a Jeep Renegade (2015) cost?

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