Jeep Renegade Review 2024
Jeep Renegade At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 8–22
On average it achieves 77% of the official MPG figure
The Jeep Renegade is smaller than anything Jeep has made in recent years. With the explosion in popularity of small SUVs, it comes at a good time. Its chunky and rugged looks stands out from the competition such as the Ford Puma and to some extent the MINI Countryman. Read on for the full review of the Jeep Renegade.
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 likely be the more affordable two-wheel drive mild hybrid model.
There is plenty of classic Jeep influence in the styling of the Renegade, 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 has 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 come with plug-in electric power.
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.
The engine range has been revised, so now there's a mild hybrid 1.5 litre model with 130PS and front-wheel drive. Or, you can have a 1.3-litre plug-in hybrid that has four-wheel drive and a choice of 190- or 240PS.
Looking for a second opinion? Check out heycar's review of the Jeep Renegade.