Exploration of the key strengths that ensure this fashionable, go-anywhere, workhorse is tremendous value for money.
What is it?
The Jeep Renegade is a compact, sports-utility, vehicle and a worthy buy thanks to its style, off-road capability and equipment specification. Consider its looks, for example. Whereas many vehicles have a clone-like persona, it stands out which suits the type of buyer that values the manufacturer's heritage and pedigree.
The exterior is muscular which hints at its notable, off-road, strengths. Core features include the: flared wheel arches, flat nose, circular headlamps, 7 slot grille and low plastic trim that contrasts in colour to the paint. It sits 4,236mm long, 1,805mm wide and between 1,667 - 1,697mm tall (depending on specification).
Front and 4-wheel-drive
The Renegade comes in numerous forms so there is something for everyone. There are, for example, front-wheel-drive versions for those that want the prestigious typical of the brand, but have little interest in extreme, off-road, routes. In contrast, there is a choice of 4-wheel drivelines for those that push vehicles harder.
Active Drive moves the vehicle in/out of 4-wheel to minimise under and over-steer. It is available on Longitude and Limited trims. It includes Selec-Terrain that enables motorists to optimise the response of systems such as traction control and anti-lock brakes to best cope with the terrain. Modes are: Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud.
Active Drive Low builds on these strengths and is teamed with Limited and Trailhawk trims. It adds a 20:1 crawl ratio and – with the Trailhawk version – Rock Mode. Furthermore, it incorporates Hill-Decent Control which enables the vehicle to automatically maintain a steady, modest, speed on hills to help maintain control.
Engines, performance, fuel consumption and emissions
Engines effectively balance performance with fuel economy and environmental efficiency. Options include the: 1.6-litre 110hp petrol (5-speed manual), 1.4-litre 140hp petrol (6-speed manual or 6-speed auto), 1.4-litre 170hp petrol (9-speed auto), 1.6-litre 120hp diesel (6-speed manual), 2.0-litre 140hp diesel (6-speed manual or 9-speed auto), and 2.0-litre 170hp diesel (9-speed auto)
Jeep Renegade 0 - 62mph times range from 8.8 to 11.8 seconds, average fuel consumption varies from 40.9mpg to 64.2mpg and the range emits carbon – which defines the cost of Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax) – at a rate of 115g/km to 160g/km. Such figures impress.
Trims and equipment
Trims are: Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk. There are a few Special Editions too. The Sport – which is the entry-level trim – has a pleasing specification that includes: air-conditioning, traction control, electric parking brake, tyre pressure monitor, remote locking plus hill-start assist to stop it rolling backwards.
High-spec versions add luxurious features. Highlights include: Park Assist that automatically steers into bays, Forward Collision Warning-Plus With Mitigation that brakes should motorists fail to respond to a hazard, a rear-view camera, cruise control and leather/electric seats. Some of these elements are optional extras.
Price and finance offer
New Renegade prices range from £17,495 to £29,000 which is excellent value for money. Personal Contract Plans are also available to spread the cost. The 1.6-litre 110hp Petrol Longitude, for example, is available for £175 per-month, its APR is 0% (representative), and the supplier pays £2,000 towards the deposit.