The rugged Renegade stands out from the crowd
The Renegade borrows plenty of design features from the current models in the range. It gets Jeep’s signature seven-slot front grille along with the squarish box-design. You also get circular headlights, boxed out wheel arches, squarish tail-lamps and prominent body cladding all around. There are modern design touches too, including the roof-rails, the glass-area on the sides and the rear. If you dare to venture off-road, you’ll discover a capable vehicle in the compact crossover class. Most Renegade buyers won’t venture off-road. If that’s of interest then the Trailhawk model is what you will be looking for. It comes equipped with reshaped bumpers and a 20mm increase in ride height, giving the Renegade Trailhawk better off-road clearance. There are also underbody skid plates to protect vital parts should you bash a rock.
The Jeep Renegade has a European and American feel to it. This is not a coincidence and is down to being jointly developed by American and European teams. Also, it’s almost entirely made in Italy. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has taken a platform it also uses for the Fiat 500X and made it into a Jeep. What we end up with is a SUV that definitely feels like it wants to get dirtier than the competition. Personally, I wasn’t crazy about the looks at first but the design grew on me and after a few days, I was smiling when I looked out at the Renegade in the driveway.
In addition to having an impressive feature list, the Renegade, in-line with new safety regulations, has a whole array of safety kit on board as well. This is expected to include Lane Sense Departure Warning-Plus and Intelligent Speed Assist with Traffic Sign Recognition, as well as Forward Collision Warning-Plus with Active Emergency Braking on Limited models. Owners will have option to add Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection
Jeep Ireland markets three trim levels: Sport, Longitude and Limited. Standard equipment on the entry Sport model includes the UconnectTM infotainment system with 5″ touchscreen, Bluetooth, 16-inch alloy wheels, multifunction steering wheel with audio controls and air conditioning. Longitude models are available from €25,800 and add 17-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, front fog lamps, dual zone air conditioning, rear park distance control, cruise control, and UconnectTM 8.4-inch infotainment/navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Limited models start from €28,300 and add 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, forward collision and lane departure warning, front and rear park distance control, chrome exterior pack featuring chrome front grille, exterior mirrors, exhaust tailpipes and roof rails, and a premium 7″ TFT colour cluster display. The Renegade’s boxy shape and wide-opening doors mean it’s practical and spacious car despite its compact size. The layout combines a nice, high driving position with a pretty no-nonsense arrangement of features, plus a fairly roomy back seat and good amount of space.
The engine line-up for Ireland includes a 1.6-litre e-torQ petrol (110hp), 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo petrol (140hp), 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel (95hp and 120hp) and 2.0-litre MultiJet (140hp). There are manual and automatic gearbox options. Renegade is front wheel drive as standard but 4×4 is also available.
Even if your Renegade never leaves the road and sticks to city streets, you’ll be happy to know that it’s an SUV just as at home on the daily commute as it is crawling along muddy terrain. The ride is nicely cushioned without sacrificing handling. The Renegade handles turns with agility and doesn’t lean from side to side when cornering. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and four-wheel drive is available. The steering is responsive, and the acceleration is adequate.
Don’t let the small sized Renegade fool you. This compact SUV has a lot to offer. No other model in it’s class allows you to run errands in a comfortable, upmarket cabin and then tackle difficult off-road trails. You’ll be intrigued by the Renegade’s low starting price of €21,950. It offers practicality and fun unlike a lot of the competition.
Model Jeep Renegade Limited
Engine Size 1.4-litre Multi-Air Turbo
Transmission Six-speed manual
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 10.9 seconds
Top Speed 180 km/h
CO2 Emissions 140g/km
Road Tax €280 per year
Base Price €21,950
Our Test Model €28,300