Jeep Renegade

3/5
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Verdict

The Jeep Renegade is a compact crossover that sits in a segment with plenty of competition. It has to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke, the Opel Mokka, its cousin the Fiat 500x and many other great cars. The newest Renegade was released in early 2015 and if you look closely you’ll find many nods of respect to the Jeep Willys.

Performance

This car is available with two diesel and two petrol engines. The diesel options are the 1.6 Multijet II with 120 bhp and the 2.0 Multijet II with 140 bhp (this is also available with 170 bhp). The petrol options are the 1.6 litre e-torQ with 110 bhp and the 1.4 litre Multiair with 140 bhp (this is also available with 170 bhp). The Jeep moves with conviction in both of the 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesel options. The petrol options are both responsive units but require more working low down the revs. Whichever model you choose and regardless of 5-10% improvements in economy across the engine range you will still have to put up with mediocre mpg around.

Ride & Handling

Being a compact crossover, the driving position feels more SUV-like than its competitors. The chassis is well balanced, stable and absorbs B road imperfections well. The Jeep does become more fidgety at motorway speeds. Off-road its ‘Terrain Control’ enables you to switch between surface requirements from auto, snow, sand and mud enabling the car to adapt accordingly. It’s relatively firm suspension makes for an abrupt off-road experience. The Renegade isn’t a particularly refined car but is much more composed than its larger Cherokee sibling making it a cheaper and better option compared to the spongey big brothers ride.

Refinement

Both the 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesel options become quite raucous beyond 3500rpm. While the 1.6 never really leaves you wanting for more power, the 2.0 is the one to pick bringing with it more power and less work. Work it hard and your ears will pay the price however. At 3500rpm, the Multijet II diesel is all done but thanks to long gearing ratios on the 6-speed manual you never make it too far past the mark. The oversized door mirrors and upright A pillars make for plenty of wind noise at motorway speeds

Quality & Reliability

The Renegade’s interior may not be the most exciting but parts of it look and feel really good. There is an obvious upmarket move toward quality judging by the use of materials. Switchgear is solid to the touch while many throwbacks to the original Jeep Willys are nostalgically scattered around the cabin. This has an interior and cabin that will stand the test of time.

Safety & Security

The Renegade gets 6 airbags as standard with a host of additional safety features including Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Electronic Stability Control with Electronic Rollover Mitigation. Also available are Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Protection, Adaptive Cruise Control and Parkview Rear Reversing Camera with Dynamic Grid Lines. The Forward Collision Warning employs radars and cameras detect if a large vehicle is approaching or if an object is ahead. There are 60 further potential safety systems available on the Jeep Renegade from ABS to an auto dimming rear view mirror as standard to Trailer Sway Control depending on what options you specify.

Space & Practicality

Boot space comes to 351 litres with the rear seats offering a 60/40 split opening up the cabin to make 1,297 litres. The front passenger seat also folds forward enabling storage of long objects. The Renegade also features a removable, reversible and height-adjustable cargo floor panel as an option. The Jeep Renegade comes with a range of state-of-the-art and segment leading high-tech features. These are fully customisable to make life on-board as entertaining as possible. All models come with Air-Conditioning with “Limited” models and above while connectivity comes with Bluetooth, AUX input, USB and 12v power outlet.

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Key Facts

Make

Jeep

Model
Renegade
Variant
Renegade 1.6 E-torq 110hp FWD Sport
Car Category
Compact Crossover
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€22,950
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€390
Tax Band
C
L/100km Combined
6.0
Average km/L
16.7
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
48
Fuel Tank Range
800 km
Cost of filling a tank
€63.07
Average Cost Per 200 km
€15.77
CO2 emmissions
141 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
110 bhp
Max Power kW
82
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1598
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
178 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
11.8 s
L/100km Urban
7.80 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.00 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
351 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
7 Year warranty
Paintwork
2 Year paint warranty
Mileage
100000

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
351 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/65 R16 mm
Tyre size back
215/65 R16 mm
Length
4236 mm
Width
1805 mm
Height
1667 mm
Wheel Base
2570 mm
Front Track (mm)
1667
Rear Track (mm)
1541
Turning circle (m)
11.07

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
McPherson
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
110 bhp
Oil Capacity (L)
4.6 L