A distinctive SUV ideal for modern roads
American SUV specialists Jeep were doing 4x4s long before they became trendy and everyone else jumped on the bandwagon.
But the Renegade model shows how Jeep have adapted to the changing face of SUVs and the demands of the consumer, because it now comes with both 2 and 4 wheel drive options.
I’d always go for the 4x4 version because that’s what Jeep’s are all about. After all they are the American equivalent of Land Rover and brilliant off-road. However, for the majority of buyers, the 2 wheel will be the pick and you still look the part.
The Renegade illustrates the difference Jeep owners Fiat have made to the famous American brand since they took over in 2009, investing heavily in re-inventing the brand.
Although from the outside they are rugged and boxy, the Renegade looks every inch an all American Jeep - and as such, makes it stand out from all its rivals - the engines and much of the interior are very much from Fiat parts.That said the interior has lots of clever touches from the Jeep name being injected into the seats and on the steering wheel - just don’t expect anymore space than in a traditional hatchback.
The 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines and the 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesels are all Fiat, returning around 40 to 45 mpg and between 55 to 60 mpg from the diesels, which makes them far more suited to UK tastes than the traditional V8s that powered old Jeeps. Road tax goes from £30 a year for the 1.4 petrol to £30 for the 1.6 diesel and £130 for the 2 litre models.
The Jeep Renegade is for SUV/crossover buyers wanting an authentic looking Tonka Toy American SUV just with a very European underbody.
* Totally distinctive looks * 4x4 versions will really deliver in bad weather * Surprisingly economical *