Jeep Renegade 4xe: price, range and performance

New Jeep Renegade 4xe blends chunky looks and off-road ability with petrol-electric power and up to 26 miles of electric-only range

James Allen
Aug 12, 2020

Jeep is planning to have an array of '4xe' plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in its range, and the first of those will be a version of its boxy Renegade small SUV. It’ll start roaming UK roads fairly soon, too, with the Jeep Renegade 4xe going on sale in September 2020.

While there isn’t much on the outside to tell the Jeep Renegade 4xe apart from its non-hybrid counterparts, there’s a bit more to differentiate it under the skin. There’s still a conventional engine - in the Renegade 4xe’s case, a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol - but there’s also a small battery pack and an electric motor that powers the rear wheels. As a result, Jeep claims the Renegade 4xe offers up to 26 miles of electric-only range, and says that it is even capable of driving at motorway speeds on battery power alone.

Because it’s a PHEV, the Jeep Renegade 4xe promises, on paper, to be the most efficient model in the Renegade family. Jeep says it’s possible to return up to a very impressive 134mpg in the Renegade 4xe (though this will vary, depending on the conditions and journey time), and the CO2 emissions are also very low at 50g/km. That is only possible if you regularly charge the batteries, however. Fail to do so and you're simply dragging around the extra weight of the heavy battery pack with little economy benefit.

While full technical specifications haven’t been confirmed yet, Jeep has confirmed the PHEV Renegade will be one of the more expensive versions of its small SUV. Prices will start at £32,600 for the entry-level version, and rise to £34,500 and £36,500 for the mid-range and top-of-the-line variants. That's a lot for a car of this size - though plug-in hybrid models are normally quite pricey - so if you're after the cheapest Renegade you'll want to look at a conventional petrol model or used version. 

Quick facts

  • 190hp and 240hp engines available
  • All-wheel drive and automatic gearbox
  • Claimed economy of up to 134mpg
  • Up to 26 miles of electric driving
  • Prices start from £32,600
  • On sale from September 2020

2020 Jeep Renegade 4xe: economy and performance

Every Jeep Renegade 4xe will have the same setup under the bonnet: a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a six-speed automatic gearbox, complemented by a 60hp electric motor that drives the rear wheels. How much power it has in total, though, depends on which version you go for - entry-level Longitude and mid-range Limited models have 190hp, whereas the top-spec Trailhawk trim is a bit punchier at 240hp.

Despite this, Jeep says all Renegade 4xe versions are identical when it comes to performance. All versions have a claimed - and fairly brisk for a small SUV - 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds, along with a top speed of 124mph. Electric-only motorway jaunts are possible, too, as the Renegade 4xe can be driven at up to 81mph using just the electric motor - though you’ll probably drain the battery very quickly at those higher speeds.

It’s best to top up the battery as often as you can, as that’s the easiest way to maximise fuel economy any relying more on electric power and less on petrol. According to Jeep, if you keep the battery charged and drive in the most energy-efficient ‘hybrid’ mode, it’s possible to achieve economy figures between 123mpg and 134mpg - though how close you’ll get to that in day-to-day driving will greatly depend on how long your journey is, how fast you’ll be going and how often you’re able to recharge the battery.

2020 Jeep Renegade 4xe: range and charge times

The Jeep Renegade 4xe may be a small SUV, but it actually has a decent-sized battery under the boxy bodywork. The 11.4kWh battery is larger than the ones in rivals like the Kia XCeed PHEV (8.9kWh) and the plug-in hybrid Mini Countryman (9.6kWh), and isn’t that far behind in battery capacity to larger PHEVs such as the Ford Kuga Plug-in Hybrid (14.4kWh).

Despite that battery size advantage, though, the Jeep’s electric-only driving range of up to 26 miles is on par with what many rivals can manage. That implies that the Renegade is less efficient when it comes to how it uses its electricity. As a result, for many drivers electric-only return trips to work or the shops may only be possible if you can find a parking spot with a charging point.

Speaking of charging, Jeep is claiming decent charging speeds for the Renegade 4xe. A 7.4kW charging point can fully recharge the battery pack in under two hours, and Jeep says a less powerful 2.3kW domestic wallbox can do the same job in under five hours.

2020 Jeep Renegade 4xe: specifications and in-car tech

The Jeep Renegade 4xe will be offered in three trim levels - Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk. However, as Jeep hasn’t yet confirmed exact spec levels for the Renegade PHEV, we don’t know for certain what features will be available across the range.

That said, Jeep has revealed some of the kit that will be available as standard on the Renegade 4xe. All versions will have full LED headlights a digital radio, as well as the ability to connect your smartphone to the car’s 8.4-inch touchscreen media system using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A good amount of safety equipment comes as standard, too, including a Drowsy Driver Detection system that alerts the driver if it detects that they are starting to fall asleep behind the wheel.

It’s possible to expand the suite of assists even further, with optional equipment such as a reversing camera and a park assist feature that allows the car to drive itself into a parking bay. Buyers also have four alloy wheel designs and 18 paint colours to choose from, though you’ll have to go for the top-of-the-range Trailhawk trim if you really must have your Jeep Renegade 4xe in classic Jeep matte green.

2020 Jeep Renegade 4xe: prices and delivery dates

The Jeep Renegade 4xe goes on sale in September 2020, with prices starting at £32,600 for the entry-level Longitude model, and rising to £34,500 and £36,500 for the Limited and Trailhawk versions respectively.

There’s no word yet on when deliveries will begin, though we expect the first customer cars to start arriving on UK roads before the end of 2020.

 

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