Jeep Renegade (2015-present)

A proper off-roader that looks the part, the Jeep Renegade is good on tarmac too

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Chunky looks
Hard-wearing, stylish interior
4x4 models are mighty off-road

Weaknesses 

Expensive compared to rivals
Fuel economy below average
Jeep brand ranks poorly for reliability

If you want to cut an adventurous dash on the high street you can't go far wrong with a Jeep Renegade. In fact, some versions will cut a pretty good dash off-road, too, thanks to their four-wheel drive systems, good ground clearance and boxy profile.

There’s plenty of nostalgia designed in, including the seven-slot front grille fitted to every Jeep since the 1940s, a rugged-looking dashboard, chunky ventilation surrounds and a cross on the rear lights that makes them look like mini jerrycans.

The option of US Army star transfers on the bonnet and doors won't be to all tastes, but they do help make the Renegade a car you might buy for its design alone. You wouldn’t believe that under that chunky bodywork, it shares mechanical parts with the curvy Fiat 500X.

Given its heritage and style, direct rivals to the Renegade are few. The quirky Skoda Yeti Outdoor would make a good alternative if you're looking for a used car, while the Dacia Duster offers simplicity, greater size and rugged individuality, if not the same image and off-road ability as the Renegade.

The Mini Countryman has heritage and style, plus the option of four-wheel drive, but is more expensive than the Jeep. Otherwise, its alternatives are more models, including the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur and, of course, the Fiat 500X.

Unlike those cars, however, the Renegade is actually better off-road than on. The more expensive four-wheel drive versions can heave through rough terrain that would leave most rivals standing, with different settings for surfaces like mud or snow. The bonnet and boot barely extend beyond the wheels, so there's very little to scrape on steep climbs.

Of course, all that’s important only if you’ll be taking the car on rough terrain. Rivals’ four-wheel drive systems should be adequate for the UK’s wintry weather or a muddy field.
On road, the Jeep Renegade is comfortable and settled in corners. It’s good but doesn’t smooth away bumps quite as effectively as the best rivals, such as the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V or Renault Captur. Those three cars are also a little more fuel efficient than the Jeep.

The square shape of the Renegade creates noticeable wind noise at motorway speeds but provides a light interior, with good headroom for taller passengers. Adults will feel cramped by limited legroom in the back, where it’s a squeeze for three because of a small middle seat. Boot space is average compared with rivals: a baby buggy or weekly shop will use up most of the space.

If you’re mainly buying the Renegade for its rough and ready looks, rather than off-road capability, then it’s wise to opt for the cheaper and more efficient two-wheel drive version which, officially, costs from around £18,000. Prices for the 4x4 start at around £24,000, bringing it into contention with mid-range versions of the Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5, but there are some incredible Jeep Renegade deals offering more than £2,500 off certain models.

All versions come with air conditioning, Bluetooth phone pairing and a touch-screen display but models that come with more standard equipment are expensive. The Renegade has been independently crash-tested by Euro NCAP and received the top five-star rating.

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Last Updated 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 12:00

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
351 litres
Width: 
1805mm
Length: 
4236mm
Height: 
1667mm
Tax: 
£160 to £500 in the first year, £140 thereafter

Best Jeep Renegade for... 

Jeep Renegade 1.6 MultiJet II 120hp Longitude (2WD)
It has the best mpg figure in the range and it feels the most at ease on the road, where most Renegades will spend a large majority of their lives.
Jeep Renegade 2.0 MultiJet II 140hp 4WD Auto Limited
Take advantage of discounts of around £2,500 and this Renegade makes a great family car. Limited versions offer extra safety equipment and there’s four-wheel drive too.
Jeep Renegade 1.4 MultiAir II 170hp 4WD Auto Limited
The punchy petrol engine serves up plenty of power and sprints from 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds. The 9-speed automatic gearbox is also smooth and easy to live with.
Jeep Renegade 1.6L E-torQ 110hp (2WD)
The weedy petrol engine is the least powerful of the bunch but it's also less efficient and slower than the smaller yet more powerful petrol engines on offer.

Jeep Renegade History 

  • 2015 Jeep Renegade is launched
  • 2016 Special edition of 500 Dawn of Justice Renegades launched film Batman vs Superman film. There’s a choice of grey, black or red paint, 18in allow wheels, Dawn of Justice badging and sat-nav.
  • 2016 Limited edition 75th Anniversary 4WD models launched to celebrate 75 years of Jeep. Based on Limited models, they are available with Jungle Green paint, bronze wheels and panoramic sunroof
  • February 2017 Limited edition Desert Hawk 170hp 2.0-litre MultiJet 4WD launched in choice of colours and with leather trim and 6.5-inch touchscreen and sat nav.
  • April 2017 Limited edition Tough Mudder 140hp 2.0 MultiJet auto in orange and black and with Trailhawk’s front bumper.

Understanding Jeep Renegade car names 

  • Renegade
  • Engine
    1.4 MultiAir II 140hp
  • Gearbox
    Manual
  • Driven wheels
    2WD
  • Trim
    Longitude
  • Engine
    The cheapest petrol-engined cars have an E-torQ badge. Models with a MultiAir II label have more advanced and efficient petrol engines. All diesel engines are badged MultiJet. The size of engines is given in litres (1.4 in this case) and their power is given in horsepower.
  • Gearbox
    Depending on the engine, Jeep Renegades come with either a 5-speed or 6-speed manual gearbox. There’s also a six-speed automatic gearbox for petrol Renegades called DDCT that has two clutches for smoother gearchanges. Some Jeep Renegades are offered with a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
  • Driven wheels
    Basic models are 2WD, meaning the engine’s power is sent only to the front wheels. On 4WD models, the power is sent to all four wheels, so the car can still move forward in tricky situations - where three wheels don’t have any grip, for example. Beware: you may see a Jeep Renegade being described as a 4x4. This term can be used to refer to its design - like an off-roader - and may not mean that it has four-wheel drive.
  • Trim
    There are four trims in total (Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk). Each higher level means more equipment and a larger price.

Jeep Renegade Engines 

Petrol: 1.6 E-torQ, 1.4 MultiAir II
Diesel: 1.6 MultiJet Diesel, 2.0 MultiJet Diesel

Your engine choice in the Jeep Renegade depends on whether you want four-wheel drive or not. If you only need two-wheel-drive, which offers less control in slippery and off-road conditions, then there are two petrol engines available.

The smallest is the 1.4 litre 140hp MultiAir II. It's worth considering if the Renegade is going to spend most of its life tackling the school run, as the benefits of diesel engines are only really felt if you’re covering long distances regularly. The petrol is also smoother and quieter than the diesel, which sounds noticeably noisier at slower speeds.

The bigger petrol engine is the 1.6 E-torQ, which is an older design so it's less powerful and no more efficient. It is the cheapest to buy but looks less appealing when you consider the higher running costs. If you opt for the 1.6-litre Multijet diesel engine, you'll pay almost £2,000 more but it's much more efficient, saving you almost £300 a year if you cover 10,000 miles.

The bigger 2.0-litre diesel engines are only available on four-wheel-drive models. The most powerful one has 170hp to get itself out of sticky situations but is only available on the Trailhawk trim level, alongside the smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox which has different modes to offer the best performance on various surfaces such as snow, sand and rocks.

The 2.0 litre diesel engine is available in a lower-powered 140hp version. It's not a great deal more efficient than the more powerful version. You can also choose a powerful 170hp petrol engine on four-wheel-drive Renegades. It's the quickest version of the car but also uses the most fuel, which makes it expensive to run.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration

Top speed

1.6L E-torQ

Petrol

47.1mpg

110hp

0-62mph: 11.8s

111mph

1.4L MultiAir2

Petrol

47.1mpg

140hp

0-62mph: 10.9s

112mph

1.4L MultiAir2

Petrol

40.9mpg

170hp

0-62mph: 8.8s

122mph

1.6L MultiJet

Diesel

61.4mpg

120hp

0-62mph: 10.2s

111mph

2.0L MultiJet

Diesel

55.4mpg

140hp

0-62mph: 9.5s

113mph

2.0L MultiJet

Diesel

48.7mpg

170hp

0-62mph: 8.9s

122mph

Jeep Renegade Trims 

Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk

There's little sporty about the cheapest Sport model, which comes with the smallest 16in alloy wheels, the smallest 5in touch screen with DAB radio and Bluetooth and basic cloth seats. Electric windows, and six airbags do come as standard but it’s not available with four-wheel drive.

Upgrading is expensive. Longitude models cost over £2,000 more than Sport models for some routine but useful extras like sat-nav, electrically adjustable mirrors, cruise control, a speed limiter and front fog lamps. Bigger 17in alloy wheels, body colour mirrors and a leather steering wheel are also included. Four-wheel drive is available on this, and more expensive versions.

You’ll need to part with almost £4,000 more to get a Limited model with its leather seats (heated in the front), heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors and climate control that allows you to set a precise temperature in the car. The upgrade also brings useful safety equipment, including an automatic braking system that’s effective at preventing you from running into the back of another car. Alloy wheels are increased in size (to 18in), as is the dashboard screen (to 6.5in). You also get a second screen behind the steering wheel to show information such as sat-nav directions, so they are easier for the driver to see.

Serious off-road enthusiasts should choose the Trailhawk edition, which adds panels underneath the car to protect parts like the fuel tank from scrapes. It comes with the most powerful diesel engine and an Active Drive Low system, with a lower gear to help the Renegade pull itself out of steep ruts or sticky bogs. Chunkier tyres, a tow hook and hill descent control, which stops the car careering down a steep slope are all standard. Oddly, for an off-road version, it doesn’t have a spare wheel. Like the rest of the range, it has a repair kit that can only mend small punctures. The Trailhawk is an expensive model, but it's also where you'll find the best Jeep Renegade deals.

Jeep Renegade Reliability and warranty 

Jeep offers an average but unexceptional three-year/60,000-mile (whichever comes first) warranty on all of its vehicles.

The reliability of the Jeep brand has been poor in the past but it’s not yet clear whether the new Renegade is likely to change that image or need regular visits to the dealer.

The car will need servicing every 12,500 miles and parts shouldn’t prove too expensive or difficult to source thanks to the Renegade sharing many of its components with other mass-produced Fiat models.

Used Jeep Renegade 

The discounts available on new cars cut more than £5,000 off the list prices in some cases, so used buyers can expect even greater bargains. Some models, with very little mileage are available.

More expensive Limited and Trailhawk models offer the best Jeep Renegade deals for used buyers, with £6,500 available off the list price of a recent nearly new 1.6 litre MultiJet diesel model in Limited trim.

Prices below show typical buyacar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Jeep Renegade deals or search for all new and used Jeep Renegade offers.

List price

buyacar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for economy

Price

£21,395

£16,907

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Jeep Renegade 1.6 MultiJet II 120hp Longitude (2WD)

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21%

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Best for performance

Price

£27,195

£21,125

£19,000

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Jeep Renegade 1.4 MultiAir II 170hp 4WD Auto Limited 

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23%

31%

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Best for families

Price

£28,295

£22,354

£21,995

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Jeep Renegade 2.0 MultiJet II 140hp 4WD Auto Limited

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21%

22%

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Prices correct at time of publication