Jeep continues to be a car manufacturer that really hits home with buyers. Thanks to its long history of creating beefy, off-road SUVs, the American company is often seen as the best option for buyers looking for a rugged and durable vehicle.
But more recently, Jeep has focused on creating cars that focus somewhat less on their ability to travel through rough conditions and more on everyday utility. This brings us to the Renegade, which was released to take advantage of the growing interest in crossovers.
Updated back in 2018, the Renegade has since been bolstered by the addition of plug-in and mild-hybrid powertrains, helping to improve its efficiency levels while broadening its appeal to a wider group of buyers. These days, the Renegade is one of Jeep’s most popular models, but if you’re considering it, what else do you need to know? Let’s take a look.
What powertrains are available?
The Renegade is accompanied by a good range of engines, with both 1.0- and 1.3-litre petrol variants available at the more entry-level of the range. The former runs through a manual gearbox to the front wheels and offers up to 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 151g/km. The more powerful 1.5-litre version is still respectable with a combined fuel efficiency of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 155g/km. Both cars drive only the front wheels, while the more powerful variant uses an automatic transmission instead.
Then there is the mild hybrid version, which combines a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with a small electric motor and battery. Jeep says you could see around 45mpg combined with CO2 emissions of 135g/km. Again, all of these models – branded e-Hybrid – are front-wheel drive only, but offer a slight efficiency improvement over standard petrol models.
Finally, there is the plug-in hybrid version. With a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 59bhp electric motor and an 11.4kWh battery, this model – badged 4xe – is a really efficient choice, with Jeep claiming it will return 134mpg. Emissions are also very low at 50 g/km. Plus, there’s the ability to travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone, making it a great choice for city drivers.
What trim levels are offered?
Longitude – from £24,100
Things kick off with the Longitude specification which brings a healthy amount of standard equipment. Highlights include an 8.4-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted on the outside.
Inside, there’s dual-zone air conditioning, while plenty of safety aids can help keep everyone safe in the event of an accident.
Night Eagle – from £25,100
Move up to the Night Eagle and you’ll find a series of dark-colored elements added to give the Renegade a more stealthy look. Highlights include 18-inch black alloy wheels and a variety of gloss black exterior and interior details.
Night Eagle cars also benefit from tinted privacy protection.
Limited – from £26,800
Go for a limited-spec Renegade and 18-inch alloy wheels are now included, along with front parking sensors and a full forward collision warning system.
One of the best additions to this trim is the full leather interior that gives the Renegade’s cabin a particularly exclusive feel.
80th Anniversary – from £28,700
Recently added 80th anniversary cars get pretty much every bell and whistle you could want, but add a slew of custom badges that are only available on this particular model.
What about personalization?
Jeep has always offered many ways to make one of its cars “yours” and this is definitely the case with the Renegade. In addition to the wide range of specifications to choose from, there are several exterior colors to choose from as well as a range of alloy wheels.
Jeep also offers optional “packages” that can be added to the Renegade. For example, the “Function Pack” adds auto-folding door mirrors, windows that can be operated via the key fob, and a rear seat with a 40/20/40 split for better loading options.
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