To ensure Jeep continues to remain relevant in a modern world, it’s had to move into new markets.
One of these is the booming compact crossover market, which is one of the most competitive around. However, Jeep stands out here with its genuinely rugged Renegade, which offers supreme off-road ability, depending on version, and chunky styling.
So if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, the Renegade is a worthy choice. Here’s what you need to know about it…
What engines are available?
Jeep offers an extensive range of engines on it Renegade, with plenty of choice of both petrol and diesel engines.
The petrol line-up kicks off with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 118bhp, which is paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Next up is a 148bhp 1.3-litre petrol engine that’s paired to a dual-clutch automatic transmission. Each of these engines are front-wheel-drive.
Those who prefer a diesel engine can pick between a 118bhp 1.6-litre unit or a larger 2.0-litre unit, which is available with outputs of either 138bhp or 168bhp, though the latter is only offered on the range-topping Trailhawk engine. The smaller 1.6-litre unit sends power to the front wheels via either a manual or automatic transmission, though the larger engine comes with four-wheel-drive as standard – something that’s rarely seen in the compact crossover segment.
A plug-in hybrid version of the Renegade is expected to go on sale in the first half of 2020.
What trim levels are available?
Buyers have plenty of choice in terms of trim levels for the Renegade, with equipment highlights and pricing as follows. A pair of special editions are also on offer.
Sport – from £19,745
Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a five-inch touchscreen with DAB radio and Bluetooth, cruise control with a speed limiter and air conditioning. It also gains plenty of safety kit, too, including traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and intelligent speed assist.
Longitude – from £22,445
This popular grade adds a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android devices, as well as dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and autonomous emergency braking. In terms of styling, it also features front fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and black roof rails.
Night Eagle – from £23,445See available Renegade deals
Special edition Night Eagle model adds a whole host of black styling touches – including 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted privacy glass and black accents throughout the interior.
Limited – from £25,145
In addition to the Longitude, the Limited adds adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors and a digital instrument cluster. It also gains 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery and full LED lighting.
S – from £28,745
Based on the Limited, the special edition ‘S’ is finished in white paint with gloss black styling details. It also features 19-inch alloy wheels, premium leather seats and model-specific roof bars.
Trailhawk – from £31,655
Sitting at the top of the range, the Trailhawk caters for those looking for a seriously rugged model. It comes with 17-inch alloys with off-road tyres, hill descent control, an off-road styling kit, a black leather interior and Trailhawk damaging and decals.
What about personalisation?
Jeep is known for its bold personalisation options, and this also extends to the smallest Renegade. It’s available in some rather bright shades – including Colorado Red, Omaha Orange and Bikini Metallic (light blue), alongside more standard colours like black, white and grey. If you choose the Trailhawk you can have the model in matt green from the factory, too. On the interior, you’re also able to choose between black or white leather seats, depending on version.
In terms of more conventional options, you’re able to have the Renegade with a panoramic sunroof, electric front seats and a Beats sound system.