The Jeep Renegade 1.6 Multijet Longitude 5 door Hatchback is the American brand’s offering to the popular and highly competitive compact crossover category. It came in the top ten World Car of the Year at the 2015 World Car Awards and is using it’s 70 year heritage to show off its best off road ability to date.
This 4.2 metre SUV was designed as an alternative to other popular cars such as the Vauxhall Mokka, Skoda Yeti and the Citroën C4 Cactus, and with its base heavily influenced by the Fiat 500, it has settled itself into the compact crossover segment, along with the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Audi Q3. The Renegade comes with a choice of six petrol and Multijet diesel engines and the top of the range Trailhawk offers a 168bhp 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine with nine-speed automatic transmission.
If you’re after a large, rugged car then the Jeep Renegade could be the car for you. The cabin has ample space, with generous headroom. Whilst the boot is pretty much on par with, say a family sized Focus hatchback, holding 351 litres with the seats up, which then increases to an impressive 1,297 litres when the seats have been folded back.
Jeep has mixed in some quirky styling around the cabin with logos of the Jeep grille, a bold ‘Since 1941’ motif and even a ‘mudsplat’ instead of a red line in the tachometer. Whereas before, despite it’s association with off-roading, the Jeep may have been better suited to the London school run, the Renegade is now more than capable of handling off road terrain as well as the concrete jungle. Jeep has also taken safety incredibly seriously in the Renegade and as a consequence has attained a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.