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heycar review

      Launch year
      2015
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
Andy Brady

Written by

Andy Brady

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heycar rating
Rugged little crossover: poor interior

Best bits

  • Brings a sense of fun to an otherwise rather staid market
  • Four-wheel-drive models are capable off-road
  • More spacious than some alternatives

Not so great

  • Interior looks (and feels) pretty cheap and nasty
  • It’s nothing special to drive on the road
  • You’d have to really want a Jeep

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

Jeep Renegade boot open

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Jeep Renegade

"It’s easy to understand why the Jeep Renegade would get your attention - but you should probably keep looking. Its interior feels pretty poor compared to rivals and it’s nothing special to drive. Still, it represents reasonable value for money and it’s pretty spacious. The kids will love it, too."

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You’d struggle to tell the Jeep Renegade shares its platform and engines with the Fiat 500X. For its smallest model, Jeep has pulled out all of the stops - with quirky looks, a rugged interior and genuine off-road ability (if you buy a four-wheel-drive version).


It’s easy to see the appeal when rivals range from the competent (if a bit bland) Renault Captur to the naff Ford EcoSport. The Jeep badge alone will be enough to attract the attention of a lot of crossover buyers, with its military off-roader connotations and slightly brash image.


The good news is that the Renegade is a fairly affordable way into Jeep ownership. A three-year-old model could cost you less than £10,000 (depending on specification), while even as-new examples start from around £16,000. That’s tempting value, while it shouldn’t cost a lot to run, either.


There are numerous petrol and diesel engines available, with some of the most frugal capable of late-40s mpg. The diesels are a little unrefined, though (it’s almost like Jeep’s done away with some of the sound insulation to make the Renegade feel like a proper off-roader), so we’d stick with a petrol - particularly if you don’t cover many miles.


The Renegade range was updated in 2018 with the addition of new 1.0- and 1.3-litre petrol engines (as per the Fiat 500X). The 1.3-litre is let down by its standard automatic gearbox, so we’d go for the little 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit. It might sound small for a car like this, but it’s quicker than you’d expect and also the most refined choice.


With light steering and compact dimensions, the Jeep Renegade is an easy car to drive around town. The numb steering and notchy gearchange mean it’s a bit frustrating to drive out of town, though, while a surprising amount of body lean through corners adds to the old-school feel.


If you fancy a bit of mud-plugging, Jeep offers an off-road-biased Trailhawk model. This adds the kind of things that’ll appeal to 10-year olds: extra under body protection, bespoke off-road wheels and hill-descent control to help tackle steep slopes. It also comes with four-wheel-drive, of course, which provides plenty of reassurance in poor conditions but increases fuel consumption the rest of the time.


The Renegade feels fairly spacious inside, although it’s a long way from being a premium contender to cars like MINI's Countryman. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s a much older cabin than it actually is, with lots of harsh plastics and chunky buttons. An updated 8.4-inch infotainment system arrived in 2018, bringing with it Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


Should you buy the Jeep Renegade? Probably not. But at least it’ll stand out on your driveway more than Renault Captur or Nissan Juke, and it’s available in some bold colours. It’s also the best-value Jeep on the market, and it won’t cost a fortune to run.


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Jeep Renegade

1.0 T3 GSE Longitude 5dr

  • 2019
  • 3,899 miles
  • Rockingham Cars Fiat Corby
  • Northamptonshire, NN175DU
Reduced by £405£14,595£15,000
PCP: £218.54/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £218.54, Customer Deposit: £2,189.00, Total Deposit: £2,189.25, Optional Final Payment: £6,818.15, Total Charge For Credit: £2,279.84, Total Amount Payable: £16,874.84, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.07%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14.9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Jeep Renegade

1.0 T3 GSE Longitude 5dr

  • 2020
  • 23 miles
  • Vospers Jeep Exeter
  • Devon, EX28FN
Price:£15,800
PCP: £220.84/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £220.84, Customer Deposit: £2,370.00, Total Deposit: £2,370.00, Optional Final Payment: £7,517.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,816.40, Total Amount Payable: £17,616.40, Representative APR: 5.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.72%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Jeep Renegade right for you?

It’s easy to see the appeal when rivals range from the competent (if a bit bland) Renault Captur to the naff Ford EcoSport. The Jeep badge alone will be enough to attract the attention of a lot of crossover buyers, with its military off-roader connotations and slightly brash image.


The good news is that the Renegade is a fairly affordable way into Jeep ownership. A three-year-old model could cost you less than £10,000 (depending on specification), while even as-new examples start from around £16,000. That’s tempting value, while it shouldn’t cost a lot to run, either.


There are numerous petrol and diesel engines available, with some of the most frugal capable of late-40s mpg. The diesels are a little unrefined, though (it’s almost like Jeep’s done away with some of the sound insulation to make the Renegade feel like a proper off-roader), so we’d stick with a petrol - particularly if you don’t cover many miles.


The Renegade range was updated in 2018 with the addition of new 1.0- and 1.3-litre petrol engines (as per the Fiat 500X). The 1.3-litre is let down by its standard automatic gearbox, so we’d go for the little 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit. It might sound small for a car like this, but it’s quicker than you’d expect and also the most refined choice.


With light steering and compact dimensions, the Jeep Renegade is an easy car to drive around town. The numb steering and notchy gearchange mean it’s a bit frustrating to drive out of town, though, while a surprising amount of body lean through corners adds to the old-school feel.


If you fancy a bit of mud-plugging, Jeep offers an off-road-biased Trailhawk model. This adds the kinda things that’ll appeal to 10-year olds: extra underbody protection, bespoke off-road wheels and hill-descent control to help tackle steep slopes. It also comes with four-wheel-drive, of course, which provides plenty of reassurance in poor conditions but increases fuel consumption the rest of the time.


The Renegade feels fairly spacious inside, although it’s a long way from being a premium contender to cars like MINI Countryman. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s a much older cabin than it actually is, with lots of harsh plastics and chunky buttons. An updated 8.4-inch infotainment system arrived in 2018, bringing with it Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


Should you buy the Jeep Renegade? Probably not. But at least it’ll stand out on your driveway more than Renault Captur or Nissan Juke, and it’s available in some bold colours. It’s also the best-value Jeep on the market, and it won’t cost a fortune to run.


What's the best Jeep Renegade model/engine to choose?

Unless you need a diesel or four-wheel drive, we’d recommend the little 1.0-litre petrol engine that arrived in 2018. It packs plenty of punch and comes with a slick manual transmission, which is less frustrating than the dual-clutch auto that’s paired with the 1.3.


The Longitude specification provides a good combination of standard kit and affordability.


What other cars are similar to the Jeep Renegade?

The Jeep Renegade is closely related to the Fiat 500X which, although it lacks the rugged image of the Jeep, we reckon is actually a better choice. The Suzuki Vitara is another good alternative, while the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur are both popular choices in this class. We’d recommend the practical Honda HR-V, too, while the SEAT Arona is good to drive.

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Jeep Renegade front interior

On the inside

Jeep Renegade front exterior

Driving

Jeep Renegade back exterior

How much does it cost to run

Jeep Renegade boot open

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is a Jeep Renegade a good car?

The Jeep Renegade is pretty good value for money when compared with similar-sized crossovers but its interior feels below par compared to rivals and it’s nothing special to drive. There are better options out there starting with the closely related Fiat 500X.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

What problems do Jeep Renegades have?

The Renegade has proved reliable with only a few problems reported including failed turbos on Multijet diesels and the odd complaint of poor paintwork.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

Does the Jeep Renegade have a Fiat engine?

Jeep is part of the FCA Group - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - which includes Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo among others. The Renegade shares engines with the Fiat 500X - which is essentially the same car under the skin.

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell