Its city-chic meets off-road toughness, wrapped up in a neat little box. But the funky-looking pint-sized Jeep looks the business, unlike many of its competitors.
What stands out
The American-designed, Italian-built Jeep Renegade is the only small SUV to offer the best of both worlds – an urban-run-about with genuine off-road capabilities, in the Trailhawk variant which is the top-spec of a four-model line-up.
Despite how it looks from the outside, the Renegade’s cabin feels spacious thanks to its height. Matched with a list of convenient features, it’s pretty comfortable on the inside.
We’re also pretty impressed by its adventurous design. It a mixture of the Patriot, Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee, merged with a daring colour palette and an interior that’s a better quality than Jeeps of old.
Speaking of design, Jeep designers from the US-based HQ have hidden a bunch of little Easter eggs inside the Renegade, like this spider under the fuel cap or a silhouette of the 1941 Willys Jeep from WWII.
At all spec levels, the Jeep Renegade is packed with gear with a touchscreen, Bluetooth and reversing camera. The Longitude will add electric seats, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and blind spot monitor.
When you get to the most expensive model, which we’ve got here, a 2.4-litre Jeep Trailhawk, you get more stuff suitable for off-roading, like higher-clearance, less overhang in the front and rear, and a full-sized spare.
The Jeep Renegade offers a 40:20:40 rear-seat split, so the rear seats can fold flat. But in order to do this, Jeep had to make them a bit too flat to be considered comfortable.
If you just love the look of it and don’t fancy driving it off the beaten track, then you could settle for the Limited.
Those wanting the practicality of a small SUV for urban driving, without sacrificing the adventure, can have both with the Jeep Renegade.