Prices start with the Sport manual, which has cloth-covered seats, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, 16-inch steel wheels, and the least powerful (1.6-litre) engine. Spend more on a Sport and you can have the more powerful, 1.4-litre turbo, engine, with its six-speed automatic gearbox.
Walk past the Sport to the more costly Longitude, and you keep the 1.4 turbo auto. You also get two-way electric adjustment for the driver’s seat, and dual-zone climate control (where the driver and passenger can individually select cabin temperatures). Headlights switch on automatically when it gets dark, there are front foglights, and wipers operate automatically when it rains. Wheels are an inch bigger than those on the Sports, at 17 inches, and are made from aluminium alloy. They use lower profile tyres and look fancier.
Spend more again for a Renegade Limited and you gain leather seats, with heating and eight-way power-adjustment for both driver and passenger. There is satellite navigation, displayed on a bigger touchscreen (6.5 vs. 5.0 inch). The sound system is better and has a further three speakers, making nine. Headlights are brighter, bi-xenon, units, and there are rear parking sensors (which help you judge how close you are to obstacles). You can unlock the car and drive away without taking the proximity key from your pocket or bag. The wheels grow a further inch to 18 inches. The engine and gearbox are the same as the Longitude’s.
Choosing a Limited also allows you to add, at extra cost, active driver aids from two Safety packs. One – the Safety Pack – brings you a forward collision warning, auto braking, a lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-path detection (for more on these features, please open the Safety section below). The other – the Advanced Safety Pack – brings you Adaptive cruise control, which will match your speed to that of slower cars ahead on the highway, returning to your pre-set when the way is clear. It also gets you a self-parking system.
The most expensive Renegade is the off-road oriented Trailhawk. The Trailhawk matches the Limited for most appointments (seat material is cloth, with leather optional), but comes with the 2.4-litre engine and – importantly – the nine-speed conventional auto gearbox. Its first gear is relatively low, which means you can drive steadily at slow speeds in rough going. And it drives all four wheels.
The Trailhawk also rides higher, so that it can clear obstacles more easily, and has different front and rear body mouldings that do not extend as far past the wheels, which helps when nudging up to and driving off obstacles. Steel plates under the body protect the engine, fuel tank and other vitals from off-road damage. Wheel size shrinks back to 17 inches, tyres are designed for off-road use, and you get a full-sized spare.
On a Trailhawk you can option the lane departure warning, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-path detection and self-parking – but not the auto emergency braking.
On a Longitude, Limited or Trailhawk you can option a My Sky sunroof – two manually removable roof panels. On a Limited or Trailhawk you can option instead a powered, glass, Panoramic sunroof.