Having had this vehicle for a short time recently, many small items impressed with this “BABY JEEP”
Many features have both style coupled to its personality by way of being both nimble and spacious. As to its off road ability there are options that can be selected by simply moving the terrain selector but this does not mean that you should go rock climbing or extreme off roading. In South Africa, the true “Jeep” fraternity will always wonder as to the true capability of the smaller Jeep.
The Renegade has given Jeep a footprint into the small utility brand market that is expanding rapidly, however the current pricing is slightly on the steep side compared to its competitors.
Interior features are definitely influenced by the Italian flair. The design is rather interesting with a combination of rugged and stylistic that adds to the brands heritage. The simplistic design would attract a younger generation into the off road family.
Cabin space is generous and interesting. A good infotainment system accommodates both USB and Bluetooth. All on a 7 Inch screen. Navigation of the device is simple and visible.
The engine is a 1.4-litre MultiAir II Turbo petrol engine that delivers 103kw and 230Nm of torque. Via an Automatic 6 speed gearbox. Acceleration is smooth during gear changes. Fuel consumption was 6.9litres/100Kms when driven conservatively. Off Road, fuel usage was higher at 9.2litres /100kms due to higher engine revs at lower speeds.
The Jeep Renegade definitely is an alternative to try. Contacting your Chrysler Jeep dealer and arrange a test drive. You could be joining a worldwide “Band of Brothers” – James McClelland