2014 Jeep Renegade review: Striking, good value, unrefined

Introduction

Jeep has conceded that the cars upon which it built its reputation just don’t have enough mainstream appeal, which is where the idea for the incredibly popular Renegade came from. Fitting snugly into the fastest-growing sector of the new car market, this compact SUV with more heritage than most is Jeep’s first foray into popular motoring, and the company has done a solid job.

 

Body Style: SUV                    Seats: 5                            MRP from £18,195 - £29,495

 

Did you know? Jeep put together an unusually young design team on the Renegade project, and the end result is more than 30 intriguing design ‘Easter eggs’.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 5.0 / 10

Jeep is developing its cars to be better on the road, and taking a platform from sister company Fiat was a sensible thing to do. With a sound base taken care of, Jeep has added its own identity to create a product that looks and feels very different from the cars with which it shares its greasy bits. The ride quality could be better and the engine bay needs more soundproofing, but the Renegade captures a unique likeability that encourages you to look past its flaws. Even so, with pricing putting it up against the likes of the Skoda Karoq, Seat Ateca, VW T-Roc, Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman, it's outclassed...