The Renegade is Jeep's subcompact crossover, which shares a platform with the Fiat 500L. It's the smallest vehicle Jeep makes, slotting below the larger Compass, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. It competes with the likes of the Honda HR-V, Nissan Kicks and Chevrolet Trax in the fast-growing subcompact SUV segment. The Renegade is the first Jeep vehicle to go into production exclusively outside of North America.
2015 – Present Jeep Renegade (1st Generation)
Exterior and Styling
The Renegade has the boxy shape, round headlamps, and seven-slot grille of the traditional Jeep lineup. Unlike the Jeep Patriot and other predecessors, the Renegade has the top of its lights slightly shrouded by the edge of the hood. The Renegade is shorter than the Jeep Patriot and Compass, but it compensates with more width to come close to the interior room of these compact SUVs.
A mild refresh for the 2019 model year drops the shroud and gives the Renegade new LED headlamps similar to those on the Wrangler. The seven-slot grille stays in place but gets slightly wider openings. The redesigned bumper features multiple air vents, and the fog lights have been moved closer together and inboard of the headlamps.
Interior and Cargo Space
The four-door Renegade has seating for five passengers. It features front bucket seats and a 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench seat. The passenger seat and rear bench seats fold to expand cargo capacity. The Renegade has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up and up to 50 cubic feet with the bench folded flat. For a subcompact crossover, this cargo capacity is well above average.
The interior styling depends on the trim level and the optional package bundle a buyer chooses. The Popular Equipment Group, for example, features a power eight-way driver seat, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and automatic temperature control. The Cold Weather Group adds heated front seats, all-season floor mats, and remote vehicle start. Other packages include the Advanced Safety and Lighting Group, the Technology Group, and the Safety and Security Group.
The Renegade is available in a choice of two powertrains. The standard engine is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque; it's paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
The optional engine is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder that generates 184 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque; it's paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter engine is standard on the Trailhawk and Limited models and optional on lower trim levels.
Front-wheel drive is standard for all models except the Trailhawk, which comes standard with all-wheel drive. All other trims offer AWD as an option.
The base Sport trim comes with features like remote keyless entry with power door locks, cloth seat upholstery, a 3.5-inch digital display and 16-inch steel wheels. Optional packages add four-wheel-drive, 16-inch aluminum wheels, power windows, and a 5-inch color touchscreen display.
The mid-level Latitude trim comes with air conditioning, power windows, a 5-inch color touchscreen display, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Power-retractable and manually removable sunroof roof panels are available for this and higher versions, including a MySky system that offers manually or power-retractable roof panels. The Popular Equipment Group adds a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a nine-speaker audio system. The Technology Group adds rear park assist, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.
The Upland and Altitude limited-edition models add some minor trim upgrades, tow hooks, black exterior accents and larger 18-inch alloy wheels.
The off-road oriented Trailhawk combines four-wheel-drive with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction management system which lets drivers choose presets for snow, sand and mud driving (there's also an Auto setting for everyday driving). The system balances the four-wheel-drive, traction control, throttle and other inputs ensure optimum traction.
The Trailhawk also gets an extra 0.8 inches of ground clearance, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear tow hooks, hill-descent control, and skid plates for the gas tank, transmission, and front suspension. Leather seats and sunroof are optional.
Standard features on the top-range Limited model include the 2.4-liter engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, eight-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Limited version also comes with chrome exhaust tips, windshield wiper de-icer, and bright side roof rails.
Jeep Renegade 2019 Mini-Refresh
The Renegade got some new tech features in 2018 for the 2019 model year. A rear-view camera is standard on models, and all but the base Sport model get Jeep’s Uconnect 4 infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The infotainment system comes with a choice of a 7- or 8.4-inch multi-touch display with customizable menus.
All trims also get more custom packages and more options. The seven packages available for the Sport version, for example, add deep tint sunscreen glass, cruise control, and a remote start system for models with an automatic transmission.