8. Jeep Renegade

Jeep Renegade - Front Three Quarters
3 Sep, 2014 12:00pm

The newest and smallest Jeep in the line-up definitely looks the part with its rugged chunky styling, and we’re pleased to report the Renegade lives up to the image with terrific off-road capability compared to most of the rest of the small 4x4 class.

Its trail-blazing abilities do come at some cost to the ride comfort and agility on road, but many owners will feel that’s a small price to pay for the authentic character the Renegade provides. That authenticity may fade a little when you realise the car is actually a platform share with the Fiat 500X crossover and is built alongside its Italian sister model in Italy.

The Renegade is available with two petrol and three diesel engines, with the top spec being the 168bhp 4x4 Trailhawk. This model comes with the most effective off-road hardware, including a nine-speed automatic gearbox with low range and diff locks, but if you just admire the Renegade’s tough looks cheaper two-wheel-drive versions are available too.

That would be a shame though, as with its good ground clearance, crawler gears and off-road drive modes the littlest Jeep is great fun off the beaten track. Driving on-road is a little less thrilling due to numb steering and a notchy gearbox in manual versions.