Jeep Renegade - best small 4x4s
Jeep has an image built on iconic 4x4s and the Renegade does the brand proud
The Renegade’s squared retro-looks are a nod back to it’s four-wheel drive bloodline. But if you want a 4x4 Renegade, you’re stuck with more expensive Limited and Trailhawk models.
You do get some interesting features for the price however, the range-topping Trialhawk has skid-plates to protect the engine, suspension and fuel tank along with ‘Selec-Terrain’ which lets you choose between ‘Rock Mode’ and ‘Active Drive Low’ with ‘Hill Descent Control’.
While front-wheel drive models have a choice of petrol and diesel, the four-wheel drive models are limited to the 138bhp and 168bhp diesels. This is no bad thing as they deliver decent performance and low-down torque - ideal for most steep inclines you may encounter.
The Renegade uses ‘Active Drive’ which can disengage four-wheel drive in favour of front-wheel drive for better fuel efficiency. This produces a combined WLTP cycle of 51.4mpg in the Limited version with the six-speed manual gearbox.
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