We’ve heard many times the question, “Is the Jeep Renegade a 'real' Jeep?”, and well, that question is open to debate. The Renegade certainly encompasses the bold design and robust practicality of the famous Jeep brand, but does the quality of drive also meet expectations?
This particular Jeep Renegade had the entry-level 1-litre, 120 horsepower petrol engine. It also had a 6-speed manual gearbox as opposed to the automatic offering. First gear felt a little strained and the car was eager to move up as quickly as possible. But overall the changes were nice enough and easy to shift up and down through.
On our standard motorway test, I didn’t have much desire to go up to the 70mph limit, instead, the car felt happier cruising along at around 60-65 mile an hour. It could have reached it, no worries about that, but this doesn’t seem to be a car that you trug along at high speeds in. It may be somewhat surprising that this one is arguably more suited to a more leisurely pace around town. And with standard features such as rear parking sensors and a lane departure warning, those journeys are made even easier.